Category Archives: Baltic Germany

The schooner Rainbow: “Design, copyright and exhibition”

An inherited fortune from the Turkey Red textile dyeing and printing industry of the Vale of Leven, Scotland, paid for 37-year-old Charles Orr Ewing’s magnificent G.L. Watson-designed schooner Rainbow, launched at Partick, Glasgow in 1898 – and now being replicated … Continue reading

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… Watson, I presume

The pot of gold is secured: the Rainbow II replica project is official, and spectacular. Naval architecture is by Dykstra Naval Achitects, with launching and completion set for 2016. Holland Jachtbouw of Zaandam, Netherlands, has secured the project contract, with … Continue reading

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Wind of fortune

  Snippets of news slipping out online more than strongly suggest that one of the most exciting of classic yacht replica projects is well underway: a reincarnation of G.L. Watson’s design for the fabulous and fast schooner Rainbow, later Hamburg, … Continue reading

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Scotia’s “Thistle”

Inevitably, a 127 year-old challenge from Glasgow, Scotland to New York, USA for yachting’s Holy Grail, the America’s Cup, has left lingering family memories and mementoes. It was a big deal, as it would be now, and is still within … Continue reading

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Summer of ’68 – The Tobermory Race

This is not a classic yacht race. In the late 1960s, the elegant, bespoke, mostly locally designed and built yachts seen in the beautifully planned, filmed and paced documentary below were the norm on the Firth of Clyde and West … Continue reading

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Sonderklasse

Having a proclivity towards all things yachting historical, we got kind of excited a couple of weeks ago reflecting on the very old-school extreme fin keel “skimming dish” racing yachts of the 1890’s and early 1900s, while following the epic … Continue reading

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The Silver Goose

German yachtsman Oliver Berking runs his family’s 139-year-old high-end silversmith business from the traditional-boat capital of Baltic Germany, Flensburg. Now he is brazing his inherited flair for creating exquisite objects of desire to the world of classic yachts – on … Continue reading

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