Monday, February 28, 2011

Mitch Gibbons-Neff on Circe - Design 852

This is a nice image of Mitch Gibbons-Neff aboard Circe. For anyone who knew Mitch I can just imagine what he's saying: "Guys, we're going to go sailing now. The most important thing is that nobody gets hurt".

Circe is a beautiful boat, fully restored. Our suspicion is this image was taken on her shake down cruise right after her restoration.

She was built by the A/B Neglinge-Varvet shipyard of Saltsjobaden, Sweden and launched in 1950. Her racing career is commendable: 2nd in 1951 Fastnet Race, Winner Class B in the 1954 Bermuda Race, 2nd in Trans-Atlantic race of 1955 among others.

Here are the plans.

And an article from Yachting magazine. Double click for bigger view.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 56'-9"
LWL 39'-0"
Beam 11'-9"
Draft 8'-0"
Displacement 42,284 lbs
Ballast 18,800 lbs
Sail Area 1,360 sq ft

She's currently on the market and lying in California. See the listing by clicking here.


  1. October 2017, Ventis Shipyard, Enkhuizen, Holland:
    Very happy to announce that "Circe" just arrived from the South of France for a refit at Ventis. Just after an intensive sailing season preparing for racing next year.
    It is a beautiful view at the shipyard next to Zeearend 2.0 and Impala 2.0

    1. Is it possible to post a photo from sailing aboard in Cannes this year?