Is the Antares Fast?

“I think it can move. There are 32 boats doing the leg from Galapagos to Marquesas. We are a bit over half way done. Two Fish is behind a custom 54 foot monohull and a 47 foot Beneteau. We are in front of all the catamarans (St Francis, Leopard, Lagoon, Fontaine Pajot, etc). We are in front of 3 Oysters, all over 60 feet.”  – Jason S aboard Antares s/v Two Fish


For the Record

1st Place World ARC - Panama to Galapagos

Antares s/v Two Fish placed first (out of 9 catamarans) in the multi-hull division of the World Arc on the first leg to the Galapagos Islands.

1st Place World ARC - Galapagos to French Polynesia

Antares s/v Blue Summit placed first (out of 9 catamarans) on the 3,000 nautical mile sail to French Polynesia.

Performance is dependent on a lot of variables. Sea conditions and how the vessel is outfitted can greatly influence the outcome. The Antares 44 is designed and built with those variables in mind. Even when fully loaded for circumnavigation, the Antares 44 continues to perform. Proper bridge-deck clearance, narrow hulls and light-weight interior all contribute to great blue water performance.

And while the luxurious hand finished interior is designed for beauty and comfort, its light-weight construction means we don’t compromise performance and we don’t have to overcompensate with the size of the rigging.

“Real-World” Performance

Performance is important.  Every sailor needs to understand the sailing ratios, and how they apply to their boat.  In this video, we dive deep into performance numbers of the Antares, outlining what the numbers really mean to ‘Real-World’ performance for sailors wanting to cruise the world.

* Cruising displacement is published light displacement plus a 33kg anchor, 60m of chain, 75% of liquid capacity, dingy, 15hp engine, and 2,000lbs of personal effects and provisions

* Sail area is the mainsail plus genoa sail areas

Captain's Report

Blue Dawn, an Antares 44i, sailed in a little over three weeks from the US Virgin Islands to Cadiz, Spain, averaging about 7 knots.  This was an impressive average, especially considering the sea state for the journey.

You can read more this trip by clicking the link below.

Boat Speed Data

Below is a table with a summary of data, all of which is accompanied by anecdotal information provided by the owners. Note: the condition of the boats are fully loaded for extended cruising. Link on ‘more’ for background information on the particular sea conditions and the loaded capacity of the vessel.

True Wind Direction/Speed

Sail Combinations

Apparent Wind Direction

Boat Speed

15 knots 90°

Full Main / 130 Genoa

50° Stbd Bow

7 – 8 knots

15 knots 90°

Full Main / 130 Genoa


9 knots

18 – 20 knots 110° – 120° (gusts of 33 knots)

Single Reef / 130 Genoa

60° – 70°

8 – 11 knots

12 knots (close reach)

Full Main / 135 Genoa


6 – 8 knots

18 – 22 knots

Asymmetrical Spinnaker

170° – 150°

8 – 10 knots

Below is a link to the PDQ 42 polars.  This boat is identical in the hull design to the Antares 44, except for two feet on the stern.  Most of our owners use these polars for passage planning.  You can also find the polars pre-loaded on the premium weather site Predict Wind.

Sail Crossover Chart

We asked Memo Castro – Antares Yachts General Manager and experienced sailor – to put together a sail crossover chart to plot out the area each sail covers on the wind speed/wind angle matrix. This chart is intended for general guidance only and may vary in accordance to sea conditions.