Welcome to Sandeman’s Yachting Chronicles

Welcome to Sandeman’s Yachting Chronicles

A set of details, a description and some accompanying pictures may describe a yacht, her dimensions and her appearance, but somehow these always fail to capture the whole picture – the magic is missing.

The yachts on our brokerage lists are all striking to the eye, and the images of them are easy to appreciate: the schooners and flush deck cutters may woo our imagination – a world of refinement surviving in a place that can be rugged, even brutal – or a wholesome 1950s cruising boat swinging on her mooring, varnish and paint not perfect, but the patina evidence of her sailing adventures – an honesty, and a simpler beauty.

Within this weblog we would like to use a broader brush to create a fuller picture of how these boats came to be and possibly to explain better why they touch us in the way they do.

We would like to cast a little more light on and around these boats, their histories, their designers, their owners, families and crews – indeed, to tell their whole stories.

Thereby we hope to inform and inspire you.

Thank you for visiting our site and we hope that you find our articles interesting and informative.


Recent Articles

IRONDEQUOIT II – two days to windward

IRONDEQUOIT II – two days to windward

In the mid 60s, pre-war ocean racers and fast cruisers still more than held their own in the classic long distance races. This is the Spanjer brothers’ John G Alden-designed 61ft yawl ESBRO VI, slogging it out to her heart’s content during the 1965 Chicago-Mackinac Race: […]

The Frisells and their KAYs – a family affair

The Frisells and their KAYs – a family affair

  The story of father and son Sven and Arne Frisell and their series of Sparkman & Stephens-designed offshore racer/ cruisers, all named KAY, is the stuff of LEGEND – appropriately, the present name of the 1954 KAY, built at Lemwerder, Bremen, Germany, by Abeking […]

PEGGY BAWN’s authentic pine deck

PEGGY BAWN’s authentic pine deck

It’s always fun to turn tables on a pro photographer. Through 2004 and 2005, marine photographer Nigel Pert regularly followed the authentic rebuild of Hal Sisk’s 1894 GL Watson-designed gaff cutter PEGGY BAWN at shipwright Michael Kennedy’s Dunmore East yard on Ireland’s south-east coast. PEGGY’s […]

Come eravamo/ The Way We Were: ZEPHYR 1973

Come eravamo/ The Way We Were: ZEPHYR 1973

La Dolce Vita aboard the JM Soper/ Philip of Dartmouth cutter ZEPHYR in 1973. This archive footage released by the now grown up children you’ll see in this enchanting home movie footage may be the best proof that at 62 feet/ 18.9m on deck, the […]

Cornubia – A New Lease of Life

Cornubia – A New Lease of Life

There’s no doubt that today’s world of classic boating can be divided into at least two sections – arguably a lot more than two – but surely no-one can deny there is everything else and then there are the working boats. For some, only the […]

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