Monthly Archives: September 2013

And another silver platter!

The Sparkman & Stephens designed 53ft yawl Skylark has won 1st Overall at Les Regates Royales 2013 with a series score of 2-1-1-1 beating Mark Faulkner’s Q Class Leonore and the S&S designed Manitou in this fiercely competitive event. The regatta week was fabulous – warm weather and breezes generally around 10 knots allowed Skylark to sail to her full potential. The crew this week were ably assisted by American superyacht designer Evan Marshall who trimmed the genoa upwind and ground the spinnaker winches downwind. After four races he quietly admitted to having been part of the design team on an America’s Cup yacht, so team Skylark benefited this week from his brains as well as his brawn!

Music by Maudie & Dom

Becalmed in Monaco

September in the Principality of Monaco is not known for its great sailing conditions – there’s always too much wind or too little – but that doesn’t stop the most beautiful classic yachts from around the Mediterranean gathering for a week of festivities and celebration at Monaco Classic Week. Yachts of all types and sizes are represented, motor boats from the tiny 12ft Albatross powerboats to the majestic Blue Bird grace the harbour. Sailing yachts range from day sailors to the massive three-masted Adix. All in all its a wonderful occasion.


The racing was challenging to say the least and with under 5 knots and a confused seaway, the conditions did not favour Skylark which is more suited to offshore conditions. The first day she placed a respectable 5th out of 25, but in races 2 & 3 she was unable to match the lighter faster lake boats. Skylark finished the event 8th Overall, despite retiring from the last race.

*STOP PRESS* Skylark wins Corsica Classic 2013

After six long races around the coast of the island of Corsica in the Mediterranean, Skylark has won the ‘Corsica Classic’ yacht race overall with an unbeatable race score of 2-1-2-1-1-1. Her win made front page news in the island’s main newspaper.