WELCOME ON BOARD …
It’s a pleasure to me, to have you here on board.
Even when it’s only a virtual visit, I hope you will like it on this unique classic yacht.
The Carrina is wonderful. She’s great. And above all a very pleasant mate to sail with.
It’s my aim to improve her condition and to keep this example of English maritime heritage as original as possible.
Sometimes I’m asking myself, why me.
Usually I’m very pleased to be here owner. I feel it like a privilege. But I’ve to admit there are some difficult moments too. Specially when you have to make decisions about refit, originality, materials and so on. But for this masterpiece of maritime craftsmanship it’s an honour to do so.
The Carrina. She’s one of the last “great old ladies” of the mighty Oceans. Great not in size but in originality.
Still she breathes the atmosphere of yachting in the early Twenties of the past century. Come on board and go through her experiences in the Atlantic, the Caribbean, her adventures in Brasil…
… we wish she only could talk.
We are talking about a 54-foot stay sail schooner. A lady, almost a century old. Built in 1914 for Mr. Westray by R.J. Perkins & Sons in Whitstable, Devon. She was designed by Frederick Shepherd and launched in 1929 for G.F. Carrington of Kingshaw, Woldingham. Nowadays owned by Mr. Willem van der Velde. Lying in The Netherlands.
Everyone who wants to be in touch with me and the Carrina can use the ‘contact’ link to send me an email. I’ll try to answer these as soon as possible.
Enjoy your stay on board!
Willem van der Velde.