Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Saudade - Design 2140

This aluminum yacht was built by the Huisman Shipyard of Holland and launched just prior to the 1973 Admiral's Cup. The design brief was for a boat that would qualify for the Admiral's Cup in the lower range of Class I. Further, emphasis was to be placed on the deck layout for maximum crew efficiency. In addition to these requests she was built of the finest materials and construction methods, and this helped ensure her victory for the German team.

Here are the plans.

Principal Characteristics
LOA 47'-0"
LWL 36'-4"
Beam 13'-5"
Draft 7'-1"
Displacement 28,195 lbs
Ballast 16,500 lbs
Sail Area 944 sq ft


  1. some kind of "wrong dtas" in her rating where found by RORC officers, following a competitor team protest :(

    1. The saudade is currently in Holland and the current owners sailed it from the US to NL, maintaining a website while doing so:

    2. Thank you for that link -- it is great to see her in the present day. I sailed on this boat from 1974 into 1976 out of Southern California and we won a LOT of races including the San Francisco "Big Boat Series", the PORC, the SORC (in Florida), etc. As I remember it,the IOR rating WAS wrong -- "inclining moment" (not sure I have the right term, but it had to do with stiffness or how easily the boat healed. When it came to the US, the boat was remeasured and the IOR rating was changed (much to the frustration of the new owner) but we still won almost everything we entered. And, Saudade was as strong as she was fast. I would have happily sailed anywhere in the world on her.

  2. I am happy to see Saudade made it back to The Netherlands. I sailed on her from 1985-1988, my first "big boat experience and have great memories of trimming and jibing spinnakers on her even though she was no longer competetive. Another great S&S design, Huisman built boat, The Alaska Eagle (built as the ketch Flyer) has also been repurchased to be restored to her old glory in the Netherlands. I sailed her from 1986-1989. I had a chance to go on and complete many passages on other true blue water sailing vessels but I will always remember Saudade as a solid platform to work on..