Pieter Heerema

No Way Back

Born in South America before moving to Holland at the age of 11, Pieter Heerema had a long sailing career ahead of him, both in inshore racing and cruising with his family in various parts of the world.

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64 years old - Warmond - HOLLAND

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Born in South America before moving to Holland at the age of 11, Pieter Heerema had a long sailing career ahead of him, both in inshore racing and cruising with his family in various parts of the world. After starting out on a 470, then on an Yngling, he moved to a J/22 and J/24. Since the nineties, he has spent a lot of time crewed racing on two well known types of boat: Dragons and RC 44s, the class thought up by Russell Coutts. Getting some excellent results on an international level, he has often made it to the podium and achieved success with the crew that he has led.

After doing so well with a crew, will Pieter Heerema manage to do the same sailing solo around the world? He admits, “I don’t have much experience of solo sailing. He has however done a lot to be in with a good chance of succeeding. Firstly, he acquired a brand new boat: Vento di Sardegna, the VPLP-Verdier designed foiler built at the Persico Marine yard originally for the Italian skipper, Andrea Mura and launched last summer. Then, he has been able to work with the best: Michel Desjoyeaux and Mer Agitée, but also with some other top class names from offshore sailing, such as Antoine Mermod and Ludovic Aglaor, among others. Pieter Heerema says he equally likes racing and cruising. “I like going a long way, fishing and grilling what I have caught. I don’t like spending my holidays in a hotel. I like the simple life and above all love being out at sea.” The boat (called No Way Back, as was the case in the RC44 circuit) has been reinforced and a training programme set up: six weeks in the Canaries to take advantage of the excellent conditions, then two solo transatlantic crossings. One outside of the context of a race between Puerto Calero and Newport and the other racing between New York and Les Sables.

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No Way Back is the former Vento di Sardegna, a VPLP-Verdier designed boat from the latest generation, built originally for the Italian skipper, Andrea Mura, before his sponsors were forced to throw in the towel due to the economic crisis in Italy. Consequently, she is a brand new boat with foils, very similar to Armel Le Cléac’h’s new Banque Populaire and Morgan Lagravière’s Safran. Built at the Persico Marine yard in Italy and launched last August, this 60-foot boat was designed to be capable of winning the Vendée Globe. She has just been reinforced at the CDK yard in Lorient, following the damage suffered by the foilers in the Transat Jacques Vabre. A technological gem and a brand new boat, as she never took part in any races under her previous name. Pieter Heerema will have to learn how to tame her and is being helped to do that by Michel Desjoyeaux’s Mer Agitée team. You can’t find a much better teacher than that. While Pieter admits his main goal is simply to complete the voyage, with such a machine, he may catch the racing bug.

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Boat's previous name : Vento di Sardegna
Designer : VPLP-Verdier
Boat Builder : Persico Marine
Launch Date : 01 august 2015
Lenght : 18,28 m
Beam : 5,80 m
Draught : 4,50 m
Displacement (weight) : 7,5 tonnes
Mast heigh : 29 m
Upwind sail area : 320 m²
Downwind sail area : 570 m²

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