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Serenade at Les Voiles d'Antibes

Designed by

Nicholas Potter

Built by

Wilmington Boatworks, CA (Wilbo)

Country

USA

Sailing Class

Vintage Marconi

LOA

18.90m

Beam

4.00m

Draft

2.54m

Top Speed

10kts

Refit

1938

1938

N-Class

History

“SERENADE was designed by American West Coast sailboat designer Nicholas Potter, who working from the late 1920s through the late 40s; is often known as the “‘Herreshoff of the West.’ Commissioned by the famous Lithuanian violinist Jascha Heifetz, she built by Wilmington Boatworks California for the 1938 Trans Pacific Yacht Race (Los Angeles to Honolulu) the longest of the two oldest ocean races in the world. Other celebrity owners have included the Cousteau family and Zsa Zsa Gabor. Donald Douglas Sr. of aircraft building fame often skippered her when he was not sailing his own Potter M class yacht. SERENADE is noted in the Nicholas Potter entry of the Encyclopaedia of Yacht Designers by Lucia del Sol Knight and Daniel B. MacNaughton. A note on Nicholas Potter; he had willed that his boat plans be destroyed by burning. In the case of SERENADE however there is a surviving plan.”

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