Alfa Romeo I

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Alfa Romeo I
Other namesShockwave
La Bête
Yacht clubRoyal Ocean Racing Club
Nation United Kingdom
Sydney, Australia
LaunchedJuly 2002
Owner(s)Neville Crichton
George David
Philip Rann
Racing career
Notable victories2002 Sydney–Hobart (l.h.)
Typemaxi yacht

Alfa Romeo I (formerly Shockwave, Rambler, currently La Bête) is a 27.43-metre (90.0 ft) fixed keel maxi yacht, launched 2002, which placed first in the 2002 Sydney-Hobart race and the 2003 Giraglia Rolex cup regatta.

She was designed by Reichel/Pugh, and built by McConaghy Boats, Sydney, Australia using carbon fibre composite construction. Southern Spars of Auckland, New Zealand built her mast. She has a fixed bulb keel. Launched in July 2002, she won the 2003 Giraglia Rolex Cup regatta, one of Europe's most prestigious regattas.[1] She was first to finish in the 2003 Fastnet race, although she did not win on handicapped time.[2] In 2002, she was first to finish in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.[3] She was first to finish in at least 74 races around the world.


The Alfa Romeo yachts owned by Neville Crichton were sponsored by Alfa Romeo Automobiles S.p.A. of Turin, Italy. They own the Alfa Romeo name and other intellectual properties such as logos, emblems (used on Alfa Romeo III).

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  1. ^ Unattributed (17 June 2004). "Australian Yacht Wins Europe's Most Prestigious Race". Alfa Romeo Yacht Racing Team. Archived from the original on 8 October 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
  2. ^ Unattributed (8 August 2003). "Alfa Romeo Wins the Fastnet and Takes Ocean Racing's Trifecta in Eight Months". Alfa Romeo Yacht Racing Team. Archived from the original on 21 September 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2009.
  3. ^ Unattributed (29 November 2002). "YACHT RACING; Alfa Romeo Finishes First in Sydney-Hobart". Sports. New York Times. pp. sec. 8, p.12. Retrieved 8 July 2009.

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