From June 19 to 22, the majestic J Class JK3 charter yacht Shamrock V, beautifully refitted by Dykstra Naval Architects, participated in the 2014 Argentario Sailing Week. This popular regatta was hosted by Porto Santo Stefano, a fantastic Mediterranean yacht charter destination, nestled in Italy, and was attended by classic and vintage yachts like Cambria, charter yacht Moonbeam 4, Mariquita, and many more classic beauties. Below are the photos of sailing yacht Shamrock V from her participation in the regatta, shared by Dykstra Naval Architects.
Luxury yacht Shamrock V hit the water in the early 1930s as the most original J-Class of the three surviving yachts. Shortly after Shamrock V, sailing yacht Velsheda and charter yacht Endeavour were built as the other two surviving J’s. As the first vessel designed to the J-Class Rules, Shamrock V is smaller than the subsequent designs. This is apparent in her overall length, and most noticeably, in her beam, hence righting moment is less and the vessel looks more delicate, classic and refined than either Endeavour or Velsheda. However, level rating can be replaced by a handicap rating to make for an equal playing ground against the other J’s.
Super yacht Shamrock V has been refitted to become a classic, performance sailing yacht, which can be sailed around the world and can successfully participate in classic yacht regatta’s. Shamrock V is refitted to the highest modern standards, capable of traversing oceans in comfort and safety, all within the boundaries set by the originality, as well as styling requirements. Dykstra Naval Architects have worked on the refit design and naval architecture of Shamrock V.
The extensive refit of luxury charter yacht Shamrock V improved her ballast ratio, and with the addition of a new rig and sails, performance was dramatically enhanced. She is now expected to give many more years of service as one of yachting’s great queens and as one of just three remaining original J Class yachts from the 1930’s.