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Wendy’s House: Elfje

Words: sam fortescue | images: cory silken.

Wendy Schmidt’s first sailing experience did little to foreshadow the role that boats would later come to play in her life. In fact, I can almost hear her shrugging when I ask her about it. “I have a memory from my childhood when I was nine years old,” she recounts. “We took a family trip to Bermuda – it was the only aeroplane trip we ever took. My three brothers were in the cockpit of a 20ft sailboat on some sort of tourist experience. I’m sitting behind – my head is tossed back and I’m super relaxed. I was having a different experience to them.”

It would take another 42 years before Schmidt sailed again. Yet today she is the owner of multiple boats, from wooden motor launches to carbon-fibre racers. One of the fleet stands out in particular: the 46m Elfje . With her 6m-long bowsprit, towering ketch rig and pilot cutter looks, she is easy on the eye in the same way as all the great classically proportioned yachts. Make no mistake, though: this is a decidedly modern boat that was delivered as recently as 2014.

Her creator, along with Schmidt herself, is Dutch designer André Hoek. His studio, in an old orphanage in the town of Edam, is one of the best in the world at combining the beauty of classic lines with state-of-the-art naval architecture – and it is this which imparts Elfje ’s unmistakable character. “She’s one of the favourites in our design office – of our achievements,” says Ruurt Meulemans, partner at Hoek Design. “ Elfje came out really nicely sailing-wise and in aesthetics. Wendy gave us plenty of opportunities to excel.”

Schmidt remembers how the idea of Elfje grew out of the positive experience of her friend Bill Joy, who was building 58m Ethereal at Royal Huisman at the time. “In some sense, we chose the yard before we had chosen someone to design it or even knew what kind of boat we would build,” she says. “There is a whole community around Huisman.

“Then we interviewed all the leading design firms and fell in love with André Hoek. He had aquarelle renderings of all the boats he had designed – that’s when we realised that we were talking to an artist and thought, ‘he’s the one for us’.” Schmidt then went on to choose Redman Whiteley Dixon for the interior.

Now, having appointed some of the world’s pre-eminent designers and a yard with a track record in large sailing boats, some owners would have been tempted to hand things off to a management team. But for Schmidt, the three-and-a-half-year project was a reward in its own right, and she instituted full team meetings every six weeks in locations from New York and Nantucket to the UK and the Netherlands. “It became as much of a social experience as it was a technical one,” she remembers. “I insisted in the beginning that we get everyone on the same drawing – it normally goes from department to department, but we thought this gave room for miscommunication. With everybody present, everything can move in lockstep. I like to do all my projects that way – I believe in transparency, openness.”

With lines rooted in Hoek’s favoured ‘pilot cutter’ aesthetic, the beauty of the yacht was always front and centre. Thanks to the plumb bow and relatively low freeboard, her twin deckhouses – one containing a guest lounge and the other a dedicated owner’s space – look ravishingly sleek and low-slung. “She is so nicely balanced in the looks and the proportions of the deckhouse,” says Meulemans.

His real focus was below the waterline, however, where five different hull lines were developed. They were all put through Hoek’s CFD [Computational Fluid Dynamics] programme and the best one built as a 6m model for tank testing at the Marin laboratory. “She was going to be a cruising yacht, but she had to do very well on the racecourse as well,” adds Meulemans. “She has a lifting keel and spade rudder.”

The carbon-fibre masts and booms are by Southern Spars, with standing rigging in ECsix. That bowsprit alone is capable of withstanding 150 tonnes of compressive force (that’s the weight of a jumbo jet), with headsail and Code sail furling gear built into its underside. Elfje could have had a sloop rig as well, but the design team felt she would be more manageable as a ketch with more sail settings. “Enjoying your sailing is always in part about the kind of sail combinations you can set in different conditions,” he says.

Elfje was to be an efficient yacht, especially given that Schmidt has long been publicly vocal about the need to protect the ocean and manage its resources better. Under sail, that meant good speeds in low wind conditions, and a rig that could be handled relatively easily. Elfje can manage 7 knots in a 5-knot zephyr. What’s more, by extending the lifting keel to its maximum 7.10m, less weight is needed to achieve the required righting moment. When retracted to just 4.50m, the boat can access the world’s Superyacht marinas and anchorages.

Technically, it’s a similar story. Royal Huisman calls her a NextGEN Ketch, because she benefitted from a new way of thinking about power management on board. The key here is her variable speed generators, which are lighter, quieter and up to 10 per cent more fuel-efficient than their conventional counterparts. A large lithium battery bank can mop up any excess power or boost generator output when demand is high.

“People got quite excited about the innovations on the boat,” says Schmidt. “It’s not that cutting-edge today, I wouldn’t say that. With the variable speed generator our goal was [to be] lightweight and efficient. We also have a generator on the main engine drive shaft so that when we’re under way, we don’t have to run the main generator. These big changes have held up.”

Delivered on deadline and to budget, Elfje wasted no time by scoring a joint first place in her inaugural Bucket Race, where she crossed the finish line neck-and-neck with 55m Adela . She has appeared at a couple of subsequent Buckets too, but it’s fair to say that this sort of racing is not Schmidt’s cup of tea. “We had up to 45 crew on board with the spinnaker, and to me it became a little more than it was worth as an experience,” she says. “When you’re racing in a Superyacht regatta, you announce on the radio five minutes beforehand that you’re planning to tack. It’s very procedural.”

Schmidt prefers to race her other boats, including the new 26m carbon-fibre flyer Deep Blue . The strength of Elfje is as a cruising yacht. “She’s wonderful to have as a mothership,” says Schmidt. “She is very elegant; very easy. The interior is comfortable – we were thinking almost ‘beach house’ – very counter to the polished mahogany of these big boats. We wanted to feel fresh air and light. I didn’t want to run into corners everywhere, so the furniture is rounded.”

Redman Whiteley Dixon describes its concept for the boat as “between traditional and modern, freshly interpreted for modern living”. The cabins play with textures including linen, silk, velvet and cashmere, while European walnut and light oak make up the flooring and cabinetry throughout. Great attention was paid to the progression of different spaces internally. The owner’s private suite is positioned aft with its own deck lounge and a saloon featuring a so-called “oculus table” – a window panel in the hull that allows you to watch the seabed and sea life below the boat.

Besides the owner’s magnificent suite, there are two dedicated guest cabins. Four crew cabins are finished to similar standards as the guest areas. “I wanted all the crew areas on the boat to feel just as homey [with] the same materials – we didn’t downgrade the materials in the crew quarters.”

For someone who only came to sailing in her 50s, Wendy Schmidt has done more than most to pursue her passion. She says she always loved the sense of the wind, but suppressed her earliest sailing experience, thinking it was an activity that she didn’t have access to. How that’s changed. And yet, the excitement of her very first outing is still there in the way she speaks about her favourite boat. “All sailing gives you a connection to your environment – but on Elfje it’s a very direct feedback system. It’s a feeling of quiet power.”

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Elfje – is this 170ft performance cruiser the consummate yacht?

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With her graceful lines, but muscular performance, Elfje is one of the few superyachts to be designed for a woman owner. Elaine Bunting speaks to her designer André Hoek

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Photo: Cory Silken

Some say the ideal yacht is one that sails like a racer, has the accommodation of a cruiser and the looks of a classic. That’s a wry joke because at the average yacht size this is an almost impossible combination. But if money and scale weren’t an issue, what would the ideal performance cruiser look like?

Elfje is one owner’s vision of the consummate yacht. The 172ft ketch is one of the outstanding launches of last year, and has drawn admiring looks everywhere. You can see why.

Upwind, her dominant features are that powerful plumb bow, long bowsprit and deeply roached sails, shapes akin to the modern offshore racer. But at rest you see a yacht with a graceful, but unexaggerated sheerline tapering to a long overhang at the transom. If a superyacht can ever be called demure, Elfje can, right down to the shade of her hull, an unusual light grey-blue colour.

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Is Elfje a muscular yacht or more of a graceful feminine form? It’s an interesting question in this case because she is one of the very few superyachts to have been designed for a woman owner.

Her identity was closely guarded until this summer when she agreed to be interviewed about Elfje by Georgie Ainslie, wife of Sir Ben, and a fellow trustee of the 1851 Trust, set up to inspire young people through sailing and the technology used in the marine industry.

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Wendy Schmidt, wife of Google chairman Eric Schmidt, is also linked through 11th Hour Racing, a project that aims to build sustainability practices into high-performance racing projects and is in partnership with Ben Ainslie Racing.

Schmidt is an enthusiastic, long-time racer who also owns a Swan 80, Selene , and the design brief was for a comfortable long-range cruiser that would be capable of good performance in superyacht regattas. Above all, the yacht was to be elegant.

André Hoek was commissioned to design the yacht and Royal Huisman in the Netherlands to build her. The result is the pleasing combination of features that Hoek describes as “basically a bit of a masculine shape, but a very feminine look. It’s an interesting combination and when people see her at anchor, everyone says ‘Wow!’”

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Hoek, a quietly spoken man with a professorial air, is one of the most influential designers of the last few decades and a master of the neo-classic form, famous for creating yachts with long overhangs, flush decks, elegant deckhouses and coachroofs that are as attractive to look at as they are comfortable to sail.

It is a style he has made his own, from such big yachts such as the 179ft ketch Adele , launched in 2005, to the range of Truly Classic designs (Sir Ben and Lady Ainslie own a Truly Classic 65). Hoek is an intensely enthusiastic proponent of the big sailing yacht movement and has built up a formidable design team in Edam.

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The lead time of the project gave them an unusual opportunity to flex their muscles by studying the performance of various hull shapes. They carried out CFD analysis of five different hulls with varying volume distribution, but all with the same waterline length and displacement.

Based on the results, a 20ft model of the best hull was made and tank-tested in Marin, Netherlands. Wind tunnel testing was performed at the Wolfson Unit in Southampton.

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Research into balance

A prime objective was to arrive at a ketch rig that would be mannerly and well-balanced. “Ketches often have issues with weather helm when sheeting on the mizzen, especially when power reaching, and we wanted to predict rudder angles at the design stage,” Hoek elaborates. “ Elfje has a [carbon] spade rudder and lifting keel and we did a lot of research with regard to balance.”

Trim tabs were added to the keel at design stage. André Hoek feels these should help with pointing and accelerating out of tacks. So that Elfje can access shallower anchorages, her T-keel with ‘beaver-tail’ bulb can be raised to reduce draught from 7.10m (23ft) to 4.50m (15ft).

Saint Barts Bucket Regatta 2015

Elfje sports a Southern Spars rig with ECsix carbon plus continuous flexible rigging. Her carbon bowsprit is a thunderous weapon, incorporating furlers for the headsail and Code 0. The engineering posed a particular stress load challenge for manufacturer Southern Spars. “We pushed for it. There was a fight, but in the end they were integrated. It gets the tacks [of the sails] lower for racing and makes it possible to go sailing with the same gear as for cruising,” says Hoek.

The bobstay fittings have been cleverly integrated into an extraordinarily fine forefoot, which is connected to a titanium reinforcement tube within the hull.

With such a strong emphasis on performance, it was important that sailhandling be fast, versatile for cruising yet efficient for racing. The demand for big hydraulic packages capable of rapid sail hoists and drops has boomed in recent years (see this month’s Supersail World ) and the systems on board had to be designed so that up to 15 power-hungry hydraulic functions could be operated at once.

Intriguing technology

Beneath Elfje ’s timeless lines lies some intriguing technology. Energy efficiency and sustainability were high up on the owner’s priorities, and it promoted a joint quest for a state-of-the-art hybrid power system by Royal Huisman’s R&D team and Whisper Power.

The solution chosen combines a flywheel generator from the main engine with variable speed and variable output generators backed up by a lightweight lithium-ion ‘peak shaving’ battery bank. This system is some two tonnes lighter than one with conventional generators and, as the variable-speed generators run at a lower speed of around 1,200pm, they are around ten per cent more fuel-efficient.

Deck detials on sailing yacht Elfje, a 152 foot ketch built by Royal Huisman, designed by Hoek Design and Redman Whiteley Dixon.

On deck, the idea was to create a private area for the owner with separate deckhouse and cockpit aft. The profile of deckhouses is low and modest, which complements the sweeping sheerline. Clutter is banished. There is no fixed bimini, for example, and the 19ft tender is stowed beneath a carbon hatch on the flush foredeck.

The interior of Elfje , designed by Hampshire-based Redman Whiteley Dixon, is clean-looking and light, and uses sustainable timbers such as European walnut and light oak. One of the showcase features is a circular glass-topped saloon table over an opening in the hull so that the sea and marine life can be seen beneath.

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As for the name, that was chosen because Wendy Schmidt considers 11 her lucky number and the design team gave the project the Dutch word ‘ elf ’. That eventually mutated into ‘ elfje ’, after a fairy, or sprite, and a children’s poetry form. The term stuck and is epitomised by the winged emblem on the yacht’s big asymmetric spinnaker.

Fairy

Is Elfje as quick as she is sleek? In her first superyacht regatta, St Barths Bucket, she tied for 1st in class. Hoek raced on board and was benchmarking her against Marie , a similar-sized ketch launched in 2010, which he also designed.

“ Elfje is quick upwind, as St Barths proved, consistently much quicker than Marie , which has a skeg rudder and fixed keel. This is a better hull shape, basically. And we were sailing against yachts that have big sloop rigs and a longer waterline, we were beating them upwind and downwind. We didn’t expect that. I was very pleased. This is definitely an evolution.”

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The magical Elfje Sailing Yacht will take your breath away

By Victor Baker

Updated on August 31, 2017

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The  Elfje  sailing yacht might just be a game-changer, designed by the talented team at Hoek Design Naval Architects to be elegant and cruise the seven seas in comfort and at fast speeds. The Hoek Design studio teamed up with Redman Whiteley Dixon to introduce the ultimate performance sailing yacht, a structural and technical marvel that could be easily considered a modern classic.

Providing passengers with a comfortable, eco-friendly environment, Elfje  features provisions storage as well as advanced, reliable equipment onboard. Its interiors boast low freeboards and deckhouses, resulting in a clutter free and efficient hands-on sailing environment. The vessel’s clean flush teak deck, set on top of a custom soft-grey hull,hints towards an old-school pilot cutter.

Elfje  passengers may enjoy several social areas; for instance, the cockpit is where 8 guests will experience the ultimate dining experience while at anchor, around a large foldable table. Furthermore, guests may also relax in a wind-free setting on one of the four separate L-shaped sofas, or in the private aft cockpit which includes an U-shaped sunpad, a small breakfast table and a two deck couch.

I think you got the picture by now; this vessel blends all your favorite activities in a sublime manner, proving that life on the high seas is worth living.

With the intention of racing Elfje in sailing regattas, the yacht has been optimized to be able to cruise fast and also operate at a professional level with a team of skilled sailors on board. Advanced hydraulic sail handling systems designed to be fast and efficient have been installed to achieve this. Two beautifully designed helm stations not only serve as the yacht’s command centre, but with their elegant design, they will certainly prove to be a key discussion topic at meal times out in the main cockpit.

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Redman Whiteley Dixon and the team at Pod Interior Style paid special attention to the interior design, giving this lovely sailing yacht a great feeling of spaciousness and mobility on board. The light color scheme is beautifully complemented by the darker European walnut flooring, while the curved shapes in staircases, passageways and meeting areas, along with the specially designed furniture comprised from a selection of exclusive materials such as silk and velvet remind you this is not a competition.

Elfje’s  piece de resistance is probably the master suite, where a private corridor leading forward and a staircase leading up to the owner’s deckhouse assures privacy. Furthermore, a custom glass topped ‘oculus’ table designed for viewing marine life, even at night, will definitely keep you up until dawn. Guests and cre members may take a nap inside three other cabins, a double, twin and a flex cabin.

Elfje will travel way further than you could ever imagine, because it’s been fitted with  a series of efficient generators, battery banks and main propulsion system. With an ingenious method to powering up the vessel, fuel efficiency can be achieved. Cruising at 10 knots allows Elfje to reach 3690nm. Dreaming of a class-act is easy, drawing it requires talent, but building the  Elfje  sailing yacht is an incredible feat.

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The superyacht industry is one of many once male-dominated sectors that has changed significantly over the decades: The luxury yachts that were once seen as ‘floating private men’s clubs’ have transformed to cater to special occasions and the whole family with charter yachts offering a range of unisex amenities including spa massage rooms, beauty salons, steam rooms, Jacuzzis and gyms.

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Women and superyachts

Women today are present in boardrooms, on-site as architects and engineers as well as independent designers and owners in their own right.

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March the 8th to acknowledge not only the tireless work of past generations towards gender parity in all aspects of work and life but also the current successes and efforts in reaching this important goal.

In addition to our 2017 list of International Women’s Day designers , here are some of the incredible women buying, commissioning and creating superyachts.

The Designers and Architects

Laura pomponi.

Founder of Luxury Projects & Atelier, Laura Pomponi designs interiors for villas, planes and superyachts and has worked with some of the world’s largest shipyards to provide owners with settings both inspirational and perfectly suited to their lifestyle.

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Nero – Exterior

Among the company’s most iconic projects is superyacht NERO , which boasts a light oak interior accented with a spectrum of blues and a particularly evocative library and skylounge perfect for conversation or a celebratory drink during a special event.

In contrast, 37m/123ft luxury yacht DESTINY (ex.ILONA) showcases the owners’ love of functional minimalism with glimmering white, steel and glass surfaces that also create a perfect private gallery space to present their art.

Half of the duo that is Monaco-based Green & Mingarelli Design , Tina first met her husband Pietro while working on the design for a 37m/121ft superyacht for ISA Yachts . Together they have designed for houses, hotels and helicopters as well as luxury yachts.

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Of the more recent projects, Tina has produced the lavish interior and exterior styling for a Benetti 48m and the interior styling for a Mangusta 108 and a Benetti 65m, designed as one of the highest spec Benetti superyachts available on the charter market and known as ILLUSION V .

High gloss surfaces and stark tonal contrasts characterise the work from Tina Green and Pietro Mingarelli , mixed with elements from Asian and neo-classical design to produce a sophisticated final finish.

Special mention: Paola Galeazzi

An influential force within the yachting industry over four decades, Paola Galeazzi passed away in late October of 2017, survived by her partner and two children.

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CLOUD 9 – Beach club from above

During her career as a designer and architect, she worked alongside husband Gianni Zuccon at Zuccon International Project and collaborated with the greatest European shipbuilders to produce some of the most memorable vessels of recent years, including 80m/262ft CHOPI CHOPI and 74m/243ft CLOUD 9 , which picked up  Best Layout 164-270ft (50- 82m)  at the  World Yachts Trophies 2017  and made it to the finals for  Best Exterior Styling Motor Yachts 45m and Above  at the  Boat International Design & Innovation Awards 2018 .

Wendy Schmidt – Elfje

Businesswoman and philanthropist, Wendy Schmidt owned an interior design firm for 16 years and is known for her charitable work for conservation. A trustee of the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) and founder of the 11th Hour Project to raise awareness of global warming and climate change, she has used regattas as a way to draw attention to oceanic issues.

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52m/171ft luxury ketch ELFJE is the result of a collaboration between naval architects Hoek Design and the Royal Huisman shipyard, who also inspired her name which means ‘fairy’ in Dutch.

RWD styled her interior for comfort and continuing the environmental message; a plexiglass table is located in the lounge that guests can look through to see the marine life swimming beneath the hull.

Her engineering, however, is arguably her most important aspect considering the family’s emphasis on taking care of and restoring oceanic health. Lithium-ion batteries reduce the fuel consumption, resulting in a range of 3,690 nautical miles.

Heidi Horten – Carinthia VII

97m/318ft mega yacht CARINTHIA VII is, as the name suggests, the seventh superyacht that has been owned by Heidi Horten and her late husband Helmut Horten, who built-up the fourth largest department store chain in Germany. Claiming the title of the richest woman in Austria, she inherited $1 billion USD from her husband and is now estimated to be worth around three times that amount.

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CARINTHIA-VII

M/Y CARINTHIA VII has over five voluminous decks with a beam of 16m/53ft and British designer Tim Heywood created her interior and exterior design. 4 x MTU 1163 Diesel engines allow her to reach a top speed of 26 knots and she can often be seen at the port in Venice , Italy .

J.K. Rowling – ARRIVA (ex Amphitrite)

Previously owned by Johnny Depp and named VARJOLIJA before being changed to AMPHITRITE and then  ARRIVA , J.K. Rowling reportedly enjoyed this classically styled superyacht so much after being on board during a charter that she decided to buy it when it came up for sale.

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Arriva (ex Amphitrite)

Designed by Taka Yachts , built by Turquoise Yachts and styled internally by RWD, images show lavish rooms decorated in velvet and satin and encased in dark wooden panelling. The exterior has plenty of shaded and open alfresco dining and lounging areas that use colours and textures emulating the opulent interiors.

Elena Ambrosiadou – Maltese Falcon

Currently, the owner of the world’s largest sailing yacht, 88m/289ft MALTESE FALCON , Elena Ambrosiadou made her fortune by establishing the hedge fund Ikos using computer quantitative analysis with then-husband Martin Coward. At its height in 2007, the fund (meaning ‘home’ in Greek) managed over $3.5 billion USD.

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Maltese Falcon – Top view

After falling in love with S/Y MALTESE FALCON as it sailed through the Cyclades Islands near the Greek mainland, Elena Ambrosiadou bought the Perini Navi -built vessel for an estimated $100 million USD when original owner Tom Perkins put her on the market.

Although she does not have time to sail aboard her often, luxury yacht MALTESE FALCON has proven popular on the charter market as many others also fall in love with her elegant appearance and instantly recognisable three-mast DynaRig system, developed by Dykstra Naval Architects .

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Here, we find out the unique path that American philanthropist Wendy Schmidt’s primary Superyacht took into being. 

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Article by TIDE-magazine.com (issue 7, 2024)

Wendy Schmidt’s first sailing experience did little to foreshadow the role that boats would later come to play in her life. In fact, I can almost hear her shrugging when I ask her about it. “I have a memory from my childhood when I was nine years old,” she recounts. “We took a family trip to Bermuda – it was the only aeroplane trip we ever took. My three brothers were in the cockpit of a 20ft sailboat on some sort of tourist experience. I’m sitting behind – my head is tossed back and I’m super relaxed. I was having a different experience to them.”

It would take another 42 years before Schmidt sailed again. Yet today she is the owner of multiple boats, from wooden motor launches to carbon-fibre racers. One of the fleet stands out in particular: the 46m Elfje . With her 6m-long bowsprit, towering ketch rig and pilot cutter looks, she is easy on the eye in the same way as all the great classically proportioned yachts. Make no mistake, though: this is a decidedly modern boat that was delivered as recently as 2014.

Her creator, along with Schmidt herself, is Dutch designer André Hoek. His studio, in an old orphanage in the town of Edam, is one of the best in the world at combining the beauty of classic lines with stateof- the-art naval architecture – and it is this which imparts Elfje ’s unmistakable character. “She’s one of the favourites in our design office – of our achievements,” says Ruurt Meulemans, partner at Hoek Design. “ Elfje came out really nicely sailing-wise and in aesthetics. Wendy gave us plenty of opportunities to excel.”

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Schmidt remembers how the idea of Elfje grew out of the positive experience of her friend Bill Joy, who was building 58m Ethereal at Royal Huisman at the time. “In some sense, we chose the yard before we had chosen someone to design it or even knew what kind of boat we would build,” she says. “There is a whole community around Huisman.

“Then we interviewed all the leading design firms and fell in love with André Hoek. He had aquarelle   when we realised that we were talking to an artist and thought, ‘he’s the one for us’.” Schmidt then went on to choose Redman Whiteley Dixon for the interior.

Now, having appointed some of the world’s pre-eminent designers and a yard with a track record in large sailing boats, some owners would have been tempted to hand things off to a management team. But for Schmidt, the three-and-a-half-year project was a reward in its own right, and she instituted full team meetings every six weeks in locations from New York and Nantucket to the UK and the Netherlands. “It became as much of a social experience as it was a technical one,” she remembers. “I insisted in the beginning that we get everyone on the same drawing – it normally goes from department to department, but we thought this gave room for miscommunication. With everybody present, everything can move in lockstep. I like to do all my projects that way – I believe in transparency, openness.”

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“It became as much of a social experience as it was a technical one… With everybody present, everything can move in lockstep”

With lines rooted in Hoek’s favoured ‘pilot cutter’ aesthetic, the beauty of the yacht was always front and centre. Thanks to the plumb bow and relatively low freeboard, her twin deckhouses – one containing a guest lounge and the other a dedicated owner’s space – look ravishingly sleek and low-slung. “She is so nicely balanced in the looks and the proportions of the deckhouse,” says Meulemans.

His real focus was below the waterline, however, where five different hull lines were developed. They were all put through Hoek’s CFD [Computational Fluid Dynamics] programme and the best one built as a 6m model for tank testing at the Marin laboratory. “She was going to be a cruising yacht, but she had to do very well on the racecourse as well,” adds Meulemans. “She has a lifting keel and spade rudder.”

The carbon-fibre masts and booms are by Southern Spars, with standing rigging in ECsix. That bowsprit alone is capable of withstanding 150 tonnes of compressive force (that’s the weight of a jumbo jet), with headsail and Code sail furling gear built into its underside. Elfje could have had a sloop rig as well, but the design team felt she would be more manageable as a ketch with more sail settings. “Enjoying your sailing is always in part about the kind of sail combinations you can set in different conditions,” he says.

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Elfje was to be an efficient yacht, especially given that Schmidt has long been publicly vocal about the need to protect the ocean and manage its resources better. Under sail, that meant good speeds in low wind conditions, and a rig that could be handled relatively easily. Elfje can manage 7 knots in a 5-knot zephyr. What’s more, by extending the lifting keel to its maximum 7.10m, less weight is needed to achieve the required righting moment. When retracted to just 4.50m, the boat can access the world’s Superyacht marinas and anchorages.

Technically, it’s a similar story. Royal Huisman calls her a NextGEN Ketch, because she benefitted from a new way of thinking about power management on board. The key here is her variable speed generators, which are lighter, quieter and up to 10 per cent more fuel-efficient than their conventional counterparts. A large lithium battery bank can mop up any excess power or boost generator output when demand is high.

“People got quite excited about the innovations on the boat,” says Schmidt. “It’s not that cutting-edge today, I wouldn’t say that. With the variable speed generator our goal was [to be] lightweight and efficient. We also have a generator on the main engine drive shaft so that when we’re under way, we don’t have to run the main generator. These big changes have held up.”

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Delivered on deadline and to budget, Elfje wasted no time by scoring a joint first place in her inaugural Bucket Race, where she crossed the finish line neck-and-neck with 55m Adela . She has appeared at a couple of subsequent Buckets too, but it’s fair to say that this sort of racing is not Schmidt’s cup of tea. “We had up to 45 crew on board with the spinnaker, and to me it became a little more than it was worth as an experience,” she says. “When you’re racing in a Superyacht regatta, you announce on the radio five minutes beforehand that you’re planning to tack. It’s very procedural.”

Schmidt prefers to race her other boats, including the new 26m carbon-fibre flyer Deep Blue . The strength of Elfje is as a cruising yacht. “She’s wonderful to have as a mothership,” says Schmidt. “She is very elegant; very easy. The interior is comfortable – we were thinking almost ‘beach house’ – very counter to the polished mahogany of these big boats. We wanted to feel fresh air and light. I didn’t want to run into corners everywhere, so the furniture is rounded.”

Redman Whiteley Dixon describes its concept for the boat as “between traditional and modern, freshly interpreted for modern living”. The cabins play with textures including linen, silk, velvet and cashmere, while European walnut and light oak make up the flooring and cabinetry throughout. Great attention was paid to the progression of different spaces internally. The owner’s private suite is positioned aft with its own deck lounge and a saloon featuring a so-called “oculus table” – a window panel in the hull that allows you to watch the seabed and sea life below the boat.

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“Delivered on deadline and to budget, Elfje wasted no time by scoring a joint first place in her inaugural Bucket Race”

Besides the owner’s magnificent suite, there are two dedicated guest cabins. Four crew cabins are finished to similar standards as the guest areas. “I wanted all the crew areas on the boat to feel just as homey [with] the same materials – we didn’t downgrade the materials in the crew quarters.”

For someone who only came to sailing in her 50s, Wendy Schmidt has done more than most to pursue her passion. She says she always loved the sense of the wind, but suppressed her earliest sailing experience, thinking it was an activity that she didn’t have access to. How that’s changed. And yet, the excitement of her very first outing is still there in the way she speaks about her favourite boat. “All sailing gives you a connection to your environment – but on Elfje it’s a very direct feedback system. It’s a feeling of quiet power.”

Ocean philanthropy

Wendy and her husband Eric Schmidt have been very active in philanthropy. Through the Schmidt Family Foundation and other philanthropic initiatives, the couple has pledged billions of dollars for a vast array of projects and issues, ranging from human rights and clean energy to environmental journalism and scientific research.

Ocean health is also a big part of the mix, through the Schmidt Ocean Institute, which offers the 111m research vessel Falkor (too) to scientists worldwide for free to conduct marine research in exchange for making their findings publicly available. In 2010, Wendy launched 11th Hour Racing to combine her love of sailing and concern for ocean health. Competing on some of the biggest stages in sail racing, the 11th Hour Racing Team that she sponsors has had impressive results – notably winning the gruelling Ocean Race last year (2023) with Charlie Enright at the helm.

“The platform of The Ocean Race, and partnering with them as a sustainability partner, helps to drive new practices throughout the whole organisation,” says Schmidt. “You get the microphone when your team wins!” Her 11th Hour had a measurable impact on the race, with zero-waste race villages and seawater sampling equipment carried on the boats. “The data that has been coming in has been unprecedented.

These are very remote places where your nearest human is in the Space Station. When you’re finding plastics here, it’s telling you something about the scale of the problem,” finishes Schmidt.

Winners of The Honours announced  27 September 2023

Congratulations to the winners of The Honours, which recognise the world’s most inspirational people in superyachting. The first three recipients of a coveted Bowsprit award were celebrated at the inaugural Honours event in Monaco. Ocean conservation advocate and philanthropist Wendy Schmidt, superyacht First Officer and industry DEI proponent Jenny Matthews, and business strategist turned Director at YachtAid Global Zoran Selakovic were feted at a special dinner event.

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The Honours was conceived as an opportunity for the superyacht industry to recognise the extraordinary people making a difference behind the scenes, taking the focus away from the yachts and placing the spotlight firmly on the good that happens in the day-to-day superyachting life.

Read on and find the Q&A with Wendy Schmidt, winner of The Honours, at this website: news > inhuis stories & updates [ link ]

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Royal Huisman’s 52 metre sailing yacht Elfje  won two awards at the 25th Anniversary of the International Superyacht Society Design Awards in Fort Lauderdale.

The NextGEN ketch was presented with the awards for Best Interior and also Best Sail in the 40 metre+ category.

Elfje was delivered by Royal Huisman in 2014. The shipyard also delivered 43 metre Sea Eagle to a Taiwanese owner in June.

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Builder : Royal Huisman Length : 52.36 m / 171′ 9″

Interior : Redman Whiteley Dixon Naval Architect : Hoek Design Naval Architects Classification :  Lloyd’s Register, EMEA and MCA Compliant, Ly2, Cayman Islands flag

Guests : 4+ owner Crew : 7 Beam (max) : 9.00 m / 29′ 5″ Draught : 7.10 m / 23′ 0″ Max speed:  15.87 knots Hull : “Alustar” Temper H321 (AA 5059-H321) aluminum

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This plumb-bowed NextGEN Pilot Ketch has been highly optimised for performance. Her long waterline, lifting keel with trim tab and carbon spade rudder are complemented by a powerful, fully-roached sail plan supported by a complete carbon fibre rig package. Intensive CFD tank and wind tunnel testing is already underway as Hoek Design seeks to leverage its extensive knowledge of such projects to fully realise speed and handling potential.

Fine exterior lines and proven sea-keeping characteristics will combine with luxurious and spacious accommodation to create an exceptional yacht with the ability to go anywhere in comfort, style and security. Serious attention will also be givefaithfully acknowledges her sailing forebears. A unique interior design will be crafted by the equally renowned Redman Whiteley Dixon design team. Material selection will be based not only upon design aesthetics but upon the inherent potential as a renewable resource.

The owners" project management will be undertaken by Prior Yacht Management, with the Monaco office of YCO overseeing contractual and operational matters.

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Guests : 8
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Length : 52.36 m / 171′10″
Beam : 7.1 m / 23′4″
Year of build : 2014
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Jesiek Brothers, Boat Builders on the Grand River

By diana barrett.

published: July 28th, 2008

The Jesiek family emigrated from Germany in 1882 and settled first in the lumbering town of Naubinway on the south coast of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. They first appear in Grand Rapids in 1893 when Joseph, the father, was managing the Lake Shore House at 155 W. Division on the West Side. The two oldest sons, Adolph--as listed in city directories but known as Otto to the family--and Gustav were born in Germany; Joseph Jr., Rudolph, and Anna were born in Michigan. By 1900 the sons were working in various furniture factories where they probably gained many of the skills that would lead to their boat-building careers.  (Find more information to your right in  Related Items )

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The eldest brothers, Otto and Gustav, first operated the Jesiek Boat Livery at 315 S. Market ca 1903-04 according to the city directory. However, their letterhead says, "Established in 1901." Family members recall that the livery built and rented rowboats, did boat and motor repairs, provided dockage and pulled and stored boats high on the earth dikes along the river prior to the cement flood-walls being put in. Since the brothers were all working in other jobs at that time, perhaps they operated the livery on week-ends when people would have had time to enjoy boating on the Grand River.

In 1905 the Grand Rapids-Lake Michigan Transportation Co. built two sternwheeler steamboats, the "Grand" and the "Rapids," across the river from the Jesiek Boat Livery. Did some of the brothers work during that year constructing the steamboats? Maurice J. Godfrey, a marine architect and master ship carpenter from Clinton, Iowa, was the superintendent of the project. The Jesieks would have had ample opportunity to learn boat building techniques from Godfrey.

The following year, in 1906, Gustav and Joseph Jr. are listed as owners of the Jesiek Boat Co. at 2-4 Wealthy St. and Rudolph is listed as a boat builder for the company. By 1908 brother Otto also works with them, and they have produced a 32 page catalog. A long arrow, running the full length of the boat, became the trademark of the Jesiek boat.

The brothers certainly found time to play. There was a group known as "The Grand River Rat Club," a community of young men who were boat owners or involved in boating. They met and partied in The Ark, a makeshift houseboat that belonged to the Jesiek brothers.

By 1912 Otto and Joseph Jr. had opened a boat livery on Lake Macatawa (then known as Black Lake) with a $500 loan from brother Rudolph. The Jesiek Boat Co., now owned by Gustav moved to a new and larger location at 79-91 Market SW. His sister Anna was bookkeeper and secretary. That same year the GR Herald of December 20, 1912 reported the tragic suicide of their mother, Mary Jesiek.

The company states in catalogs that they are able to fill orders for boats 25-75 feet in length. In addition they provide the following services: yacht chandlery, special fittings, winter storage, and mechanics. Some of Gus's boats and engines were shipped to Cuba, South America and Australia.

The last record of the Jesiek Boat Co. is in 1920 although Gus still listed himself as a boat builder in several city directories after he was out of the business. Descendants think perhaps he stopped production because he couldn't compete with the production of speed boats by Gar Wood, and possibly Christopher Columbus Smith--forerunner of Chris Craft.

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The Racing Division of the 115th Chicago Yacht Club to Mackinac race got underway Saturday. Photo provided by Barry Butler, Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust. Barry Butler, Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust.

LAKE MICHIGAN - There’s being in the right place at the right time - and then there’s clearly being prepared for the unexpected.

A man overboard incident during last weekend’s Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac sailboat competition led to a dramatic 20-minute rescue amid a storm that lashed Lake Michigan with some big waves and 46 mph winds.

Boat crews worked together to rescue the sailor who’d been tossed into the big lake at night. Luckily, he was prepared, too. He had a self-inflating floatation device, an emergency beacon and a strobe light.

“He was lit up like a Christmas tree,” said the owner of the boat who facilitated the rescue.

Race organizers gathered all the details of the on-the-water drama. Here’s what they shared:

The tense moments began Saturday night when the severe storms were rolling across Lake Michigan. It was a threat mostly to members of the contest’s Racing Division, which had left Chicago’s Navy Pier earlier in the day for the 333-mile trek to Mackinac Island. The oldest annual freshwater race in the world is known as America’s Offshore Challenge.

Shawn Dougherty, a crew member aboard the Callisto, was helping take the spinnaker down during the storm when a large gust of wind hit the boat and he was knocked into the water.

Dougherty was not tethered to the Callisto. But he was wearing a personal flotation device and a bag that had an Automatic Identification System emergency beacon that allows others to track his position via a distress signal. He also had a good strobe light, a knife and a whistle, race officials said.

Callisto’s owner, Jim Murray, said he saw Dougherty fall into the lake. Crew members hit their man overboard button, which locked in Dougherty’s location for rescuers.

An untimely rudder issue meant the Callisto was not immediately able to return to where Dougherty had fallen into the water.

“As soon as the man overboard (MOB) distress call went out, at least three boats in the vicinity responded to offer assistance, including the Santa Cruz 52 Madcap owned by John and Marian Hoskins ,” a race spokesperson said.

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The Katana and the Natalie near the finish line of the 115th Chicago Yacht Club Race To Mackinac Presented By Wintrust. Chicago Yacht Club Race To Mackinac

At the time Dougherty went into the water, Hoskins was down below on his boat monitoring the radio - a safety habit of his during bad weather.

“Majority of the time it’s a boring job, but it’s important to have that designated person on board, exactly for this reason,” Hoskins said. “The lesson here is I was ready for this call. We quickly established we were the closest boat to offer assistance and my crew jumped into action.”

The Madcap’s crew lowered its sails and motored in the overboard sailor’s direction. The beacon and strobe made him hard to miss.

Dougherty was scooped up about 20 minutes after he fell in the lake.

“Everyone knew exactly what to do. Who’s the spotter, who’s operating the searchlight, who’s in charge of the lifesling. We had our best driver on the helm, so the approach was nothing to worry about,” Hoskins said. “We were able to clearly communicate with Shawn in the water and could tell he was calm, he was not injured and very much in control, which helped to release our tension.

“It was a textbook recovery, thanks to the great preparation and coordinated teamwork.”

Because of the dicey weather conditions, Dougherty ended up staying on the Madcap for the rest of the race, though the rules prevented him from acting as a crew member on board.

It was Dougherty’s third Chicago-to-Mackinac race. “Every single event we go through the same preparation and practice,” he said. “We do so much racing together as a team but we practice this [scenario] over and over again.”

Wind conditions made this year’s running an extremely fast race, with a new record being set by Maverick’s crew.

Maverick racing by the Mackinac Bridge

The Maverick broke a 22-year record in the 115th Chicago Yacht Club Race To Mackinac Presented By Wintrust. Chicago Yacht Club Race To Mackinac

But the rescue effort also earned a reward - and lots of cheers once all the crews reached Mackinac Island. Madcap’s crew was awarded the Arthur B. Hansen rescue medal by US Sailing. It recognizes not only outstanding seamanship but good situational awareness that results in a sailor’s rescue.

“We do our best to ensure the sailors and boats are extremely well-equipped and prepared,” said Winn Soldani, chair of the 115th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust. He commended both crews for how they handled the situation. “From required Safety at Sea seminars, man overboard drills and an extensive list of equipment – this is exactly why all of it is worth it.”

“There’s a reason offshore sailors get along so well,” Callisto’s Murray said. “When you go to sea, you’re putting your trust in not only your crewmates, but all the people that you’re racing against.

“Madcap was incredible. You can’t thank somebody enough for something like that. It is one of those things that’s very heartwarming about the sport. And I think it separates sailing from other sports; that this really is a big family out there when you’re on the water together.”

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39m Fitzroy sailing yacht Lady M listed for auction with $5.5M minimum bid

The 38.9-metre Fitzroy sailing yacht Lady M is now available for bidding with G3 Auctions, an auction house based in Florida. A minimum bid of $5,500,000 has been set with a deadline for 24 August 2024.

Lady M 's last known owners were Scottish businessman Doug Barrowman and his wife Michelle Mone, a former Conservative peer at the House of Lords and the founder of lingerie company Ultimo.

The sailing yacht was delivered in 2006 to a design by the late Ed Dubois . Her original interiors were styled by British studio RWD , though H2 Yacht Design stepped in to redecorate during a major refit in 2022. Key numbers include a 8.3-metre beam, a volume of 170GT and a draft of four metres.

Accommodation is for a party of up to 10, comprising a king-sized owner's suite, a double cabin, a convertible twin with a Pullman berth and a twin cabin, also with a Pullman berth. There are further quarters for six crew. 

Leisure highlights include the upper saloon, which is filled with light through the wraparound windscreen and arranged with a bar and seating with a convertible table. Meanwhile, the lower saloon features twin sofa seating, a coffee table and a large television.

Stepping outdoors, the main cockpit is shaded by a Bimini and features two small tables that can be connected to form a larger dining area.

Another al fresco offering is the bow, scattered with beanbags and sheltered from the sun by a large awning. Deckchairs can also be laid out on the swim platform.

"Sellers engage my company because time is money. In a normal market, it can take years to sell a yacht, a jet, or a luxury home," G3 Auctions president Guy Masters told BOAT International . "This auction provides a level playing field where buyers submit bids based on what they think the yacht is worth."

G3 Auctions has valued Lady M at $11,2000,000. The yacht is lying in Montenegro, according to BOATPro 's fleet tracker. 

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  1. On board with sailing yacht owner and philanthropist Wendy Schmidt

    On board with sailing yacht owner and philanthropist Wendy Schmidt. 25 October 2016 • Written by Georgie Ainslie. "Wealth is a responsibility," superyacht owner Wendy Schmidt tells Georgie Ainslie. So she built the fuel-efficient, 46 metre ketch Elfje - and founded 11th Hour Racing, to help safeguard the oceans.

  2. Elfje

    The vision for Elfje largely belongs to her owner, whose love affair with sailing began after a trip to the Caribbean nearly 10 years ago. As a result of is adventure she and her husband bought a Swan 80 called Selene. She had caught the sailing bug and when the chance to build a boat to her own specification presented itself she jumped at the ...

  3. Wendy's House: Elfje

    Elfje was to be an efficient yacht, especially given that Schmidt has long been publicly vocal about the need to protect the ocean and manage its resources better. Under sail, that meant good speeds in low wind conditions, and a rig that could be handled relatively easily. Elfje can manage 7 knots in a 5-knot zephyr. What's more, by extending ...

  4. ERIC SCHMIDT • Net Worth $21 Billion • House • Yacht

    The luxury yacht can accommodate 26 guests and a crew of 34. Sailing Yacht Elfje. Eric's wife Wendy is the owner of the 52-meter sailing yacht Elfje. The yacht was built at Royal Huisman in the Netherlands. ALFA NERO Yacht. In July 2023 Schmidt bought the Oceanco yacht ALFA NERO at an auction. She was abandoned by her owner Andrey Guryev.

  5. ELFJE

    4.5 - 7m / 15 - 23ft. Year of Delivery. 2014. More photos, information, layouts and detailed specification. See Elfje brochure. The owner's aesthetic was always focused on Beauty. Drawing on the timeless appeal and seaworthy lines of a traditional pilot cutter, the owner wanted a yacht on which you could feel close to the water with minimal ...

  6. ELFJE Yacht

    The multi-award winning 51.8m/169'11" classic yacht 'Elfje' was built by Royal Huisman in the Netherlands at their Vollenhove shipyard. Her interior is styled by British designer design house RWD and she was delivered to her owner in August 2014. This luxury vessel's exterior design is the work of Hoek Design.

  7. Elfje

    Elfje is one owner's vision of the consummate yacht. The 172ft ketch is one of the outstanding launches of last year, and has drawn admiring looks everywhere. You can see why. Upwind, her ...

  8. Royal Huisman Ketch, Elfje: Prepare to be Dazzled

    Sailing yachts convey images of calm cruising amid equally tranquil skies and seas. Rare are the owners planning to push their bows toward polar regions. Elfje (pronounced "elfee," meaning elf or fairy in Dutch) was commissioned to do exactly that, plus enjoy traditional tropical destinations—and participate in a regatta or two.

  9. Elfje Yacht

    Elfje is a sailing yacht with an overall length of m. The yacht's builder is Royal Huisman from The Netherlands, who launched Elfje in 2014. The superyacht has a beam of m, a draught of m and a volume of . GT.. Elfje features exterior design by Hoek Design Naval Architects B.V. and interior design by RWD. Elfje has an aluminium hull and an aluminium superstructure. She is powered by 1 Scania ...

  10. Video: Royal Huisman yacht Elfje sailing in the Caribbean

    Elfje won her designers at Hoek the ShowBoats Design Award 2015 for Naval Architecture - Sailing Yacht. The judges lauded her modern underbody, which is not unlike that of a flat-out racing yacht. Built for an experienced owner, the brief called upon her naval architects to research the design variations and create a yacht that could be as fast as possible while still offering long-range ...

  11. Superyacht of the week: The magical sailing yacht Elfje

    Elfje. Designed to stand the test of time, structurally and technically, the 'NextGen' modern classic Elfje by Royal Huisman is setting the standard in the design of large sail yachts. With one eye set on the future, Elfje has been created from deep within the mood rooms of Hoek Design Naval Architects and emerged as a timeless and elegant ...

  12. The magical Elfje Sailing Yacht will take your breath away

    The Elfje sailing yacht might just be a game-changer, designed by the talented team at Hoek Design Naval Architects to be elegant and cruise the seven seas in comfort and at fast speeds. The Hoek Design studio teamed up with Redman Whiteley Dixon to introduce the ultimate performance sailing yacht, a structural and technical marvel that could be easily considered a modern classic.

  13. Spotlight: The female superyacht designers and owners on International

    The Owners Wendy Schmidt - Elfje. ... Currently, the owner of the world's largest sailing yacht, 88m/289ft MALTESE FALCON, Elena Ambrosiadou made her fortune by establishing the hedge fund Ikos using computer quantitative analysis with then-husband Martin Coward. At its height in 2007, the fund (meaning 'home' in Greek) managed over $3. ...

  14. WENDY'S HOUSE: ELFJE

    Elfje was to be an efficient yacht, especially given that Schmidt has long been publicly vocal about the need to protect the ocean and manage its resources better. Under sail, that meant good speeds in low wind conditions, and a rig that could be handled relatively easily. Elfje can manage 7 knots in a 5-knot zephyr. What's more, by extending ...

  15. Two awards for Royal Huisman

    Royal Huisman's 52 metre sailing yacht Elfje won two awards at the 25th Anniversary of the International Superyacht Society Design Awards in Fort Lauderdale. The NextGEN ketch was presented with the awards for Best Interior and also Best Sail in the 40 metre+ category. Elfje was delivered by Royal Huisman in 2014.

  16. Elfje

    Sail Yacht Elfje The NextGEN Ketch. This plumb-bowed NextGEN Pilot Ketch has been highly optimised for performance. Her long waterline, lifting keel with trim tab and carbon spade rudder are complemented by a powerful, fully-roached sail plan supported by a complete carbon fibre rig package. ... The owners" project management will be undertaken ...

  17. Sailing yacht Elfje

    Elfje is a 52.36 m / 171′10″ luxury sailing yacht. She was built by Royal Huisman in 2014. With a beam of 7.1 m She is powered by engines giving her a maximum speed of 12 knots and a cruising speed of 10 knots. Elfje's maximum range is estimated at 3690 nautical miles. The sailing yacht can accommodate 8 guests in 4 cabins with an interior design by RWD and an exterior design by Hoek ...

  18. Yacht Elfje visits for the Edgartown Regatta. : r/sailing

    /r/Sailing is a place to ask about, share, show, and enjoy all about sailing, sail boat racing, and technical discussions. ... Yacht Elfje visits for the Edgartown Regatta. "Elfje" and the owners racing Swan "Selene" visited our fair harbor over the weekend. I believe Selene was entered in the Edgartown regatta.

  19. ELFJE yacht (Royal Huisman, 52.36m, 2014)

    ELFJE. ELFJE is a 52.36 m Sail Yacht, built in Netherlands by Royal Huisman and delivered in 2014. Her top speed is 12.0 kn and she boasts a maximum range of 3690.0 nm when navigating at cruising speed, with power coming from a Scania diesel engine. She can accommodate up to 8 guests in 4 staterooms, with 5 crew members waiting on their every need.

  20. Boats for sale in Michigan

    Motorized yachts are more common than sailboats in Michigan with 1,058 powerboats listed for sale right now, versus 74 listings for sailboats. Yacht prices in Michigan. Prices for yachts in Michigan start at $8,923 for the lowest priced boats, up to $2,682,965 for the most expensive listings, with an average overall yacht value of $97,776.

  21. Chicago to Mackinac sailing race record smashed by more than an ...

    Many congratulations to the owner, the crew and the boat, Maverick." The Katana and the Natalie near the finish line of the 115th Chicago Yacht Club Race To Mackinac Presented By Wintrust ...

  22. Jesiek Brothers, Boat Builders on the Grand River

    The eldest brothers, Otto and Gustav, first operated the Jesiek Boat Livery at 315 S. Market ca 1903-04 according to the city directory. However, their letterhead says, "Established in 1901." Family members recall that the livery built and rented rowboats, did boat and motor repairs, provided dockage and pulled and stored boats high on the ...

  23. Sailboat Charter

    Deeplake Ventures is located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan in Holland, Michigan and offers sailing charters, sailing instruction and captain services. Deeplake Ventures is owned and operated by Captain Jeremy Smith, a USCG licensed 100-Ton Master of Motor and Auxiliary Sail Vessels. Charters depart from Eldean Shipyard, just minutes by ...

  24. Lake Michigan sailors describe dramatic man overboard rescue ...

    A man overboard incident during last weekend's Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac sailboat competition led to a dramatic 20-minute rescue amid a storm that lashed Lake Michigan with some big ...

  25. 39m Fitzroy sailing yacht Lady M listed for auction with $5.5M minimum bid

    The 38.9-metre Fitzroy sailing yacht Lady M is now available for bidding with G3 Auctions, an auction house based in Florida. A minimum bid of $5,500,000 has been set with a deadline for 24 August 2024. Lady M's last known owners were Scottish businessman Doug Barrowman and his wife Michelle Mone, a former Conservative peer at the House of Lords and the founder of lingerie company Ultimo.

  26. Classifieds

    Call or text with any questions 616-481-8441. Posted June 2024. Butterfly Parts. Butterfly sail and mast with shrouds/stays. The sail is multi-tone blue and white. There is a fade in a section of it but it is in good condition. Contact Bill at [email protected]. Posted June 2023. MC Bottom Cover. MC Bottom Cover for trailering.