UNDER CONSTRUCTION.... -
In the following
the history of the Sagitta 30 has been gathered. The source of information
about the boat is various material send to me by various Sagitta 30 owners
and of the internet. As the information gathered by no means is complete,
please feel free to correct me or send other interesting information by
sending me an e-mail the the follwing adress: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of the text
in the box below and the picture of Aage Utzon is borrowed from www.gd28.wikidot.com/.
The Sagitta 30 was
designed by naval architect Aage Utzon (1885 - 1970) who was famous
for having designed beautiful double enders (spidsgatter), in particular
the S45 (45 m2). Most of the wooden double enders where built between
1930 and 1950 and were strong, roomy and seaworthy boats. They were
built of pine on oak or ash and with mast of Scandinavian spruce.
Aage Utzon also designed the Ålborgjollen (an small open boat
designed in 1929); the Scankrydser, a 6.6 m sailing boat ; the Helsingørjollen,
also an open boat of 5.5m designed in the 40s and the Utzon 30.
Aage Utzon also deisgned the hull for the GFRP Great Dane 28, ie.
the shape that passes through water; Freeboard, keel, rudder - all
from the railing down.
The 30 m2 double enders
Brus and Springeren where particulary fast and well sailing boats
that won many races, particulary the 50'ies and 60'ties. These boats
where the basis for the GFRP Spækhuggeren designed by Peter
Bruhn with help from Aage Utzon. The Spækhugger is, however,
more modern as the boat has large finn keel and a rudder on a finn
at the back.
The Sagitta 30 was one
of Utzon's last designs and it is dated to 1963. Most (about 40)
boats have been built between 1965 and 1967. However in the late
70'ties and the early 80'ties a number of boats where also built.
The sagitta 30 in the 1960'ies where built at Royal System Yacht
Yard in Randers/Aarhus. The boat itself is nicely presented in the
Royal System Yacht
Yard brochure from the sixties. Interesting pictures from
from boat show in Stockholm 1966.
Aage Utzon is the father
to Jørn Utzon born in 1918. When Jørn was a school
student, he used to visit the shipyard to study designs and help
his father draw up plans and make models of yachts. He later became
a famous architect as he later designed the Sydney Opera House.
The picture shows Aage
Utzon onboard on one of his double enders.
The Sagitta 30
was built for family crusing or ocean racing. An
article in the
German magazine "Die Yacht" brought in October 1965 reveales
that the Sagitta 30 was constructed according to the RORC Class III rules.
This was after a number of years where four of Utzons double ender designs
in wood had won the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup from San Francisco out to the
no. 8, 1977 includes funny solutions to problems i'm not sure i knew
i had. However, the artice includes pictures from the boat owned by Gert
nr. 7 1989 tells the interesting story of Annette and Mogens Wøldike
preparations for a trip around the world in a Sagitta 30.
Another boat owner,
Niehaus, has his boat presented in an interesting article
in the german magazine "Palstek" 04, 2004. The boat is tested
by the magazine and the conclusion is that the boat is in very good shape.
The boat sails well with a good angle to the wind and it is fast (if the
wind is there).