Yacht: Cambria

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Cambria, the most recently restored 23-Metre, was eased out of the ‘Big Class’ racing circuit with the introduction of the larger and faster J-Class yachts. Subsequently, she was converted to a cruising yacht.

“Massive refit in Brisbane, Australia 1995. This is where we put the Carbon tip on the top of the mast to increase it to “J” class specs. Lots of other mods at the same time. I was the proud skipper at the time.” George Canfield

More recently she was restored in Australia in time for the America’s Cup Jubilee in Cowes in 2001 where she was seen racing against the three ‘J’ Class yachts.  She then went on to spend time between the Mediterranean and the Carribean and continued to enjoy racing.

In 2004 she was sold to a new owner who was keen to have a new mast built for the boat that did not include any carbon fibre! The work was undertaken through the winter of 2005/6 at ‘Classic Works’ in La Ciotat, France, where they were able to take advantage of a climate-controlled tunnel and built a new Alaskan spruce mast under the experienced watchful eye of Harry Spencer. Cambria paraded her new mast around the Mediterranean classic regattas during the 2006 season and has since been seasonally racing in the Mediterranean as well as owner trips in Turkey, amongst other places.

In 2014 she raced in Antibes, followed by Argentario Sailing Week where she was seen racing against the J-Class Shamrock V keeping only to a twin headsail configuration upwind. A video of them battling it out can be seen here.

She subsequently sailed to the UK and Southampton Yacht Services for a 10-12 month refit.

Look at Yard News for some of the refit posts or click here.

2016 – Cambria is back and looking absolutely stunning at Les Voiles D’Antibes.

Cambria painting

Designer: William Fife III
Type of Boat: 23-Metre
Rig: Bermudan Cutter
Year Built: 1928
Built By: William Fife & Son, Fairlie
LOA m / ft: 41.14m / 135'
LOD m / ft: 33.8m / 111'
LWL m / ft: /
Beam m / ft: 6.20m / 20' 5
Draft m / ft: 2.83m / 9' 3
Yard No: 758
Sail Stats Sail Area: 769 sq.m Sail No. K4
Construction: Composite construction - Planking on steel frames covered by a sheath of fibreglass for protective reasons
Original tonnage: 162

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