Our Story

Southern Wind Shipyard was founded in Cape Town in 1991 by the engineer Willy Persico, an Italian charismatic entrepreneur who made the shipyard an international success story that continues today, after he sadly passed away in 2018.

This continuity comes thanks to the fact that Persico passed his baton to his closest collaborators and to a team of new shareholders, all sailors and yachtsmen, with a clear vision and fresh outlook. Among them, the Spanish Juan Ignacio Entrecanales, Executive Vice President at ACCIONA,  a global group that develops and manages sustainable infrastructure solutions, especially in renewable energy. Epitome of a Southern Wind owner, he built three yachts with us.

Since its foundation, SWS has specialized in the production of semi-custom high performance superyachts. Each of the projects launched over the shipyard’s history has given rise to successful mini-series each of which has contributed in its own way to consolidating SWS solid reputation.

Investment in research, product development and the latest construction techniques has been of paramount importance to SWS’s technological innovation over the years. As a result, the shipyard is entirely selfsufficient in all aspects of yacht manufacturing, from lamination and steelwork to carpentry, painting and interior assembly.


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