Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lone Fox- Saint Barthelemy

14 Sept 09 Lone Fox

BOAT: Lone Fox
OWNER: Ira Epstein/ Gustavia, St. Barthelemy, FWI
DESIGNER: Robert Clark, England
BUILDER: Alexander Robertson &  Sons, Sandbank, Scotland
YEAR: 1957
LENGTH: 65 feet [19.8 meters]
HULL: Solid teak planking
  Originally built for Colonel William Henry Whitbread- sponsor of the illustrious around the world race that bore his name- Lone Fox is an extraordinary gentleman’s yacht of the finest pedigree.  As owner of the Whitbread Breweries in Scotland, the colonel commissioned esteemed designer Robert Clark to draw a “fast and elegant” yacht.
 The builders- Alexander Robertson & Sons of Sandbank, Scotland had enjoyed a reputation for impeccable quality for over half a century when Colonel Whitbread commissioned Lone Fox. The result is nothing short of sensational.
 Current owner / Captain Ira H. Epstein traces his sailing experience back 50 years to his childhood on Lake Michigan.  He has extensive long distance passage experience, including Cape Hope and the Straits of Magellan.  He spent over 30 years, in the San Francisco Bay area, raising his family while working in the Financial District, prior to buying Lone Fox in 2006, and pursuing his “dream” in St Barth.
 Lone Fox was in Newport this past week in time to witness the incredible 6 Meter World Championships. Her owner and crew were delighted with what they saw in Newport and plan to return soon.

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