From 1968 to IMS, here are 5 of your Classic Boats that are legendary milestones


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Rush, the Farr IMS 39 twin of Flash Gordon, which we will see in this article

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!
Grand Soleil 39, one of the models featured in this article


Cookson Boats (NZ) | 11.95 x 3.79 | 1993 | Bruce Farr

Designed on the waning of the IOR, with the fledgling IMS taking hold,
“Flash Gordon”
is one of two examples of FARR 39 by the eponymous architect Bruce Farr. Constructed of Kevlar sandwich and PVC epoxy resin, it is a missile between 8 and 12 knots of wind speed. Narrow deckhouse, open stern and huge cockpit make it a forerunner of many to come.

Created in 1992 and signed as design No. 279 by the studio, along with Rush-its only twin-these two prototypes would prove to be a far greater success than the early results, though victorious, would suggest. From the two, in fact, would come the highly successful series of the Farr 39ML (design No. 336) and the iconic Farr 40, monotype par excellence of the late 1990s. Flash’s great performances include victory at the 1993 IMS Championship and a one-two with Rush on the highest steps of the podium at Key West Race Week that same year.

Flash Gordon; IMS 39


Winfield / Aquafibre / Niccolò Puccinelli | 10.45 x 3.08 m | 1968 | Sparkman & Stephens

In the late 1960s the iconic Sparkman & Stephens firm signed one of its greatest designs, the S&S 34. She is a great little sloop, a hull with sleek and elegant lines, but well able to hold her own in offshore sailing, as well as between the buoys. In a few years it is produced by a wide variety of yards with small differences. In Italy, it will be known as Impala 35.

In this case, however, Morning Glory is indeed an S&S 34, built by Winfield & Partners and launched in 1970. It is a particularly marine hull, wide at the maximum beam and cutter-rigged. It was precisely an S&S 34 that won, to have its qualities captured, the legendary 1969 Sydney Hobart.

Morning Glory; S&S 34


IW-Varvet (SWE) | 12.10 x 3.50 m | 1975 | Sparkman & Stephens

In 1975 the Swedish shipyard IW-Varvet launched a 40-footer not to be underestimated, the IW-40. Signed by Sparkman & Stephens, it is an elegant, quality hull, strong in good speed capabilities and designed for the most demanding cruisers, those who do not compromise between comfort and performance. It is, in short, the “big sister” of the already popular IW-31.

Matriculated as No. 23 out of 35,
is an excellent specimen of it, an example of the vitality of the Scandinavian market at the time, strong in top quality, extremely clean and flush blankets, abundant soaring and typically classic lines.

Nereid; IW40

SOLEIL – Grand Soleil 39 | SERIES

Pardo Shipyard | 12.50 x 3.36 m | 1983 – 1990 | Alain Jezequel

In the 1980s one of the great contributors to the Leopard Shipyard was Alain Jezequel, a legendary figure in the design world. From his hands also comes this little masterpiece,
, a Grand Soleil 39.

It is a top hull both in terms of lines and performance and in terms of quality and elegance, a premium “made in Italy” boat that will be able to compete with the fearsome Scandinavian competition. A beautiful hull, in short, not for nothing nicknamed as “Spaghetti Swan.”

Soleil; Grand Soleil 39


MAGIC TWELVE (Formerly Blue Diamond) – Class 12M | PROTO

Bénéteau | 11.96 x 3.80 m | 1987 | Group Finot

During the Golden Age of sailing, the Admiral’s Cup was long an unmissable event. An appointment toward which the greatest minds were projecting themselves in an attempt to design the best possible hull. It is with this in mind that the
Magic Twelve
(formerly Blue Diamond). P

rojected by Groupe Finot to compete in the 1987 edition of Admiral’s, Magic Twelve is the last sailing survivor of the three existing prototypes developed by Beneteau for the event, a pulled hull capable of making most people dream, hopeful for mass production that, indeed will come. Its DNA survives, in fact, in Bénéteau’s First Class 12 Metre series.

First Class 12; Beneteau

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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