There are few classic yachts in the world that have had their definitive histories recorded, one such vessel is the 1931 John Alden schooner, Puritan. Puritan’s owner, Tomas de Vargas Machuca, commissioned historian and journalist Francesca Webster to research and record the yacht’s history. The work, which spanned over two years, is now complete. Photo: The Classic Yacht Experience With 450 copies available, the book is set to be announced at the Monaco Yacht Club, on Friday 10th September, during the Monaco Classic Week, where Puritan won La Belle Class in 2019. With her history very much entwined with the yacht club, the team have offered to host the event, and following the days racing, the classic fleet will await Puritan’s arrival, blasting canons as she enters the marina.
Photo: Will Broadhead Following her arrival, the owner and author will hold a presentation on the history, with anecdotes about the schooner, the research behind the book, and some of the people met along the way. The club have invited many of the major contributors, including ex-owners, Vernon Gray, Patsy Bolling and Arturo Ferruzzi, as well as descendants of others.Photo: Will BroadheadPhoto: Will BroadheadIn addition, a limited edition copy of the book, in its wooden case, will be presented to the President of the Monaco Yacht Club, HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco. A number of books will be available to purchase from the yacht club shop, as well as directly from Tomas de Vargas Machuca’s company, The Classic Yacht Experience.Photo: The Classic Yacht Experience