June 14th 2013. By Louay Habib.

Classy Rebecca: Superyacht With Classic Style

The third edition of the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous was a spectacular event, 20 of the world’s finest superyachts racing in the remarkable surroundings of the North Sound of the British Virgin Islands. Hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda at their Caribbean clubhouse on Virgin Gorda, the regatta fleet was a magnificent sight, moored along the superyacht dock along with a myriad of equally impressive motor yachts. Such a gathering is rare indeed. One of the most beautiful yachts at the regatta was the German Frers-designed Rebecca, which is one of the largest ketches to be ...

 

Rebecca under sail

Stepping on board is like travelling back in time, and yet Rebecca uses modern electric winches and is bristling with electronic navigational aids. All this technology is subtly blended into the traditional style of the yacht, making her a perfect blend of classic style and modern convenience. Photo Carlo Bourlenghi/Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta

The crew on Rebecca

Sailing Rebecca takes a big crew and communication is vital between the front, middle and aft of the yacht but there is no shouting on board. A sophisticated wireless audio system is used for dialogue between key crew. Photo Jeff Brown/Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta

 

Rebecca deck shot

While Rebecca is stylish and eye-catching, there is none of the ostentatious over-elaboration of other superyachts.

Rebecca's deck saloon

The interior by Robbin Black is light and elegant, consisting largely of off-white fielded panelling. Below deck, Rebecca is designed like a family home and has probably one of the finest crew quarters of any yacht afloat. Comfortable accommodation is provided for six guests in three double cabins.

Rebecca under sail at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta

“Rebecca really is timeless. She will still be magnificent in 100 years’ time, long after some of the modern superyachts have disappeared,” commented Rebecca’s helmsman, Stan Pearson. Photo Carlo Bourlenghi/Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta

Rebecca at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta deck shot

Rebecca is heavy but amazingly responsive for her size. In light air it takes a lot to get her going but Rebecca comes to life in breeze, and it is an amazing feeling as she glides through the swell; there is plenty of feel in the helm and she is very well balanced. Photo Jeff Brown/Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta

Rebecca's counter stern

The fine lines of Rebecca’s hull including a glorious counter give her immense power and grace, and her curved teak deck extending from stern to bow is a magical platform for her crew. Photo Jeff Brown/Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta

Rebecca's crew

A total of 29 crew race Rebecca, including permanent staff and some professional racers, although the majority are amateur enthusiasts that take time off just for the thrill of it all.

Rebecca leading the fleet at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta

Rebecca leading the fleet at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta. Chippy Bardoe has been racing on Rebecca for years: “How could I possibly give up the opportunity of sailing on her, Rebecca is just fantastic to sail, I absolutely love it!” Photo Jeff Brown/Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta



Louay Habib
Louay Habib is a freelance journalist and broadcaster based in the UK who writes for some of the most prestigious magazines and clubs all over the world, including the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Volvo Ocean Race.