Certificate no 3483
Status Registered
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Details

Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Yacht
Location Southampton
Vessel type Racing Yacht
Current use Private use
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No

Construction

Builder Fife, William & Son, Fairlie
Built in 1930
Hull material Wood
Rig Bermudan
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Sail
Primary engine type None
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None

Dimensions

Length: Overall
48.00 feet (14.63 m)
Breadth: Beam
8.50 feet (2.59 m)
Depth
6.58 feet (2.01 m)
Tonnage: Gross
8.91

History

In the year she was built, representing the Royal Northern Yacht Club, SASKIA was shipped from the Clyde to New York to compete and win the prestigious Seawanhaka Cup. Originating in 1895, the Seawanhaka Cup is the oldest American yachting trophy that is still in active competition.  SASKIA represented the United Kingdom in the 1936 Olympics that were held in Kiel, Germany. The commemorative plaque marking the occasion is still displayed on board.

In 1954, the well known Australian yachtsman, Sir William Northam, bought SASKIA and shipped her to Sydney with the specific objective of winning the Sayonara Cup which had been the symbol of pre-eminence in big-boat, round the buoys racing in Australia since 1904. SASKIA won the Cup for the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron ending 34 years of dominance by the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria. She remained at her mooring at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron winning many races for the next 52 years.

In 2007 she was shipped back to the UK to take part in that year's celebration of 100 years of Metre Rule Sailing. She competed at the Centennial World Championships on the Clyde where she won her class and the Sira Cup. She then went on to win the Eight Metre Class at the Metre Class Centenary Regatta at Cowes.

Although she performed well in the 2007 regattas, SASKIA was clearly showing signs of age and was in need of restoration. She was sold by her then Australia owners, John and Michael Stephen to another Australian, Michael Maxwell. Mr Maxwell arranged for her to be shipped to the Absolute Projects yard in Lisbon, Portugal where a major restoration project began in 2008. Mr Maxwell’s original intention was to ship her back to Australia as a fully restored classic yacht.

For various reasons the project stalled and although it was substantially completed by 2010, Mr. Maxwell had not given instructions to ship. At this point another Eight Metre owner, a UK resident, heard of the project and arranged to inspect in August 2011. A period of protracted negotiation then took place and a sale finally happened on 2 November 2011. The new owner then arranged for further work to be done to put SASKIA back to her original condition including the removal of the engine.

 

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