30 Apr 2007 23:21 :Ports & Places
Here are some photos from my recent trip to Brazil. Highlights included a quiet fishing village called Pantanal do Sul, which is part of a nature reserve on the Ilha de Santa Catarina; the Foz de Iguaçu, a vast complex of waterfalls on the Argentine and Paraguayan border; and a vintage train journey through the Mata Atlantica rainforest, from the highlands of Curitiba down towards the port of Paranaguá. Plenty of beautiful birds (the feathered variety… ) and other beasties. Warning - this is a totally yacht-free zone, as I never made it to Angra dos Reis, Santos or Parati !!
Yacht name: Atlantide
Length: 122 ft • 37 m
Photo: Bob Paylor • St Barths • April 2007
Refitted in 1999 by Ken Freivokh and A Milne for Tom Perkins, the computer don and venture capitalist who also built Maltese Falcon and restored Marielle. It won the prize at the 2005 Monaco Classic Yacht Show - a really beautiful yacht.
19 Apr 2007 02:01 :Feadship
Yes, it's a Feadship! This wonderful shot of De Vrouwe Christina sailing down the Rio Dulce in Guatemala, for me, conjures up the romance of yachting. Henri Krijnen has kindly shared some of the details of the history of his unique Feadship, which he has beautifully refitted and restored over four years.
DVC was the only sail yacht of this type ever built by De Koninklijke De Vries in Aalsmeer as a Feadship. At the time, the Feadship consortium included several partners - only later were these to be boiled down to De Vries, Van Lent and De Voogt.
The model is a "pavilion sea tjalk" - a typical Dutch freighter, which has a 350 year old history. The tjalk is normally a flat-bottomed boat but De Vrouwe Christina was built with a small keel as a sailing yacht, for Prof. Crawford Failey (Farley?) of Connecticut in 1957.
The professor cruised her with a crew of 4 on the Intercoastal Waterways of the USA and in the Caribbean. Later she was owned by James Ryder, owner of the Ryder trucking company, a repeat Feadship customer.
In 2002, Henri Krijnen bought and completely refitted her, working from the original plans. Now she is 85% brand new: she has a new keel, all mod cons, and is far stronger than before.
The De Voogt designed exterior has remained exactly the same, but the interior is ulta-modern - mahogany has been replaced by light woods, while Dutch sculptor Anton Fortuin's original carvings have been retained. The lee-boards, which act as additional keels, have been completely remade from solid teak.
Currently De Vrouwe Christina is in Los Sueños, Costa Rica. Look out for her also on the 2007 Feadship calendar….
Yacht name: De Vrouwe Christina
Length: 80 ft • 24 m (plus 8 ft bowsprit)
Architect: De Voogt
Photo: Henri Krijnen • Rio Dulce, Guatemala • 23 July 2006
Yacht name: Asean Lady
Length: 289 ft • 88 m
Beam : 70 ft • 21 m
Builder: Yantai Raffles
Architect: Ian Mitchell
Interior: Annie Chang
Photos: Mats Nelson • Saigon • 14 April 2007
If you can remember the opening credits to Hawaii-5-O, then Asean Lady should look a little familiar. That's because the outrigger design - which uses a stabiliser for rough weather - is borrowed from the traditional Pacific canoe - the proa.
At 88 m however Asean Lady is one of the largest yachts in the world and her 21 m beam is similar to that of world's longest yacht Dubai. She was built for Brian Chang, CEO of Chinese shipbuilder Yantai Raffles. These great photos were taken in Saigon and sent in by Mats Nelson. Book him Danno! Read More...