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VANITY V

Year1936 March
Current Sail NumberK 5
International RuleThird Rule
Current Statusvery good, just refitted
Current LocationAntibes
Current CountryFR
DesignerW. & R.B. Fife
Design / Project#816
BuilderW. Fife & Sons
Length Overall21.58 m.
Waterline13.54 m.
Beam3.72 m.
Draught2.65 m.
Construction
Engineengine installed in 1953; removed in 1960
Original OwnerJ.R. Payne
Original NameVANITY V
Other NamesLa Pinta (1965)
Original CountryGB
Original HomeportLondon, England
Original Sail NumberK 5
Owner Details & History

Built according to the International Third Rule

1936 - 1946 J.R. Payne - name: VANITY V - home port: London and Greenock Vanity V cost of ? 3572 (labour ? 1800, wood ? 441, other materials ? 951, sails ? 380). Fife was aged 79 when he designed Vanity V.  Mr. Payne was famous for being one of the best helmsman in the 52 footers, 15m and 12m classes since 1905. He had been the owner of Vanity one of the most successful Twelves of the Twenties. He was also an accomplished violinist known as the Fiddler Payne. As for the previous Vanity, her owner wanted to leave on board and to use her both for cruising and racing. An exchange of letters between Payne and Fife told us about Payne's disappointment as he did not like the accommodation typical on a racing 12 Metre. After he complained about her racing performance Fife replied that this was caused from too much weight on board. There were also complaints about the mast which showed a bad bend between the lower crosstrees and the deck when on port tack in a fresh breeze. In fact, just a few weeks after her launch, Vanity lost her mast. In the 1936 season she entered 11 races and won 2 firts, 1 second and 1 third In the 1937 season, due to Payne health, Vanity V entered in the handicap class where she won by outclassing her competitors and, when the handicap and Twelves classes raced together, by performing better than some of the competing Twelves. The 1938 season was one of the greatest for the Twelves. "Vanity V, the only Fife boat in the class, started ten times. Owing to Mr. Payne's bad health, he was not able to undergo the strain of continuous racing. In light to medium winds the yacht was in her first flight, especially to windward and there were several occasions when it was a treat to see how the veteran helmsman steered to windward, leading the whole fleet." At the end of the season, she had ten starts with one first, one second and three thirds for a total of five flags. Trivia, the leader that year, reached a total of 48 starts with 39 flags. She was again on the race course in 1939 in the handicap class for yachts over 20 tons where she race against Noreen

1947 - 1960 Sir Hartley Shawcross, (U.K. Attorney General) - home port: Falmouth - engine installed in 1953

1961 - 1964 Capt. Michael P.R. Boyle - home port: Cowes - engine removed in 1960 In 1963 she was altered to yawl rig and modernised for cruising at Groves and Guttbridge yard

1965 - 1996 Albert A. Prouvost - new name: LA PINTA - home port: Toulon In 1981 she disappeared from Lloyd's Register. Extensive cruising along the Portuguese coast and in the Mediterranean where in the early '90s she entered La Nioulargue. She was then transported to the Labb yard at St. Malo to be refitted but she was left for several years

1997 - 2000 Robert Daral and Jean-Paul Guillet - new name: VANITY V - relaunched in Brest on the 14th June 2000 The yacht was completely rebuilt sticling close to the original design (but for a part of the interior and deck layouts, a new mast, the stainless steel rigging and the winches) by naval architect Guy Ribadeau Dumas at Chantier du Guip in Brest. Vanity V was for sale at the requested price of 10 million French francs

2001 - 2002 Klaus Helmersen - home port: Copenhagen

2002 Apr. - 2006 Alan Dykes - home port: Antibes (France).

Since 2006 Feb. Patrick Howaldt & friends. Registered in the Danish Ship Register under Danish flag - home port: Copenhagen (Denmark). Extensively raced, she wins the 12mR America's Cup Regatta in Valencia in 2007.

World Championships Results: 2001 in Cowes (America's Cup Jubilee): sixth in the Classic division 2008 in Flensburg (Germany) (Classic 12 Metre World Championship):fifth in the Vintage division 2011 in Flensburg (Germany): winner of the Vintage division 2014 in Barcelona (Spain):Third overall


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