This steel-built Marconi cutter was commissioned from Olin Stephens by a Mr John B. Goulandris in 1970, who wanted a fast yacht to compete in the American East Coast regattas in general and the Bermuda Race in particular. From 1970 to 1977, Amazon took part in various events in America before completing several cruises between there and Europe. In 1992, her German owner Klaus Lower sent her to Holland for a major restoration, during which all of her interiors were dismantled to allow her hull to be sanded. In 2009, Amazon AYC changed hands again and underwent another refit at La Rochelle in France. In 2010, the Marconi yawl participated in the British Classic Regatta, the Brest Classic Week, the Judith Trophy (Douarnenez-Southampton) and took overall victory in the Atlantic Trophy (Douarnenez-Horta-Douarnenez).
Argos is a fast, comfortable, seaworthy craft that swept the boards in the many regattas she entered. Based in Spain, she has spent her entire life in the Mediterranean and has cruised as far as Morocco and Turkey. Argos has competed in numerous editions of the Trofeo Almirante Conde de Barcelona and has been overall winner in the Spanish Rute de la Sal race. A regular at the Copa del Rey de Barcos de Época at Mahon, in 2012, she won her category and also made it to the podium at the Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca regattas. In 2014, Argos went to Le Vele d’Epoca di Imperia for the second time. She is built from mahogany planking over a mahogany frame and has iroko interiors.
Argyll is owned by well-known Welsh actor, writer and TV presenter Griffith ‘Griff’ Rhys Jones who also owns Undina, a 1956 Abeking & Rasmussen. She was design no. 628 to emerge from Sparkman & Stephens’ New York studio and in shape and proportions is reminiscent of the famous Bolero, designed the same year. Argyll underwent significant renovations in England in the noughties, involving the replacement of all her frame timbers and 80% of her mahogany planking. Her interiors, on the other hand, were also adapted to ensure that she would provide comfortable cruising in the Mediterranean. In 2010, the yawl competed in several rounds of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, not least Les Voiles d’Antibes and Les Régates Royales de Cannes.
El Calima cuenta con dos cumpleaños. El primero, su botadura en 1970 tras ser construido en los Astilleros Carabela con un diseño de Sparkman & Stephens. El segundo, en 1999 tras ser adquirido por Javier Pujol Usandizaga. Gracias a las mejoras conseguidas y a la pericia de sus marineros, el Calima cuenta con el honor de haber conquistado en 2001 la Fasnet Race en su clase.
Chinook (sail number NY-48), ex Pauline, is a NY 40, one of the so-called ‘Fighting Forties’. A total of 14 examples of this class were commissioned between 1916 and 1926 by members of the New York Yacht Club. Just four are still afloat, including Rowdy (1916) and Marilee (1926). The latter and Chinook are the only gaff cutter-rigged versions. Chinook was built simultaneous to 11 other identical NY40s in just six months between 1915 and 1916.
Purchased in March 2010 in Newport by Irish skipper Jonathan Greenwood and Sandra Ugolini, Chinook was cargo- shipped to Genoa and then Bizerta in Tunisia. Her next owner, Graham Walker, who had already won the Trofeo Panerai on several occasions with Rowdy, sold her on to London-based Paolo Zannoni, who sailed her to victory in the Vintage category of the 2014 Trofeo Panerai.
Comet’s design was inspired by Stormy Weather and Skylark both of which also emerged from the Sparkman & Stephens studio in New York. Her first owner was a Chicago-based lawyer called John P. Wilson who sailed her on the Great Lakes. In the 1970s, however, the yawl completed a four-year round the world voyage. In 2002, Comet’s new owner Peter Wood had her shipped from the US to Britain. There, she was restored at the Gweek Boatyard in Cornwall in line with her original plans and renamed Cometa. Transferred to the Mediterranean, she won the Porquerolles Classic in 2007, before being sold to a Swiss owner in 2012 who returned her to her original name of Comet.
Shipped from USA to Gweek Quay Boatyard in Cornwall for restoration in 2004. She had new masts fitted and was renamed ‘Cometa‘. ‘Classic Boat’ magazine showed her refit in November 2004 with Olin Stephens having come aboard himself for the launch! 2007 – New ownership 2012 – New ownership and reverted back to the original name ‘Comet’ Based in Barcelona at the Real Club Nautico and will be participating in the classic regattas in the Med in the coming years .(Nov, 2012)
Participated in the 2013 Yawlba event on Elba island with 4 other S & S yawls.
Eilean (little island” in Gaelic) , was built in 1936 and launched the following year. She has made an astonishing 36 Atlantic crossings, and spent much of her career between Europe and Antigua. In 1982, she was used as the floating set for Duran Duran’s video for their hit song Rio. In 2006, Eilean was rediscovered in an advanced state of disrepair and purchased by luxury watchmaker Officine Panerai.
She was immediately moved by cargo ship to the Francesco Del Carlo shipyard in Viareggio. There she remained for over three years during which time she was completely and meticulously restored. Eilean has a composite hull made of 4 cm Burmese teak planking on galvanised iron ribs, beams, floor timbers and reinforcements. Almost all of her original hull planking was saved, during her renovations. In 2012, Eilean sailed back across the Atlantic once again to take part in the Antigua Classic Week.
Encounter is the only "sistership" to Bumblebee, the successfull participant of the Australian Admiral's Cup team in 1974.
An American was so impressed by Bumblebee's success that he confirmed his order with German Frers and Palmer Johnson in 1974.
Building started, however, due to unforseen circumstances, Encounter was launched only in 1976.
In her first years she sailed with some success in numerous Chigago to Mackinac races.But by the early 80's she started changing hands, having several owners who sailed her on the Great Lakes.
In 2008 we found and bought Encounter. She was standing in a shipyard in Florida. Had been, more or less, abandoned and was damaged in a hurricane during which her mast also broke.
But it was easy to regognise her pedigree, with beautiful lines and very good build quality.
Today Encounter is based on the South coast of France, participates in numerous Classic Yacht regattas and is also used for family cruising around the Mediterrenenan.
Diseñado y construido por German Frers para la primer regata Buenos Aires – Rio de Janeiro en 1947. A pesar de partir 48 horas tarde llego segundo de la flota a Rio de Janeiro. Tal fue el éxito del Fjord III que le encargaron varias copias mas a German Frers como sea el Cippino y el Joanne que siguen, igual que el Fjord III, en competencia.
Paso por varios dueños quienes lo navegaron en regatas como el Newport – Bermuda donde gano su clase. Paso 20 años en las islas del Pacifico, otros 40 años en Los Angeles, California, el estado de Oregon y San Francisco donde lo encontró Scott Perry del Uruguay en 2011 en excelente estado de conservacion pero preparado para crucero en vez de regata.
Una vez en Uruguay se restauro como velero de regata pura sangre. Luego de 5 temporadas compitiendo en el Rio de la Plata se embarco al Mediterraneo en 2015 donde ha participado en regatas en España, Francia e Italia con resultados muy buenos.
Designed and built by German Frers for the first Buenos Aires – Rio de Janeiro regatta in 1947. Despite starting 48 hours late she arrived in second place in Rio de. Janeiro. Such was Fjord III´s success that several copies were ordered from German Frers including Cippino and Joanne which, like Fjord III, are still competing.
She had several owners who sailed her in many regattas such as the Newport – Bermuda Regatta where she won her class. She spent 20 years in the Pacific Islands, another 40 years between Los Angeles, California, the state of Oregon and San Francisco where Scott Perry of Uruguay found her in 2011 in excellent condition but prepared for cruising rather than racing.
Once in Uruguay she was restored back to her present state as a thoroughbred racing yacht. After 5 seasons competing in the Rio de la Plata she was shipped to the Mediterranean in 2015 where she has participated in regattas in Spain, France and Italy with very good results.
This wooden yacht was built to the IOR for a group of Barcelona businessmen and spent most of her time in the Mediterranean and Atlantic. In 2003, her new owners, the Pella brothers of Barcelona, treated her to major renovations that allowed her to participate in numerous veteran and classic boat rallies, in which she performed brilliantly. Galvana won her class at the 2005 Argentario Sailing Week and finished second the next year and third in 2007. She won her class (Classic Marconi A) in the Les Voiles de Saint Tropez in 2008 and took overall victory in the Classic category at the Règates Royales de Cannes.
The 24.7m cutter Hallowe’en designed by William Fife III for Lt Col JFN Baxendale, was launched in 1926 just in time to compete in the ORC FastNet. William Fife III, designer of a number of classic yachts still racing today was quoted once as saying “Hallowe’en is the perfect gentleman’s yacht. She is a jewel”.
Racing in the 2nd Fastnet Race, Hallowe’en sailed the fleet home to cross the line some 10 hours before the next competitor. A record which would stand until 1939 when the new course was shortened.
Hallowe’en is a Marconi cutter inspired by the lines of the International 15-metre Classes. She not only won the Fastnet but also set an as yet unbroken record for the race in the year she was launched. Hallowe’en later spent time in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, and, under the name Magda XII, in Norway.
There Prince Olaf, the future King of Norway, was often a guest aboard. Between the 1940s and 50s, she sailed in America as Cotton Blossom IV, winning numerous regattas. During the 1980s, she was restored by the Classic Boat Museum in Newport, to which she’d been donated.
In the course of her long career Hallowe’en has been converted from a Marconi cutter to a gaff cutter and then a yawl. In 1993, she was converted back to a Marconi cutter during a restoration job at Barcelona. In 1999 she was sold to a Dutch owner. She has been owned by an Irishman since 2007. Fife himself described Hallowe’en as “perfect, a gem”.
William Fife decided to rig the yacht as a low-aspect ration Bermudan cutter, which was uncommon in the days when gaff rigged racers dominated the various regattas. These experiments with her rig continued over the following years as her mast and boom heights changed and eventually she was transformed to a yawl. As a yawl– rigged COTTON BLOSSOM IV she dominated ocean racing for many years, and has held important records. After racing in the Mediterranean for a number of years she returned to the Atlantic under new owner Alfred Larsen, a Norwegian industrialist. She became the Royal Norwegian Racing Clubs official yacht and was helmed numerous times by future king to Norway, Prince Olaf.
In 1938 she ventured across the Atlantic and then disappeared off the radar. She was later discovered by Walter Wheeler and renamed Cotton Blosson IV before continuing her history of ocean racing and eventually being donated to the Classic Boat Museum at New Port, Rhode Island where she waited for a much needed refit. After 5 years of work in New Port, funds dried up and Hallowe’en was in need of new ownership and she eventually returned to the Mediterranean when Elizabeth Meyer (owner of J-Class Endeavour) helped find a buyer.
Under her new syndicate of Irish custodians, Hallowe'en has continued to improve the racing standards set in her early years by winning numerous Mediterranean regattas, as well as winning overall the Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge in 2017.
Este cutter de 19 metros, se construyo en el astillero Percy Vos Ltd en Auckland y fue botado en 1952. Fue el barco insignia del R.N.Z.Y.E. (Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron) entre 1961 y 1987, ganando casi todos los trofeos en la clase "A". Hay una escultura de bronce del Kahurangi en la entrada del Club.
En 1967 tomo parte en la mítica "Sidney-Hobart" y a continuación, en otras muchas regatas oceánicas entre Nueva Zelanda, Australia, las Islas Cook, las Fiji, Tasmania y Nueva Caledonia, ostentando el récord de la travesía en varias de ellas durante muchos años.
Durante esos años, Kahurangi tuvo entre sus tripulantes a algunos regatistas de fama mundial. El neozelandés Peter Blake, probablemente uno de los mejores que haya habido nunca y el francés Alain Colas, que años mas tarde conseguiría el Récord de la Vuelta al Mundo en Solitario, fueron solo algunos de ellos.
El Kahurangi partio de Nueva Zelanda en 1977, y aun se le recuerda después de tantos años. En el distrito Manurewa de Auckland, una calle hace honor a su nombre (Kahurangi Place).
Kahurangi fue diseñado por Arthur C. Robb para Lawrence D. Nathan. Lawrwnce era bisnieto de David Nathan (1816-1885), el pionero fundador de la empresa familiar "L. D. Nathan Co. Ltd (una de las primeras compañías establecidas en Nueva Zelanda.
Robb utilizo las reglas de la clase "12 metros" como base para su diseño. En los primeros diseños que dibujo, el barco media 55 pies de eslora pero vio los planos Doug Bremner (quien seria su primer capitán) y le dijo a Robb que el barco parecía como si le hubiesen cortado. Robb le contesto "eso tiene fácil arreglo" y con un un lápiz y una goma añadió cuatro pies a la proa y tres en la popa. Ciertamente, tanto el diseño final como el propio barco son muy elegantes.
929 - 1938 Marquis Franco Spinola, admiral of the Italian Navy and representative of one of the most outstanding families of Genoa - name: La Spina - home port: Santa Margherita Ligure (Italy) - Rig: Bermudan sloop. The owner interest was more in seafaring than racing and particular care has been devoted to the boat's internal accommodation and fitting, with view her being used as an habitable cruiser as well as a racer.
The accommodation comprises a handsome saloon, an owner's cabin, lavatory and bathroom. The joinery work of mahogany and maple was especially admirable. The crew space comprised a skipper's cabin and berths for four hands. Immediately after launching, the vessel sailed to Genoa, escorted by the 8-metre Bamba and Vega both entrants in the International Week regatta at Genoa.
The occasion special for the opening of the new head office at the Yacht Club Italiano in presence of the Italian Royal family. The location of the Baglietto yard on an open beach required the boat to be launched completely equipped and fitted out for sea. One of the most interesting operations was the stepping of the mast. This was done by rigging a pair of shrouds on the roof of the building shed and hauling out the vessel into a suitable position beneath.
La Spina entered in just two regattas in Cannes and in Santa Margherita and due to the lack of competitors and the decision of other owners and members of Yacht Club Italiano not to build other Twelves, in March 1930, marquis Spinola decided to alter her to Bermudan ketch and to increase the sail area to 196 sq.m; a 35 HP engine was installed and the hull was sheathed with copper; all this was done at Cantieri Baglietto.
1938 - 1956 Marquis Gian Augusto Salina Amorini Bolognini - new name: La Vespa - home port: Santa Margherita Ligure and Venice (Italy). The bill of sale was dated April 19th, 1938
Mariette is a gaff-rigged schooner and was built in 1915 by N.G Herreshoff from Bristol, Rhode Island, USA. She is one of only two large yachts that Herreshoff designed and built that still exist. Mariette is a well-known competitor on the regatta circuit and has been cruising and racing in the Mediterranean since the 1970’s when she left the Caribbean to make her home in Europe. Stats LOA - 40m, Beam - 7.2m, Draft - 4.8m, GRT - 102, Displacement - 175 tons, Flag - Isle of Man. Yacht Club – Royal Cornwall.
El Rowdy (número de vela NY 49), construido diez años antes de que su hermano, el Marilee (número de vela NY 50), es uno de los cuatro NY 40’s que aún navegan. La flota original, construida entre 1916 y 1926 por un grupo de miembros del New York Yacht Club, constaba de catorce ejemplares.
Estos yates, apodados los Cuarenta Combatientes, fueron los ganadores de la Bermuda Race de 1924 a 1928. Rowdy, cuyo primer propietario fue el senador estadounidense Holland Sackett Duell, originalmente tenía una vela cangreja. En 1998 se realizó una gran renovación.
El yate fue comprado por el inglés Graham Walker, y en 2008 navegó por primera vez en su categoría en la regata de Mahón-Imperia y en la Vele d'Epoca en Imperia. Ganó en la categoría de Época de la prestigiosa Panerai Classic Yates Challenge en 2008, 2010 y 2011.
Commissioned in 1937 by Judge Lawrence Dunham, Skylark is a near- twin of Stormy Weather, another Sparkman & Stephens design. She was the official boat of the Los Angeles and Transpacific Yacht Clubs, and often competed against and beat Humphrey Bogart’s Santana in the Pacific.
In 1950 and 1951, Skylark won the Newport-Ensenada, beating more than 130 other yachts on each occasion. In 1972, she cast off from California on a round the world voyage of over 30,000 miles. She has spent quite some time in the Caribbean, Florida and the Bahamas. In 2003 and 2008, Skylark was restored at the East Passage Boatyard in Bristol (RI – USA). Since 2011, her new American owner has competed her in several Mediterranean regattas including Les Voiles de Saint Tropez (2011 and 2012), Cannes, Mahon and Ajaccio (2012).