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SPHINX

Year1939
Current Sail NumberG 4
International RuleThird Rule
Current Statusrefit completed
Current LocationFlensburg
DesignerHenry Rassmussen
BuilderAbeking & Rassmussen
Construction/Hull#3312
Length Overall21.38 m.
Waterline13.90 m.
Beam3.96 m.
Draught2.82 m.
Displacement27 t.
Sail Area191 sq.m.
Constructionwood on steel frames
Original OwnerNorddeutscher Regatta-Verein
Original NameSPHINKS
Other NamesLOBITO (1956) - OSTWIND (1960)
Original CountryDE
Original HomeportHamburg
Original Sail NumberG 4
Owner Details & History

Built according to the International Third Rule
1939 - 1955 Norddeutscher Regatta-Verein -NRV (North German Racing Club of Hamburg) - name: Sphinx - home port: Hamburg (Germany). She is one of three Twelves built by A&R 1938 and 1939; the designs of all three, drawn by Rasmussen, have been maintained. Sphinx had been built exclusively for the club members and was the most successfull of the three. The hull was made of tabasco mahogany on steel frames, being a racing yacht, no engine was nstalled. After the war, Sphinx was bartered by the club to Abeking & Rasmussen for different sailing boats to be used by the club's youth section. Just to remember, at the end of the Twenties, A&R had already built six Twelves to be sold to American owners.

1956 - 1960 H. Freudenberg - new name: Lobito.

1961 - 2005 German Federal Navy - new name: Ostwind - home port: Flensburg (Germany). In autumn 2005, the German Navy decided to sell both Twelves (Ostwind and Westwind).

Since Oliver Berking, Gorm Gondensen and Jochen Frank - home port: Flensburg (Germany). Autumn 2005 The yacht being in an horrible shape, she was carefully refitted in two years and three months. Only the keel and 70% of the planks above the water were saved. Fifty two pairs of steel frames have been replaced. The three mahogany deck hatches have been replaced with flat unvarnished teak hatches for racing. The refit has been done by Yachtwerft Robbe & Berking Gmbh & Co KG, a yard just founded for the the restoration. The launch took place in June 2008, just before the Robbe & Berking 12 Metre World Championship for classics 2008.

2009 November Gorm Gondensen and Jochem Frank.


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