Name Rhona

Yard No. 748

Year 1927

Type 12 Metre I.R.

Rig Bermudan Sloop

Designer William Fife III

Builder William Fife & Son, Fairlie

LOA 69′ 5″ — 21.15 m

LOD 65′ 2″ — 19.86 m

LWL 42′ 6″ — 12.96 m

Beam 12′ 4″ — 3.76 m

Draft 8′ 6″ — 2.60 m

Displacement 28 t

Construction Mahogany, oak, steel

Sail No. 12/K7

Engine 110HP Volvo-Penta

Ex-name Golum, Hei II, Frisco VI

First Owner J. Lauriston Lewis

Location Spain

Web www.rhonasailing.com

Last restoration In progress, K7 Yachting, Spain


Information & History

1927 – 1929 J. Lauriston Lewis; name Rhona; home port: Greenock, Great Britain; rig: Bermudan cutter. Mr. Lauriston was  also the owner of Lucilla. She had good results in the 1929 Cowes Week with a third overall placement (first Mouette, second Moyana) and one first place in one of the six races.

1930 – 1932 Earl of Essex; home port: Greenwich, Great Britain.

1933 – 1958 Arnfinn Heje, new name: Hei II; home port: Oslo, Norway. She entered the KNS Jubileums regatta in Hanko in July 1933 and she was first in one race.

1961 – 1969 Jan Arthur Iversen; new name: Frisco VI; home port: Sarpsborg, Norway. Engine installed in 1960. In 1961 she was restored with the addition of a big doghouse and was converted to auxiliary yawl.

1969 – 1970 Urban Strom, an artist specialized in composition of tin on on black oak who wanted to use the boat as a studio. He transported the boat to a place just outside Gothenburg. 

1971 Disappeared from the Lloyd‘s Register.

1971 Jan. – 1974 Sept. Stig Westberg and friends. In spring, Hei II was brought to Drasgmark, on the west coast of Sweden, at the Broderna Jacobsson yard, where she underwent a complete refit, where she also had the engine changed and a new iron structure installed under the mast; new sails from Bruce Bank Sails were added. For four years she sailed in Scandinavia and in northern Germany.

1974 new Swedish owners; new name: Golum; home port: Stockolm, Sweden. 

In May 2013 she was reported to be ashore in not very fine condition, in a yard close to Cadaques, Spain; her mast was broken in 2011 and her owner did not even know who William Fife is; a big cockpit was added and the hall was partially coated with polyester.

2019 new Swiss owner starts the restoration; name: Rhona. K7-Yachting is bringing her back to the original. In 2021 Rhona will be back in the water and sailing in the mediterranean sea.

Last update: June 2020



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