Reverso + Wally | a story of innovation
1/ HELLO! WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT YACHT DO YOU SAIL?
Rob, captain of SY Saudade, a Wally 148.
2/ WHAT'S YOUR BACKSTORY AND HOW DID YOU COME UP TO THIS POSITION ?
Have been sailing since i was little, progressing from dinghies to yachts and getting in to racing and deliveries after leaving school.
During my first years in the industry i was very lucky to work with some great teachers who gave me a good foundation, and I ended up on this boat at 21.
From there, it’s been a great apprenticeship/progression as i’ve gone from Deckie to mate to captain, with some great mentorship from others onboard in each position.
“ Every day’s a learning day so even after 9 years on this boat, things are still varied and exciting each day.
Wally 148 Superyacht Saudade
3/ A WORD ABOUT SAUDADE ?
Saudade was built for an owner who has been sailing his whole life; designed by Bill Tripp, and built by Wally, launching in 2008.
She is fully carbon fibre, and as such is very lightweight, and provides exciting sailing, both cruising or on the race course, especially for a boat of this size!
4/ WHAT KIND OF TOYS DO YOU HAVE ONBOARD ?
We have a couple of paddleboards, and a seabob, along with some dive gear, but that’s mainly to keep the hull clean!
It’s very much a family boat and as such we started to look for a sailing dinghy for the kids to get a greater foundation in sailing.
5/ WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO EMBARK 2 REVERSO DINGHIES ?
It was very hard to find a dinghy which fitted in the space available, without compromising all the other uses the lazerette has day to day. We also looked at inflatable dinghies and such,
“ but we couldn’t find anything with the sailing performance to keep things exciting and we wanted something that was built solidly and would last.
The other thing that attracted us to the reverso was set up.
When not using it, it’s completely out of our way, but also the sections are so light we dont need to rig up halyards or lifting equipment to get them in and out the water, even fully rigged a couple of us can pull it up onboard easily.
One of the biggest advantages to the Reverso set up was we could carry two dinghies rather than one, and still have plenty of space; this has allowed us to do a bit of racing between the two, keeping it more exciting for all the competitive sailors onboard!
A Reverso Air folding down into 4 small pieces that fit in a bag
6/ HOW GUESTS REACTED TO THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAIL REVERSO ?
They’ve loved them, and they are getting plenty of use.
“Everyone loves the modern design as well, it definitely suits, and turns heads.
7/ ARE YOU LIKELY TO RECOMMEND REVERSO ? WHY ?
Yes, completely; i think all of us are looking for solutions which take up less space, as we have so much other stuff to carry and use.
From a solely practical level, i have yet to see anything better suited to yachts for carrying sailing dinghies.
But on top of that, they are great fun to sail, with a really nice powerful square top, and a great hull shape, even the seasoned sailors onboard are loving them!
A Reverso Air, with black membrane sail shot in an urban environment