Wianno Senior Italia Srl

corso Italia 198 - 58015 Orbetello (GR) Italy

VAT Number 01419530538 

wiannosenioritalia@gmail.com

Tel +39 338 2803583 



In Fall 1913, a group of sailing enthusiasts on the southern coast of Cape Cod (Massachusetts), all members of the Wianno Yacht Club, asked Manley Crosby, of Crosby Boat Building Storage Company, Osterville, to build a small racing daysailer, titolosuitable for the difficult local conditions, characterized by strong winds and tidal currents and frequent unmarked sandy shallows. This is how the Wianno Senior “Knockabout” came into being, named after the small village of Wianno, so called from the  native American chief of the Iyanough tribe from whom the area had been bought by the first settlers in 1664. The Wianno Senior is 25 feet long and 8 feet wide, with an oak keel with cast iron ballast and a movable wooden centerboard. The first 14 were built by Crosby in the winter of 1913-14 and sold at the agreed figure of just over $600. Until the 1980s, the boats were built with oak frames and mahogany planking, deck and cockpit in cypress boards covered with waxed cloth and sitka spruce spars. In 1927 the rudder was lengthened and in 1928 running backstays were added to hoist a 269 square foot spinnaker with spinnaker pole, which originally was more than 13 feet long, later reduced to 9 feet to be more practical.

 

 

 

titoloThe Wianno Senior met expectations from the very beginning, as shown by a 1915 review in the specialized journal, The Rudder: “In performance, the new boats have fully come up to their requirements. They have shown themselves able, stiff and seaworthy, they mind their helms like obedient children and take sound waves without plunging or “slapping”. In speed they have been an agreeable surprise, for in a series of Interclass races pitted against boats designed by Herreshoff and Lawley they they were able to hold their own, except in the very lightest of winds."

 This gaff rigged sloop became the boat on which, for almost a century, generations of New England families raced every summer weekend in the waters of Nantucket Sound, off the southern shores of Cape Cod: the most famous was certainly the Kennedy family, as we will see below.

 

In the early 1930s, despite the Depression, the Wianno Senior fleet had more than 60 boats. In 1946, with more than 100 boats in circulation, a Wianno Senior Class Committee was founded, to guarantee standard design and promote racing. In the early 1930s, despite the Depression, the Wianno Senior fleet had more than 60 boats. In 1946, with more than 100 boats in circulation, a Wianno Senior Class Committee was founded, to guarantee standard design and promote racing.

The Committee prepared Class Rules and, in collaboration with the Crosby shipyard, set out the construction specifications. This let the Wianno Class race successfully without changes until the Spring of 1976 when the last three wooden Wianno Seniors were launched and the old Crosby shipyard was sold.

 

To avoid the Wianno Seniors disappearing from the history of yachting, members of the Class with the help of other organizations and private donations, commissioned the office of “Sparkman & Stephens” to engineer the Wianno Senior for fiberglass construction, while maintaining characteristics and performance of the wooden boat. The first two fiberglass Wianno Seniors were launched in 1986, keeping the appearance, the weight and stiffness, the fittings, the spars and the deck equipment of the wooden Seniors unchanged. In subsequent years, the results of the Scudder Cup races (the local Wianno Senior championship) showed that boats in fiberglass had the same performance as the wooden ones, and were not necessarily superior.

 

titoloIn the winter of 2003, a terrible fire struck the storage shed of Crosby’s shipyard in Osterville, destroying 21 Wianno Senior, 18 old wooden and 3 more recent fiberglass boats.

What could have been a serious blow to the Class, led instead to an almost total renewal of the fleet, as most owners of the destroyed boats ordered new fiberglass Seniors. Over 40  fiberglass boats have been built to date, including 6 in Italy.

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