Eilean, regular of transatlantics

2018-11-23

The ketch Eilean, built in 1936 by the legendary William Fife Shipyard in Scotland, owned by the Italian watchmaker Panerai, will participate in the Panerai Transat Classic 2019, in January, between Lanzarote and Saint-Kitts.

Over the bow, the famous dragon already knows the way. The yacht crossed the Atlantic over 30 times. The last time was in 2012, after three year of restoration.

The elegant ketch was waiting in the mangrove of English Harbour, when she became the property of Panerai in 2006. Angelo Bonati, former CEO of Panerai, brought her back in Italy and had it restored the way she looked like in 1936. All floors and metallic ribs were replaced: over 5000 bronze screws were fixed.

This enterprise showed the deep commitment of Panerai to the yachting classic, which started in 2005 with the Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge.

Eilean being on the start-line of the race in Lanzarote highlights the strength of the bonds between sea and time, both pillars of the Italian watchmaker.

Let us not expect any complacency from the crew towards competitors: the Atlantic is her playground, Eilean will defend it with passion.

 

Technical information:

Year: 1936

Shipyard: William Fife & sons

Architect: William Fife III and Robert Balderton Fife

Length: 22,20 m

Beam: 4,65 m

Rigging: ketch

Sails surface: 301 m²

Restoration shipyard: Shipyard Del Carlo, Viareggio

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