Italia 9.98, powerful and balanced

Even if Italia 9.98 is the smallest range boat, it encloses all the most important features defining the Italia Yachts brand. Italia 9.98 is designed specifically for fun sailing and is particularly dedicated to handicap racing (ORC and IRC), but it is also well indicated for short cruises.

Italia 9.98 is a fast boat but at the same time easy to sail. The main project puropose has been to find the correct balance between the different kind of use, from windward-leeward races to offshore racing or cruising, obtaining a true all-round yacht with an optimal balance between upwind and downwind performance both in light and strong winds.

Italia 9.98: one spirit, two versions

The 9.98 models were created by Italia Yachts chief designer Matteo Polli in collaboration with hull designer Matteo Ledri of CapeHorn Engineering for CFD analysis and the interior designer Kristian Macchiut of KMD.

In 2017, the Italia 9.98 Bellissima – almost identical in construction and performance to the 9.98 Fuoriserie – was launched. With only minor modifications needing to be made the Bellissima is designed to be more comfortable to cruise.

Italia 9.98 will have you sailing faster and safer. Winner of two consecutive ORC World Championships 9.98 Fuoriserie is a pure race version. The 9.98 Bellissima is equally as happy flat out in race mode or on a relaxing family cruise.

Design philosophy

Italia’s 9.98 concept is to make sailing fun. The essential feature is a powerful easy to helm boat that gives you the optimum balance between upwind and downwind performance in strong or light winds. 9.98 Fuoriserie version is a pure race boat designed to win cups in ORC and IRC handicap racing. The 9.98 Bellissima is perfect for both cruising and racing.


Both versions of Italia’s 9.98 have the same basic construction and are made of the same materials. Hull and deck are sandwich with a variable density PVC core. The outer layers are biaxial and unidirectional glass fibres impregnated with vinyl ester resin.
A single structural frame, bonded internally reinforces the hull spreading the mast, keel and rigging loads. Hull and deck are finished in gelcoat with the cockpit and side decks having a moulded nonslip surface.

Clever design below the waterline

The use of CFD in designing keel, bulb and rudder together with the team’s regatta experience has led to the perfect balance of performance and handling. The all lead fintorpedo is 40% of the overall displacement and has a very high hydrodynamic efficiency. The foil sections are the result of a careful optimization process: the result is minimum drag and good flow stability in all conditions. The generous rudder area and high aspect ratio has resulted in superb
manoeuvrability and an exceptionally responsive helm.

Yacht of the Year

Italia 9.98 was nominated for the important International award “European Yacht of the Year”, in the Performance Cruiser category.

Sail Plan


The 9.98 comes with tapered profile 9/10 fractional, aluminium performance mast fitted with pole track as standard. Full carbon mast is an optional extra. The two spreaders are swept at 21° maximizing jib roach.

The aluminium boom has an internal outhaul. Discontinuous rigging and forestay is 1×19 stainless steel wire, with turnbuckles. The chain plates are placed at the widest part of the beam for maximum mast support and safe access to the foredeck. Forestay comes fitted with plastic foil. The backstay is a low-stretch Dyneema® with tensioner. All running rigging is in Dyneema®.

The Bellissima version comes with an integrated bowsprit as standard.


The Italia 9.98-Fuoriserie and 9.98-Bellissima have the same sail plan, with generous but non-overlapping foresails and a good aspect ratio. 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 cans’ racing are standard fittings, and for coastal offshore racing or cruising an asymmetric can be flown from the bowsprit.

Mainsheet area: 38 sm (409 sq ft)
Jib area: 32 sm (344.4 sq ft)
Spinnaker area: 90 sm (968,7 sq ft)
Gennaker area: 105 sm (1.131 sq ft)

The essence of a pure racer

Italia 9.98’s hull, keel and rudder were designed using extensive computational fluid dynamics modelling to maximise velocity performance using prediction programs. The resulting design has slender waterlines and straight buttock lines when upright. This gives the advantage on downwind legs, whereas at increasing heeling angles, waterlines get much wider giving greater stability whilst remaining symmetrical and balanced. This design has led to the perfect balance of performance and handling.

Italia 9.98 Fuoriserie Interiors Design

Italia 9.98 Fuoriserie have two cabins – one forward and one aft, really roomy heads, open plan central saloon, L shaped galley and an unexpectedly comfortable navigation station. The chart table on the starboard side is opposite the galley – equipped with a sink, generous fridge and a gimballed two burner stove.

The modern look below is light, bright and airy characterized by a polished gelcoat finish giving surfaces that are attractive yet functional for racing. Innovative fabric lockers are removable to minimise displacement in race mode. An attractive antislip coating is bonded to the marine ply cabin soles. All cabin doors have aluminium frames for greater durability.

Technical Specifications

Naval architecture Matteo Polli / Italia Yachts
Interior design Kristian Macchiut (KMD)
Exterior design Kristian Macchiut / Matteo Polli
Engineering & structural design Matteo Polli / Italia Yachts
Length over all 10.30 m (34 ft)
Max beam 3.54 m (11,6 ft)
Draft 1.90 m (6,2 ft)
Displacement 4,500 kg (9,920 lbs)
Mainsail area 38 sm (409 sq ft)
Jib area 32 sm (344.4 sq ft)
Spinnaker area 90 sm (968,7 sq ft)
Gennaker area 105 sm (1.131 sq ft)
GPH ORC 625 - 630 sec/m
IRC TCC 1,015 - 1,025


Awards & Trophies

2016 Nomination “European Yacht of the Year”
2015 ORCi World Champion (Barcelona – Spain)
2016 ORCi World Champion (Copenhagen – Denmark)
2016 ORCi German Champion (Kiel – Germany)
2016 ORCi Dutch Champion (Scheveningen – Holland)
2016 ORCi Italian Champion (Palermo – Italy)
2016 2nd at ORCi European Championship (Porto Carras – Greece)
2016 Winner at XVIII Trofeo S.M. La Reina- 2016 (Valencia – Spain)
2016 2nd at 43 Trofeo de Vela Conde de Godò (Barcelona – Spain)
2016 2nd at New York Yacht Club 162nd Annual Regatta (USA)
2017 2nd at Chile National Championship (Chile)
2017 Winner at Regata dei Due Golfi (Lignano – Italy)
2017 Winner at Pasquavela (Santo Stefano – Italy)