Classic Boats for Charter
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CaVa – chartered
Boat Name: CaVa Sail: KC 12, ex. D55 Year Built: 1938
Designer: Wedellsborg Builder: Nordbjaerg Owner: Rainer Muller
History: CaVa was originally built as a lottery boat for the Royal Danish Yacht Club. She was imported to Canada in the early ’50’s and made her way to Vancouver in the 60’s and was owned for many years by the Miller brothers. Bob Gardner purchased her in the late 80’s and kept her in Comox, on Vancouver Island, where she was raced by the longtime 6 meter enthusiast, Norm Gardner, Bob’s dad. Randy Cunningham had the boat beautifully restored by Mark Wallace Shipwright and sailed her from 2001 – 2010. Rainer Muller purchased Ca Va in 2010 and had her extensively updated structurally, again by Mark Wallace. She received a new lead ballast keel created and installed to an updated Don Martin design. This replaced an iron keel she had been using since post WWII. Along with the new ballast keel, Mark also replaced the entire centre line of the boat at this time – keel, stern post, horn timber, new bronze floors, re-framed and refinished.
Saskia II – chartered
Boat Name: Saskia II, ex. Erin, ex. Glicky Sail: KC 19 Year Built: 1934
Designer: Fife Builder: Fife Owner: Rainer Muller
History: Saskia II was relaunched after a major restoration performed by Mark Wallace outside Sidney, B.C.
Saskia II was built for Sir A.S.Young to race on the Clyde, in a very active fleet of six metres, and represents the superb craftsmanship of the Fairlie builders at their peak. It is a testimony to the skills of these hardy men, who produced these “stradivarius’ of yachts, on the cold shores of the Clyde in Scotland, that these boats are still being appreciated and revered. Saskia II was chosen as part of the 1934 British team to compete in the British American Team Race Challenge in 1934, and was shipped to the States, but was unsuccessful against the American 6 Meter’s which were then starting to dominate the class. Saskia II found her way to the Pacific Northwest in the 50’s or 60’s where there was a very active fleet. As do all Fife meter boats of this era, Saskia II had wrought iron floors in her bilge’s, which after 70 years haves wrecked havoc on frames and planking. The entire bottom of Saskia II has been rebuilt, all iron work replaced with cast silicon bronze [to the original Lloyds specifications] damaged frames and planking have been replaced or repaired. She is just completing a stem to stern authentic restoration that will take her back to her original 1934 configuration.
Accomplishments: Saskia II was shipped back to Newport, Rhode Island in September 2009 for the International 6 Metre World Cup, placing a very respectable 6th of 24 in a highly competitive field including win in heavy air race #3. In 2010 Saskia made the trip to both Port Townsend, where she won the Olin J Stephens II Classic 6 Meter North Americans, and to Port Madison, where she was among the boats used for the Queen Christina Nations Cup. In 2011 Saskia II became 13th at the 6mR World Championship in Helsinki.
Elisabeth X – chartered
(Photo Credit: Hans J. Oen)
Boat Name: Elisabeth X Sail: N 80 Year Built: 1947
Designer: Bjarne Aas Builder: Bjarne Aas Owner: Rainer Muller
History: Elisabeth X was designed and built for a KNS (Royal Norwegian YC) syndicate in 1947 and for a couple of years owned by Fredrick Horn under the name “Cutter”. The famous Finn Chr. Ferner sailed her to two Scandinavian Gold Cup victories in 1951 and 1952 plus also securing a silver medal in the last Olympics the 6mR participated in ( Helsinki ’52), being edged out in the last race by USA’s “Llanoria”, skippered by Herman Whiton. After the Olympics, Bryan Newkirk, who also owned Buzzy II, purchased Elisabeth and brought her to Canada, renaming her KC9 Bibis, after his grand daughter. She sailed in the Toronto area for many years.
More history here.
From Hans Oen – 2002:
“I knew about her whereabouts but not her condition and after tracking her down and long negotiations with a medical doctor, I finally owned her with my partner Charlie Hoffmann. We trucked her down to Larchmont, New York, in the early spring of ’99 and only had her in the water for about 30 days before she was loaded into a container and shipped to Hanko, Finland. She has now participated in one World Championship, one European Championship and two Nordic Championships during the four years she has stayed in Scandinavia. We thought it was really fun to receive a silver medal at the Rungsted, Denmark Europeans in August 2002, almost to the day 50 years after she received her Olympic silver medal in Helsinki.”
Accomplishments: Elisabeth X came 8th of 24 boats in the 2009 World Championship in Newport RI and ranked 10th at the 6mR World Championship in Helsinki in 2011.
Lulu – chartered
Boat Name: Lulu Sail: US 72 Year Built: 1937 Designer: Sparkman & Stephens Builder: Nevins Owner: Rainer Muller
History: Built for Briggs S. Cunningham and named for his wife, Lucie. Lulu won the first King Edward VII Gold Cup match race held in Bermuda in Spring 1937, beating US 73 Saga, then KB 49 and later in the season won the Scandinavian Gold Cup on Long Island Sound, finally beating Inga Lill XXVI in the seventh race. Lulu also appeared for a few seconds in the 1937 Fredric March/Carole Lombard film “Nothing Sacred”. Lulu rested through the war years, then was in Los Angeles in the years immediately following the war owned by William “California Bill” Horton. She came to Seattle in 1947 for Bill Boeing, Jr., who sold her to Hugh Watt. Charlie Ross purchased her in 1959 and kept her into the 70’s, her hull robin’s egg blue. She was acquired by Harry Hoffman, who performed a restoration of her in the early 80’s and painted her bright yellow to be part of his “rainbow of sixes”. Harry sold her to Rob O’Neil. Craig Downey purchased Lulu from Dr O’Neil and completed a major restoration from 2003 – 2008.
Fokus III – chartered
Boat Name: Fokus III Sail: US 90 Year Built: 1948
Designer: Bjarne Aas Builder: Bjarne Aas Owner: Rainer Muller
History: Fokus III was also known as Exit on Puget Sound in the 60’s and 70’s. Before that she was known as Little Sister while sailing out of Youngstown, New York. Fred Obersheimer had her on the Great Lakes when she did battle with the RCYC boats in the glory days of Lake Ontario in the 50’s. Fokus III was built at the same time as her more illustrious sister, N 80 Elisabeth X, but many of the old-timers in Norway remember Fokus III as a force to contend with, especially when the wind picks up. Fokus III was near derelict when Harry Hofmann purchased the boat and put her in his yard back in the early 80’s. After Harry’s death the boat went to Dan Taylor who held Fokus III in trust until a viable suitor came along. She is single planked Douglas fir, known as Oregon pine in Europe, and has steam bent oak frames. Many pairs of frames have been replaced and new deckbeams fabricated. She has a new rudder post, deadwood, and cockpit coamings, as well as a deck of Alaskan yellow cedar. Fokus III placed 11 of 24 at the 2009 World Championships in Newport, Rhode Island.