Thursday, 1 November 2012

Unknown - IOR 3/4 ton yacht ( possibly 1/2 ton IOR yacht )

 This yacht has no name that I could see I think it is a Nicholson 33 a IOR 3/4 ton yacht designed by
Ron Holland. This picture was taken in 2012 at Whitehaven Marina in Cumbria. See comments below the yacht is not a Nicholson 33.
Any ideas what it is and who designed her ?
Do you know its name and racing history ?





6 comments:

  1. I'm not sure what the design is but I'm sure it's not a Ron Holland Nicholson 33 3/4 tonner, the aft sections & coachroof are wrong, though it does look like a typical mid '70s high prismatic design. Anyone else any ideas?

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  2. This boat is Zett, a half tonner designed in 1974 for Max Petrelius by Peter Norlin and built in Sweden. The contract of build only allowed for the one half tonner to be built, however, the design was adapted by Norlin and resulted in the production of the Accent 26, Almost identical to Zett but of only 26 feet in length. Zett was sold to Brian and Pam Saffrey-Cooper later in 1974 band she went on to become JOG champion and in the top three RORC boats for 1974/75. In 1976 she was overall champion and took the Demeter cup. Hope all this helps - quite a famous boat and well spotted.

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  3. This is indeed the originally Finish yacht Zett, designed in 1973 to the same concept as the prototype Accent, which won the quarter ton cup in Malmo, Sweden 1974.
    Zett performed very strongly in the 1974 La Rochelle half ton cup - at least when she made it to the finish line. Unfortunately she retired from both of the windy offshore races, breaking the rudder in one and the boom in the other. In the inshore races she was very competitive in the 50 yacht fleet, finishing first in two races and 5th in the opening race. However, she took a time penalty in one race pushing her back from 1st place to 11th.
    The owner Max Petrelius and helmsman Janne Winquist had earlier been very close to winning the 1971 half ton cup in Portsmouth in their production Scampi "Z", finishing just after Peter Norlin's Scampi III.

    Zett and the cold moulded Accent (which was lost in a fire) were the first yachts in Peter Norlin's new style of high prismatic IOR designs (called the A-series), many of which were quite successful internationally in the mid 70'ies. Examples include the three quarter ton Amoress and the 1 ton mahogny yacht Agnes. Zett also had a successful half ton sister based in Italy called Ovosodo.

    So, looking somewhat neglected now, this is a yacht that was cutting edge in her initial years and with some better luck could have been significantly more famous.

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    1. Hi my names Nick Morgans and we now own zett, she is still moored in whitehaven and we are half way through a re fit, hopefully back out club racing her this year. a truly wonderful yacht.

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  4. Hi my names Nick Morgans and we now own zett, she is still moored in whitehaven and we are half way through a re fit, hopefully back out club racing her this year. a truly wonderful yacht.

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    1. After 12 long years Zett is once again sailing and racing out of Whitehaven. She went straight out into the prologue race and came second, she has since done a further three races and has achieved a total of one first and three second places and currently leads the points championship. She is sailed by Nick, my 21 year old son, who had never sailed her until he took her out for the prologue race. Sometimes he is helped by a very inexperienced but enthusiastic friend otherwise he is sailing alone. Zett's sails are now over thirty years old, the main has mouse holes in it and the genoa is the number two from a Sigma 36, it can only get better! What a fantastic tribute to her designer, Peter Norlin. I have several photos, taken from the shore, of her racing if anyone is interested.

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