Cruising Speed: 8 kn. | Guests: 10
The 24.7m cutter Hallowe’en designed by William Fife III for Lt Col JFN Baxendale, was built to the 15m rule and launched in 1926 just in time to compete in the ORC FastNet. William Fife III, designer of a number of classic yachts still racing today was quoted once as saying “Hallowe’en is the perfect gentleman’s yacht. She is a jewel”.
Racing in the 2nd Fastnet Race, Hallowe’en sailed the fleet home to cross the line some 10 hours before the next competitor. A record which would stand until 1939 when the new course was shortened.
Hallowe’en was carefully restored to her original lines at the Classic Boat works in Newport, Rhode Island from 1988 to 1991. All the sawn English Oak frames were carefully repaired or replaced, the planking using new bronze fastenings made in the museum. Following some major works in ‘94/5 in France, she again underwent a transformation in ‘98/9, looking now perhaps better than at any time during her long and eventful life.
This Fife built cruiser/racer is surely one of the most beautiful yachts on the regatta scene. Hallowe’en is very highly recommended to anyone wanting to charter a truly excellent and fast classic wooden sailing yacht. She is one of the most beautiful Fifes ever built and is still winning the classic regattas whilst at the same time able to make fast passages across the oceans. With her new and intelligent deck layout she is able to be sailed by only two people for short deliveries, and can race with six crew, yet maintains all her traditional beauty and charm.