Great classics and serial masterpieces: 5 of your outstanding Classic Boats


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Golondrina (formerly Ojala’)

Dealing with Classic Boats inevitably covers a period rich in diversity and different design philosophies. A journey more than 30 years long in which yards, designers and regattas, have been able to shape the world of sailing, making it as we know it today. Over the past year we have told you about over 300 different production models, not including the many racing one-offs, small gems and many of YOUR “classics.” Now, to also give credit to individual and specific hulls, YOUR hulls, we tell you about 5 boats that you have decided to share with us through the “Your Classic Boats” section. The beginning of a journey that will take us to see some of the more than 300 boats that YOU, in turn, have decided to tell and share with us.

5 Your Gorgeous Classic Boats

Three hundred boats, including one-offs and series projects, is not a few. These are the hulls you have decided to tell about in the dedicated section of our website, a unique page aimed at sharing and celebrating your Classics. Boats that, in this case, do not represent a single project, but have become unique with time, each with its own history and peculiarities. Qualities that, we think, deserve to be shared. In this article we will look at five of them, 5 Classic hulls divided between 2 one-off and 3 series projects.

First, however, some information that might interest you:

  • If you would like to share your boat with us and other readers, the page
    “Your Classic Boats”
    is the ideal way to do so! You can find it at This Link! Doing it, is simplicity itself.
  • Do you have a Classic Boat and would like to race it? We have the perfect solution for you: the Vela Cup circuit, the only event where Classic Boats are awarded. Read more about it HERE!
  • Do you have a Classic Boat but would like to sell it? Our
    Used Boat Market
    is always available, free of charge, of course!
Hallberg Rassy 42 (F)


Carlini Shipyards | 11.24 x 3.02 m | 1968 | Sparkman & Stephens

In the late 1960s, before the introduction of the IOR (International Offshore Rule), beams were narrow, slips plentiful, and hulls shone with an elegance perhaps never seen again. Golondrina (formerly Ojala’) is an excellent example. Designed by Sparkman & Stephens (#1922) and built by Carlini Shipyards, launched in 1968, she is indeed a classic RORC sloop of the time: narrow stern, streamlined lines, “infinite” momentum (11.42 m. LOA vs. 8.47 m LWL) and elegance to spare.

But Golondrina, then Ojala’, is also a fine example of a great performer. Armed by Charles Holland, she indeed participated in most of the Mediterranean regattas, being twice Mediterranean Champion (1970 and 1971), first at the 1971 Giraglia regatta, and 12th at the Admiral’s Cup that same year. In short, a little cult among 60s classics.

Golondrina (formerly Ojalà) – Carlini Shipyards

BURICCHIA 3 – Swan 441 | SERIES.

Nautor Swan | 13.52 x 4.06 m | 1979 – 1980 | Ron Holland

Within a very short period Nautor launched as many as 40 Holland-designed hulls: it was the Swan 441, perhaps one of the less talked-about classic Swans, but certainly a hull not to be underestimated. Heir, in fact, to the studies carried out by the architect on racing prototypes, the Swan 441 is a fast, high-performance 13.5-meter that is highly regarded for its remarkable stability, strong with a significant ballast/displacement coefficient of 44.5 percent.

A hull, in short, reliable, fast, and equally elegant.
Buricchia 3
, launched in 1979, is an excellent example: stern in full Holland style, elegant lines, and more than commendable water lines.

Buricchia 3; Swan 441

DOR AN DOUR – Canados 37 R | SERIES

Canados | 11.32 x 3.50 m | 1980 – 1985 | Andrea Vallicelli

If there was a designer on the crest of a wave in 1970s Italy, it was undoubtedly Andrea Vallicelli. Among his great designs, fast and performing, the one we are interested in here is the legendary Filo da Torcere, winner of the 1980 One Ton Cup in Naples. Canados, a forward-looking shipyard, acquired the design in the same year and converted it into a production hull: the Canados 37 was born, a 100-unit success in the short span of 5 years.

Dor an Dour (1981), is one of the earliest examples, a 7/8-rigged sloop, an excellent example of the early 1980s IOR class. The beam is elongated, carried toward the stern, the transom is wide, “slide-like,” and the performance is as imaginable: soft on the wave, great bowline, even in strong winds.

DOR AN DOUR; Canados 37 R

ZAFFIRA – Hallberg Rassy 42F | SERIES

Hallberg Rassy | 13.22 x 3.95 m | 1990 – 2001 | German Frers

Undoubtedly one of the greatest designers ever, Frers met Hallberg Rassy in the late 1980s. The result is one of the greatest classics among bluewater yachts, a hit with hundreds of hulls launched: the Hallberg Rassy 42 F.
, from 1991, and part of the first series, a hull intended to evoke comfort and safety from the first sight.

After all, who has never seen a Hallberg Rassy? They are, from a glance, the ultimate globetrotting hulls, textbook bluewater: easy, safe, stylish, take anywhere, anytime. And, 42F, is kind of the quintessence of that in the 1990-2000 decade.

Classic Boat
Zàffira; Hallberg Rassy 42 (F)


C&C | 20.15 x 4.85 m | 1973 | Cuthbertson and Cassian

Following the successful C&C 61 series, Canadians Cuthbertson and Cassian design a 66-foot cruiser/racer, a far more ambitious one-off: the
. It is 1973 and the Canadian shipyard churns out a hull that has never been seen: 20.15 meters long, 4.85 wide and 3.30 in draft, all made with the innovative double sandwich technique of balsa wood, fiberglass and Kevlar (the latter an innovative material for the time).

Among the first to feature double wheelhouses in one large aft cockpit, it was a more than innovative hull for its time, but it became particularly famous for its great performance and, perhaps above all else, for its visual impact, strong with huge spinnakers depicting Phantomas, the masked man then famous in comic books.



The three steps to enhance your Classic Boat

Well, is your boat a Classic Boat? Now we explain how to dignify Classic Boats by Journal of Sailing and increase their value. We have created a network of professionals dedicated to precisely this enhancement.

  • The first mandatory step in enhancing the value of a historic Classic Boat by Giornale della Vela is appraisal. We have identified two “top” appraisers(Davide Zerbinati and Danilo Fabbroni) who can draw up a real Classic Boat certification and see the historical value of the boat recognized. Only by careful analysis of the state of the property and its maintenance over the years, as well as checking that the original design has not been distorted, can its value be certified.
  • Insurance is the second essential step, after the appraisal. Today it is difficult for an insurance company to value a boat that is at least 25 years old for its true value. With the Classic Boat initiative, once an appraisal is obtained from our two appraisers, the intrinsic value of the boat is also received by the insurance broker David Assicurazioni. And if the appraisal certified the boat’s excellent condition–the premium becomes more affordable! HERE you can find out more about insurance!
  • Buying and selling is the third step that required dedicated professionals: we involved one of Italy’s leading brokers(Abayachting) capable of transposing the real value of each of the current 188 selected boats, both in the case of selling and buying. It helps you sell it or buy it at the best price by selecting the best buyer or buyer, performing an assessment of the boat’s condition.
  • Our “dream team” of appraisers, insurers and brokers can be contacted with one click directly from the boat tabs (Link here).

BARCHE USATE Che affare essere una Classic Boat!




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