Yacht: Escaper

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‘Escaper’ was designed by Baron Wedell-Wedellsborg for Flt Lt Eric Williams, writer of the wartime escape thriller ‘The Wooden Horse’.   Eric originally intended to make “the world’s slowest circumnavigation” in Escaper.   He didn’t manage that but he and his wife took Escaper beyond the Greek Islands where they sailed the Turkish coast and frequently over-wintered in Kyrenia harbour, Cyprus.

Eric” died in 1977 and Escaper stayed in the Med until 1998.   She then returned to Ocean village, Southampton and was snaffled up by me in about 1 week.   She was refastened and generally tidied up at the Elephant Boatyard before returning to the Med in my hands in 2003.

We are now cruising the med at a very slow pace (in keeping with Escaper’s ladylike demeanour).   The original Lister 6frm engine was replaced by a Sole (Mitsubishi) in 2006.

Information courtesy of Mick Nash(2008)

Designer: E Wedell-Wedellsborg
Type of Boat:
Rig: Bermudan Cutter
Year Built: 1962
Built By: Rantzausminde Baadebyggeri
LOA m / ft: 13.71m / 45'
LOD m / ft: 12m / 39'4"
LWL m / ft: 10.48m / 34'4"
Beam m / ft: 4m / 13'1"
Draft m / ft: 1.64m / 5'4"
Yard No: 304311
Sail Stats Sail Area: 700 sq.ft
Construction: Larch on oak; teak decks all iron fastened.

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