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Steinlager 2

Dec 17, 2010 1 Comment by


Greetings yachties,

Big Red is heading downunder to compete in the Sydney – Hobart 2011 and the next chapter of her career as part of the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum’s collection of famous boats…more here.

Before I start the story, without Steinlager 1, there would not have been Steinlager 2. The sailing that was learnt, was a big detail that won Stienlager 2 the Whitbread Round The World Ocean Race. Sadly, Steinlager 1 is also with Blake.

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A legendary yacht with a legendary Skipper & crew.

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Rolex Middle Sea Race

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“Big Red” Steinlager II is already a sailing legend: no other maxi yacht has this palmares of victories –
no other maxi is already a piece of sailing story – and still sailing strong!

Steinlager II was the first maxi ketch in composite and the first maxi with a fractional rig. In 1990 Steinlager II was voted „Yacht of the Year“ by the Yachting Magazine. The winning 2-mast-concept was in the following editions of the Whitbread overtaken by successful yachts like New Zealand Endeavour, La Poste and Merit. Her record is without precedent. She is the only one to have ever won all six legs of the Whitbread Round the World Race. No other maxi ketch has ever had such a series of victories.

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Steinlager 2 – listed for sale here

Sold to Georgio Falck and renamed Safilo. Was owned by the Blue Water Academy – more here. But wait, photographer Juerg Kaufmann writes: “Steinlager II is owned by a good friend. He is planning to bring her back to New Zealand. His name is Stefan Detjen living in Lugano. He is very supportive for almost any kind of activities with the boat. There is an important point to consider: the boat is back in his original shape all back to original. After he took here over by the Italians. Stefan Detjen of Big Red Challenge writes: “All correct with Jürg’s information. Blue Water don’t owe any of the boats listed (Steinlager, Amer Sport One). Steinlager 2 will do ARC 2010 and then heading to NZL. We just made a 3000 mile delivery in three weeks from Baltic Sea to Med (Trapani, Sicily) without problems or any damage. From August 1 –10 Steinlager will do a charter from Tunis to Istanbul (5 countries in 10 days). Still sailing strong…” 25/10/10: Currently taking part in Rolex Middle Sea Race

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This weekend saw the start of the 25th ARC and it was a good opportunity to reflect on all the changes since the first supposedly one-off event in 1986. Apologies for not blogging last week, especially as there was a lot of interesting stuff, but with various copy deadlines, interviews, parties to go to and all…you know how it is.

Here’s one of the bigger boats. You may remember her. It’s Steinlager 2, Peter Blake’s Whitbread Race winner from 1990. Big Red, as she was and still is nicknamed, is a 84ft Farr-designed maxi ketch that decimated the opposition to win all six legs.

Today she belongs to Swiss owner Stefan Detjen and is on her way back to New Zealand for the next chapter of her career as part of the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum’s collection of famous boats.

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Die Maxi-Rennyacht STEINLAGER 2 ist ein Stück Segelgeschichte. Die auch liebevoll „BIG RED“ genannte Ketsch ist das einzige Schiff, das jemals alle sechs Etappen des Whitbread Round the World Race gewann. Nun ziert das Logo von OCEAN7 das legendäre Schiff

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