, 2022-07-15 10:36:56,
A total of 18 sailing yachts raced around the waters of Italy’s Costa Smeralda this May while taking part in the Giorgio Armani Superyacht Regatta, yet none could compete for attention with the 108-foot Shenandoah of Sark. Sailing between Capo Ferro and the Monaci islet before continuing past the Isola delle Bisce, the topsail schooner put in a friendly appearance showing exactly why she remains so admired 120 years since her delivery.
The only yacht to be designed by naval architect Theodore Ferris is adept at drawing crowds. “Wherever we go we are the most photographed boat,” Captain Russell Potter told Robb Report. “Shenandoah has a romanticism about her that brings an extra level to a holiday at sea.”
Sporting teak decks, a steel hull, and a teak and steel superstructure, maintaining the boat’s wood varnish is an annual affair. It’s something that her current owner, who adores all things classical, including motorcycles and music, is happy to do. Both himself and his girlfriend are professional musicians. It explains the Steinway that sits in the main salon, dappled in light from a large skylight above.
Shenandoah—named after the 55-mile Shenandoah River in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Virginia—was built in 1902 at New York shipyard Townsend and Downey. The three-masted adventurer was conceived as a fast family yacht for an American investment banker who planned to tour Europe in his retirement. He required performance and long-distance ocean sailing, something that Shenandoah delivered. Since then, the boat has passed through many owners and sailed under many names.
In 1929, Dutch sculptor Viggo Jarl embarked on a global adventure that took the boat across the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, to the West Indies and Colombia, through the Panama Canal to Hawaii and then further down into South America. She even sailed 500 miles up the Amazon. On the outbreak of World War II, he removed the engines and masts to render the boat useless to the Nazis.
In later years, she was spotted in Monte Carlo on the night Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco. In 1952, she was seized at Cannes by the French authorities and lay abandoned for 10 years. Ballpoint pen magnate, baron Marcel Bich, rescued her, oversaw the boat’s first major restoration and then used her as a mothership to his 1974 and 1977 America’s Cup challenges.
Two significant refits have…
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