Sailing Yacht of the Month: the classic Yanneke Too

Designed as a world cruiser, the 35 metre sailing yacht Yanneke Too was built in 1993 by Camper & Nicholsons in the UK, and happened to be the very last yacht to be delivered by the British yard. Since her launch, Yanneke Too has sailed the seven seas and has become a familiar sight at sailing regattas and rendevouz around the world. She has retained her name since her christening in 1993, and so her old-school charm, functionality and long distance sailing capabilities.

Bill Dixon designed Yanneke Too’s exterior with a layout that would suit both performance cruising requirements, as well as a laid back lifestyle at anchor in the Caribbean. Fitted with a ketch rig, she offers various sail options in all weather conditions by enabling easy sail handling with a small crew. Despite this, her rig has been optimised to achieve the maximum speed when required.

On deck, Yanneke Too’s expansive exterior areas provide guests with a selection of outdoor relaxation spots. The main cockpit provides shelter while underway while still being able to enjoy al fresco dining experiences. This area doubles as a large exterior lounge where guests can divide into separate areas for intimate conversations or simply quite reading time.

When at anchor the fore and aft deck is converted into sunbathing areas with freestanding sun loungers and umbrellas.

Once inside, guests soon realise that despite being a sailing yacht, Yanneke Too manages to offer the same feel as one would experience on a voluminous motor yacht. Terence Disdale Design created her functional yet innovative interior layout. Her true nautical dΓ©cor was picked by the hand of Richard Hornbacher, and styled the guest areas with light blue and white fabrics and an array of ocean-inspired fittings continuing the sea theme.

The salon and dining area are on a sunken level, and it is the wheelhouse that one reaches first when entering through the companionway. A raised seating area to port allows for excellent views when underway and has become a prime meeting spot on the boat.

A small staircase leads down to the main salon and dining area where skylights in the deckhouse creates a wonderfully light and airy space to enjoy formal gatherings and dining experiences. Cherrywood paneling and oak flooring have been used to add a classical nautical feel that will stay relevant and maintenance free for years to come.

The master cabin is placed aft and benefits from the full beam and stability created in this part of the yacht. The yacht’s recent interior re-decoration now features creative artwork and brighter fabrics while still keeping a strong traditional theme. The cabin consists of a small study area, practical sofa area, and a large ensuite bathroom.

The four remaining guests are comfortably accommodated in a double and twin cabin placed midships. Each cabin has its own en suite bathroom as well as a skylight adding much needed natural light to the cabins, and along with the colourful artwork, creates a pleasant environment.

The beautiful Yanneke Too not only deserves her place in history as an iconic sailing yacht, but serves as a beacon for yacht builders, designers and crew as a benchmark in build quality, functional design, and the highest level of maintenance.

By Charl van Rooy



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