Yacht: Owl

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Her original length was 41′ but one of her later owners, Mr. Andrews, lengthened her to 55′ to improve competitiveness. After the 2nd World War she was owned for some 30 years by David Burnett.

“In 1961 she was stolen but rediscovered dismasted some years later in New Caledonia. Burnett re rigged her and kept cruising.and in 1974 sold her to Petit, a Frenchman. Much later in 1990; found in a state of abandon, she was restored. She has since crossed the Atlantic and participated successfully in the Antigua Sailing Weeks both in 1997 and 1998 and in the America’s Cup Jubilee in 2001. Since then she has been in the Mediterranean.

July, 1973. “I was crew on board Owl with skipper David Burnett on a sailing trip from Tobermory to the Hebrides. We were 8 coming from Scotland, England, France, the Netherlands(myself). I found OWL on a leaflet by Western Yachting Scotland LTD. This has been a fantastic journey, fortnight!” Marianne Beerman-Kok

In 1974 she was sold to Petit, a Frenchman, and in 1990 she was entrusted to a boatbuilding college. Owl subsequently went through a refit in 1995 at the International Boatbuilding College, Lowestoft. She has since crossed the Atlantic and participated successfully in the Antigua Sailing Weeks both in 1997 and 1998 and in the America’s Cup Jubilee in 2001.

Since she has been based in the Mediterranean.  Initially she had black topsides, they have now been changed to white.

Designer: Frederick Shepherd
Type of Boat:
Rig: Gaff Ketch
Year Built: 1909
Built By: White Brothers, Southampton
LOA m / ft: 20.53m / 67'3"
LOD m / ft: 16.8m / 55'1"
LWL m / ft: 12.34m / 40'4"
Beam m / ft: 3.78m / 12'4"
Draft m / ft: 2.54m / 8'3"
Yard No:
Sail Stats Sail area: 170 sq.m.
Construction: Teak planks over oak frames and teak deck & superstructure
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