in almost 50 years.***
From their press release of yesterday:
“This was a very special moment in yachting history, when the first wooden 12-metre yacht that was newly constructed of wood in more than 50 years went into the water for the first time. It is design number 434 of the famous Norwegian designer Johan Anker, dating from the year 1939, his last 12-metre and his second-last design overall – his last design ever was an 8-metre yacht. The war and Anker’s death, due to illness, in 1940 were the reasons why these two boats were never built – until today. “Robbe & Berking Classics” was able to source and secure all drawings that Anker had made for his last, fantastic 12-metre and built this classic yacht for a Scandinavian customer.”
Specification „Johan Anker 434“
Length over all 21,65 m
Beam 3,60 m
Draft 2,64 m
Sail area as measured 174 square metres
The company that built her is a fascinating one as well. Matt wrote about the yard in WB No. 227.
Which was the last wooden 12-Meter built almost 50 years ago? I’m guessing it was Intrepid. But I’m sure you’ll correct me if I’m mistaken.
The memory of wooden 12-Meters takes me back to a time when we introduced the “WoodenBoat World Champion 12-Meter Regatta” in Newport sometime in the ’90s. We had a fleet of nine of them, and 132 WoodenBoat readers from all over the world racing aboard.
The first sign of trouble came when some officious group said we couldn’t use the term “World Championship.”
We had two days of just fabulous racing… until the morning of the second day, the boat that WB staff was on (I will not divulge the boat’s name here) t-boned Nefertiti just prior to the start.
Ever since then, I have to confess that I haven’t been following 12-Meters too closely. But they are grand vessels, and I am so happy to see Robbe and Berking launch this lovely example of the type.
For more information, please see their webpage: http://www.classics.robbeberking.de/en/neubau/index.php
What do you think? Please comment below.
Thanks so, Carl
*** — Gareth corrected me on the WoodenBoat Forum: Kate was built by Philip Walwyne maybe 10 years ago. I apologize!