Italian shipbuilders, Fincantieri, celebrate the achievement of the 'Destreiro' they built in 1991 & still holds Atlantic crossing speed record
The monohull, built in 1991 in less than a year by Fincantieri, sailed 3,106 nautical miles without refueling, from Ambrose Light, New York to Bishop Rock lightship on the Scilly Isles, England, in 58 hours at an average speed of 53 knots (reaching peaks of 70), and won once more the Blue Riband which in 1933 had been awarded to the legendary transatlantic liner, the Rex.
Built at the shipyards of Muggiano and Riva Trigoso, the Destriero was the largest ship in light alloy ever to be constructed and one of the vessels with the highest concentration of efficiency, power and technology. At 67 metres long with a beam of 13 metres and 60,000 HP, the yacht could reach average speeds of over 60 knots.
Construction of the Destriero marked for Fincantieri the beginning of the production of a new generation of high speed vessels with consequent benefits for commercial development.
The Destriero followed in the wake of the Blue Riband tradition; her challenge to the Atlantic started from Ismaili Prince Karim Aga Khan, who sponsored the initiative, supported by leading testimonials of Italian industry and culture of the time, from the Fiat of Gianni Agnelli, to the IRI of Franco Nobili and other numerous sponsors.