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July 13, 2015

by Nicole
At anchor, Mayreau, St. Vincent & the Grenadines

While in Antigua during the Classics Regatta, we were lucky enough to get a tour of a boat called Whitehawk. We met the captain, Eric, and he was nice enough to show us around. My dad has been drooling over this boat for decades, so it was an amazing experience for him. He loves classic boats, especially ones of this style. My parents saw the boat when they were cruising 16 years ago, first at the 1999 Antigua Classics and then again in Maine. They were anchored in Southwest Harbor, on Mt. Dessert Island in Maine, where they could barely see anything because of the fog. For one moment the fog cleared, and they saw Whitehawk appear, silent and beautiful, anchored right next to them.

Whitehawk was inspired by the yacht Ticonderoga, a 1936 classic boat built by L. Francis Hereshoff. Whitehawk is a 105 foot ketch built in 1978. When she was built, she was the largest cold–molded wooden boat ever. Cold–molding is the process of creating a boat’s hull by repeatedly adding layers of wood and epoxy.

Even though the boat is 105 feet long, the inside seems small compared to today’s yachts, but it is luxurious. Whitehawk has a ten sided skylight, a fireplace, and a bathtub hand-
carved out of teak. She can accommodate six guests and four crew. She is simple yet elegant, and every detail is perfect.

The captain, Eric, points out
details on the mizzen mast.
Main mast

When we were on the tour, we were allowed to take some pictures, and we’d like to share them with you.