Hull 57 – BELLA MENTE JV 72 Mini-Maxi

One of the USA’s most successful Grand Prix Racing programs commissioned the German design firm, Judel/Vrolijk & Co Yacht Design to produce a 72ft IRC racing yacht design. This is the second BELLA MENTE built by NEB for the experienced American offshore sailor, Hap Fauth. After the previous BELLA MENTE’s record setting success in the 2011 Transpac Race, this latest project is a generation development in the highly competitive International IRC Mini-Maxi class. The well respected design team has already shown considerable success in the Mini Max class with the Mini Maxi, RAN in Europe.

Typical of Grand Prix racing yachts built today BELLA MENTE is constructed using Pre-preg carbon skins and a honeycomb core material. Before construction began NEB tested the latest methods and materials to assure the lightest yet strongest structure possible for the application. For this latest racing yacht NEBís 5 axis CNC router machined the hull core of varying densities specified by the design team to fit the male hull mold before bonding pre-preg carbon skin laminates.

Since the yacht left NEB in the fall of 2012 TEAM BELLA MENTE’s program involved tuning and testing in South Florida before racing in Key West 2013. After Key West the boat sailed to Antigua for the Caribbean 600 mile offshore race. From there BELLA MENTE was shipped to Palma, Spain for early season racing in the Mediterranean. The Rolex Fastnet Race and Cowes Week in England is scheduled for July and then back to the Med for the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Sardinia, Italy.

More information on BELLA MENTE’s ambitious sailing schedule can be found on the team website:

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