Eleonora is an exact replica of the schooner Westward. Westward was launched on March 31 1910, as hull number 692 at the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. in Bristol, RI, USA. She was then arguably one of the most famous and best known racing schooners in the world. She was designed by Nathanael Greene Herreshoff, the Wizard of Bristol , the designer of the America s Cup defenders which turned back all six challenges from 1893 to 1920.
Westward was undoubtedly the fastest schooner in the world in 1910 and following years. With Captain Charlie Barr, who was one of the finest racing skippers in the world at her helm, she sailed successfully against racing yachts such as Britannia, Lulworth, Meteor II, and won numerous trophies.
For thirty seven years, Westward graced the yachting scene and represented all that was best in yacht design and workmanship.
Eleonora not only follows Westward s heritage of big schooner racing but also offers, with her comfort and space, an unforgettable cruising and relaxing experience.
Eleonora was built at the Van der Graaf shipyard in Holland and was launched in March 2000. Since then, she has successfully participated in a number of classic sailing regattas and hosted on board a number of high profile guests during her charter activities.
Eleonora shows astonishing beauty under sail, her slender hull cutting a pathway through the sea in an elegant combination of beauty and power.
Over one hundred years after the launch of Westward, we are again able to appreciate the awesome majesty and grandeur of this superb classic sailing yacht underway, sails filled as she surges forward, her white wake streaming behind.
With no sacrifice to luxurious standards of comfort, her staterooms and the entire interior display the ambience and elegance of another age.
Major works and improvements carried out recently on Eleonora
The replacement of all air conditioning compressors and auxiliary fittings (pumps and associated pipe-work).
The replacement of the large storage fridge compressor and fittings.
Rigs removed for inspection and overhaul. All fittings removed, sanded and painted. All rigging wires inspected and replaced where necessary. All spars checked, repaired where necessary, stripped back to bare wood and 8 coats of varnish applied.
All electrical wires replaced in the masts to accommodate new B&G wind instruments.
Masts re-stepped and re-rigged.
New Satcom C and the fleet 250, 4G and VHF antenna.
Extensive paint and varnish works on deck and below in the crew and guest areas.
Work in progress
All mast hoops replaced;
New main boom constructed;
Haul out, antifouling;
Ongoing extensive maintenance and repairs of the engine, generators, pumps, winches, blocks, both tenders, etc.
|Builder:||Herreshoff / Van der Graaf|
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