86′ IRC Racer

The 86-foot racer UCA was designed and built in 2002 especially for participation in the "Daimler Chrysler North Atlantic Challenge 2003".

The transatlantic regatta from New York to Cuxhaven was launched on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Hamburgischer Verein Seefahrt and for many experienced ocean sailors, participation in this race was considered an obligatory and interesting challenge.

With a maximum speed exceeding 30 knots UCA finished in the top ranks and won one year later in 2004 the 600 miles Rund Skagen race.

UCA was exclusively made for racing, designed by Judel/Vrolijk and built by Knierim as the first ever built boat on the new yard at the Kiel Canal. Knierim’s owners Gunnar Knierim and Steffen Müller used their wealth of experience from former projects to built UCA within 212 days from mould construction to maiden voyage.

Thanks to her size UCA has been not only been an eyecatcher here in Northern Europe but also a potential candidate for first-ship-home honors in various races.


Year built2002
L.o.a.25,90 m
Beam5,22 m
Draft4,52 m
Displacement28,5 t
Main Sail240 m²
Fore sail140 m²
Spinnaker600 m²

Further information

  • Excerpt from DCNAC TV report 2003