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Earlier we spoke here of an exciting new project that we were researching for a Swedish consortium. This project is the personification of our company philosophy whereby a number of lovers of classic yachts who have tired of the recurring maintenance costs of their wooden classics have asked us to help them recreate a dormant class of racing yachts!
The International Rule will celebrate its centenary in 2007 and the most active classes, the 6's, 8's and 12's will be out in force at various events all over Europe celebrating this. On the eve of this festive occasion and just in time to participate in it there is a good chance that the 10 Metre Class will make a comeback as well. There is a quite sizable fleet spread out over the whole world but the class itself is not actively organized with only one official 10 Metre Association in Sweden.
We have now been given the go ahead to build 1 new steel 10 Metre. This will undoubtedly give the class a tremendous boost and hopefully encourage owners of existing classic 10's to put their yachts back into racing trim. We have already tracked down over thirty 10 Metres in Europe alone! Most of these are in such good condition that they could easily be put entered into serious racing.
Inspired by the beautiful and fast 1934 Johan Anker design Rolo IV, top Swedish naval architect Peter Norlin has designed a striking and powerful but absolutely classic 10 Metre. With an overall length of 18.15 metres and a beam of 3.30 metres this is a substantial yacht that will offer the best of both worlds in comfortable cruising and exciting regatta sailing.
Despite its powerful rig the 10 Metre is an extremely seaworthy design that offers comfortable and safe cruising. The 10 Metre Class is often referred to as being the largest yacht built to the International Rule that can still be manned by a small crew or a family and used as a cruising yacht while at the same time also being large enough to create immediate esteem at any classic yacht regatta
Contrary to her older sisters this yacht will be built in steel but otherwise will have a totally classic finish with teak or pine decks, mahogany hatches and trimming, Alaska Spruce masts and boom and classic Dacron sails. After designing several winning 6 and 8 Metre yachts Peter Norlin has gained invaluable experience with the Metre Class Rule and so naturally these new yachts will rate as proper 10 Metres built to the appropriate scantling sizes. The first yacht ordered will be finished with a simple racing interior while the second yacht promises to go all the way with a beautiful and luxurious mahogany accommodation.
Building several yachts to the same design in combination with our philosophy and yard choice of course ensures a price tag that is particularly competitive. It is also possible to order a yacht in various stages of completion from bare hull to turn key ready. Please don't hesitate to contact us for more information on this exciting new development.
We have contacted a large number of present owners of 10 Metres and invited them to come to Hamburg where we established an International 9 & 10 Metre Association. Plans for a Open European Championship have already been put forward to be held in the near future in Flensburg during the Robbe & Berking Classics where a large fleet of other Metre Class yachts will also be attending.