Southern Sorceress

Southern Wind Shipyard toasts the launch of its ground-breaking performance cruiser, SW96 Sorceress. Her World Premiere is set for the 2017 Monaco Yacht Show.

Photography by Southern Wind

04 May 2017


Even the thick morning mist that so often descends upon Cape Town, South Africa couldn’t dampen the mood at Southern Wind Shipyard last month when the SW96 Sorceress was launched.

The aim of designers Farr Yacht Design and Nauta Design when conceiving this project was to incorporate race boat features into high-performance cruisers while keeping a beautiful aesthetic and high level of comfort.

Sorceress was commissioned by a passionate yachtsman and racer who already owned an 80-foot custom carbon yacht. This owner was looking for a larger performance boat to use in coastal, transoceanic races and for bluewater cruises.

SW96 Sorceress has lightship displacement of 57 tons for excellent speed in light winds. Unique performance features of this cruiser racer include a pre-preg and Nomex deck, lifting keel and twin rudder configuration. The hull has full waterlines, a wide, low transom, and full forward sections. The yacht’s deck hardware is optimised for shorthand performance cruising and offshore racing.


The interior layout features a large saloon above the engine room which is accessible through a full height control room. The owner’s cabin and three en suite guest cabins offer privacy for all on board.

The second unit of this miniseries is currently under construction and will be launched in January 2018.

Immediately after her launch, Sorceress began extensive sea trials in preparation for her maiden voyage to the Mediterranean Sea. Here she will make her debut in September at the 2017 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.

The yacht will be on display as a World Premiere at the 2017 edition of the Monaco Yacht Show.

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