LONDON _ Ventis Shipyard _ a Dutch yard that builds and repairs memorable boats _ has won top awards in 2 categories of the 2019 Classic Boat contest organized by Britain’s Classic Boat magazine.
The yard which marks its 25th anniversary this year, took top honors in the ‘Under 40ft’ category for restoring Margaux, a Danish-built ‘skerry class’ yacht and for Nyala, a new-build project of an Olin Stephens-designed 56ft (17.3m) Bermudan sloop.
Ventis owner Hans-Peter Baars said the awards were a salute to the “craftmanship and commitment” of his workforce. He is fond of saying his yard “makes everything of wood that goes on a ship.”
Originally named Tinzinia, the 39ft (12m.) Margaux, was built in 1929. “As slender and feminine as the pilot cutter is salty and strong,” said the jury, “Margaux defines the square meter or ‘skerry’ class.” Ventis spent 2 years on the rebuild of this historic racing yacht.
Nyala is a Bermudan yawl whose designer, Olin Stephens, died 11 years ago. “It’s no surprise that designs by one of sailing’s greatest names continue to be built,” said the jury.
“And the designer … would surely have loved the fact that this recreation of his earlier yacht (Impala, 1954) has been put together using the latest boatbuilding technology, while using traditional techniques, too.”
Baars says his yard will not shy away from using the latest technologies if these yield a better product and a more efficient, coast-effective build method.