After winning the RORC Transatlantic Race last month aboard Kuka3, Franco Niggeler from Switzerland and his crew are preparing for a very busy 2019 nautical season, which starts with the RORC 600 in February, then Les Voiles de St. Barth Richard Mille in April.
Designed by Farr Yacht Design and built by Cookson in New Zealand, this 50’ sloop has a narrow hull, a carbon mast, and a directional hydraulic keel, which makes it a strong competitor for its size.
Owner Franco Niggeler is a passionate sailor: after starting to sail on little catamarans with foils, then on a Melges 24, he acquired his own boat, Kuka Light, then Kuka3, which led him into competitive racing.
“ We have spoken with other sailors and all said that Les Voiles de St. Bart Richard Mille is a very pleasant regatta, well organized, in a beautiful island with all amenities. Some of the best you can have in the Caribbean and a good mix between racing and enjoying the island! ” indicates Franco, who will sail in the regatta with a crew comprising amateurs and professionals.
After a stay in the Caribbean, Kuka3 will go on to Long Beach in July pour the Transpac Long Beach-Hawaii.