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A phenomenal, classic sailing experience for avid-yachties

Photography by Alexis Andrews

Evocative in its traditional design aesthetic, unique among the Caribbean charter yacht industry, and an incredible race winner, Elena is a fastidious recreation of the 1928 Trans-Atlantic record-holding boat.

The particular vessel that Elena emulates participated in the 1928 King’s Cup Trans-Atlantic race from New York to Santander, completing the regatta in record-breaking time.

Built in 2009 to the original 1910 designs by Nathanael G. Herreshoff, boat builders Factoria Naval de Marin fabricated the 180-foot racing schooner with four cabins, accommodating eight guests in beautiful, private en-suite staterooms. Elena also has eight permanent crew members.

The average sailing speed for the yacht is between 12 and 15 knots. She has seen 18 knots and is capable of more, but this is weather dependent. Her maximum speed by engine is 13 knots.

Combining classic racing purity with contemporary luxury, her velocity under sail is untouched by her opulent, lavish appearance that boasts stately interiors with a mahogany finish and period country-home detailing. One feels completely welcomed by the yacht’s warm, hospitable atmosphere, which is pleasantly juxtaposed by the boisterous nature of her racing finesse.

Modern comforts such as Wi-Fi and televisions are equipped throughout the yacht, adding to the relaxing and entertaining surroundings, while not removing from the traditional ambiance.

An enticing choice for sailing fanatics, Elena was fitted with a new boom, sail plan, and bowsprit in 2012, based on the original 1911 sail plan—maintaining its authenticity.

Expansive deck areas with cockpit for al fresco dining allow creative options for time spent indulging the yacht’s character.

Two tenders onboard permit the curious and inquisitive to venture out for enjoyable exploration of the islands along with kayaks, kite-surfing equipment, water-skis, wakeboard, snorkelling, and fishing gear; all equipped so that guests receive the full Caribbean watersports experience.

With the addition of this plethora of activities onboard this excellent racing vessel, an escapade with Elena presents an exclusive vacation to any other charter.

Introducing a Captain and crew who hold a profound knowledge about the yacht and her history, Elena’s Captain Steve McLaren spoke of his soulful connection with the vessel:

Elena is a yacht for connoisseurs. An authentic sailing schooner, she offers a completely unique experience that other modern yachts cannot. There is no push button sailing here, her eight sails are hoisted manually by a dedicated crew of skilled sailors. Guests can expect to enjoy a slower pace of life aboard. Step back in time and experience sailing at its best. When Elena is under full sail at 15 knots, she will turn the heads of guests and crew of any other vessel nearby. She must be one of the most photographed yachts afloat.”

Elena is available for charter in the Caribbean through early 2018 and in the Mediterranean during the summer.


Erin Paviour-Smith

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