- Sailing superyacht Spiip returns to Royal Huisman for refit
The 34.17 metre sailing superyacht Spiip has returned to her home yard for a winter refit. The German Frers-designed Royal Huisman superyacht arrived at the Netherlands-based refit facility Huisfit after completing a summer cruise in Scandinavian waters.
Spiip is one of seven yachts currently being refitted at the Dutch yard over the winter period.
Improvements scheduled to take place on Spiip includes service work and various electric and electronics upgrades.
Delivered in 2000, Spiip features an interior design by Stirling & Co and can accommodate a total of six people with five crew members. She has a top speed of 11 knots, with power coming from a 415.0hp MTU 6R183TE72 diesel engine.
- Still winning after 72 years!
Fjord III, the iconic classic yacht designed by Mani Frers’ grandfather Gérman Frers Snr won her class at the recent 200-boat strong Regatta Royal in Cannes. Designed and built in 1946 for his own pleasure, this 50footer is still very much a family heirloom, for Mani’s father Gérman Frers saved her from oblivion and had the yacht restored to her former glory. And it was Gérman Frers, seen here at the helm who steered her to victory in the Marconi rig class.
Fjord III is one of the cornerstones in the history of the Frers design dynasty. Her build began in something of a rush for Frers Snr. set himself a three-month deadline to launch the yacht in order to compete in that year’s Buenos Aires / Rio race. He missed the start by 47 hours but promisingly set the fastest elapsed time to Rio. Two years later, she won the Race outright and went on to win her class in the 1954 Bermuda Race.
She might have done even better in the 1952 Bermuda Race had politics not got in the way. While Fjord III was being loaded on a ship bound for New York, Evita Peron saw the yacht’s graceful lines more as a billboard and decreed that she must carry her political message to America along her top-sides. When Frers Snr refused to comply with the order, the yacht’s export papers were suddenly withdrawn and Fjord III was transferred back on the dock.
Recalling the event many years later, German Frers said: “We had a big party to wish my Father and his crew ‘bon voyage’. I remember there were tears when they left for the docks…only for them to re-appear later that night saying that they were not allowed to leave. Politics was like that in those days!”
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- Avoiding Seasickness
If you have ever been seasick it is something that you don’t forget in a hurry, and if you haven’t, you are one of the lucky ones. A boat that is rolling about can not only produce seasickness, but it can also cause difficulty in moving about, and even lead to serious falls, to say nothing of the broken dishes. This is why we set such store in all-weather stability with all out yacht and motor yacht designs.
- Newport Harbor YC celebrates victory at Audi Invitational Team Racing Challenge
- Cantiere Ernesto Riva e-Commuter hybrid wins award
UIM awarded the Frers designed Cantiere Ernesto Riva e-Commuter hybrid powered motorboat wins sustainability award
Ernesto Riva and his team have been presented with a special Award by the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) for the the Frers designed 7m Cantiere Ernesto Riva e-Commuter hybrid powered motorboat. The presentation was made at the UIM’s annual awards in Monaco on 17th March, and acknowledged the design’s sustainable development in combining modern electric power with traditional wooden good looks.
- Palma Vela Regatta – 5–6 May
Congratulations to the crew of the Frers designed Magic Blue maxi, winners of the Wally Class at the recent season opener in the Mediterranean, the Palma Vela regatta in May. Flavio Favini, tactician on Magic Blue, says of their victory:
“We have been third and second so winning here is great. We were able to sail our own races, making sure we got a clear lane off the start line was important for us. Then, keeping away from the others and sailing in clear air was key. We have a good boat, it may be older but it goes well. We had a good week with all races good except yesterday when we were caught out when the wind died and it was glassy, glassy calm.”
And we also raise a glass to another Frers winner, Christian Plump and his crew on Elena Nova, victors in the Swan 45 Class. Christian says:
“That is the sixth time we have won Palma Vela. It is such competitive racing in this class and this was the most difficult time. The difference between the first the last boat is no more than ten lengths. It is such fun. I am so relieved to have won. We have only won Copa del Rey once and this year we will be back to try and do it again.”
- Bringing together the Swan Classics
The Swan Classic by Frers Association has been formed to gather together owners and enthusiasts who sail the yachts designed in the 80s by Argentine naval architect German Frers. Frers left his mark and his signature elegance on dozens of racing and cruising yachts. He was the one to define those …
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