Is the Antares Fast?

“I think it can move. There are 32 boats doing the leg from Galapagos to Marquesas. We are a bit over half way done. Two Fish is behind a custom 54 foot monohull and a 47 foot Beneteau. We are in front of all the catamarans (St Francis, Leopard, Lagoon, Fontaine Pajot, etc). We are in front of 3 Oysters, all over 60 feet.”  – Jason S aboard Antares s/v Two Fish


Antares Places 1st in the Multihull Division in the World ARC rally

We all know the saying, two sailboats sailing in the same direction is a race. Now add to that equation 32 other sailboats, 3 of which are Antares, and you have yourself a full-on regatta.

For the record, Antares s/v Two Fish placed first in the multihull division (out of 9 multihulls in total) on the first leg to the Galapagos and Antares s/v Blue Summit placed first on the 3000nm Pacific crossing to the Marquesas.

Performance is dependent on a lot of variables. Sea conditions and how the vessel is outfitted can greatly influence the outcome. The Antares 44i is designed and built with those variables in mind. Even when fully loaded for circumnavigation, the Antares 44i continues to perform. Proper bridgedeck clearance, narrow hulls and light-weight interior all contribute to great blue water performance.

And while the luxurious hand finished interior is designed for beauty and comfort, its light-weight construction means we don’t compromise performance and we don’t have to overcompensate with the size of the rigging.

Captain's Report

We are in the process of gathering performance numbers from various Antares owners cruising around the world in order to give you an idea of “real-world” numbers and will continue to add to the table as we gather more information.

For example, with an average speed of about 7 knots, it took delivery captain Yann Iythgoe a little over three weeks to sail Antares 44i Blue Dawn from St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands to Cadiz, Spain.

Boat Speed Data

Below is a table with a summary of data, all of which is accompanied by anecdotal information provided by the owners. Note: the condition of the boats are fully loaded for extended cruising. Link on ‘more’ for background information on the particular sea conditions and the loaded capacity of the vessel.

True Wind Direction/SpeedSail CombinationsApparent Wind DirectionBoat SpeedMore Info
15 knots 90° Full Main / 130 Genoa50° Stbd Bow7 – 8 knotsmore
15 knots 90°Full Main / 130 Genoa60°9 knots more
18 – 20 knots 110° – 120° (gusts of 33 knots)Single Reef / 130 Genoa60° – 70°8 – 11 knots more
12 knots (close reach)Full Main / 135 Genoa50°6 -8 knots more
18 – 22 knotsAsymmetrical Spinnaker170° – 150°8 – 10 knots more

Sail Crossover Chart

We asked Memo Castro – Antares Yachts General Manager and experienced sailor – to put together a sail crossover chart to plot out the area each sail covers on the wind speed/wind angle matrix. This chart is intended for general guidance only and may vary in accordance to sea conditions.