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.
Hollandia was designed by Doug Peterson & Ian Howlett, well known for their America’s Cup yacht designs. Hollandia is a modern International 8-Metre. She was built in wood core by Johan Vels & Partners Advanced Composites in Medemblik. This yacht was built to win and no concessions were allowed. Her hull is built in a composite of Sitka Spruce and glass reinforced Epoxy. Her deck, shelf and stringers are also in Sitka Spruce. This method was selected by her design team for the maximum strength to weight ration within the strict Lloyd’s scantling rules. Hollandia did what she had to do and in her first season she won the Coppa d’Italia and the European Championships in Germany as well as the 8-Metre World Cup in Toronto, Canada.