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Christina O

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Yacht name: Christina O
Length: 325 ft • 99 m
Builder: Canadian Vickers
Year: 1943 (as Stormont, Canadian frigate)
Rebuild as Christina O: 1954
Owner: John Paul Papanicolaou, 1998 refit

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Talitha G

Talitha G
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Yacht name: Talitha G
Length: 247 ft • 75 m
Year: 1929 • Refit: 1994
Builder: Krupp
Naval architect: Cox & Stevens
Design refit: Jon Bannenberg

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Nahlin

Nahlin
Copyright: NT/monacoeye • 2010 • Croatia • Do not copy without permission.

Yacht name: Nahlin
Formerly: Nahlin -> Luceafarul -> Libertatea
Length: 300 ft • 91 m
Year: 1930
Builder: John Brown
Architect: GL Watson
Restoration: Blohm & Voss

James Dyson’s beautifully restored 1930’s yacht, Nahlin, was spotted on the River Dart in Devon this summer and last week was cruising in the warm waters of the Croatian Adriatic.

Nahlin started life commissioned by Lady Yule, built by John Brown in Clydeside, and was later chartered by Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson in 1936 for a cruise to the Adriatic and Istanbul.

There, she caught the eye of King Carol II of Romania, who went to buy her, renaming her Luceafurul. After the outbreak of war, she languished in Romania, and was finally converted into a restaurant.

She was bought by Edmiston and William Collier, who had her fully restored in the UK and Germany, with the help of the plans from the original design house GL Watson. 450 tons of asbestos were removed and the steam engines, I understand, were replaced with diesel electric engines.

Nahlin is now reportedly owned by the vacuum cleaner designer, James Dyson. Larger photos to follow…

Nahlin
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Wayfarer

Wayfarer
Copyright: monacoeye • 16 September 2007 • Monaco • Do not copy without permission.

Yacht name: Wayfarer
Length: 77 ft ?
Year:
Builder:

A commenter below was interested in finding out more about this beautiful classic sailing yacht, called Wayfarer, registered in London, which his father worked on in the sixties.
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Kalizma

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor yacht Kalizma in Phuket

Yacht name: Kalizma
Formerly: Minona -> Cortynia -> Odysseia
Length: 165 ft • 50 m (including bowsprit ?)
Year: 1906 • Rebuilt: 2006, with extra deck.
Builder: Ramage & Ferguson
Architect: GL Watson
Interior 2007: Dellatecnica

Photo: NT • Phuket • August 2009

Kalizma is the yacht that Richard Burton bought for Elizabeth Taylor and renamed after their three children Kate, Liza and Marie.

Following her refit and extra top deck, she has recently cruised in South East Asia, from Phuket to Hong Kong via Sarawak and Sabah.

Now there's a cruise that captures the imagination! The Malaysian state of Sabah on the island of Borneo still has an incredibly rich variety of bird life, and is a top destination for nature lovers from around the world…

Here's a shot of how she looked pre-refit in 1969
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Blue Bird

Blue Bird classic yacht

Yacht name: Blue Bird
Formerly: Blue Bird IV -> Sterope -> Janick
Length: 104 ft • 32 m
Year: 1938
Builder: Goole
Rebuild: Astilleros de Mallorca • 2007
Architect: GL Watson
Interior: Bannenberg

Photo: NT • Monaco Grand Prix • May 2009

Blue Bird has a long and interesting history. She was originally commissioned as an ocean-going yacht for Sir Malcolm Campbell's treasure hunting ambitions. But World War II put an end to those plans and she was requisitioned and took part in the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940.

After the war she passed into the French car manufacturer Jean-Louis Renault's hands and was renamed Sterope. More recently, she was completely rebuilt to give her her original profile and a comfortable modern interior.
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Madiz

Yacht name: Madiz
Formerly: Triton -> Hiniesta -> President Roberts
Year: 1902 • Refit 2003 - 2006
Builder: Ailsa Shipbuilding Company, Troon, Scotland
Design: GL Watson
2003 Refit architect: Kappa Marine • Yard: Keilaidis Bros

Great article in Nov 2008 Boat International (UK) on the history, and restoration by current owner Constantine Keletsekis, of this remarkable and unique yacht.
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Fair Lady

Fair Lady yacht

Yacht name: Fair Lady
Length: 121 ft • 37 m
Year: 1928
Builder: Camper & Nicholsons

Photo: NT • Monaco • June 2008

This classic Camper & Nicholsons built motor yacht was spotted by NT the other day flying the White Ensign. This ensign, I understand, is usually flown at the stern during daylight hours and at the main mast while under way, by Royal Navy ships, ships of the Royal Yacht Squadron or those accompanying Queen Elisabeth II.
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Dannebrog

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Dannebrog Queen Margrethe II
Dannebrog
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
Dannebrog

Yacht name: Dannebrog
Length: 248 ft • 76 m
Year: 1931 • Refit: 1980
Builder: Denmark Royal Dockyard

Photos Niels Hartmann • Copenhagen • 25 April 2008
Photo Dainis Kivlenieks • Copenhagen • 4 August 2000

Niels has sent in a nice set of photos of Queen Margrethe boarding Dannebrog, the Danish royal yacht, in Copenhagen.

Dannebrog usually heads off every summer for a cruise, sometimes with the Norwegian royal yacht Norge. In 2006, she visited Greece and Malta. Along with her 58 crew, she can carry 27 royals and 14 guests.
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Seaway

Seaway

Yacht name: Seaway
Length: 57 ft
Year: 1928
Builder: Dickie & Sons, Bangor

Monaco Classic Week 2007
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Ida

Ida
Ida

Yacht name: Ida

Monaco Classic Week 2007
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Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta



A nicely put together montage of the 2006 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, including shots of Altair, Eleonora and Ranger.

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Hallowe'en

Halloween
Hallowe'en

Yacht name: Hallowe'en
Formerly: Cotton Blossom IV • Magda XII
Year: 1926
Deck length: 22 m
Builder: William Fife • Fairlie
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Solway Maid

Solaway Maid
Solway Maid

Yacht name: Solway Maid • #44C
Length overall: 52 ft 6 • 16 m - Waterline: 35 ft • 10.7 m
Year: 1940
Design & Build: William Fife • #825

The Bermudan cutter Solway Maid was the last of William Fife's designs.
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Nan

NanNan

Yacht name: Nan of Fife
Year: 1896
Build & Design: William Fife Jnr (1857-1944)
Length: 24.95 m • LOD: 19.25 m • LWL: 13.47

Nan, originally commissioned by Irishman Thomas Burrowes, is the oldest William Fife designed yacht still sailing. In 1998, Philippe Menhinck began the restoration, from original archives, of the boat his grandfather had owned from 1948 to 1952. Two years later the restoration was complete.
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Marilee

Marilee
Marilee

Yacht name: Marilee • NY50
Deck Length: 59 ft • Waterline: 40 ft
Year: 1926
Design & Build: Nathanael Herreshoff
Restoration: William Cannell Boatbuilding (2001)

Marilee is one of four remaining New York Yacht Club 40's, known as the Fighting Forties. She was faithfully restored in Maine in 2001. Her sisterships are Rowdy, Typhoon ex Maisie and Rugosa.
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Cambria

Cambria

Yacht name: Cambria • K4
LOD: 113 ft 9
Year: 1928
Builder: William Fife • Fairlie

Built in 1928, by William and RB Fife, in Fairlie on the Clyde, as the first of a new generation of 23m class, "Big Class" cutters. Cambria only joined the J class in 2003, unlike Astra and Candida, two other 23m yachts from the same era which joined in 1933.
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Lulworth

Lulworth
Lulworth

Yacht name: Lulworth
Formerly: Terpsichore
Length overall: 151 ft 10 • 46.3 m - Deck Length: 37.2 m • 122 ft - Waterline: 26.6 m • 87 ft 2
Year: 1920 • Refit: 2006
Builder: White Brothers, Southampton
Architect: Herbert White

Photo: October 2007 • Monaco Classic Week 2007
Photo: October 2006 • St Tropez Regatta & Monaco Yacht Show

Lulworth, originally one of the most successful big class gaff cutters, was relaunched in May 2006. She has been beautifully restored, in Viareggio, Italy. The mast is 52 m high.

Lulworth belonged to the 23m International Rule of 1907 . As with the other Metre Rule classes, for example the 6m and 12m classes, the number did not refer to the length of the boat but was the product of a formula which included the waterline length, girth, and sail area. Some of the other 23m "Big Class" yachts - White Heather II, Britannia, Cambria, Candida and Astra - were later converted to the J class. This evenly matched racing class from the American Universal Rule encompassed boats between 76 and 87 ft in waterline length, 120 ft length over all, and less than 160 tons displacement.
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Sunshine

Sunshine

Yacht name: Sunshine
Deck length : 103 ft • 31 m
Design: William Fife Jnr (1900) • Design #468
Builder: Myanmar Shipyards
Year: 2004

Schooner Sunshine is a hull-and-rigging replica of design no 468 of William Fife Jnr. The original Sunshine was built in Fairlie, in 1900, with sistership Asthore following in 1902 from the same design.
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Moonbeam IV

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Moonbeam IV

Yacht name: Moonbeam IV
Formerly: Deo Juvante
Length: 105 ft • 32 m
Year: 1914
Build & Design: William Fife & Son

Moonbeam IV once belonged to Prince Rainier, under the name Deo Juvante. The Prince and Princess Grace used the yacht for their honeymoon in 1956.

Moonbeam III is slightly smaller and dates back to 1903 - I hope I haven't mixed them up !
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Ilona of Kylesku

Ilona of Kylesku

Yacht name: Ilona of Kylesku
Formerly: Mauna Loa
Length: 28 m
Year: 1907
Builder: James Armour & Sons of Fleetwood
Design: William Stober

This twin screw motor schooner has a range of 950 nautical miles and a cruising speed of 8 knots. She was restored by Southampton Yacht Services from 2002 to 2004.
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Monaco Classic Week 2007

Monaco Classic Week 207

Monaco hosts a biannual Classic Yacht event, before every other Monaco Yacht Show. This year it will take place again, and starts tomorrow 10th September, finishing on Sunday 16th September.

Three broad classes are represented:

• Classic sailing yachts, from 20 to 60 m in length, both racers and cruisers. These masterpieces of wood and brass invariably have fascinating stories to tell of inspired designers, famous races, illustrious owners, or miraculous restorations.

• Classic motor yachts, from 25 to 70 m in length. Look out for the yellow funnels.

• Classic runarounds and racers, less than 16 m in length.

Placements and inspections are from Monday to Wednesday. Regularity tests and regattas run from Thursday to Sunday.

Christina O and SS Delphine, a little big for the classes but joining in anyway, have already arrived. SS Delphine will be hosting the Nuit du Yachting "Sea Personality" Gala Award Ceremony on Friday 14th.

2005 attendees included Atlantide and Over the Rainbow in the motor section, and Creole and Shamrock in the sail class. R/S Eden ex Fulmara, pictured above arriving with Christina O this evening, will certainly garner some attention this year, given the scale and ambition of her redesign.

If you can't make Classic Week, you get a second chance to catch up with most of the sailing boats at the Voiles de Saint Tropez, which starts on the 1st of October.
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R/S Eden

RS Eden

Yacht name: R/S Eden
Formerly: Fulmara • Paget • Niki I • Luisa II • Carmac III • Leonore • Janidore
Length: 167 ft 3 • 51 m
Year: 1930
Builder: Defoe Boat
Architect: John H Wells
Refit: Rainsford Saunders Design

Janidore was built in 1930 by Defoe in Michigan, with an original length of 142 ft. In 1966, as Niki I, she was rebuilt by Merril Stevens and lengthened with a swept stern. In 2006 she was given a completely new 1930s restyling by RSD and Axel Vervoordt in Turkey and lengthened again at the bow. The result is a far more elegant yacht which successfully evokes a bygone era.
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Istros

Istros

Yacht name: Istros
Formerly: Istros -> Andros
Length: 138 ft • 42 m
Year: 1954 - refit: 2002
Builder: Amsterdamsche
Architect: De Vries Lentsche
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Winnaretta Singer

Winnaretta Singer

Yacht name: Winnaretta Singer
Length: 65 ft 7 • 20 m
Year: 1958
Builder: Antibes

This charming yacht was a gift to the Oceanographic Museum, and used as a research vessel by Captain Cousteau. She was completely refitted in 1990 by Monte Carlo Yachting and has recently been put up for sale. The yacht is named after the eponymous sewing machine heiress and Paris socialite whose estate made the donation.
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Atlantide

Atlantide

Yacht name: Atlantide
Formerly: Caleta
Length: 122 ft • 37 m
Year: 1930
Builder: Philip

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.
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Velsheda

Velsheda

Yacht name: Velsheda • J K7
Length: 128 ft • 39 m
Year: 1933
Builder: Camper & Nicholson
Refit: Gerard Dijkstra

Photos: Monaco Classic Week October 2005 & Voiles de Saint Tropez October 2006

Named after first owner WL (Woolworth) Stephenson's three daughters Velma, Sheila and Daphne, Velsheda was the second of four legendary UK J-class yachts. She was restored in 1984 and then more recently completely reworked from the bare hull by Dijkstra and Mumford, with carbon-fibre mast and refaired hull, in Southampton, in 1998.
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Over The Rainbow

Over The Rainbow yacht
Over the Rainbow

Yacht name: Over the Rainbow
Formerly: Janetha IV
Length: 114 ft 8 • 35 m
Year: 1930
Builder: Dickie & Sons
Interior design: Jean-Michel Folon
Restoration: Mondomarine

Photo: monacoeye • 2006 - 2007 • Nice – Monaco

Over The Rainbow was lovingly restored by Jean-Michel Folon, the celebrated Belgian cartoonist who died in 2006.
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Sumurun

Sumurun

Yacht name: Sumurun
Length: 94 ft • 28.7 m
Year: 1914
Builder: William Fife & Sons, Fairlie, Scotland
Original owner: Lord Sackville of Kent
Owner: A. Robert Towbin

Photo: monacoeye • Monaco Classic Week • September 2005
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Mariella

Mariella yacht

Yacht name: Mariella
Length: 80 ft
Year: 1938
Builder: William Fife & Sons, Fairlie
Design: Alfred Milne

Photo: monacoeye • Monaco Classic Week • September 2005
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Black Swan

Black Swan

Yacht name: Black Swan
Length: 108 ft • 32.9 m (40.5 m)
Year: 1899
Builder: Camper & Nicholson

Photo: monacoeye • Monaco Classic Week • September 2005
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Creole & Avel

Creole & Avel classic yachts

Yacht name: Creole
Formerly: Vira • Magic Circle • Creole • Mistral
Length: 215 ft • 65 m
Year: 1927
Builder: Camper & Nicholson, Gosport, UK.
Naval architect: Charles Nicholson
Former owners: Stavros Niarchos then Maurizio Gucci (restoration)
Owner: Alessandra & Allegra Gucci

Yacht name: Avel
Length: 59 ft 9 • 18.25 m
Year: 1896
Restored: 1994
Builder: Camper & Nicholson
Naval architect: Charles Nicholson
Owner: Gucci family

Photo: monacoeye • Monaco Classic Week • September 2005
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Asphodele II

Asphodele II

Yacht name: Asphodele II
Length: 30 ft
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