VertueYachts – November 2016 Newsletter

VertueYachts – November 2016 Newsletter

(Above: Bettina racing in the Trieste Barcolana regatta) When Edwin Mazzanti first told me about the group of Vertues that occasionally sail together around Venice and Trieste I had no idea that the ‘Adriatic Fleet’ represented the most spirited collection of classic Vertues in the world! They not only cruise in company but every year they race together as part of the wonderful Trieste Barcolana regatta, and award a beautiful silver plate to their own champion. This is a great example to those of us who would like to sail together in the…Read more
VertueYachts – October 2016 Newsletter

VertueYachts – October 2016 Newsletter

Last week saw Trieste hosting the famous Barcolana regatta which included a classic yacht division with the ‘Vertue Adriatic Fleet’ appearing yet again. Edwin Mazzanti, who owns the beautiful Elkins built vertue Return tells me that the fleet was also going to include Bettina, Fab, and Jan Gilda. Of course the famous Vertue xxxv is based in that area too, but will not apparently be taking part, nor will the Cheoy Lee built Lan Tao. Edwin keeps Return beautifully and has said he will send a full report about the regatta which I…Read more
VertueYachts – September 2016 Newsletter

VertueYachts – September 2016 Newsletter

Vertues aren’t usually compared to buses, but the sudden availability of second hand boats for sale just now immediately suggests a rethink on this matter. For months now there have hardly seemed to be any on the market, and now we’re awash with quite a selection of distinctive boats, all of them very special in their own way. Last month we saw how Fionn, Varna and Icebird had all come onto the UK market, along with the grp VII Patience. Well, now these boats have been joined by four more wooden boats and…Read more
VertueYachts – August 2016 Newsletter

VertueYachts – August 2016 Newsletter

Denis J. Hoolahan was a canny yacht broker, perhaps unsurprisingly considering his Irish background. When he began to import teak-built Vertues into the UK from Hong Kong in 1963 his foresight paid off, for that first boat, Hoitak, was followed by at least thirteen more over the next two years. I learnt to sail on Hoitak, which is the Cantonese for ‘Vertue’, and have had a soft spot for these particular boats ever since. I am reluctant to be too categorical about Vertue facts, as it’s early days with this website, and we’re…Read more
VertueYachts – July 2016 Newsletter

VertueYachts – July 2016 Newsletter

Many thanks to all of you who have passed on your best wishes for the continued development of this modest site for Vertue enthusiasts. We have had dozens of emails from all over the world, from owners and past owners, boat builders and prospective purchasers. It is clear that we now need to develop further by producing a regular news post to share some of the images and stories that keep arriving. We hope that this will become an entertaining and informative hub for all things Vertue. Worldwide contacts have included news of…Read more
Welcome

Welcome

We're delighted to be launching this new website with information about the Laurent Giles designed Vertue Class of small cruising yacht. As well as some essential background detailing the History and Design of Vertues and their creator Laurent Giles, at the heart of the site we have started building a database of known Vertues. This database, which you can find under 'The Boats' will include images, videos, stories, basic technical specifications and, should the owners wish, contact information so that fellow Vertue owners and enthusiasts can get in touch with each other. We…Read more