Sailing a large racing schooner is an outstanding experience – GERMANIA NOVA has 1,300 m² to 2,383 m² of sails, set on wooden masts and spars and operated with the help of 16 hydraulic winches.
With a moderate breeze the ship is very comfortable and easy to sail, with more wind the ship heels and starts roaring down the race track. Guests may participate in theaction.
Highly polished bronze, silver-grey teak, gleaming varnished teak and mahogany, satin-like stainless steel fittings: pure luxury and a true classic racing schooner. GERMANIA NOVA has all modern facilities on board, the latest equipment, and in case of windless periods, a nearly noiseless mainengine.
The ship is equipped with all modern means of navigation, double ECDIS, two radars and latest communication systems for your safety andcomfort.
Sailing one of the largest racing schooners ever built is an outstanding experience. You cannot compare it with sailing a modern boat – it is direct, powerful and elegant.
The new GERMANIA, named GERMANIA NOVA, was designed using identical hull lines as the original as well as the same sail and deck-plan. The skylights, companionways and deckhouse are true replicas of the original. Extensive research was undertaken in order to achieve this. A main engine and generators were added, modern navigational and communications equipment was installed with the extra weight involved being compensated with hollow masts and a hull made of high-tensile steel. The interior was constructed using lightweight materials which nevertheless convey a traditional appearance. Just take a look at the historic photographs displayed throughout the ship and compare them with today’s ship…
GERMANIA NOVA combines modern comfort with the high-performance standards of the original GERMANIA. She is back ... and she will rule the waves again!
Yachting sport came to Germany at the beginning of the 20th century.
The German Kaiser, Wilhelm II, led the way with his METEOR III which he purchased in England. The German businessman and industrialist, Dr. Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, saw the advantage of sailing as a social arena to promote his fast-growing steel business. He asked the well-known Hamburg designer Max Oertz to produce the largest and fastest sailing ship seen to date in Germany.
The ship was built in 1908 by the Germania Shipyard in Kiel within only 7 months, from high-tensile steel, riveted to the frames. There was no electric lighting and no main engine. The owner’s area was very comfortable with a boudoir including a piano, a living room with an open fireplace and a dining room for 10 guests. There were two guest cabins and a comfortable owner’s cabin.
The large schooner was a world-class racer and won Cowes Week in 1908, setting a new course record. GERMANIA won almost all the races in which she participated except, for obvious reasons, when she was competing against the Kaiser’s METEOR IV …
GERMANIA was fast and could reach speeds of up to 19 knots. For regattas the crew was increased to 32. In 1912 she participated in 19 regattas, winning 10 and coming second three times. When war broke out in 1914, she was seized as a prize of war and later sold to Norwegian banker C.Hannevig.
She crossed the Atlantic and was renamed EXEN, subsequently sold again several times before – under the name HALF MOON – succumbing to a storm and sinking off Key Biscayne in 1930, becoming Florida’s Seventh State Underwater Archaeological Preserve.
DECK AND COCKPIT
GERMANIA NOVA has a large open deck, ideal for sunbathing at anchor or enjoying sailing from the aft cockpit near the helm or the benches of the deckhouse which are protected from the wind and waves.
In the cockpit area, there is gimballed dining table for comfortable dining at sea.
The deck house gives access to the stairs to get down to the guests’ accommodations. The chart table is forward of it and there is a nice sofa on starboard.
Very spacious and comfortable for up to 10 guests in 5 double bed cabins all with unsuited bathrooms.
The very spacious and luminous full beam salon has a large dining table which converts into a bar. Opposite is a gimballed table for comfortable eating, even when heeling at an angle of 20 degrees. Leather upholstery, draft beer and an ice-cube maker add to the comfort provided on board.
The ship has a wine cellar with a capacity of more than 300 bottles.
GERMANIA NOVA has one large owner’s cabin aft with a king size double bed, walk-in wardrobe, two sofas, TV, iPod connection, writing desk and a sizable bathroom with shower and separatetoilet.
The ship has four nearly identical guest cabins, each equipped with a double bed (French-sized), wardrobe, writing desk, iPod connection and a small but attractive bathroom with shower, washbasin and toilet. All cabins have individual air conditioning systems, well-equipped bookshelves and make-up mirrors.
5 bathrooms for the guests, 3 bathrooms for the crew
GERMANIA NOVA has a professional galley equipped with:
2 x MIELE cookinghobs
Washing machine Dryer
3 x TV (owner’s cabin, salon and crew mess) Bose and Apple Tv