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X-Yachts XR: A Racing Rebirth Fueled by Artificial Intelligence

Marking a significant return to their racing roots, X-Yachts has unveiled the XR, a meticulously designed 41-foot (12.74m) yacht boasting an approach driven by artificial intelligence. This ambitious project signifies a new chapter for the Danish shipyard, following a nearly two-decade hiatus since their last dedicated race boat, the X-41, launched in 2007.

The XR’s development showcases X-Yachts’ commitment to cutting-edge technology. Their 12-person in-house design and engineering team spearheaded the project, collaborating with renowned professionals like Bouwe Bekking (ocean racer) and Jesper Radich (match racer). Additionally, technical expertise was provided by North Sails and Pure Design & Engineering.

A defining aspect of the XR’s design lies in its AI-powered hull optimization. The team utilized an innovative method to create a staggering 10,000 virtual model variants of the hull. This approach stands in stark contrast to previous projects, such as the IMX-40 (2000), which only considered 20 variants. With the help of AI, X-Yachts meticulously evaluated numerous possibilities, ultimately selecting several promising families of hull shapes for further analysis.

Beyond technological advancements, the XR is designed to be a top contender in the ORCi Class B category. With the 2025 ORC World Championships in Estonia as a target, the development process was optimized to achieve the highest possible rating within the class rules. As a result, the XR boasts an overall length in the 41-42 foot (12.5-12.8m) range and a maximum beam of 13 feet, 5 inches to 13 feet, 9 inches (4.10-4.25m).

“This is where we are seeing the best boat speed versus rating values,” explains Thomas Mielec, director of design and engineering at X-Yachts.

While the initial focus is on competitive sailing, X-Yachts emphasizes the XR’s versatility. The design caters to various uses, including sporty cruising and short-handed racing alongside the primary focus on fully crewed racing.

The project has already garnered significant interest, with the first five boats sold before the final length was determined. Production is expected to be brisk, with an anticipated 80 sales in the first two years and 10 deliveries scheduled for the second quarter of 2025.

X-Yachts XR Specifications:

  • Hull Length: 12.74m (41 feet, 10inches)
  • Base Price (approx.): €400,000 ex VAT
  • Fully Equipped Race Boat Price (approx.): €600,000 ex VAT

X-Yachts is a Danish shipyard with a rich heritage in yacht building. They possess a dedicated design and engineering team and have collaborated with renowned figures in the sailing world. Their focus has recently shifted towards incorporating the latest technology, as evidenced by their use of AI in the XR design. The company prioritizes both performance and versatility in their yachts, catering to a range of sailing styles from competitive racing to sporty cruising. The X-Yachts XR represents a bold new chapter for the shipyard. By harnessing the power of AI and collaborating with leading industry figures, they’ve developed a yacht poised to excel. The focus on knowledge transfer through dedicated training programs promises to benefit not only professional racers but also future XR owners, ensuring this innovative design continues to push boundaries on the water.

For more information about X-Yachts, please visit https://www.x-yachts.com/en/?_gl=1*rk98ql*_up*MQ..*_ga*MjAxNjgyMjM4OC4xNzE5NDIwNzky*_ga_S9H9DHRVXM*MTcxOTQyMDc5MS4xLjAuMTcxOTQyMTQ0My4wLjAuMA

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