September 22nd 2013. By Zuzana Prochazka.

Icicle IV: A Born Winner

This Danish gaff-rigged schooner has classic lines and an impressive racing pedigree.

You don’t have to be an old salt to appreciate a boat with fine lines, and there’s nothing quite like a schooner built over 100 years ago to remind us of how boats used to be shaped. Fitted with a clipper bow and a long stern overhang, the original Icicle IV was launched with a gaff cutter rig and no engine.

classic schooner under sail

Under sail, the Icicle IV looks as majestic today as it did a century ago.

Built in 1894 by N.F. Hansen in Odense, Denmark, the schooner’s original owner was Mr. Lind Hansen. In 1934, three Danish brothers set off from Copenhagen on a round-the-world voyage but made it only as far as Plymouth before selling the boat to W.J.W. Modley, who installed a Thorneycroft Handy Billy 2-cylinder hand-cranked engine and registered her under a British flag. In 1954, she came into the hands of Tony Williams who took her across the channel to France and then in 1960 via the French canal system, down to Marseilles on the Mediterranean. Twenty-five years later, and much worse for the wear, the schooner was sold again to the present owner who took on the restoration of her keel, planking and floors. The new ownership suited the boat and she became known in St. Tropez for her racing record including the Coupe Phocea and the Trofeo Agnesi, both won in 1989.

A new chapter started in 1995 when she was transported to Lake Geneva, underwent another multi-year restoration, and was fitted with a taller rig in 2003 which was more suitable to lake sailing.=

Icicle IV is 55 feet LOA and that includes her ten-foot sprit. She has 34 feet 6 inches of waterline and draws six feet three inches. Most of her sails are 10 years old or less, and her Bukh 48 hp diesel was installed in 2010. Her rig has two masts, a Douglas fir foremast and a pine main mast built in 2005.

icicle 4 schooner

Icicle IV is 55 feet LOA, including long overhangs and a ten-foot bow sprit.

Icicle IV is back in St. Tropez and sails on average of 100 hours per season. She is looking for a new owner who can appreciate the clean classic lines of yesteryear’s designs.

For more information, view the listing on YachtWorld.

Zuzana Prochazka

Zuzana Prochazka is a writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites. A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana has cruised, chartered and skippered flotillas in many parts of the world and serves as a presenter on charter destinations and topics. She is the Chair of the New Product Awards committee, judging innovative boats and gear at NMMA and NMEA shows, and currently serves as immediate past president of Boating Writers International. She contributes to and, and also blogs regularly on her boat review site,