Wally Sells 101-Foot Cruiser-Racer

Delivery of the sailing yacht is expected in spring 2023.

May 7, 2021
Wally 101 cruiser-racer sailing yacht
The Wally 101 is a cruiser-racer design with a projected top-end speed of 18 to 20 knots under sail. Courtesy Wally

Wally in Italy has sold a 101-foot cruiser-racer design that is scheduled for delivery to the owner in spring 2023.

The 101 is a fully custom design being built for a client who previously built three yachts with Wally. Inspiration for the new boat comes from the Wallycento box-rule design and maxi racer potential.

“This is the 48th full-carbon sailing superyacht built by Wally, continuing the company’s remarkable contribution to the advancement of sailing design and technology. It is also noteworthy as the first Wally sailing yacht to be sold since Ferretti Group’s acquisition of the brand,” Stefano de Vivo, Wally managing director, stated in a press release. “Following the success of the motoryacht series launched in the last two years, this new bespoke project paves the way to a bright future for Wally and its magnificent sailing yacht fleet.”


Judel/Vrolijk & co. provided naval architecture, alongside interior and exterior design from Wally’s design team, led by Luca Bassani. Displacement will be 56.4 tons, which Wally says is almost 20 percent less than yachts of similar size and configuration. Carbon fiber will help to keep weight low, while the Wally Enhanced Hydraulic System will speed up sail handling.

The lifting keel will increase the draft from 15 feet to 22 feet for upwind performance, while the retractable propulsion drive shaft will reduce drag by 5 percent. Wally says the reduced drag “roughly translates into a 10-second gain per each mile sailed.”

Performance projections are for a top speed of 18 to 20 knots under sail. With the 425-horsepower engine, predicted top speed is 11.5 knots.


“She will be the next generation of high-performance cruising yacht with a high potential of winning races on the superyacht circuits,” Rolf Vrolijk from Judel/Vrolijk & co. stated in a press release.

When she’s not racing: The Wally 101 has an amidships cockpit with dining for eight, an aft sunbathing area, three staterooms for six guests, and a salon with seating and dining for 10 to 12 people. The deckhouse has a central skylight to allow natural light into the area.

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