80-Meter Superyacht Project Cosmos By Heesen

Today, Heesen Yachts revealed the details of Project Cosmos; Seen to be a massive 80m with a top speed of 29 knots, she will be the yard’s largest yacht building to date and the fastest in its class, making a number of new technological advances for the iconic Dutch shipyard. The card was for speed and size, combined with the aesthetic appeal of a contemporary sports car. The combination of speed, aluminum and length required Heesen to devise new methods to bring longitudinal strength into the design without adding the overall structure of extra weight.

Heesen is a world leader in large aluminum yachts and has developed a brand new patent: ‘The spine’ reminiscent of the I-beam. ‘I’ section design means that it is far stronger than a metal plate – you can bend a flat bar, but you cannot bend an I’ beam.

Hobart Yacht Race In Sydney

The Hobart yacht race had been held in 2017 in Sydney and Ran Tan II was the 17th to come across the finishing line. For Brian Petersen, who was on this boat, he set sail in this race on Boxing Day and he was sure to finish in three days at the time when he set sail. The team had even booked accommodation for staying in Hobart on 29th December. That was the plan for the crew of the boat that was nine in number. They were confident that they would reach Hobart in time as per the hotel check in time.

 

However the course was raced even faster and Ran Tan II was able to complete the course in a day in advance, being 23 hours, 34 minutes and 4 seconds before their estimated or goal time of reaching the shore. The team was understandably happy with the time they finished the race in; indeed, having reached the shores of Hobart a day ahead, the first night was spent on the boat. The crews were only Kiwis and the Ran Tan II was part of an ocean race that is often considered one of the most challenging races that is conducted from the Sydney Harbor. There had been challenged that the boat faced, especially having to compete with an 80 ft yacht with an Elliot 50 vessel that their boat was.

However, having kept up a good speed throughout, Petersen admits that the race was akin to a dream run as they were able to hit speeds that they had never done before, the breeze taking them as high as 37 knots. They were also fearsome that some problem would develop, but the boat stood in good stead throughout and hence, the race was a great one for the Ran Tan II.