Monday, 9 September 2013

Sail training yacht S/y Navigator in Helsinki

During my brief visit to Helsinki last week, I was pleased to see the classic sailing yacht S/y Navigator moored at the Katajanokka marina. The 16.5 m x 3.58 m yawl, designed by Jarl Lindblom, has an interesting history. It was built in 1947 as a private yacht for the Finnish industrialist and shipowner Hans von Rettig. At the time the yacht was one of the best equipped in Finland. It was e.g. the first Finnish yacht with a jib furling system.

In 1980 the boat was donated to the Finland Swedish scout association to be used as a sail training yacht. The boat, which originally was called S/y Clipper, was at the same time renamed S/y Navigator.

In 1997 - 2006 the Navigator was completely refitted.

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