The Oyster 70 is an elegant and stylish derivative of the successful Oyster 68; however, the beauty of the Oyster 70 is more than skin deep. In addition to stunning looks, the yacht has "proven" performance and seakeeping qualities gained by many tens of thousands of sea miles around the world's oceans. This is a yacht that has already rounded Cape Horn and explored the Patagonian ice cap. It has also won the "Yachting World" trophy for the fastest crossing in the ARC Transatlantic, where an Oyster 68 averaged over 200 miles a day for 14 days, beating some 80 footers. We recently had a report from an owner who averaged over 9.2 knots for 1,300 miles. The Oyster 70 boasts some innovative features, but at the same time enjoys the reputation of being a very well-proven, blue water performance cruiser. The design has the benefit of a computer generated, high performance bulb keel, or HPB, which is a design aimed at maximizing stability and sailing performance while maintaining the cruising convenience of moderate draft. On deck a tall "sport" rig and very efficient fully-battened mainsail is offered. For ease of handling, the in-mast furling rig well proven on the 68 series is another option. A raised, teak-capped bulwark provides additional security on the working deck, particularly forward, and allows the benefit of flat side decks and a graceful sheer line. The Oyster 70 is offered on a semi-custom basis so that owner's individual priorities may be incorporated. A library of different, CAD-generated interior configurations is supplemented by the ability to produce virtually any variant for owner's approval by utilizing the in-house design studio. Choice not compromise is the theme of the Oyster 70 and, by a process of development and experience, the design team can advise each owner on what really works best. But choice is not just about interior layouts; it also applies to the almost infinite range of equipment, fixtures, and fittings on offer for yachts of this size.