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Owner’s Comments

CHALLENGE BUSINESS 45 (Formerly BIG SPIRIT) is a 72ft steel sailing yacht built at the Devonport yards, in 2000, specifically to provide the safest platform for 18 people from all walks of life to come together as a team and complete what was billed as the toughest yacht race in the world; sailing around the world against prevailing winds and currents.

Challenge Business commissioned 12 identical yachts to be built based on all the experience they had gain from already running the 1992 and 1996 Global Challenge races with the original 67ft design. The new 72ft class was built to be stronger, safer, faster and more comfortable to sail and live aboard.

CHALLENGE BUSINESS 45 has a very good record, having completed two safe and successful round the world races (BT Global Challenge 2000/1 and the Global Challenge 2004/5), winning the last race in 2004/2005 and is still the holder of the class record for the round the island race on the south coast.

Yacht Details

  1. Builder: Devonport Yachts Ltd
  2. Model: Devonport Challenge 72
  4. Hull Designer: Rob Humphreys
  5. Year Built: 2000
  6. LOA: 72’ / 21.95m
  7. LWL: 61’ / 18.59m
  8. Beam: 18’ / 5.50m
  9. Min / Max Draft: 10’5” / 3.20m
  10. Displacement: 43,000kg / 94799lb
  11. Fuel Capacity: 2150 litres
  12. Water Capacity: 1775 litres
  13. Accommodation: 18 berths in 5 cabin(s)
  14. Engine: 1 Perkins Sabre M130C (130hp) Diesel
  15. Location: Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom
  16. Price: £195,000, + VAT

Contact Details

sue-grant-18, Berthon Brokerage

Sue Grant
Berthon Yacht Sales
Tel: 01590 679222


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