Yacht: Orion

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It was 1910 when the Camper & Nicholson boatyard launched ‘Sylvana’ in Gosport (UK), a schooner destined to make history. The class and elegance of this lovely schooner made her stand out immediately.   Built for the Spanish Royal family, she was later bought by Colonel Courteney CE Morgan, registered at the port of Portsmouth and sailed under the British flag.   Subsequently, ‘Sylvana’ was transferred to Brest and sold to another owner, who in turn resold her until she was transferred to Argentina, where she remained for a long time.

She was also named ‘Pais de France’, ‘Le Matin’, ‘Diane’ and ‘Vira’.

Orion undertook a restoration in La Ciotat, France in 2003. Project Managed by Mike Pope, Alex Laird and Butch Dalrymple Smith.

Designer: Charles Ernest Nicholson
Type of Boat: 2 Masted Gaff Schooner
Year Built: 1910
Built By: Camper & Nicholson, Gosport, UK
LOA m / ft: 44.80m / 147'
LOD m / ft: 39.32m / 130'
LWL m / ft: 27.45m / Originally: 90' Now: 90' 5"
Beam m / ft: 7.20m / Originally: 23' 5" Now: 23' 4"
Draft m / ft: 4.20m / Originally: 11' 5" Now: 13' 5"
Yard No: 191
Sail Stats Sail Area: 986 sq.m
Construction: Now, Iroko on steel frames, 23mm teak deck on 3x20mm ply. Original, NZ Kauri deck.
Displacement: 254 tons.

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