Boat International

On board the 27m Oyster 885GT sailing yacht Babiana


Fusion Power

An experienced owner dialled up the race credentials of Oyster’s comfortable 27-metre to create the 885GT. Elaine Bunting discovers a winning combination

After four years of work, this is the moment of truth for the new Oyster 885GT. It has been designed and built to thrill as the company’s quickest yacht, and is minutes away from its first ever race. The next few miles will either reveal or expose its capabilities.

Owner Anthony Ward is at the wheel of Babiana. There is a fizz of tension as the final seconds are counted down to Race 1 of the Oyster Palma Regatta. He gets a crisp start and the boat pulls ahead, slowly at first then noticeably faster and higher than the three other Oyster 885s. On the beat across the Bay of Palma, they fall steadily behind, and Babiana lays the windward mark in one long, poised tack.

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