In 1934, English pioneer of aviation and sailing Sir Thomas Sopwith set his sights on the America’s Cup. Having prepared in the Shamrock V, the first ever yacht to be built to J-class rules, he was keen to ensure that the vessel he was to compete in was the most advanced possible.
Enter Endeavour. Applying his experience designing aircraft to this fine vessel, Sopwith used aviation techniques to create the yacht’s rig and winches. And, as a result, she swept through the British racing fleet and into the hearts of yachtsman the world over.
Today, the 130 ft yacht is for sale. With room for 8 guests stretched over 4 cabins, and 7 crew on top of that, Endeavour remains to this day one of the finest vessels on the seas. She sits in Regatta-ready condition and is immaculately restored – a shining end to a turbulent history.
In her early years, Endeavour passed through many hands. Sold to a scrap merchant in 1947, she was saved mere hours before her demolition was scheduled to begin. In the seventies, she sank in the Medina River in Cowes. And, in the eighties, she sat forgotten in an abandoned seaplane base with no keel, rudder, or interior to speak of.
However, after a complete rebuild in 1989 by Royal Huisman, the modern masterpiece seen today was born. And, this new deck, rig, sailing gear and interior was refitted once again in 2012 to bring her back to her finest condition. She has been sailed privately ever since.
A classic interior, of naval varnished wood and rich brown leather gives a classic look to the vessel. Shined metal fittings, leather bound books and even a compass-adorned grate finish Endeavour off to offer one of the best boats around for racing and adventure alike – pursuits a cruising speed of 10 knots actively encourages.
Contact Edmiston for more information. Endeavour has an asking price of €17,500,000