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HEATHERBELL

Year1907 July
International RuleFirst Rule
Current Statusbroken up?
Current Locationunknown
Current Countryunknown
DesignerThomas C. Glen Coats
BuilderAlexander Robertson & Son
Construction/Hull#51
Length Overall18.60 m.
Waterline12.15 m.
Beam3.45 m.
Sail Area231.56 sq.m. (1920)
Constructionwood on steel frames
Original OwnerAndrew Coats
Original NameHEATHERBELL
Other NamesTeresita (?)-Margit IV (1920)-Yolande (1926)-Sylva (1927)
Original CountryGB
Original HomeportGlasgow, Scotland
Owner Details & History

Built according to the International First Rule.

1907 - 1908 Major Andrew Coats (uncle of the designer) - name: Heatherbell - home port: Glasgow (Great Britain). The interior was finished in cedar throughout, ladies cabin and saloon in white enamel with polished dado. Forecastle fitted out with beds for 5 men. The contract price, excluding sails was ? 1,750. The yacht was built in July, at the busiest time of the year, requiring constant overtime, which added considerably to the overall cost. She competed without success in the English trials for the 1908 Olympic games. In November, she underwent a course of treatment: the weakness of spars was corrected; she was cleared up below, with the object of lightening her wherever possible; the cleats and and sheet-leads were shifted; the rail was moved to the edge of the deck, so that the sheets and runners would lead straighter; the skylights were removed and replaced by others of lighter make; all the blocks and gear were lightened.

1909 - 1915 Ernst Krogius, Yacht Club deputy commodore - home port: Helsingfors (Finland). She represented Finland in 1912 Olympic Games winning the bronze medal. According to Lloyd's Register the yacht was also named Teresita.

1916 - 1918 Harald Zetterstrom syndicate. The original lead keel was removed in 1917 and replaced by a concrete one.

1919 Gustav Eslander.

1920 - 1923 Niels M. Magnussen - new name: Margit IV - home port: Christiania, Oslo (Norway). Since 1920 in Lloyd's Register was registered as "formerly Int. Rating Class 12 Metres".

1924 C.E. Nicholson - home port: Portsmouth (Great Britain).

1925 - 1926 P.C. Merillon - from 1926 new name: Yolande - from 1926 home port: Cannes (France). In 1925 she was altered as "auxiliary Bermudian cutter" and an engine was installed.

1927 - 1949 Comte Jean de Polignac - new name: Sylva - home port: Antibes (France). Rig altered to yawl. Repowered with a Baudoin petrol engine in 1936. 1

950 - 1953 Conte Guy de Boisrouvray, a relative of Comte de Polignacn died in 1943 - home port: Antibes and Golfe Juan (France).

1954 - 1960 Andre and Georges Auniac.

1961 - 1963 Andre Comette.

1964 Disappeared from the Lloyd's Register. According to rumors, she should be still sailing in Norway but this news has not yet been confirmed.


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