Giant schooner enters DaimlerChrysler
To date, 36 yachts have officially entered the 3,500 nautical mile ocean race from Newport to Cuxhaven, Germany and on to Hamburg. "We are very pleased to have this extraordinary yacht heading to the starting line," said Henning Rocholl, the event organiser from Norddeutscher
Regatta Verein (NRV) in Hamburg. "This is our first competitor over 100 feet in length."
Confusingly Windrose is currently sailing under the British flag for the Cayman Islands, but is a Dutch-run project.
Other favorites for line honors are Claus-Peter Offen's Wally 94 Y2K from Hamburg, Germany, still under construction in Italy, and the newly built 85-foot maxi-racer UCA, owned by Klaus Murmann from Kiel, Germany.
The Windrose Story
Windrose, designed by Gerard Dijkstra, was conceived as a traditionally styled yacht, but one with unusually modern speed. Holland Jachtbouw built it of Alustar aluminium, topped with an all carbon-fibre two-masted schooner rig and installed a very light-core interior.
At its launch, Windrose was several tons under the design weight, which enabled the builders to add ballast to optimise stability.
By size alone, Windrose qualifies as Holland Jachtbouw's most impressive build. However, the true measure of its eminence goes well beyond the distance between the Yankee furler forward and flagpole aft. A creature of Gerard Dijkstra's fertile mind - with low freeboards, dashing sheer and long sweet overhangs - Windrose possesses the amazing grace of yesterday's giants Atlantic, Meteor V, Hamburg and the J-Class racers.
Yet Windrose is thoroughly modern from keel bulb to mast truck. It has a tank-tested hull, wind tunnel proven sail plan and water-ballast system. Windrose is also extremely light, built of weight-saving Alustar, with an ultra-light interior, carbon-fiber spars and no heavy service batteries (a
gen set supplies electric power). Yet Windrose will also serve as a luxury charter yacht, taking on all the toys and games charterers want for relaxing and playing under the sun.
In 2001, Windrose, skippered by Simon Dierdorp, lived up to all the expectations of Dutch designer, Gerard Dijkstra when she crossed the Atlantic Ocean much like the Schooner Atlantic did in 1905, from Sandy Hook near New York, but in a time of 11d, 10h, 25m and 10s, averaging 12.0 knots. Other modern monohulls and multihulls have previously surpassed Atlantic's time, but Windrose and the 58-meter (190-foot) Adix - which competed in this unofficial match race using powered sails - were the first schooners to do so.
Prior to the transatlantic crossing, Windrose made an impressive racing debut in Antigua Classic Week. In one of the races, she was first to finish ahead of the J-Class yachts Velsheda and Shamrock V.
Length over all: 46.30 m / 151.9 ft
Beam: 8.0 m / 26.3 ft
Draft: 4.3 m / 14.1 ft
Displacment: +/- 145 tons
Type / Class: Classic Schooner
Designer: Gerard Dijkstra
Shipyard: Holland Jachtbouw
Type of rig: Schooner
Owner: Chris Gongriep, The Netherlands
Skipper: Gerard Dijkstra, The Netherlands