Bryell II, the “revolutionary” boat

Built in the Maas shipyard, in Breskens, Netherlands, in May 1968 – fierce time in many European countries – to overthrow the dynasty of the Tina drawn by Dick Carter, Bryell II was designed by the architect Britton Chance, but audacious choices of keel and helm make her hard – nearly impossible – to steer.

Ownership has changed many time in Hollande before until she was bought by Jérôme Cathala in La Rochelle in 2007. Her participation in the Panerai Transat Classique 2019 reflects the beautiful continuation of her story.

Since her first years in France, Bryell II has finally shows her true potential and won the first of the four trophies of the Atlantic Classic Challenge, happening in English Channel and Atlantic.

She also added her name to the victory list of offshore races such as La Coupe des Deux Phares and Plymouth-La Rochelle. Obviously, the sailboat has proven its worth and no longer fears the dynasty of Tina. We regret that Bilou Belle, participant in 2008, et Perséphone, participant in 2012, could not be their now, the battle would have been amazing.

But the amateur crew gathered by Jérôme is fitted with a strong experience and an unfailing motivation. “The boat has proven its worth and we have some ambition on the Panerai Transat Classique” says Jérôme with chuckle. “We all have a good competitive spirit and we will give it our all”. Frédérique, regular of classic regatta, Eric, backed by long sailing trip to the Marquises experience, Thibault, young and dynamic number 1, and Alain, a 73 years old pilot about to fulfil his dream of transatlantic. All of them are part of a cohesive team, ready to defend his “Chance” and overthrow the powerful.

Year: 1968
Shipyard: Franz Maas
Architect: Britton Chance
LOA: 11,30 m / 37’
Beam: 3,29 m / 10’8’’
Rigging: sloop Marconi
Sail surface: 68,44 m2
Refit: 2012