Balance 526 Launched in South Africa
Hull #01 Launched
Over the past week the Balance team have been in Cape Town to commission and test sail the first Balance 526, Ondine, built for Dr. Jeffrey Phillips. Designers Anton Du Toit, Phillip Berman, and Jonathan Paarman were on hand to discuss her and sail with writers from Cruising World, SAIL, and South African Sailing.
Ondine is an absolutely stunning catamaran that met all expectations and more. During the sea trials the winds seldom exceeded 12 knots, yet we were able to sail at wind speed in true winds of 8 knots or more quite often. Sometimes we exceeded wind speed on a brand new rig and catamaran we were just tuning up.
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