Yacht: Cynara

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Launched as ‘Gwendolen’.

During her early years she was owned by Lord Northampton who has been her longest owner to date. Cynara was later used for charter in the Mediterranean where she entertained the likes of Prince William of Gloucester. Another of her accolades involves the film industry where Cynara starred in the film, ‘Arriverderci Baby!’ with Tony Curtis and Zsa Zsa Gabor.

Eastward bound

Her 73.4 tons was sailed to Japan in 1973 to become a promotional tool for ‘Seibu’, a Japanese department store. Cooking classes were held on ‘Seibu’s luxury yacht’ as part of the companies’ ‘edutainment concept’ and she regularly went out on sunset cruises. During this time her devoted skipper took serious pride over the maintenance of the vessel, especially when it came to his varnish!

Apart from a few pieces of necessary hardware being replaced and a new teak deck five years ago, few things have been touched. A post-Victorian austerity reigns throughout the yacht. Memories of a past era abound from the gleam of the original rosewood panelling to the heavyweight cast-iron gimbals beneath the saloon table to the bronzed fold-away sink, still functioning in one of the guest cabins. The original glass panelled bar only awaits the clink of crystal to bring it back to life!

Cynara on the hard during an inspection in 2015 – Photo – Yoichi Yabe

 

Designer: Charles Ernest Nicholson
Type of Boat:
Rig: Gaff Ketch
Year Built: 1927
Built By: Camper & Nicholson, Gosport, UK
LOA m / ft: 33.4m / 109'8"
LOD m / ft: 29.2m / 95'8"
LWL m / ft:
Beam m / ft: 5.7m / 18'7"
Draft m / ft: 3.4m / 11'3"
Yard No: 149123
Sail Stats
Construction: Teak on Oak
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