A spiritual force

Yachts named Recluta have been a long-running intimate part of the Frers family story since the late 1930s. From a magnificent shipwrecked wooden yawl to Admiral’s Cup champions, the name has never really gone away over the past 80 years. Today Germán Frers Sr himself has a ‘new’ Recluta of his own to enjoy and celebrate. He relates how once again Recluta is working its family magic…

Recluta was designed by my father in 1943 to replace the original yacht Recluta that was lost in 1942 while racing from Buenos Aires to Mar del Plata along the Argentine Atlantic shore. She had only lightly touched the bottom while straying too close to the coast when taking the shortest distance to the finish. Unfortunately, as they tacked away to sail offshore one of the crew fell overboard and during the process of recovering him the yacht ran aground much more seriously.

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