At over 100 years old, the wonderfully restored vintage yacht Thalia has just sailed across the Atlantic, winning top honours in the Grenada Classic Yacht Regatta and Antigua Classics. Built by G F Wanhill at Poole in 1889, her hull is carvel built of oak frames, oak and pitch pine planking and bronze fasteners. She is cutter rigged with gaff sails.
Thalia went to Ireland in 1891 until 1914, where there are records of her racing in the archives of the Royal Cork Yacht Club from 1891-96. She was based on the Thames from 1914-1963, then in the 1960s she sailed to Turkey and the African coast. A rebuild was started in the late 1980s, but abandoned without a deck! She was about to be broken up when her present owners bought her in 1993. It is believed she is the only remaining yacht built by the Wanhills yard of Poole. Three of the twelve yachts racing in the inaugral 1851 Americas Cup were built by Wanhills; their most successful being Egira, built in 1865 and seven-times winner of the Queens Cup in Cowes. Thalia is now possibly the oldest yacht to have crossed the Atlantic - her name has remained unchanged for nearly 120 years, and much of the boat's interior is still in its original form.
Anyone with a spare £200,000 should contact Classic Yachts For Sale.