Sunday, March 24, 2013

Wianno Senior

Wianno Senior sailing inside the Porto Mediceo, Livorno
The Wianno Senior is a 25-foot (7.62 m) gaff rigged sloop originally designed about a century ago by Horace Manley Crosby for a group of sailors from the Wianno Yacht Club, who were looking for a type of sailboat to race in the difficult waters of the Nantucket Sound.
Wianno Senior sailing inside the Porto Mediceo, Livorno
A couple of hundreds of these boats have been built, the more recent in fiberglass. The one you can see sailing inside the port of Livorno, is built under licence by the Wianno Senior Italia.
Ted and John Kennedy on the Wianno Senior Victura, summer 1946
One of the most famous owner of a Wianno Senior was John Fitzgerald Kennedy: he received his “Victura” (Latin for ‘she who will win’) as a gift from his father for his fifteenth birthday. Here are the young Ted and John on board, in the summer of 1946.
Senator Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier on the Victura, Life magazine cover, July 20, 1953
On the same boat: Senator Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier on the cover of Life magazine, July 1953.

External links: Wianno Senior (Wikipedia) - John F. Kennedy's True Love (YachtPals)
See also: TAG Heuer VelaFestival
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15 comments:

Randy said...

I like Moby!

Jack said...

Pretty cool, VP. Your city has a connection to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, very wealthy islands off Massachusetts.

Kate said...

Those sails look so pristine and beautiful. Nostalgic to see the Kennedy photos. Ah, those were wonderful Camelot days!

Gunn said...

Great posting and HAPPY images.
Lucky owners and friends!

Looks like you have a nice weekend in Livorno.

VP said...

Jack - And we live by JFK's immortal words:
Ask not what you can do for your country
ask what your country can do for you.

I know, it's the other way around, but we are in Italy after all...

Cezar and Léia said...

Great article VP, with wonderful pictures and it's very interesting to know the story about JFK sailing!
Léia

Dina said...

Ahh, such nostalgia . . .

Nori said...

yes, it's interesting! very!! :)

adriana said...

I always appreciate the notes about the history of a place, object, etc. It makes the photo more interesting.

adriana said...

adriana from above it's me, Traveling Hawk:)I noticed that if you click on "adriana" you will be directed to another blog.

brattcat said...

loved that shot of the young kennedy brothers.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

A very classy and classic yacht! Love the vintage shots of the Kennedy's VP.

Barbara Farr said...

Interesting post with American royalty to boot!

JM said...

It's a lovely boat and the Kennedy shots a great addition to the post.

Stefan Jansson said...

That really is a great design.