Sira 8 N-33
I was deeply honoured by the order to supply the Sitka Spruce for the new spars of the Int. 8-Metre Sira, owned by His Majesty King Harald of Norway. In 1938, Sira was a presented to the late King Olav and ever since this great Johan Anker design was sailed and raced by the Norwegian monarchs. The spars were engineered by Juliane Hempel from Radolfzell, Germany and built by Absolute Restorations in Portugal.
Firefly was built by Freddie Bloemsma and Claasen Jachtbouw to a design of Andre Hoek. She marks the start of a new 115ft one design class race yacht. Touchwood supplied all cedar for the project; her vast deck is laid in quarter sawn Alaska Yellow Cedar and her interior is built in select #1 quarter sawn western red cedar. She’s a sleek and truly amazing performance yacht that combines the looks of bygone days with the performance of today.
The most spectacular large racing schooner launch of 2011. The original Germania was built in 1905 for Baron Krupp von Bohlen to a design of Max Oertz. She proved to be a strong performer and her recreation at the Marin yard in Vigo, Spain has created a stir among the schooner lovers around the world. Touchwood is the proud supplier of all Sitka Spruce for the spars which were built at Ventis in Enkhuizen, Holland.
Hollandia 8 NED-1
Built in 2005 Hollandia is not a new project but her winning streak is one worth mentioning. In 2011 she won both the World Championships as well as the prestigious Coppa d’Italia. Hollandia is one of two Int. 8-Metres built from aircraft grade Sitka spruce. As bowman, Touchwood’s John Lammerts van Bueren was part of the winning crew and now has 3 World and 2 European Titles under his belt!
The Hollandia crew (Prize giving picture) left to right: Ruud van Hilst, Jeroen Jonk, John Lammerts van Bueren, Tim van Rootselaar, Sandro Benigni, John Cutler.
After a painstaking restoration project, The Francesco del Carlo boatyard handed the famous William Fife III yawl over to Officine Panerai. She looks amazingly beautiful and will join the classic yacht scene on both sides of the Atlantic. Touchwood is proud to have supplied all Sitka spruce used for the new spars of Eilean.
Atlantic Maiden voyage
The 3-Mast schooner Atlantic has successfully completed her maiden voyage to the Mediterranean. Lucky and privileged to have been on board for the first 3000 miles I can only say she’s everything I dreamed of and more. We hit 17 knots with surprising ease although it does take some getting use to sailing a huge yacht like Atlantic at such speeds. See www.schooner-atlantic.com
Twin Schooner Project
This wonderful project is led by David Westergard and involves the construction of two identical schooners. These schooners are built traditionally with Alaska Yellow Cedar on grown frames. Touchwood had the privilege to supply and cut the AYC logs for this project. For more information check: www.twinschooners.blogspot.come
We have built a unique rip and crosscut line which allows us to rip in pre-planed 12 metre long flitch, this gives us the advantage of clear and accurate observation of the grain pattern as well as colour which has proven to be essential for all demanding Sitka spruce applications such as Aircraft spars, musical instrument sounding boards and of course yacht spars.
In December 2005 another Sitka Spruce cut was made. It produced some of the finest mast and spar stock of up to 40ft length. Apart from a Sitka Spruce cut, we have also started a small trial cut of quarter sawn 40ft long Alaska Yellow Cedar. This much sought after specie is very much suitable for decks on racing yachts but due to the size and shape of the logs we found that, at best, one in hundred logs are suitable to give us these long lengths, and even then, some of the finest logs turn out bad which means that in the Alaska Yellow Cedar the long length stock will remain very limited in its availability. The shipment Sitka and Yellow Cedar is expected to arrive in Holland in May 2006.
In May and June a new cut of high grade Sitka Spruce came from the mill. The total volume mast & spar produced was approx 75m3 which is due to arrive in Holland late mid October 2005.