An exciting opportunity has arisen to acquire a true classic thoroughbred. Whilst she is not in her first flush of youth 'Rosita' presents the prospect of an exciting project to bring her back to her prime or convert her to a luxury private or corporate yacht. Please take a look at this web site for a sister ship to see what could be achieved zenarasailing.com
'Rosita' was built as 'Taiko' for the Ocean Youth Club, which is now the Ocean Youth Trust. She was designed by Robert Clark and is number five of nine. This ocean going yacht has classic lines and generous accommodation. Her original purpose was to provide sail training for up to twelve trainees under the age of 24 with a crew of six. Until recently she held a category 0 licence for anywhere in the world with twelve passengers and four crew.
During her working life with the Ocean Youth Club she was based in Scotland and was navigated around the Scottish Islands. She competed in the 1979 Fastnet Race in a special class with all the other eight Robert Clark ketches. All nine completed the race unscathed. 'Rosita' is classified as a tall ship and has taken part in a number of tall ship races.
Her current owner has completed numerous cross channel trips to French ports and the Channel Islands. In 2002 she went to the Baltic via the Kiel canal visiting Holland, Denmark, Sweden and Heligoland. During 2004 she visited Spain, Portugal, Madeira, the Salvagem Islands and arrived in the Canary Islands to participate in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. She made the crossing from Gran Canaria to St Lucia with a crew of 10. Over the following years she visited the Windward Islands from St Trinidad in the south to St Kitts in the north. She has also been from Antigua to the Azores with a crew of four and completed the Atlantic circuit from Horta in the Azores to Shoreham with a crew of seven. This included three teenage boys - a character building experience.
'Rosita' has been based in Eastbourne and Shoreham since her return to the UK.
Ray Flowers firstname.lastname@example.org
GRP construction on a male mould with steel framing
The hull was stripped back to boot topping line, dried out and coated with Kevlar and Ampreg 22 epoxy resin and copper coated with 20kg of copper powder in 2004.
Main mast 75' above sea level
Trisail track up the main mast for severe weather conditions and wind speeds in excess of 50 knots
Number 1 foresail
Number 2 foresail
Number 3 foresail
Mainsail and cover
Staysail and cover
Mizzen sail and cover
2 Mizzen staysails
24 volt system
Deep cycle boat batteries 6v x 8
Engine batteries 12v x 2
24 volt DC to 240v AC inverter - Wechselrichter TX 24/6000
6 KVA Panda generator - requires servicing
Webasto heating system - requires servicing
Navman VHF 7100 DSC short range radio
ICOM HF marine IC-M802 long range radio
Echo pilot FLS sonar 'Wreckfinder' with port, starboard and forward transducers
Furuno GPS navigator
120 DB claxon
CQR bow anchor
CQR main anchor 75kg
Two kedge anchors
Two calor gas bottles
Zodiac Solas A 8 man liferafts x 3 - requires servicing
Emergency rudder tiller
Quick anchor windlass 24v with 12mm gypsy and 100+m of chain
Sleeps 16 +
The galley is set up to cater for a large crew
Please see pictures to get an idea of the layout
Brighton, East Sussex BN2 5HA