1939 – 1955 Sweden
The first owner was Consul Walter Edström, Göteborg, CEO of ESAB between 1921 and 1941 and honorary consul of Mexico, The documentation of the KSSS and research of the ‘International 8-Metre Association’ indicated that Svanevit was sold 1952 to Mr. David Sandén and to Mr. Gils Gäbel (Stockholm) in 1954. From now on it was known as “Silvervingen VIII”.
1955 – 1969 Adria
Walter Denzel (from Vienna) was the owner of Svanevit from 1955 to 1969. He sailed the boat renamed to „Lorana“ on the Adrian Sea near Montfalcone. The sail No. during that time was OE-1.
In 1969 it was bought by another sailing enthusiast from Vienna, Konrad Glatz. Konrad Glatz, holder of a major austrian grain trade company died by an casualty in 1971 in an age of 65 years.
1972 – 1996 Netherlands
In 1972 Svanevit was sold to G.A.S. Jongeneel in the Netherlands. From now on she sailed under sail No. 8 H-2. Jongeneel tranfered the boat from the Adrian Sea to the east coast of the Netherlands. Jongeneel, a former Flying Dutchman champion, sailed Svanevit on various locale handicap races on the Ijsselmeer (Lake Yssel). In 1989 at his age of 77 Mr. Jongeneel sold the yacht to Joost van de Post with the remarks: “… painted white, very fast, making eight knots close hauled …”.
During the years in the Netherlands the boat name got translated from ‘Silvervingen’ to ‘Zilverwiek’. Joost van de Post was an regatta enthusiast. He trimmed the boat for regattas without any compromise. When he took over the boat it was equipped as a cruiser with water tanks, refrigerator, etc. In 1954 A&R already installed a 12HP Coventry Victors engine. The boats body was in good shape but the boat has seen better times. Joost van de Post removed the complete interior, replaced the original steel ribs by new ones, replaced the keel bolts and partially the board. Some of the interior was ssen later on in Josts apartment in Amsterdam. His plan was to convert Svanevit with “racing trim” based on the international standards.
1997 – 2007 Lake Constance
2008 – 2009 Ijsselmeer
In 2008 and 2009 some fine tuning was done for the buldhead, the bow, and the layout of the sheet design by Ventis B.V. Enkhuizen. The prop which was at the side of the boat was replaced to the middle. All changes have been supported and monitored by Juliane Hempel from the technical committee of the international 8mr association. The bow hatch had been adjusted to comply to the international rules & measures. By the time the work had been finished the boat became a new measure certificate and the initial name Svanevit.
During the winter time 2009/2010 additional modifications took place.
For the 70th anniversary Svanevit will cruise again with the flag of the initial port of registry – the honorable Royal Yacht Club of Göteborg (GKSS).
2010 – Baltic Sea
In spring 2010 Svanevit returned to the Batic Sea after 40 years. She participated after a long time of absence in Nat´l and Int´l regattas like ‘R&B European Classic Week’, the ‘Rolex Baltic Week’ with the European 8mR Championships, and the ‘German Classics’.
Information courtesy of the boat’s website. http://www.svanevit.de