Iduna's owner on what makes her so special

Written by Francesca Webster

Like all owners of classic sailing yachts, for the owner of the 33.5-metre Feadship ketch, Iduna, letting go of his love affair with the vessel isn’t going to be an easy task. After 14 years of ownership, however, he feels that it’s time to move onto other things, but that doesn't mean he won't be hoping to charter her for at least four weeks per summer. Francesca Webster asked the owner of Iduna what made her such a special yacht and found out why she will make the perfect choice for a passionate yachtsman who appreciates classic beauty. Iduna yacht anchoredBuilt in 1939, Iduna is one of the first yachts to be constructed by the now world-famous Dutch shipyard. This was one of the initial draws that attracted her Dutch owner's attention, “I like classical architecture and everything, I've so much respect for creations of those days which are still beautiful today. On top of that the atmosphere and cosiness is warm and beautiful”. Iduna yacht deckPhoto: Ocean Independence Iduna was extensively restored in 2003, outfitting her with many of the modern elements you would usually expect to find aboard a modern sailing yacht. According to her owner, “she is still in as-new condition, even better, during the past years there were improvements, and we renewed everything technical which had become outdated”. Now Iduna, unlike many of the classic sailing yachts out there, has been equipped with modern technology, which keeps her maintenance down and is far more cost effective than one might imagine. Iduna yacht diningPhoto: Ocean Independence In terms of her sail handling, Iduna has another modern addition, a full set of hydraulic winches, which make her handling perfectly easy with four people. Over the last few years Iduna has been a regular sighting at the Mediterranean classic race circuit, and though she might not be a J Class in speed, weighing in at 150 tonnes, there is, “great ambience, for us racing is more for the joy and the atmosphere… but i must say if there is a wind force of 23 knots, she’s cruising at 11 knots”. Iduna yacht deckPhoto: Ocean Independence Though she hasn’t completed a trans-Atlantic passage in recent years, her owner certainly believes that she’d be up for the challenge. Some of the highlights from his ownership include, “visiting Venice, our mooring was 50-metres from Saint Mark’s Square on the quay. The classic Riva water taxis took us everywhere, romantic restaurants, shops, it really is a must do”.Iduna yacht saloonPhoto: Ocean Independence Iduna’s owner describes the classic yacht’s unique personality as, “a romantic, dining in the front or behind the deckhouse if there's too much wind, or even inside the big deckhouse. There is the perfect ambience to really enjoy cruising and everything happens on deck; sunbathing, music, breakfast, even in a harbour you can have dinner on deck and not be overlooked. Iduna is not only a classic sailing yacht, she’s the best family boat ever…”Iduna yacht stateroomPhoto: Ocean Independence Iduna is currently for sale, based at the moment in Mataro, north of Barcelona, where she undergoes her winter maintenance. In May she will set sail for Ibiza.

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