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CINTRA

Year1909 May
International RuleFirst Rule
Current Statusperfect
Current LocationKiel
Current CountryDE
DesignerWilliam Fife III
BuilderW. Fife & Son
Construction/Hull#563
Length Overall18.82 m.
Waterline11.97 m.
Beam3.38 m.
Constructionwood on steel frames
Original OwnerAndrew Coats
Original NameCINTRA
Other NamesCINTRO (1947)
Original CountryGB
Original HomeportGlasgow
Owner Details & History

 Built according to the International First Rule.

1909 - 1912 Andrew Coats - name: Cintra - home port: Glasgow (Great Britain). Andrew Coats started the 12 Metre Class on the Clyde with Heatherbell. Cintra was a fast boat in light winds quite successful in many races against Alachie owned by Andrew's brother, George. In 1909 she led the racing season with 33 starts, 13 firsts, 7 seconds and 4 thirds. In 1910 again she was the best with 43 starts, 14 firsts, 12 seconds and 2 thirds. In 1911 she was fourth with 27 starts, 4 firsts, 7 seconds and 5 thirds while in 1912 she entered 21 starts with 5 firsts and 4 seconds. In 1911 she took part at the first Europe Week in Cowes together with Alachie, Javotte, Ierne and Rollo; she had  fifth and second placings in the two races.

1913 - 1918 F. Smith.

1919 - 1930 Axel Wilhelmsen - home port: Christiania, Oslo (Norway). From 1919 in Lloyds as "formerly Int. Rating Class 12 Metres"

1931 - 1934 ?

1935 - 1937 E. Guyler van Bergh - home port: Copenhagen (Denmark) and Oslo (Norway). Altered to a Bermudan cutter. Remeasured as 12 Metre I. R.

1938 - 1939 Ernst Schalburg - home port: Sussex (Great Britain) and Copenhagen (Denmark).

1946 - 1950 Cecil E. Donne - new name: Cintro - home port: London (Great Britain). RORC rating 1947: 50 53 - 1948: 47 18.

1951 - 1952 Lt. Col. A.E.P. Bridge. New engine installed in 1951.

1953 Comdr. H.G. Dobbs.

1954 - 1956 A.J. Walter. In 1956 she entered at her last race: the Round the Island Race.

1956 W.E. Smith - home port: Southampton (Great Britain).

1957 - 1958 L.C. Hardy - home port: London (Great Britain).

1959 - 1963 Alwyn Foulkes - home port: London and Bursledon (Great Britain).

1964 - 1966 R.D. Attwood - home port: London (Great Britain).

1967 - 1972 C. Attwood & R. Attwood. Re-powered < 1967. During 1970 Cintra was sheltered in a shed of an old Thames barge.

1973 - 1989 ? In 1984 the yacht was transferred in an East Coast yard to be transformed: a big two levels cockpit was installed, the stern was shortened and a big engine was installed.

1990 - 1999 Alberto Rusconi - name Cintra - home port: La Spezia (Italy). The yacht was discovered in a shed of an old barge on the east coast of England by Franco Giorgetti and William Collier. The rig had been changed to ketch, the strict flush-deck had been altered with a deck house, the stern had been shortened and the lead ballast had been replaced with concrete which also altered the entired keel section. Cintra was transported to Italy and refitted as the original at the La Bussola yard in Fiumicino (Italy) under the management of Luca Sanpietro. Giorgetti & Magrini began a difficult research work, being able to trace the original sail plan, the general plan of construction and several sketches of the spars designed by Fife.

On December 1990, the yard started with the work of demolition of anything that looks delapidated, drawing a plan of what could be saved or at least restored. At the end, about 50% of the Honduras mahogany planking could be recovered; the acacia frames are replaced with the addition of galvanized iron ones. The keel has been recovered as the stern and the stern post, all made of elm. The same materials indicated by Fife has been used, even when these were difficult to find. The planking in 35mm mahogany was laid and caulked as it was in origin and treated with epoxy for durability. All floor timbers were removed and rebuilt as a model. The deck was completely dismantled and rebuilt with a base of 20mm plywood, covered with planks of 15 mm douglas fir, while sills, stringers and hatches were redone in mahogany. In a minimalistic style, internal cruise equipment was added: a living room entrance with the chart table, two banks with the leather seating, followed by a kitchen and a toilet; the bow section was left completely open for sail handling. A small engine, a Perkins 20 HP has been added. The rigging had to be completely reconstructed, according to Fife drawings, in hollow douglas; the mast measures 24.65 metres, the pole 8.05 metres and the boom 13.18 metres. All the hardware equipment of the rig was redesigned using the original forged constrution. Six small winches have been added. The total sail area is of about 217 square meters, plus a 190 square meters gennaker. The refit has been completed in August 1991 and the yacht was re-launched on August 20. Since then, she entered numerous races in the Mediterranean regattas for vintage yachts.

2000 - 2010 Gabriele De Bono - home port: Fiumicino (Italy) and afterwards Pricipaut de Monaco. From 2005 she has been for sale; the requested price in 2009 was of 1,2 million.

2011 - 2012 Johann van den Bruelle - name Cintra - home port: Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Cintra has been part of the deal which has seen the final sail of Lulworth to Gabriele De Bono. The yacht has been transferred from Monaco to Amsterdam. In September 2012, Cintra has gone up for auction at the incredible price of 225.000

2012, October Wilfried Beeck, Andreas Krause & Tanja Weichenhain - home port: Kiel. She will be operated by Trivia GMBH together with Trivia and Evaine.


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