Published on Wednesday November 13, 2019
Ease of single handed sailing with Eagle Yachts
All our yachts are designed for easy single handed sailing. Within five minutes you can be on the water, simply remove the cockpit cover, get on board and set sail. The classic lines combined with modern technology make the Eagle Yachts fast but comfortable sailers. On all the models the control for sheets and winches are located at the steering position making single handed sailing easy and comfortable. Yet the spacious cockpits does allow to bring friends and family along for spending a beautiful day on the water.
A nice thank you note we received from one of an Eagle 44 owner in the USA says it all: “….I absolutely love it. I’ve been sailing my Eagle 44 two or three times per week since it arrived. I do a lot of singlehanded sailing and it has been really perfect for that. Not to mention the number of compliments I get from people in the marina is incredible….it is probably the most talked about sailboat in the marina. Anyhow, just wanted to pass along this feedback – thanks for making such an amazing boat!” – David.
First Eagle 44 in Australia
It is with enormous pleasure that we announce the first Eagle on its way to Australia. Our CEO, Brendan Hunt, comments about the sale: “Our proud owner, Helen, comes from a family of serious sailors. She has been classic yacht racing for many years with her 1904 Gaff rigged “Oenone”. It was a big decision to choose her new boat. The Eagle 44 from Leonardo Yachts is the most beautiful yacht. With this boat, she will continue her racing and family sailing in absolute style, with the look of yesteryear and the most modern and up to date systems and build. Vicsail are proud and thrilled to be a part of this story”.
“I’m very excited to be about to embark on a new adventure sailing an Eagle 44. I plan to cruise and race from Mornington and depending on that, consider moving further afield, maybe as far as Hamilton Island for race week. Leonardo Yachts and Vicsail have really taken care of everything”, says Helen Gunnersen.
Helen Gunnersen’s Profile
|I started sailing when I was 40, when my brother sold me his laser. I sailed her until last summer when I sold it and bought an Aero which I am still sailing. My best result was to win the club championships, all the competition being men at that stage. I was the only woman laser sailer for about 20 years in our state championships and once I won the national masters but I had no female competition. Also, I was the first (and only female) commodore of our local sailing club.
I bought a Beneteau Oceanus 40 in about 1992. We kept it in charter on Sydney Harbour and then moved it to Pittwater after the Olympics in 2000. It was used as a place to stay for weekends away and very occasionally raced.
In about 2001 my husband, Damian, and I bought a Beneteau 50 based in France in partnership with two others. We spent many years and had wonderful holidays sailing the coasts of the Mediterranean.
In 2010 I bought Oenone and moved her to Mornington where I’ve kept her ever since, sailing in club evening fun races and once a year doing the Classic Yacht Association of Australia annual regatta. During the ten years, I’ve won twice and this year came second. She is a beautiful little gaff cutter but she needs a young and agile crew and I’m afraid I’m now in my 70s and so are my friends! But I’m not ready to give up yet, so I’ve been thinking for the last couple of years about what to buy. I eventually turned to Brendan again as he has such a good knowledge of boats. So together we have decided on the Eagle 44, she looks beautiful! I hope I’ve made the right decision.
Some Eagle Yachts on the market
Have we caught your interest? Classic day sailers are becoming increasingly popular as a great way to enjoy a day or an afternoon on the water. There are a few Eagle yachts available for delivery early 2020: