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Monday, September 21, 2009

Picture of the day: SY Penelope


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The 38m-127ft sailing yacht Penelope (ex: Talofa IV, ex Sayonara) was at anchor during the Cannes Boat Show.

Built in 1968 by Chantier de la Perrière in France, she was designed by the French architect Cornu.
When she was launched, this 38m schooner was the largest private sailing yacht in the world to be built in aluminium.

25 comments:

mp mc said...

August 2011. Sadly SY Penelope lies on the fisherman's wharf in Aguilas in a sad state. Her final crew didn't even bother to furl and cover her sails.

Holborn said...

I almost knew, she would end up like that. In 2008 I was commanding her, but things on board were already a bit strange...Bad maintainance, lousy payment for the crew an british millionaires, who pretended not to smell the rottenness inside of her. A swedish moneybroker as an owner, who just polished her up, but did not do any substantical work.
One of two engines did not work, the sails were old, and so on, and so on...

Anders said...

I have sailed on her in the french med.
Do any of you know where she is now, and who the owner is ?

jordsd1 said...

I was crew when she was at the cannes boat shhow. The time i spent on her was a nightmare. No engines working. One was seized, the other we could not figure how to get fuel to the engine. We had to sqil her off the anchor in st tropez. The hot water never worked. Got it going then one of the pipes burst. When it got to aguilas apparently 13 tonnes of bilge was removed. Oil and fuel. Pay was intermittant. The swedish owner did not care for it. No credit cards to buy provisioning. Just gave a few hundred euros every couple of weeks. Rifle onboard with no paper work. Paperwork wasnt in order. We got boarded by the duane. I could go on. Left before their trip to spain

Horacio said...

She has a new owner and is being fully gutted. Needs a good 6 months of work, new engines coming in next month, etc.

chris James said...

She is still moored to the fishing key. Took a picture still looking in a sorry state.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/97628290@N08/

Russell Savige said...

Very sad, it reminds me of Errol Flynn's "Zaca" which was sitting on the bottom of the harbor at Villefranche when we sailed in there in 1977.

I crewed on Sayonara Alpha (Penelope) for 18 months (1976/77). She was almost a replica of Zaca in retrospect... massive flush oregon deck, beautiful flowing lines... built for pure speed at the time.

In her original build Sayonara Alpa was a traditional racing yacht externally, but fitted out to luxurious standards internally. She could handle any sea conditions (and did often). I still have my diary describing our voyage from the Pocheroles to Marsailles in a wild Mistral wind (5 days of hell). Winds over 70 miles an hour, but she came thruogh it just fine.

When we sailed into Marssailes we were told we were the only vessel to arrive in the port for 4 days.

John Arnstrong-Coulson said...

Saw her today so sad to see such a beautiful yacht in such a sorry state. She deserves a caring owner before she falls apart!

leendert boudesteijn said...

I visited Penelope in 2012 lying in the fishing harbour of Aquila. Nobody was caring about her. Foresail on deck, All covers open, lots of water insides the so very beautifull saloon. Chairs and cushions were floating around. All was in a sadly state. In a closet I found a new and well blistered polo marked with the shipsname Penelope and this item is nowadays my best remembering to this ever so very beautifull lady.

Didier Goujon said...

J'ai vu Pénélope il y a quinze jours à Aguilas. Il est vraiment dans un sale état. C'est très triste. Quelqu'un connaît il les actuels propriétaires ?

Fizzy Lillingston said...

So sad, this beautiful boat is tied up and rotting on the fishing harbour wall - anyone can get on board. No security whatsoever. There is a feeling of great sadness and decay about her. I can not begin to imagine how much it would cost to bring her back to her former glory. It's probably too late now!
Fizzy and Jack on Carpe Diem SY

Peter Demian Bresnan said...

Does anyone have P, J,I or E for this yacht? I have been asked to look for second hand sails so need some basic sail measurements to start the search. Thank you all in advance.

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Russell Savige said...

She was built at Chantier de La Perrière in France in about 1967. They should have the original drawings and specs for you. She was lengthened by about 2 metres by about 2mts about around 1990 or so... however the main mast sails and foresails dimensions would remain unchanged as the extra length was at the stern.
Looking at photos of Penelope, I doubt that they would have lengthened the Mizzen mast, but they may have lengthened the Mizzen boom.
The main, genoa and spinacker, sailswere enormous.
We never raised the spinacker when I was a crew member, but we did sail under the genoa and it was freakishly big
The mainsail cloth was about 1kg per square metre.

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Russell Savige said...

Old yachts are much like old sailors... neglected and forgotten

PEPETG said...

The penelope has sunk this morning due to the miserable state of the ship. A sad ending for a very beautiful boat.

los dos piratas said...

coulé le 4 janvier, démâter à l'oxicoupeur le 5, triste fin de vie pour un aussi beau voilier

los dos piratas said...

coulé le 4 janvier, démâter à l'oxicoupeur le 5, triste fin de vie pour un aussi beau voilier

los dos piratas said...

coulé le 4 janvier, démâter à l'oxicoupeur le 5, triste fin de vie pour un aussi beau voilier

Juan Luis Mulero said...

Sadly Penelope has sunk last week in port of Aguilas

MD dePril said...

This is sad news. I remember her in the early 80's while crewing in Tortola and St. Thomas.

Peter Bignose said...

Does anyone know who owned her in 1979, who was the skipper and crew members?

December 1979: A large yacht name 'Sayonara Alpha' anchored off Villa Beach, Saint Vincent, and had laid at anchor for several weeks. The police, following a tip-off, searched the vessel. They found it loaded with guns, ammunition and explosives. Four crew members were taken into custody, they were said to be three English, one German and a Caribbean man. A story at the time was that the boat was used as a transfer depot for the weapons. Also that a local group was involved in receiving the arms. There was much speculation if this was part of the Caribbean Marxist Conspiracy.
{for some reason this matter has been written out of Vincentian history]

December 8, 1979: The government had to quell an uprising on Union Island. The uprising called the "December Revolt" on Union Island by a group that wanted more power in the country's new government. Rastafarians seized the airport, police station, and revenue office on Union Island in the Grenadines.

Any information would be appreciated truthfullanswers@gmail.com

thanks

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