Open Division Boats for Charter
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Wildcat II – chartered
Boat Name: Wildcat II (ex St. Kitts II and FIN 62) Sail: GBR 94, ex. L 62 Year Built: 1989
Designer: Ian Howlett Builder: Brookes Boats Company Ltd, St. Kitts Owner: Rainer Muller
History: Wildcat II built on the island of St. Kitts by Dougie Brook’s boatyard for Philip Walwyn to the same design as his other Six in 1988/9. In 1990 she was sold to Harry Thuneberg in Finland and re-numbered L 62, where she remained until bought back to England by Andy and Cathy Ash-Vie in 2006. Thoroughly modernised she finished 6th in the 2007 Worlds at Cowes, subsequently winning many local races.
Accomplishments :Thoroughly modernised she finished 6th in the 2007 Worlds at Cowes, subsequently winning many local races. Second place at Brewin Dolphin British Open Metre Regatta 2012. Second place at Mount Gay Rum Royal Southern June Regatta 2014.
Nuvolari – chartered
Boat Name: Nuvolari (ex Sockeye) Sail: I 72, ex US 119 Year Built: 1978 Designer: Peter Norlin
Builder: Arne Jonsson, Spillersboda Owner: Eric Jespersen
History / Accomplishments: Designed and built in Sweden for the Bassani brothers, Luca and Tony, who now own and run Wally Yacht. She is one of 4 boats from the same mold and was originally named ITA 72 Nuvolari, after Tazio Nuvolari, the famous Italian race car driver. Her debut came at the 1978 European Championships in Alassio, Italy, placing 4th of 13. The boat came to Seattle to compete in the 1979 World Cup, where she ended 8th of 25 and placed in the top 10 of every race – one of only 2 boats to do so. Nuvolari was at the abandoned 1981 World Cup, then received some modification to her freeboard, cockpit configuration, and both ends of the boat. The changes resulted in a 5th place of 30 entrants at the intense competition of the 1982 Europeans at Helsinki. The boat came to Newport, California for the 1983 Worlds, where she placed 4th of 15. Nuvolari was purchased from the Bassanis by George Schuchart at breakfast on the last day of the 1983 regatta, taken to Seattle and renamed Sockeye, an obvious rival to the then named US 116 Chinook – which are both sub-species of the famous Pacific Northwest salmon. Her next international regatta came at the Worlds at Cannes in 1985, where she placed a respectable 7th of 39. The boat then returned to Seattle, where she continues to do well locally, winning the 1997, 1998, and 1999 Sir Thomas Lipton Cups, as well as the 2002 North American Championships.
In 2016 Jespersen Boatbuilders restored the boat to immaculate condition, including new rudder and North Sail inventory. The recently completed major refit on the boat, returned her transom and bow to shapes more resembling her original and refining all of her sailing systems. Nuvolari made her post-refit debut at the 2016 Queen Christina Nations Cup. She will be a strong contender for the upcoming Nelson Trophy.
Please contact Eric Jespersen if you’re interested in buying or chartering Nuvolari.
St. Francis IX – chartered
Boat Name: St. Francis IX Sail: CAN 135 Year Built: 1985
Designer: Pelle Pettersen Builder: Battbyggarna AB, Ronnang Owner: Rainer Muller
History: As the name suggests, this boat was the final of a line of sixes campaigned by syndicates from St Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, California. St. Francis IX was sailed by a series of highly respected helmsman in regattas in Europe and the USA, including her debut at the 1985 World Cup at Cannes, France where, under Tom Blackaller, she narrowly placed 2nd to SUI 77 Junior, now multiple World Champion FRA 177 Junior, ex. Fleau. USA 120 St Francis IX was helmed by Paul Cayard at the 1987 World Cup, which was hosted by the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club and held on Oyster Bay, New York. Cayard and crew lost a last race protest and ended 4th of 23. In 1989 John Kostecki and his crew won the World Cup with St Francis IX at Marstrand, Sweden. This was the second time the St Francis YC Syndicate had won the World Cup, with the first win taking place at the 1973 World Cup in Seattle with US 100 St Francis V. Kostecki and crew won again with the boat at the 1990 European Championships at Porto Rotondo, Italy. As St Francis withdrew from the class, Claes Ahlin purchased the boat in 1991 and renamed her SWE 135 ‘Gubbrora’ – the “old man’s mix”, which is a classic Swedish appetizer made from eggs and anchovies. The boat traveled to regattas all over Europe and sailed in her Swedish home waters until early 2013 when Rainer Muller seized the opportunity to acquire a proven winner. Rainer entered the boat in the 2013 Robbe & Berking 6 Metre World Cup where Ross MacDonald and his crew added another big win for the boat. She has been renamed CAN 135 St Francis IX and was in Vancouver for the 2015 Westerleigh Regatta also in San Francisco for the inaugural International 6 metre Invitational.