AgnetaA Symphony in Mahogany
The elegant yawl "Agneta" participated once again in the 19th edition of "El Trofeo Almirante Conde de Barcelona" winning the highly sought after "Trofeo Almirante Conde de Barcelona". The Trophy is awarded to the boat that achieves the highest score from either the Vintage or Classic divisions taking into account performance as well as restoration, maintenance and aesthetic appearance. "Agneta"was fast around the courses and placed first in her class on three of the days of racing. She also received considerable points for her elegance and beauty. This was the fourth time she has attended this regatta, which is an important fixture on The Mediterranean Circuit for Vintage, Classic and Spirit of Tradition yachts.
Her present owner is Peter Engles from Germany who has taken considerable time to research the history of "Agneta". The original construction plans and contracts were found in the Stockholm Nautical Museum and contact was established between the granddaughter of the first owner Mr Oscar Wilberg. It was thus discovered that the yacht was named after his late daughter, Agneta.
Mr. Wiberg was an ingenious Swedish engineer who held about 600 patents, among them a couple of patents for sailing ships. Mr. Wiberg's desire was to build a ship that was extraordinary for that time so he employed naval architect Knud Reimers to draw up the designs. Mr Reimers started his career with A&R and later became a very highly regarded and well-known Scandinavian designer.
Agneta was designed and constructed in 1948 and was launched in 1951. She was not designed to a specific race rule, but all the features of square-meter boats were combined with those of fast ocean racers resulting in a very sleek, well-balanced boat that can travel at speeds of up to 14 knots yet still provide the comfort of a gentleman's luxury yacht. There is a marble fireplace in the owner's stateroom and in former years she even possessed a bathtub!
Mr. Wiberg kept the boat until 1959 when she was purchased by Mr.Gianni Agnelli, who was known to be an admirer of beautiful and fast yachts. Mr Agnelli took "Agneta" to The Mediterranean where she still lies, drawing admirers in every harbour she graces, especially in Italy.
Giuseppe Antolini, her next owner, had the yawl thoroughly overhauled at Carlini Yard in 1987. Following the wishes of his wife Raffaela, the interior was redesigned and lavishly re-built using rare wood, which gave "Agneta" the touch of an Italian palazzo. Together with helmsman Flavio Scala, a well-known Italian Olympic sailor, "Agneta" was a very successful regatta boat.
Her present owner Mr. Peter Engels, purchased "Agneta" in 1999. He completely refitted the yacht taking into careful consideration her history and original design. He regards his yacht "Agneta" as a piece of art, a historical monument of classic yacht construction.
Sailing "Agneta" is a definite challenge. Every manoeuvre must be carried out manually and crew are required to be highly skilled which is sometimes difficult to find. Team spirit and good seamanship is the key to success. To fulfil all positions onboard when racing, the yacht needs 12 to 14 people. Hence coordination and communication is imperative, especially when sailing with a combined crew of differing nationalities. Nevertheless, "Agneta" has been very successful in the Classic Yacht Regattas throughout The Mediterranean, particularly by winning "The Prada Challenge for Classic Yachts" in 2002.
"Agneta" has the ability to join people together that all share in a common love of sailing. This is only possible today thanks to the enthusiasm of Mr. Engels and his wife Renate who continue to sail, race and enjoy this unique nautical piece of art.