TAG Heuer is revealing a groundbreaking partnership with FlyingNikka, the world’s first full foiling offshore maxi yacht.
Designed for long-distance racing on the Mediterranean Sea, the futuristic, 19-meter-long craft is shaking up the boating world as one of the currently fastest vessels. This collaboration will combine both brands’ respective quests for excellence, precision, and innovation, as well as their commitment to racing. It will also mark TAG Heuer’s innovative return to sailing.
FlyingNikka is the most complex, innovative, and exciting big yacht of this decade – a pure speed machine, a technological and engineering goliath, and a brave endeavor. Having taken to the water in Valencia on 12 May 2022, it is an evolved offshore version of the long AC75 sailing yacht, which featured in the latest edition of the America’s Cup.
This new state-of-the-art yacht challenges the limits of where displacement sailing and foiling technology meet for monohull racing. Designed by renowned naval architect Mark Mills, FlyingNikka boasts cutting-edge design innovations and technology that enable it to achieve unprecedented performance on the water. With a hull made of advanced carbon fiber composites, towering 3D composite sails, and advanced hydrofoils, the yacht is designed to fly over the water, achieving speeds of up to 40 knots. It also features an advanced electronic control system that allows the crew to make quick adjustments in order to optimize operation.
FlyingNikka is based in Punta Ala, Tuscany. At the boat’s helm will be skipper and owner Roberto Lacorte, who will race at several prestigious events in 2023, including the Regatta di Primavera in Portofino, the 151 Miglia Trofeo Cetilar in Livorno, the Rolex Giraglia regatta from St. Tropez to Genoa, and the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo. TAG Heuer logos will be printed on FlyingNikka’s hull and sails as part of the partnership.
During the races, each team member will wear TAG Heuer-branded clothing and a TAG Heuer Aquaracer Solargraph watch, a timepiece that represents the ultimate sporting performance and durability.