6mR Renata´s (built in 1927) history is a bit different, compared with other successful six metre yachts of the time. Dr. Henrik Ramsay describes in his brilliant sailing memoires, how the yacht got her fine shapes, her name and how she turned out to be a "capricious girl", during her very first season in 1927. The times for great success were just after her rig was converted in 1928.
Ramsay (1886-1951) had already achieved good placings with his former yachts, such as the six metre Svalan, but as a talented sailor, he wanted even better results. He asked the famous architect Gustaf Estlander (1876-1930) to draw the lines for a new six metre yacht. Estlander had already shown that he had the talent to draw the winning forms, even in the six metre class. Ramsay wrote that "of course" the builder of the new yacht would be Arthur Magnus Pettersson from Helsinki. Pettersson had learned to handle the noble wooden materials in his younghood in Kronstadt, Russia, where he had constructed small mahogany dinghies. In the autumn of 1926, Pettersson had first thoughtfully spitted over the drawings, then growling as a mark of approval to the beautiful lines he said "I am certainly able to build as well as the architect can draw".
Great success in Sandhamn 1928
Renata´s first sailing season in 1927 was good but
not brilliant. Her sister yachts, the Swedish Maybe and the Estonian Tutti
V, had already proved out to be fast boats. Nevertheless, Ramsay saw
potential in his new yacht. During the long winter Ramsay carefully considered the
characteristics of Renata. Then, one
night he woke up, the solution clearly in his mind: the mast must be moved
backwards. Estlander hesitated and was willing to give new plans to Ramsay. But
Ramsay was sure about his intuition. Ramsay had the mast moved 30 cm backwards
and in 1928 Renata became a dangerous
rival in her class. Renata sailed to
Sandhamn in July 1928, to participate in the grand regatta. There were gathered
the world´s best six metre yachts and skippers, representing 13 countries, to
participate in various competitions, including the Gold Cup.
Renata was honored the title of the best six metre yacht of the regatta (K.A. Wallenberg´s prize) and got several other prizes. As Finnish six metres never won the Gold Cup, neither One Ton Cup, Renata´s achievement can be considered one of the best Finnish 6mR yachts ever got, during the "hot decades" of six metres in 1920´s-50´s. Ramsay was by no means a professional sailor, as he had numerous demanding tasks in international commerce, politics and in other organisations (i.e. Finnish and Scandinavian Sailing Federations).
Ramsay competed with Renata until 1933, when his friend and a crew member Julius Horst died. Then Ramsay ordered a new yacht, Arneta, to whom the "lucky-number" of Renata, L 17, was shifted. Renata was in active use until the beginning of 1980´s, after which she has been waiting for a renovation.
The renovation project was launched in 2012. The Finland´s National Board of Antiquities granted financial aid for the renovation. It was the first time the Finnish state has given financial support to a classic sailing yacht and hopefully a new era has now begun. The renovation project will be accomplished in 2016.
Renata will be used as a flagship in a project providing empowering experiences related to sailing and the sea for young people in danger of social exclusion.
For more information: www.clubrenata.fi
1927 Henrik Ramsay, NJK
1934 Arne Lucander, BS
1940 Harry Borenius, BS
1944 Björn Strandell, NJK
1952 E.V.Terho, TPS
1953 Arne Lucander, BS
1967 Antti Wallinheimo, SPS
1968 Hannu Sokura, SPS
1970 Hannu Sokura, M
1974 Mäkelä & Kiiskinen, M
1977 J.Mäkelä, M
1979 M. & J. Mäkelä, M
1984 Kyösti Helin, M
2008 Antti Etelämäki, BSS
2013 Club Renata
Henrik Ramsay: Purjehtijan muistelmia, 1946
Alftan, Liewendahl, Barck: Sexornas Jakt, 1992
Barck, Street: The six metre - 100 years of racing, 2007
Suunnittelija Gustav Estlander
Veistämö Örnholmens varv
Ensimmäinen omistaja Henrik Ramsay, NJK
Omistajat Club Renata (email@example.com)
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