Johanna Lucretia is a 96ft topsail schooner with striking good looks that we have always admired. She has turned many heads in the West Country, Mediterranean, Canaries and Tall Ships Races over the years. She is now under new ownership and looking forward to her first charter season in 2019. Classic Sailing are thrilled that she is joining the Classic Sailing fleet and know she is in good hands. Her operators are the team that operate pilot cutter Pegasus and our RYA courses on historic gaff yawl Moosk.
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- Length overall : ft
- Length on deck : 96ft
- Year built : 1945
- Vessel type: Topsail schooner
- Guest berths : 10-11
- Crew berths : 4
Lots of Sails to Play with
Johanna Lucretia has a huge main sail and gaff topsail, a fore gaff and fisherman's staysail, as well as two square sails, a huge jib and a boomed staysail. Her Captain Craig has been Pegasus skipper for years but before that he worked on the sail training brig Royalist. We know he can't wait to get charter crews and sail training groups stuck into learning the ropes.
The topsail schooner is arguably one of the most versatile of all sailing rig types, being able to sail quickly close to the wind with her fore-and-aft sails like our other vessels, but also has excellent downwind performance with a square topsail and course. Her spacious decks are ideal for group activities, and her large size, sheltered cockpit and high freeboard mean guest crew feel safe at sea.
If you want more of a thrill then her jib boom extends her length at least 20ft over the water, so it is a long way out there above the waves on the bowsprit netting to stow the jib. The square sails are hoisted from the deck so you don't have to go aloft to stow them, but bringing them down to deck level in a wind will be quite exciting. There are ratlines so you can go aloft to the cross trees.
UK Short Breaks on a manoeuvrable Tall Ship
We think Johanna Lucretia will provide the missing link in British sail training as no other organisation in the UK has a topsail schooner. She is the perfect pocket tall ship. Adult crews that get a buzz at looking aloft to see white square sails powering them downwind. Couples will enjoy the fact that she has a range of accommodation options including double and twin cabins. Keen sailors will love a ship that can tack and gybe without bringing half the navy on deck. With only 12 guest crew and a crew of 4 you will have plenty of attention and room. The previous owner-skipper Rodger Barton was a succesfull restaurateur in a former life. The ship was his home and he liked to eat well as he traveled with charter guests. He furnished the decor below stylishly and the galley was the heart and soul of the ship.
Step Back in Time - Romance of the Sea
She will focus on the West Country and Isles of Scilly in her first season - a sailing ground that is scenic and timeless so it is easy to transport yourself back to the19th Century. Johanna Lucretia was rigged by Tommi Nielsen's yard in Bristol which specialises in traditional rigging so she looks like a film set.
Johanna Lucretia has made a few film and television appearances. In 1978 she took the part of the Medusa in British spy thriller The Riddle of the Sands, set in 1901 it follows the efforts of two English yachtsmen to avert a plot by Germany to launch a military seaborne invasion of England. In 2006 she features in the film Amazing Grace, a drama about William Wilberforce’s campaign to end the slave trade.
Summer Cruising with Style
This comfortable and spacious vessel is a joy to live on as Johanna Lucretia boasts big wide decks, places to sit on deck and admire the scenery and full standing headroom below decks. Her accommodation is light and airy and with a maximum of 16 people on board there is room for all to socialise in comfort or find your own little bolt hole. The uncluttered wooden decks provide enough space to stride confidently to a task at the mast or sunbathe under the bulwarks.
'Hands on' Sailing Action
Don't expect to be left in peace as this is still a sail training vessel and she in an insistent 'mistress' with plenty of sails to trim. All Classic Sailing ships offer hands on sailing so if you are on long passage to the Scillies or an overnight adventure then you will be in a watch system, taking turns to sail the ship.
Topsail schooner Johanna Lucretia currently has a mix of accommodation.
Available for guest crew are:
a long cabin with 4 single berths - bunks along the starboard side of the ship
On the port side are:
2 x two person cabins - each with a double bed
another two person cabin with a double bed that can be split into twin berths
The intention right now is to keep the layout the same as the sketch below in 2019 but may change in 2020. There are lockers for everyone. The bunks have reading lights.
Toilets are in the companionway close to all cabins.
The saloon and galley area is great for socialising as there are no bunks in this space.
The crew have separate accommodation in the Fo'castle and the stern.
photos to follow soon.
Johanna Lucretia was built in 1945 at the Rhoose shipyard in Ghent, Belgium as a fishing vessel, although she was never used for this purpose and laid as a completed hull and deck for several years before being sold in 1952. She was then converted and completed in 1954 for recreational use by her new owner and sailed Dutch waters from her home port of Enkhuizen in the Netherlands.
In 1989 she was sold to a British citizen, Mrs Heather Henning, who registered Johanna as a national vessel, with Plymouth as her home port. In 1991/1992 she was refitted at T Nielsen & Co Ltd in Gloucester to her present configuration and was used for sail training and private charter from Gibraltar, The Caribbean and the East coast of the USA.
In 2001 she changed ownership and for reasons unknown lay abandoned in Gloucester Docks. In 2008 she was arrested by British Waterways for non payment of licenses and mooring dues. Many professional sailors coverted her and contemplated buying her, including us at Classic Sailing. The new owner Rodger beat us to it as soon as she was available for sale. He carried out a major overhaul and operated her commercially as a charter boat for ten years, sailing mostly in European waters and cruising around the Cornish coast during the summer. She participated in several Tall Ships races, winning overall on two separate years. She was sold to her current owners last month August 2018 so she has a busy winter of sea trials and refit for her new roles.
Johanna Lucretia is solidly built, with oak hull planking laid on extremely strong oak frames and an iroko deck. Three separate watertight bulkheads mean there is the potential for longer distance cruising in the future. As a schooner, she has two masts, which are pine, stayed traditionally with lanyards and deadeyes. On the foremast she can set two square sails in addition to her gaff rigged fore and aft sails.
Skipper - Craig Young
Craig says …"I started sailing when I was fifteen; I was awarded a bursary to do a trip on TS Royalist, the Sea Cadets’ square rigger. I didn’t really want to go and tried to send a mate instead, but they forced me anyway and it turns out I quite like being at sea. I did a few more trips with the Sea Cadets on Royalist, including the 2005 Tall Ships Race and got my Competent Crew on one of their yachts before deciding I wanted to do sail training full time. I did a year as a volunteer bosun and have worked my way up in qualifications since to become Mate and then Skipper, sailing many different boats in lots of exciting places, always enjoying the beach bonfires, whale spotting and starry night sails and still ever reliant on milky coffee; the odd epic film soundtrack and awful cheese jokes."
Craig has raised money to help fund more voyages for young people suffering deprivation, hardship or disability over the years!
Craig is one great sailor one really nice human being!
Debbie from Classic Sailing says …"I have sailed with Craig on a couple of different vessels through his career, and the lasting impression he has always made on me that he is kind to everyone. A genuine people's person and someone you would want with you for everyones morale if skies turned gloomy”