Hilaria, designed for high seas

Launched in 1966, this powerful yawl was born of prestigious individuals: Sparkman & Stephens were the architects and Abeking & Rasmussen were the builders. For many years, Hilaria travelled across the Great Lakes of USA and won many trophies. Yet, its aluminium hull proved his worth by winning the Bermuda Race in the early 2000.

Philippe Thurneyssen bought her in 2010 in Mattapoisett, in Massachusetts, and attempted to cross the Atlantic Ocean the next year. Unfortunately, a packing gland leak and 100 l of fuel accumulated in the boat bilges forced him to give it up. The following year, he safely crossed to the Acores, but the forestay broke in a wind blast in Gibraltar. Fortunately, the mast was secured by the babystay and a few haylards fixed to the bow.

Ever since, Hilaria stepped onto the podium of many Mediterranean races: Bailli de Suffren Trophee, Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, Voiles d’Antibes, Régates Royales de Cannes and Corsica Classic, to mention just a few.

For the Panerai Transat Classique 2019, Philippe, a former sailor of the merchant marine, has gathered a great team around him: “if it is not to win, it is not worthy to come”. In that respect, he is accompanied by Noël, a fearsome sailor of the English Channel and former harbour pilot in Le Havre, Alain, co-owner of the famous 122 years old gaff-rig yacht Lulu, Janette, a well known crew of Moonbeam IV and Amadour, Stefano, a modern boat racer from Italy, Marcel, an experienced sailor from Villefrance and finally, Yves, a freshman in this united and highly motivated team.

They will move forward onboard of a well-prepared sailing boat, design for offshore adventures, with notably a helm station sheltered from the wind and the waves, imagined by Rob Stephens, the bother of the boat architect Olin.

With a skipper who owns the original plans and the correspondence between the architect and the first owner, the ultimate high sea boat Hilaria seems to be one of the serious contender for the win, “against serious competitors”.


Technical information

Year: 1966
Shipyard: Abeking & Rasmussen
Designer: Sparkman & Stephens
LOA: 16,70 m / 55’
Beam: 4,20 m / 14’
Rigging: yawl Bermudian
Sail surface: 141,60 m2 / 1 524 sq.ft
Refit: 2012