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Norwegian recreates HMY Britannia. Authentic copy finally delivered after 15-year wait. This is a tale of painstaking attention to detail and a passion for the past. Meet Sigurd Coates, the boat enthusiast who lives in Moss. True to her origins Although owned by Coates, a Norwegian, Britannia is registered in Gibraltar, and flies under the British flag.

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Norwegian recreates HMY Britannia

Published on Monday, 3rd August, 2009 at 23:06 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Authentic copy finally delivered after 15-year wait.

Edward VII's racing yacht Britannia
Edward VII's racing yacht Britannia
Photo: elverdissen.dyndns.org/Wikimedia Commons


This is a tale of painstaking attention to detail and a passion for the past. Meet Sigurd Coates, the boat enthusiast who lives in Moss.

True to her origins

Although owned by Coates, a Norwegian, Britannia is registered in Gibraltar, and flies under the British flag.

“As I permitted myself to have a copy of a British royal yacht built, I only thought it right that it should be a part of Great Britain.”

Glasnost got lost

In 1994, Coates obtained the plans for the original royal yacht that was used by both King Edward VII and George V. He then placed an order for it to be built at a Russian shipyard.

“It cost a tenth of the price of what I would have to have paid for it at a western European shipyard,” Coates tells Bergens Tidende.

15 million kroner and 12 years later, she was completed. But the new shipyard owner had decided to keep the yacht for himself. After three years of legal battles, she was put to sea at Arkhangelsk on 11 June.

Britannia can do 16-17 knots at full sail, weighs 165 tonnes, and needs a crew of 12 to sail her when not competing in racing regattas.

In her time, the original vessel won 231 regattas and 129 prizes.



Published on Monday, 3rd August, 2009 at 23:06 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: hmy, britannia, royal, yacht, king, edward, vii, george, v, gibraltar, great, britain.





  
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