Destination_Alloy 134'
2003/2021 Alloy 134′, DESTINATION

Wellington Yacht Partners is excited to announce the successful sale of the 134-foot Alloy Yacht, DESTINATION. Representing the buyer in this transaction was Frank Ficken.

DESTINATION is a proven world cruiser designed for journeys from tropical regions to polar climates. She is exceptionally well maintained thanks to a strict maintenance schedule, ample budget, and dedicated care from two owners and a main captain who has been with her for most of her life. Constructed to ABS Class and MCA compliance, DESTINATION is prepared to embark on new voyages with her next owners and their guests. She boasts numerous modern features, including a sloop rig with a carbon mast and in-boom furling, six captive winches, flush deck hatches, and recessed articulating anchors.

Congratulations to Frank and to her new owner!

Frank Ficken, Yacht Broker, Wellington Yacht Partners
Frank Ficken, Broker
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Frostbite sailing in January requires a bit of know-how. Read how Ted Hood prepares for a day racing with Newport’s Laser Fleet 413.

“Looking at the weather Sunday morning, it seemed like we were heading for another cancelation for the third week in a row with expected temp around 24-25 deg and winds 15-20 – a daunting combination. But with Fleet 413 you can’t assume anything, so I prepared my gear accordingly, wondering how the heck I was going to keep my toes and fingers warm. Sunday was all about staying warm if you wanted to have any chance of being functional let alone competitive. I’ve found over the years from cold weather skiing and sailing that it really pays to over-dress your core as well as arms and legs to some extent which produces extra heat that wants to escape through your head, fingers and toes. Hard to do with a wetsuit, so Sunday was really a day for drysuits (preferably with built-in socks to keep feet dry) so you can layer up accordingly underneath – I know Mike Z was happy he dragged his out of the closet.  I piled it on with two thin tech layers, two fleece layers and a thin vest, with thermal weight long johns and hiking pants over legs, and skull cap and balaclava doubled up above. 

Photo by Anne Vandromme Hood, January 21, 2024

Heading out for pre-race my fingers numbed up pretty quickly with neoprene sailing gloves being wet so before the first race I pulled the fingers out to make a fist inside for 1-2 minutes to thaw them out – a common freeze/thaw cycle that usually works well. Just had to do it a second time after first race then I was feeling pretty toasty the rest of the day. Ice on deck made it challenging when gybing – almost slid off the deck one race, and frozen lines and tackles made it interesting in what was the coldest day of sailing I can remember the past 35 years. Big thanks to Moose, Kelly and Cushing for running the races in what turned out to be a great, fun day of sailing – since the breeze kept us moving, I reckon we were warmer than them!”

-Ted Hood

Newport is a beautiful coastal haven and is perfectly suited for life on the water, which also makes it the perfect place to host a boat show. The Newport Brokerage Boat Show in conjunction with the Newport International Boat Show is held annually at the end of the busy summer season. This year’s show had more than 100 sailing and motor yachts on display, ranging in size from 40 to 180 feet in length and varied in styles and types. There was also an exceptional array of exhibitors for yachting equipment, electronics, gear and local art. WYP had four yachts available for display in this year’s brokerage show; Southern Winds Shipyard Farr 72’, Little Harbor 59’, Oyster 56’ and Able Wolf Class 44’.  

Many thanks to all who came out to enjoy our yachts in the perfect September weather!

Able Wolf Class 44′ ~ MERLIN
Little Harbor 59′ ~ LAMLASH, Able Wolf Class 44′ ~ MERLIN, Oyster 56′ ~ GRATEFUL
WYP Yachts on display
Able Wolf Class 44′ ~ MERLIN
Able Wolf Class 44′ ~ MERLIN
Little Harbor 59′ ~ LAMLASH

Local Shields Fleet 9 and the Ida Lewis Yacht Club hosted the 58th Shields National Championship just a few weeks ago on Sept. 7-10.

The 30-foot Shields design sloop may be 60-year-old technology, but it has become the hottest keelboat fleet on Narragansett Bay.

Wellington Yacht’s Managing Director, Ted Hood, and a few of his college sailing buddies have been racing together in the Newport Shields class for almost 20 years. They managed to finish second at this years Shield Nationals – just one point out of first. “It was a very competitive 34 boat fleet sprinkled with several pro sailors affording little margin for error. It was great to be sailing outside the bay in some larger waves”. 

Ted Hood and his college buddies racing in Shields Nationals.

Little Harbor 70 ~ WILD THING, Spinnaker
Little Harbor 70 ~ WILD THING

One look at WILD THING’s spinnaker emblazoned with a cartoon monster from the iconic children’s picture book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and one knows immediately where the name came from and what this boat is all about:  adventure and making memories with family and friends. Indeed, the owners of over twenty years have raised a family of three girls – with grandchildren now in their mix – aboard WILD THING primarily along the US east coast and throughout the Caribbean but also in Europe. The yacht has been central to this family’s life for decades and has truly been a spectacular platform for adventures for the young and young at heart. 

Now offered for sale with a major price adjustment from $1.2M to $950,000.

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[PORTSMOUTH, RI, USA, November 2019] — Wellington Yacht Partners is delighted to announce the sale of SEAHAWK, the 2013 Perini Navi 60M Range sailing yacht. Referred to as the ‘Sexiest Yacht in the World’ by Architectural Digest, this sleek aluminum Ron Holland-designed ketch features superb sailing systems and a sophisticated interior by legendary French designer Christian Liaigre, with accommodations for up to 12 guests and 11 crew.
SEAHAWK was sold with Wellington Yacht Partners’ Steve Berson representing the buyer in close collaboration with Bruce Brakenhoff of Perini Navi USA, co-listing agent along with Burgess.
Steve, a yacht broker since 1975, noted the following: “When the buyers of SEAHAWK decided to acquire a sailing superyacht, I researched the available candidates on the market as well as the yachts that were ‘quietly’ for sale. Having an active network and the support and trust of colleagues is very helpful in directing clients to the proper yacht. Each yacht has its own personality. We strove to find the right combination of utility, comfort, performance, design, aesthetic and decor to best suit the client’s intended use. After inspecting suitable vessels in the U.S. and Europe, SEAHAWK was identified as the best candidate. Fortunately, we were able to come to terms, and SEAHAWK had a favorable survey and sea trials in La Spezia, IT.”
SEAHAWK is now making passage to the Caribbean for a full season of enjoyment with her new owners. 

Seahawk, 2013 Perini Navi 60m (197 ft)
Seahawk, 2013 Perini Navi 60m (197 ft)
Steve Berson at the helm of SEAHAWK
Steve at the helm of SEAHAWK
Steve Berson enjoying the view from the aft deck of SEAHAWK
Steve enjoying the view from the aft deck