Hall of Fame

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Amyr Klink`s Paratii in a brazilian stamp

ACCESS

Access, the Multichine 28 built by the Brazilian computer analyst Flavio Bezerra, is already the first great name of this class, our ultimate cruising design of this size. In February 2008 Access was the first Multichine 28 to accomplish an international trip, sailing single-handed from Rio de Janeiro to Saint Martin in the Caribbean, in a trip full of incidents, when Flavio had the chance to prove the good sailor he is, arriving at his port of destination with his boat in very good condition, despite having collided with a whale that damaged his rudder and being tossed about in a fierce gale five days before arrival.

Being a very skilled amateur builder, Flavio made his boat almost unassisted, and he was so determined with his plans that he used to sleep many times in the building shed, after working overtime till late in the evening. The area where he built the boat is notorious for criminality and a few times he recovered lead bullets smashed against the wall above the bed where he slept. He had to leave his job to finish his boat in the shortest time possible and he went bust on doing it, needing to find free-lance part time jobs just to pay the expenses to put his boat in the water. Then, without cash and in a desperate urge to leave to accomplish his purpose of traveling with his newly concluded yacht, he had to sell his last possession, his motorbike, just to finance the trip, never mentioning that the money was not enough for the acquisition of an engine or any means of recharging his 70 Amps/hour car battery. Without any means of self-steering, Flavio had to hold the tiller whenever the boat wasn't sailing close hauled.

But he took his boat sound and safe to port and now he will be able to fit his beloved Access properly and continue his trip in much better conditions. Since there are hundreds of other builders of this class in ten different countries getting ready to start their own adventures, it will always be an honor for him to be the first MC28 owner to become a member of the RBYD Hall of Fame.

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ANTARES

This Multichine 37 built in steel, is in her second North Atlantic trip. Her new owner Sérgio Magini bought her from Roberto Fuchs, the builder and first owner. Sergio at the moment is ordering a new 50 footer with a swing keel configuration and for this reason he is offering her for sale in the American or European market, which we reckon will not be difficult, thanks to the high quality of her construction and the beauty of her joinery.

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CARAPITANGA

This fiberglass sloop Aladin 30, belongs to the journalist Má"rcio Dottori, technical advisor for the Brazilian magazine "Revista Ná"utica". In the summer of 1999 Má"rcio sailed solitary from Santos to Cape Town. On his return trip, Má"rcio was paid a homage by all the flotilla of Aladdin 30`s. It was scheduled an encounter five nautical miles south of Joatinga Point in the state of Rio de Janeiro, and this happened with a Swiss precision. After 3600 miles, in the near minute scheduled all boats were circling Marcio's yacht when the best beer of his life was thrown into his hands. Following, the whole fleet patrolled him for 120 nautical miles till his safe arrival at the port of Santos.

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EXPLORER 39 CAROLL

The February, 27, 2012 we received good news: another boat designed by our office, this one being the sixth in the office's record, had completed a well-succeeded round the world trip. This time the boat in question was the Explorer 39 Caroll, which accomplished an outstanding voyage under the command of Raimundo Nascimento, her sixty-two years old single-handed skipper.

Raimundo completed the circum-navigation in very short time at sea, taking about ten months to do the trip, consistently maintaining impressive daily runs along all passages. The route chosen was the traditional "milk run", the round the world tour in tropical latitudes, departing from Rio de Janeiro, bound for the Caribbean and beyond. After leaving the Caribbean Sea behind, he transited the Panama Canal, having now the challenge of crossing the Pacific. At this stretch of the trip he called at Marquesas, Tahiti, and American Samoa, entering the Indian Ocean by way of the Strait of Torres.

Once in the Indian Ocean he chose Christmas Islands, Keeling Cocos, Mauritius and Reunion as ports of call, completing the crossing at Durban. When sailing south of Indonesia he had been chased by pirates, having escaped from them thanks to the ten knots top speed of his boat, no match for the bandits' trawler. The passage between Durban and Port Elisabeth was when he had to fight against the toughest weather and sea conditions of the whole voyage, however being nothing that Caroll couldn't cope with. From Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro was the grand finale with a happy ending, Raimundo being received by friends and the media in Yacht Club Rio de Janeiro, being greeted as a local celebrity. Raimundo praised the stability and superb steering control of his swing keel/two rudders yacht vehemently, considering that Caroll is fit for any cruising adventure.

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POLAR 65 FRATERNIDADE

In October 2011 another round the world voyage was completed by a yacht designed by the B & G Yacht Design office. This time this feat was accomplished by the Polar 65 Fraternidade, (means fraternity in Portuguese), the metallic sailboat built by the Ukrainian/Brazilian sailor Alexis (Aleixo) Belov, a sailor with three previous circum-navigations in solitary in his curriculum, with the intention of being a school-ship, for that matter being specified to be an authentic armour-plated warship, a yacht capable of sailing in the worst weather conditions in any latitude. Besides its superb sturdiness the boat has the capacity to control its draught by means of a swinging retractable keel, a feature that allows finding shelter in shallow waters otherwise inaccessible to fixed keel sailboats of same displacement.

Aleixo left Salvador, Brazil, in January 2010, bound for a two years round the world trip, taking with him a crew of eleven young sailors with several crew swaps along the way, allowing for that matter that a larger number of apprentices would profit from his expertise and sailing skills. The Atlantic stretch of the trip had little spare time spent ashore, with one only stopover at Grenada, West Indies, before reaching Colon, in the Caribbean side of the Panama Canal. From Panama Fraternidade sailed to the Marquesas, Tuamotu, Tahiti, Rarotonga and Thursday Island, in the Torres Straight, the threshold to the Indian Ocean.

From Thursday Island she went to the idyllic Bali, Indonesia, where Aleixo hired an artisan to engrave the bright-work of the saloon with oriental style carvings, producing an atmosphere of art gallery in the social area of the boat. The next ports of call were Galle, Sirilanka, and Cochin, India. From there Fraternidade joined a rally with the purpose of crossing the pirate infested zone of the western Indian Ocean, with the strategy of sailing inside the Oman and Yemen territorial waters. The crossing of the Red Sea and the transit through the Suez Canal were eventless, and when in Mediterranean waters, Aleixo sailed to Turkey, and, after crossing the Bosporus, sailed straight to the country where he was born, calling at Odessa, where he was received as a celebrity, deserving a long duration TV program produced by the state TV. Back into the Mediterranean, the rest of the trip was like the script of touristic film, with stopovers in the Greek Islands, south of Italy and Spanish Riviera. After crossing Gibraltar, the last port to be visited was Las Palmas, in the Canary Island, going from there straight to Salvador, the port of departure. That probably was only the first adventure of Fraternidade, we expecting to hear about the old salt future adventures to be in high latitudes, the unequivocal endowment of the Polar 65.

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GREEN NOMAD

Green Nomad is a Kiribati 36, a stock plan designed by the engineer Luis Manuel Pinho, in partnership with B & G Yacht Design, and built in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The project, an offshore sailboat intended to be used in any sort of weather condition, was developed having in mind being the dream boat our partner and his wife, Marli Werner, longed to build for the ten years they lived aboard their former yacht, a thirty-six foot fixed keel steel cutter, when they visited the most remote islands in the South Pacific.

Green Nomad should be the means for returning to their favourite cruising grounds in order to continue living the tramp life they praise so much. Since Luis is a skilled yacht designer, our studio invited him to join our team, and our first joint venture was the Kiribati 36, the boat with the features they missed most in their former yacht, an aluminium construction for minimum maintenance, and a movable keel that allowed them to enter in places impossible to be reached with a traditional fixed keel yacht. Since our office already had a good experience with swing keel systems, designing a new project employing this technology together with Luis was very pleasant and productive.

Once the project has been concluded, Luis contracted a workshop to build the metallic part of the construction, and contrary to what other people would have done, he hired a lodge next to the factory where he and his wife stayed for the time the metallic structure took to be built, and instead of following the construction as an inspector, took part in the building as a blue collar worker. When concluding the metal work they took Green Nomad to Porto Alegre, the capital of the state, where they stationed in a local yacht club. There, already living aboard, without insulation and no creature's comfort, they built the interior furniture, made electric installation and plumbing and completed the minimum details of the project. When the boat was almost ready, Luis was invited to take part as a bridge officer in the campaign to protect whales aboard the ship Steve Irwin, belonging to the non-governmental organization Sea Sheperd, spending the summer of 2011 in the Austral Ocean, struggling with the Japanese, trying to prevent the cruel slaughter. When Luis returned, having the Green Nomad practically concluded, they made the maiden trip with their boat, sailing from Porto Alegre to the port of Rio Grande, already in the Atlantic Ocean, a one hundred miles trip accomplished in an inland sea called Patos Lagoon.

They stayed in Rio Grande the time necessary to fit the last equipments they were still missing installing, and, with the boat they had built from the drawing to the rigging, they departed to the long journey they knew how it would begin, having no idea how it will end. The first leg of the journey was a trip from Rio Grande to Parati, in the State of Rio de Janeiro, some eight-hundred miles north, with a call at Porto Belo, State of Santa Catarina, a popular stopover for cruising yachts going north. Arriving in Parati, a lush and green paradise, perhaps one of the most beautiful and well preserved cruising grounds you can still find anywhere, the two sailers are already feeling in their element, living an endless adventure that will proceed to the Caribbean, Panama, and the South Seas, their most calling endeavour. You can follow the trail of Green Nomad entering the banner of the blog they created, placed at the top left of our home-page.

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GURUÇÁ

is a Cape Horn 35, of fiberglass construction. This Yacht left Rio de Janeiro for the Caribbean where she spent a season. During her stay in the island of Saint Martin she was caught by Louis, one of the most violent hurricanes ever. A few days after the passage of this hurricane which destroyed 90% of the fleet stationed there, her owner and builder, Fausto Pignaton, sailed back to Brazil solo, having sailed from Saint Martin to Fernando de Noronha in twenty one days beating against head winds and currents. Guruça is now in Florianópolis, state of Santa Catarina, in the southern part of Brazil.

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SAMOA 29 HIPPOCAMPUS COMPLETES A ROUND THE WORLD TRIP

It's with pride and joy in our hearts that we commemorate the successful circum-navigation of the Samoa 29 Hippocampus, the second boat of that design to accomplish that feat.
After the remarkable voyage of Jornal, another excellently built Samoa 29, now is the turn of Hippocampus to perform the same feat. Newton Quinteiro, his wife Viviane and their son Lucas, completed a dreamed of voyage, passing by the Brazilian Northeast Coast, where they participated in the September 2003 Recife to Fernando de Noronha Island Ocean Race, next sailing to the Caribbean, Panama, South Pacific, Australia, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, and then back to their starting point, their beloved Salvador.
Besides the unequivocal competence they proved to posses, we are particularly pleased to observe that their boat returned in as good condition as when she departed, something that tells a lot about the quality of their amateur construction and the adequacy of the design for this purpose.
We had the pleasure to share their company during the race to Fernando de Noronha. We were aboard our Multichine 28 Fiu and they were already in their way to the West Indies, but nevertheless it was very enjoyable to be side by side with them in that paradisiacal island. Now we wish to the Quinteiros a happy return and that they can savor the many remembrances of their fantastic round the world trip.

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JORNAL

This yacht is a Samoa 29 built together with ten other ones by a group of amateur builders in the city of Rio de Janeiro. These boats became famous for their sturdy construction and beautiful finishing. One of these Samoas was sold to the couple Wilmar and Gina who went for a round the world trip completed in November 2000, after four years and many countries visited. Their site www.veleirojornal.com.br has been linked to ours since their departure, so you possibly know something about their voyage. We will soon have more news.

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SAMOA 34 LUTHIER

The Samoa 34 Luthier is a good example of what can be achieved by an amateur builder when deciding to put in practice the nurtured dream of crossing an ocean with a boat built with his own hands. It was exactly this prowess that the couple Dorival and Catarina Gimenes had managed to accomplish. In December, 2011, they completed the so called "Circuit of the Atlantic", a trip that begins somewhere in the east coast of South America, reaches the West Indies, leaves the Caribbean at the end of the cruising season bound for Europe with a call in Azores, and then return by the classic route, Madeira, Canary Islands and Cape Verde, ending up in the same port of departure.
The European threshold chosen by Luthier was Lisbon, and the Gimenes family contented themselves in visiting the Iberian Peninsula only, their main goal in this trip. The way back was clear sailing with a perfect landfall at Salvador, their port of departure. We imagine that with such beautiful trip in their wake, the Gimenes will want to make new adventures, since their confidence in their boat is firmly established. You can follow Luthier's trip entering the blog: www.veleiro.net/luthier/.

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MAITAIROA

A nine meters LOA sail boat, designed and built exclusively for the Roberto Barros family. This boat accomplished a few pioneer voyages under the Brazilian flag. First a South Atlantic crossing by the Roaring Forties to Cape Town and four years later she was again the first Brazilian Yacht to navigate beyond the 50 degrees South latitude in an unforgettable voyage to the Falkland Islands. After this trip Maitairoa was sold, and her present owner, the Argentinean Sandra Saltu, sailed from Rio de Janeiro to the Caribbean, then to Azores and the Mediterranean. Presently Maitairoa is in Trieste, Italy.

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PARATII

Amyr Klink, the Brazilian solitary navigator, completed the difficult task of circumnavigating the Antarctic continent aboard his aluminum yacht Paratii. He reported reaching the fantastic speed of twenty-five knots while surfing gigantic waves without loosing steering control. The whole trip was as endurance test, for both Amyr and his polar yacht.
The news of this voyage was published by some of the most important yachting magazines of the world, praising the merits of this Yacht. Paratii had already proven herself for being one of the two first single handed yachts to hibernate in the Antarctic continent, and for this accomplishment she received the Tilman prize awarded by the Royal Cruising Club as a superb polar yacht.
Amyr related his latest adventures in a present bestseller Endless Sea. In his accounts one of the reasons for the success of the trip was the seaworthiness of his boat.

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SCIROCCO

Our first Multichine 45 is already under way. Her owner, Luiz Augusto Scarante left Antonina, her homeport intending to sail to the Caribbean where he expects to spend two years. The next destination will be to the South Pacific followed by a trade wind circumnavigation. You can follow this voyage in the internet, in the site www.scirocco.com.br

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TAHUá"

The first Cape Horn 35 to be launched. Built in strip planking by her owner Ricardo Lepreri sailed from Santos to the Caribbean and back. The return trip was performed out of season, but Tahuá" faced bravely strong currents and heavy southeasterly winds taking lightly all the adverse conditions. At the moment she is in the port of Bracuhy , Angra dos Reis, where she is being used as a charter boat.

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TAHIU

Is a Multichine 37 built in steel. After a sojourn in the Caribbean, this yacht sailed back home and in September 1999 took place in the Recife-Fernando de Noronha race, winning for the second year consecutively in it's class.

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UTOPIA

In February 2006, the Cape Horn 35 Utopia, ex - Guruçá", completed a round the World trip experiencing many thrilling situations, like hitting a rock at full speed in Indonesia without suffering any damage, having survived the terrible December 2004 tsunami in Thailand, watching the seas engulfing the palm tree fronds on the beach in front, later living many adventures in the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea, where he claimed to have confronted with Ali Baba and the forty thieves, and when already in the Atlantic, not far from Cape Verde Islands, suffered an attacked by sperm whales, which lunged against the propeller, bending the shaft strut and leaving her without auxiliary propulsion for the rest of the trip. Marco Cianflonne, her skipper, is presently planning a second circum-navigation, this time reserving for the South Pacific alone two years of the voyage's duration. The lesson the Cape Horn 35 taught him is that she is immensely strong and fitted for the most demanding nautical adventures.

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