Thursday, October 13, 2011

J Class "Endeavour" Launches after Refit

The renowned 130ft J class yacht Endeavour was launched from the Yachting Developments yard in New Zealand on the 8th of October after under going and extensive 18 month refit. The extensive refit included the removal and replacement of the complete weather deck including all deck equipment. All of the yacht systems including the engine, hydraulic systems, winches, air con and electrical systems were either replaced or upgraded. The new carbon mast and boom were built by Southern Spars in Auckland and also the carbon standing rigging.

Dykstra & Partners were at the helm of the design crew and were instrumental in the design of the new deck layout and sail plans. After sea trials Endeavour will be getting ready to be shipped north of the equator in February to compete in the J class regattas in 2012.

Endeavour was commissioned by T.O.M Sopwith a British yachtsman to compete in the 1934 Americas Cup. She didn't take the Americas Cup title and was decommissioned in 1938 due to world war II. She survived many years up until 1984 when renowned yachtswoman Elizabeth Meyer took Endeavour through a refit in Holland and England. Now after her newest refit she will grace the yachting/racing world again.

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