Published: Monday, 07 April 2014

The record-breaking race yacht Flyer is to be restored to her former glory by her maker, Royal Huisman, and the Revival of the Flyer Foundation. Launched in 1976, the 65-foot Flyer was designed by iconic naval architects Sparkman and Stephens and won the 1977-78 Whitbread Round the World Race (the precursor of today’s Volvo Race). She has returned for a re-fit at the Royal Huisman yard in Vollenhove, the Netherlands.

Royal Huisman To Restore Flyer

“We are thrilled and honoured to be able to welcome Flyer back home,” announced Alice Huisman. “She is a part of our maritime heritage and a winning example of our ability to build high-performance, aluminium yachts before the yard was awarded Royal status.”

Royal Huisman has been a strong supporter the initiative from the start. Once the work at Huisfit – Huisman’s specialist refit facility – is complete, the yacht will take part in various regattas and charitable events. She will also be available for charter to help offset her running and maintenance costs.

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Dutch sailor and entrepreneur Diederik Nolten, along with Els Vroegindewey and skipper Gerard Schootstra, founded the Revival of the Flyer Foundation with the aim of returning the yacht to her home country and restoring her as a maritime monument. She was returned to the Netherlands earlier this year after being acquired by the foundation, having been converted from a ketch to a sloop and sailed for more than 300,000 nautical miles as the Alaska Eagle.