Monday, October 22, 2012

6 Meter Class Sailboat Restoration: West-coast Canada

Classic 6 meter sailboats have been around for a very long time. The boats that we are currently racing date back to the 1930s and 1940s, and are all made of wood. Building, restoring and maintaining these yachts requires dedication, hard work, and above all skill. Without the right knowledge and experience, the 6 meter fleet would not be what it is today.




On the West-coast of Canada, we are particularly lucky to have some of the best in the business working on the boats that grace this website. Their boats have won World, North American and European championships, and as individuals they have long lists of accomplished restorations behind them. We thought it fitting that we would mention them here, and share a bit of background on who keeps our boats running smooth.


 MARK WALLACE SHIPWRIGHT

Mark has been restoring and building wooden boats for over 25 years. He is based on Saltspring Island, in the very heart of the Western Canadian cruising grounds. 



His credits include SASKIA (KC 19) and CA VA (KC 10). 




JESPERSEN BOAT BUILDERS

Founded by Danish immigrant Bent Jespersen, Jespersen Boat Builders has been specializing in wooden boat construction since the early 70s. Now managed by his older son Eric, the yard continues to restore and build unique, one-of-a-kind yachts for their clients.



Eric is not only an experienced craftsman, but a world class sailor as well. His experience on the water includes crewing on both America’s Cup challengers CANADA I and CANADA II, an Olympic bronze medal in the Star class in 1992, the 1994 Star Class World Championship, and the 2009 World 6-Meter Championship.



Eric(H), Bent(P) and Eric's son Ross(B) at Newport 2009, on-board GALLANT - Photo: JH Peterson

Jespersen’s 6 meter credits include GALLANT (KC 10), LLANORIA (US 83), CA VA (KC 12), CAPRICCIO, FRENZY and BUZZY III. Based in Sidney BC, Jespersen Boat Builders is situated in the heart of yachting on the West-coast.

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