Talking about the WallyCento that is currently nearing completion, Marcello Persico is clearly more than a little excited about the future of this class. ‘I consider it the top class you can race with a boat that also offers a relatively high standard of comfort. There is nothing comparable at the moment. You have to choose either a pure racing machine or a comfortable superyacht,’ he says.
The WallyCento class has taken a few years to develop, but that shouldn’t be a surprise when you consider the complexity of such a high-end yacht. Each WallyCento takes years to develop and bring to fruition.
The class was the brainchild of Luca Bassani, founder of Wally Yachts, and is an evolution of the successful Wally template, but with additional box rule limits to try to ensure that the racing happens at close quarters on the water as well as in rating. It was also seen as an opportunity to push the limits of the Wally Yachts approach, bringing high-performance racing to a 100-footer fleet as well as creating a boat where blue water cruising offers luxury and performance between regattas.