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E25 PROJECT AMAZON
à jour au: 2011
1996 plan Eric W. Sponberg, construit chantier Far Ocean en Afrique du Sud, en aluminium, goelette,
LOA 18.28 M, LWL 18.153 M, B 5.728 M, D 4.50 M, DISPL 14,915 MT, SA 138.048 M2.
1996 Juillet "Voiles
Vendée Globe: préinscrit. puis retardé à la construction. Sebastian REIDL, Equateur
espére faire le globe 2000.
1997 Launched in Cape Town,
convoyage Cape Town-Fort Lauderdale, also qualification for BOC,
Escale à Puerto Rico, pour éviter le fort coup de vent sur les USA
26 septembre, BOC CHALLENGE: DNF/7 60', abandonne à la 1ere étape. Trop de problémes techniques, Sebastian REIDL, 59 ans
20 octobre, signale à la direction de course qu'il se détourne vers Puerto Rico, suite aux trop nombreux problémes techniques, (eau dans le gas oil, antenne Radio, gréments...)
2000 Europe 1 Star: inscrit, DNS. James MILLER, GB.
TIN CAN 217
2001 Décembre, Around Alone 2002: inscrit, Georges STRICKER, US Virgin Island
Il est inscrit "Venturer Class", ne doit pas respecter les régles IMOCA des 60' Open. Le bateau est en chantier à Boston.
2002 Around Alone: DNS.
2003 Mai, Chantier
: Afrique du Sud, Architecte : Eric W. Sponberg (USA), Type : 60' OPEN Année
: 1996, Pavillon : USA, Largeur : 5.73 m, Tirant d'eau : 4.50 m, Construction
: Aluminium, Visible : USA, Prix demandé : 500 000 US$
2004 Décembre, A Vendre Prix demandé : 200 000 Euros
Scrapped for the metal
2018 Mai, From Eric
W. Sponberg website: "This is probably the
one boat design for which I am best known. Unfortunately, she no longer exists.
Back in 1992, I sent out a press release about a new genre of boat designs that
I called The Globetrotters that got turned into a 4-page article in
the German boating magazine Yacht. See The Globetrotters page
on this website for more information. Sebastian Reidl, originally from
Hungary but mining for gold in Quito, Ecuador, saw the article, and we started
a correspondence that lead to me doing a proposal for a 60’ Vendee
Globe challenger for him in aluminum. Sebastian was a machinist by trade
and had built aluminum boats before. Delays of one sort or another prevented
that design from continuing, but eventually, this project evolved into Project
Amazon, an Open 60 Class vessel that Sebastian would race in the 1998 Around Alone
The salient features of the design included a chined hullform that was very easy to build, a swinging keel with full-length trim tab, lifting rudders, an air lubrication system for the hull, and a carbon fiber free-standing wingmasted cat ketch rig. There was a lot of innovation on Project Amazon, not necessarily new ideas in any one area—all the features had been tried before—but it was unique in that so many innovations appeared all in one yacht. Eventually, I wrote some articles about Project Amazon and received a fair bit of publicity. Rather that repeat everything about the design here, you can download the two most important articles here:
The funniest story about Project Amazon began during its design. Sebastian and I hired the late Lars Bergstrom of B&R Mast & Rigging to develop the air lubrication system in the bottom of Project Amazon’s hull which would draw air under the hull to reduce drag and increase speed. Lars had designed a similar system for Hunter’s Child, the open class 60 built and sailed by Warren Luhrs for his record-setting voyage from New York around Cape Horn to San Francisco. Steve Pettengill later sailed Hunter’s Child, with the air lubrication system installed, to a second-place finish in the 1994 Around Alone Race. Lars called me on the phone after he’d spec’d the lubrication system to tell me that he thought there was a problem with the boat. In his sing-song Swedish accent, he said, “Eric, I think Project Amazon is going to be too fast!” I said, “Lars, if being too fast is a problem, it is a pretty nice problem to have. That is what we are trying to accomplish.” So in January, 1998 when Sebastian was finishing his 10,000+ miles qualifying and delivery voyage from Cape Town, South Africa where Project Amazon was built, to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, as he approached the American coast a powerful, 60+ mph wind blew off the coast and across the Gulf Stream. Sebastian and Project Amazon got pounded for a few days, and then he opted to head to Puerto Rico for refuge. As soon as he got in, he called me on the phone, and I swear, the very first words out of his mouth were, in his heavy Hungarian accent: “Ed-ic, ve have a problem vit dis boat.” I said, “Sebastian, what kind of problem?” He said, “It’s too fast!” He said, “She always goes 25 knots. Sometimes you don’t vant to go 25 knots, you only vant to go 12 knots. But she just up and goes anyvay!” Project Amazon was eventually sold to another competitor in that race (who also did not finish) who tried to get it ready for the 2002 edition of the Around Alone Race. But that person was also strapped for cash and he never made it to the starting line. Eventually, Project Amazon, now called Tin Can (gag!) was relegated to a boatyard near Baltimore, MD. Over the next 10 years, various people were interested in buying it, mostly for cruising or charter purposes which would have required extensive modifications to the boat. No deal was ever struck, so the owner eventually scrapped the boat in 2011 for the metal and equipment on board. "