Atlantis is a 50' steel sloop designed by Kurt Oehlmann and built in 1957 in Hamburg by the German boat builder Heinrich Garbers (Click here for his story which is well worth a read). Built in the World War post-war era out of highest quality steel no longer required for the manufacture of U Boats, Atlantis is strong, sea kindly and very kind to the eye. Little is known of her very early life but having been beached and damaged by Hurricane Iwa in Hawai'i in 1982, Atlantis was subsequently sympthetically restored throughout the 1990s by Ken and Sue Nold using the highest quality materials complemented by outstanding traditional craftsmanship.
Atlantis was purchased by her current owners in 2003 whilst she was still lying in Hawai'i. Since then she has returned across both Pacific and Atlantic Oceans under sail to Europe via Mexico, Panama and Florida. She has subsequently spent time in the Baltic, then operated from Breskens on the Westerschelde in Holland, and more recently on the UK South Coast and English Channel. Atlantis' registered home port is now Southampton but she spends much of her time on the River Tamar close to her owners' home in south-east Cornwall.
On 15th May 2013 Atlantis set sail from Plymouth for the Arctic. Crewed double handed by Andy Bristow and Rupert Smith, our travels included exploration of Svalbard, polar waters and the coastline of northwest Norway. Follow our journey in our online log. After returning to north-west Scotland, and then leaving the boat for just over a month at Ardfern Yacht Centre whilst work commitments 'got in the way', our Arctic journey was finally completed when Atlantis returned safely to Plymouth on the 22nd September 2013.
2014 ambitions were a little less adventurous. Dartmouth Midsummer Classics Regatta provided a highly enjoyable opportunity for a partial reunion of our 1989-90 Whitbread Round the World Race crew.
Our 2015 itinerary has been focussed on making the most of the RYS Bicentenary celebrations commencing with participation in a highly enjoyable Members' Regatta in June. Atlantis then took her place in the unique Bicentenary Review of Members' yachts by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh and subsequently then participated in the Panerai British Classic Yacht Club Regatta. We then used Atlantis as a base for spectating the wonderful RYS Bicentennial International Regatta in the company of the J Class yachts and many other beautiful classics and modern racing machines. 2016 sadly provided few opportunities to venture far from home and in 2017 our main adventure was to participate in the RYS Member's Regatta. This year (2018) we have already re-visited and explored some new haunts in Southern Brittany as far south as Belle Isle (and back) so, for now, Atlantis remains back at home on the Tamar.
Our future longer term plans can be found here.