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PD Staff
10-05-2010, 12:13 PM
Photo journalist Christophe Luanay has been suffering through rough assignments shooting from aboard numerous classics like Shamrock, Velsheda and Altair in the Mediterranean. He offers these stunning images as compensation for those unable to attend!

Onboard Velsheda during "Les Voiles de Saint Tropez", France. Velsheda Designed by Charles Nicholson and built by Camper & Nicholson in 1933 for Mr W.L. Stephenson, Owner of Woolworth chain of shops, she was built in 1933 at Gosport. She was Nicholson's second design for a J Class and Stephenson's second big yacht. "Velsheda" was named after Stephenson's three daughters, Velma, Sheila and Daphne. She raced with the greatest names in classic yachting including "Britannia", "Endeavour" and "Shamrock" between 1933 and 1936.


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Onboard Altair during "Les Voiles de Saint Tropez"
Commissioned in 1929 by Captain Guy H MacCaw whose brief to William Fife was simply: 'build a sound, safe cruiser, safe to go to the south seas islands in with no anxiety'. Fife was then 73 years old and this would be one of his last large yachts.


Name: Altair
Class: Schooner
Designer(s): William Fife III
Type of Boat: 2 Masted Gaff Schooner
Year Built: 1931
Built by: William Fife & Son, Fairlie
LOA m / ft: 39.21m / 133' 82
LOD m / ft: 33m / 107' 8
LWL m / ft: 23.77m / 77' 9
Beam m / ft: 6.24m / 20' 4
Draft m / ft: 4.02m / 13' 2
Yard No: 789
Sail Stats: Sail Area: 550sq.m
Construction: The hull is made from Burmese teak(2 1/4 inch thick) on oak frames. Present engine: 275 BHP Gardner 6LXDT
Other: Original tonnage: 161

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