Italia 9.98 / 34
Designed to dominate, pure and simple. Striking an optimal balance between upwind and downwind performance, the Italia 9.98 is ideal for both windward-leeward races as well as offshore racing.
The Italia 9.98 was developed to deliver the characteristics demanded explicitly by professional racers and clients with a desire for performance. Even with such emphasis, every Italia 9.98 can be customized and tailed to the individual's unique specifications with a variety of equipment options and configurations available.
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Designed to provide the performance-oriented sailor with a vessel that is not only deceptively fast but also exceptionally comfortable and safe. The Bellissima series features deck plans and cockpits configured for shorthanded sailing, ideal for a couple or a family, and refined interior designs with all the luxuries demanded long-distance cruising.
The Sport Series is Optimized for performance and built with a first-place finish as the primary design objective. Both the Italia 9.98 and the new 11.98 have claimed the title of ORC World Champion. There is nothing faster than an Italia Yacht in the hands of a capable sailor.
ONE SPIRIT, TWO VERSIONS
The Italia 9.98 is available in two versions, the Sport and the Bellissima. The Sport is for the purest who has nothing less than first place in mind. Designed to dominate in ORC and IRC competition, this is a boat where every aspect of the design is geared to win.
The Bellissima is almost identical in construction and performance to the Sport but offers a few additional refinements, which make it not only quick on the racecourse but also comfortable and fun for the family to cruise.
Inspired by Italia Yachts chief designer Matteo Polli in collaboration with hull designer Matteo Ledri of Cape Horn Engineering. The concept for the Italia 9.98 was to create a pure racing machine that is both powerful, yet comfortable and enjoyable at the helm. The performance objective was to create a yacht with an ideal balance between upwind and downwind capabilities in a variety of wind conditions.
The interior was designed by Kristian Macchiut of KMD Design to maintain a performance edge without sacrificing comfort and style. The Italian influence is evident in the selection of teak trim, elegant stainless steel finishes, and sleek styling.
The hull and deck feature GRP laminates with a variable density PVC foam core. The outer laminates utilize a combination of biaxial and unidirectional glass fibers impregnated with vinyl ester resins for optimal strength and protection against osmosis.
The single structure frame is bonded internally to reinforce the hull and ensure even distribution of the mast, keel, and rigging loads. Gelcoat finishes off the hull and deck while the cockpit and side decks incorporate a nonskid surface.
The Secret Below the waterline
With years of racing and world-class competition experience between them, the design team relied upon their knowledge of what makes for a fast yacht and combined it with the utilization of the most modern computational fluid dynamic design tools available. The result of which is a keel, bulb, and rudder that is perfectly balanced for performance and handling.
The all lead fin keel incorporates a torpedo style bulb, accounts for 40% of the yacht's displacement, and is built to ensure a precise level of hydrodynamic efficiency. The foil sections produce minimal drag and excellent flow stability in all conditions. The generous rudder area and high aspect ratio result in superb maneuverability and a helm that is exceptionally responsive and well balanced.
The profile of the deck and coach roof are designed to reduce wind resistance while enabling safe and secure movement from the cockpit. The cockpit was designed to be functional and ergonomic in a way that minimizes crew fatigue and puts everything where you'd expect for maximum efficiency. The high freeboard combined with the shape of the hull makes for a dry deck and cockpit environment while enabling a massive amount of storage in the lockers and an impressive amount of interior volume.
Externally, the only differences between the pure performance Sport version and the family-friendly Bellissima, are the twin wheels, larger cockpit benches finished with synthetic teak and the integrated bowsprit.
A POWERFUL SAIL PLAN
The Italia 9.98 Sport and Bellissima share the same sail plan. The foresails have a powerful aspect ratio and a generous amount of volume without overlapping. The mainsail has a moderate square head with a considerable roach, eliminating the requirement for a split backstay or runners. The optional spinnaker fittings for 'round the can' racing is standard. For coastal and offshore racing or cruising, an asymmetric flown from the bowsprit is ideal.
MAST AND RIGGING
The Italia 9.98, right out of the box is a real performance yacht. Even the standard equipment was specifically chosen to give an edge over the competition. The standard rig configuration includes a 9/10 fractional aluminum mast with a tapered profile, and two spreaders swept back at a 21-degree angle to maximize jib roach. The aluminum boom includes an internal outhaul. For the serious racer, the optional carbon fiber mast and boom is a popular option.
The discontinuous standing rigging is constructed of 1x19 stainless steel wire with closed body turnbuckles for excellent spar support. The chainplates are integrated at the broadest part of the beam for maximum mast support and to ensure unobstructed access to the foredeck. The forestay also includes a foil for added performance. The running rigging is all high quality, low-stretch Dyneema, as is the backstay with tensioner. The Bellissima version includes an integrated bowsprit as standard equipment.
THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A PURE RACE BOAT
The hull, keel, and rudder of the Italia 9.98 were designed using an extensive computational fluid dynamic design as well as modeling to maximize performance by utilizing velocity prediction programs (VVP). The design and analysis, paired with the teams many years of competitive racing, resulted in a slender waterline to optimize performance downwind. When the heeling angle increases on the upwind, the waterline gets much fuller, and when combined with the powerful transom, delivers superior stability while remaining symmetrical and balanced.
The Italian refinements are evident throughout the interior of the Italia 9.98. Modern finishes and superb quality maintain all the essentials for a pleasant cruising experience without sacrificing performance.
Both Sport and Bellissima versions feature two cabins, one forward in the forepeak and the other aft in the port quarter. To starboard of the companionway is the surprisingly large and well-appointed head.
The saloon features a centerline table with two folding leaves and integrated stainless steel handrails and straight settees to port and starboard with lee cloths, ideal for sea berths. The L-shaped galley features a single basin sink, a generous amount of cold storage, and a gimbaled two-burner stove. The nav station is forward-facing with a good size chart table and access to the yachts systems and electrical panel.
The Bellissima version differs only slightly from the Sport. Additional interior refinements for added comfort and livability include extra storage lockers with Lexan doors to port and starboard in the main salon and forward cabin. Cushions are a bit deeper and plush and, in the galley, an oven with two-burner stove.
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