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Francesco del Carlo relaunches the 1914 vintage yacht Tirrenia II and other yacht news

We selected for you top 4 yacht stories of the last week at Yacht Harbour.

Francesco del Carlo relaunches the 1914 vintage yacht Tirrenia II

On Saturday June 8th, the 18-metre vintage yacht originally built by H.R. Stevens Yard in Southampton 105 years ago, has been relaunched after a three-year refit with Francesco Del Carlo yard at the Darsena Italia in Viareggio.

The 1914 wooden gaff ketch, Tirrennia II is built entirely of teak and was designed by Frederick Shepherd, the British yacht designer who passed away in 1969 at the age of 100, with more than 80 designs, primarily cruising yachts, to his name. 

With an overall length of 18.5 meters (20 metres with the bowsprit), Tirrenia II is trademarked with the so called gaff ketch rig, with the four-sided sails are spread using two masts, the main and the mizzen, for a total of 180 square metres of sail area.

Like many vintage yachts still on sail, Tirrenia II has a long history, though remaining generally unaltered and quite original. She had changed several names, before Guido Fiorentino, a president of the Naples branch of the Royal Yacht Club Italianoin, bought her in 1924 and renamed Tirrenia II. He also created a trophy in her name, the “Tirrenia Cup” that was awarded annually until 1939 to the yacht that completed the longest cruise in the Mediterranean. 

During the 1970’s, Tirrenia II was owned by a retired Royal Navy officer and during the 1980’s by Peter Jesperson, the Norwegian professional skipper who covered more than 20,000 miles in northern Europe, across the Atlantic Ocean, to the Caribbean and Venezuela on-board.

In the early 1990s, the yacht underwent extensive refit, including the removal of the hull’s copper sheathing that had protected her teak planking, a completely new deck, and the removal of her Bermuda rig and the restoration of her original ketch rig. However, Tirrenia II’s briar root interiors were in excellent condition and still remain original.

Since 1992, Tirrenia II cruised the Mediterranean and assiduously participated in classic yacht events until 2009. Then she was kept at the Del Carlo yard in Viareggio. In 2016, she was bought at an auction by two new owners from Lombardy and Piedmont who brought her to the Del Carlo yardin Viareggio where she underwent a complete refit under the direction of Enrico “Chicco” Zaccagni.

The restoration was primarily concerned with the hull and the yacht’s on-board systems, while the rig and sails were renewed by Lucia Pozzo, an expert sailor and skipper of Tirrenia II during the early 1990’s.

Canados introduces 919 Gladiator RD with a record speed of 52 knots

Canados introduces 919 Gladiator RD with a record speed of 52 knots
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Italian builder CanadosYachts has introduced a new day cruiser that is set to become the fastest yacht of its kind on the market, according to the yard. With its 27.8-metre LOA, 919 Gladiator RD Series will be capable of over 52 knots at the top speed.

The yacht’s power will be generated from triple MAN 2000 HP engines and surface drives, combining the thrill of an offshore boat with the comfort and luxury of a superyacht, the Rome-based yard takes aim at.

Inspired by motor cars, the yacht is trademarked with open design plan with a central cockpit and a double-curve, one-piece laminated glass windshield that has been developed to deflect airflow from the cockpit, even at the highest speeds.

The vessel will be equipped with standard gyro-stabilisation system. Furthermore, owners will be free to choose a twin-engine MTU package instead of triple MAN, as well as opt for conventional propeller shafts in case they are not looking for full speed capability.

The 919 RD’s spacious cockpit will measure 65 square metres, with nine square metres of sunpads aft, face-to-face sofas with coffee tables, a side bar, central dining table, lounges and an outdoor galley. The structural bulwarks were specially designed for safe movement around the boat even while under way, with recessed sunpads on the foredeck increasing the feeling of security.

The 1883 sailing ship Elbe No 5 sinks near Hamburg

The 1883 sailing ship Elbe No 5 sinks near Hamburg
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A 36.8-metre wooden sailboat Elbe No. 5, that had been launched after restoration just a few days ago, sank on the Elbe River near Hamburg, Germany. The vessel collided with a 142-metre Astrosprinter dry cargo ship flying the flag of Cyprus on June 9, according to CNN.

Despite quick evacuation via rescue boats, several people of the 43 (including 14 crew members) on-board the vessel were injured in the collision and taken to local hospitals. The reasons of the incident remain unknown, currently being under investigation.

Built in 1883, the schooner used to be Hamburg’s last seagoing wooden ship from the era, and the largest wooden ship in the area. For decades from its first launch, the ship worked as a pilot, escorting large vessels to the port of Hamburg. In the 1920s, it was bought by an American journalist, Warwick Tompkins, who used the sailboat as a floating home.

In 2002, the Hamburg Maritime Fund bought Elba and returned it home. The boat was going to be used as touristic sailboat. Since September 2018, Elbe No 5 was renovated with new outer wooden planks and a new stern at a cost of €1.5 million. It was relaunched at the end of May, just a week before the crush.

Born to be siblings: Overmarine delivers two brand new Mangusta units

This week, Italian builder Overmarine Group simultaneously delivered two vessels from different class series, the fourth 43-metre Mangusta Oceanco named Project Milano and the 45-metre Mangusta Grandsport, Project Capri. Both yachts were recently launched and final fitting-out activities are currently ongoing at the Pisa shipyard.

Born to be siblings: Overmarine delivers two brand new Mangusta units
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Project Milano is trademarked through the use of wide glazed surfaces that remove existing barriers to the sea landscape, letting natural light flood in and brighten all interiors. She offers accommodation to up to 12 guests within 5 cabins.

Large skylights embrace various decks, creating relaxing light effects indoors, too. The yacht is fitted with glass doors and opening balconies, infinity pool with a waterfall, located forward, and the aft beach club, and several al fresco areas.

The Mangusta Oceano 43 delivers a cruising speed of 11 knots and a transatlantic range of almost 5,000 miles, which allows her to comfortably reach any destination her Owner dreams of.

The previous unit from the Oceanco 43 line was delivered in April 2019.

In her turn, the Project Capri reflects the lifestyle of an owner who prefers flexibility, moving quickly between different locations, but also covering long distances and exotic destinations. She is highlighted with a ‘dynamic combination of performance and freedom and the perfect harmony between luxury, comfort and sportiveness’.

The simple, comfortable and laid-back-style layout smoothly connects various onboard areas. She features a spacious main deck, while the truly distinctive feature on this yacht is her upper deck, where the central living room is connected to both the stern, via large sliding glazed doors, and the forward sun bridge. 

The sun bridge features an infinity pool with a waterfall and a Jacuzzi for up to 7 people. The aft beach area consists of three interconnected platforms, ensuring direct contact with the sea. All the amenities are offered to up to 12 guests accommodated across 5 cabins.

All in all, despite overall differences, the yard claims both vessels share some key elements, such as ‘explosive mix of Italian style, dynamic beauty and personality’ thanks to their designer Alberto Mancini, a ‘flawless combination of design and innovative technical solutions’, ‘uncompromised volumes, luxury and elegance’ through tailored design.

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