We are completing the replica of the legendary Britannia, and we need your help!
The design and engineering of Britannia, a replica of one of the most famous racing yachts at the turn of the century has now opened it's doors to public funding on Kickstarter so that her refit can be completed and so that she may sail once again!
K1 Britannia Ltd is the company behind the Britannia project. K1 Britannia will oversee the refit of the Britannia replica until completion after which the vessel will be gifted to Charity and a whole range of maritime activities and projects for the public.
The money raised will go to Britannia's interior design, engineering and creation. The K1 Britannia Directors and those who put this Kickstarter project together are working Pro Bono on the project, and will receive no money from this Kickstarter campaign. Our hearts are on seeing Britannia finished and maximized for charity, so come on board and help us reclaim her legacy by making a pledge today.
What is Kickstarter?
Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others. Thousands of creative projects are being funded on Kickstarter at any given moment. Each project is independently created and crafted by the person behind it. Every project creator sets their project's funding goal and deadline. If people like the project, they can pledge money to make it happen and receive a reward in return for their pledge.
If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal, all backers' credit cards are charged when the time expires. If the project falls short of the funding goal, no one is charged, funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. So browse our Kickstarter project, learn Britannia's story, so that together we may bring the legacy of this incredible vessel to life again!
His Majesty King George V was a sailing and racing enthusiast. His beloved racing yacht "Britannia" was built in 1893 for Queen Victoria's son Prince Albert Edward. She served both King Albert Edward and his son King George V with a legendary racing career.
Britannia set the standard for yacht design and yachting writers referred to her shape as the "Britannia ideal". She was a handsome vessel; Henderson’s built her light and strong, "the perfect race yacht."
In 1920 King George V triggered the revival of Big Class Yachts by announcing that Britannia would be refit for racing. Although Britannia was the oldest yacht in the circuit, regular updates to her rig kept her a most successful racer throughout the 1920s. In 1931 she was converted to the J-Class with a Bermuda rig. During her 40 year racing career she won 231 races and took another 129 flags.
King George V's dying wish was for his beloved yacht to follow him to the grave. So upon his death in 1936, in honor of the late Kings wishes, Britannia was towed out to St. Catherine’s Deep near the Isle of Wight and sent to rest beneath the waves, with a simple garland of flowers placed on her stem-head.
Bringing Britannia "Back to Life
In 1994 an ambitious project to build a replica of Britannia gained Her Majesty the Queen's blessing. Britannia's hull was commissioned and built however the project was never completed and Britannia sat unfinished for nearly 8 years.
In late 2011 her hull was acquired to be used for maritime education, charity fundraisers, and a whole range of activities and causes. K1 Britannia was born with the goal to complete the rebuild of the vessel to the same standard and specification of the original and to reclaim the history of this iconic vessel.
Britannia's hull was towed from Norway to the Isle of Wight in February 2012 where she was lifted and placed in her cradle so that the designing, engineering, and refitting work could commence.
"Who's doing the design?"
Studio Faggioni has been in operation since 1966, run by two generations of ship builders, naval architects and yacht restorers. Over the years the studio has taken part in the restorations of some of the most beautiful vessels in the world, such as Marlin, the famous 1930 commuter yacht commissioned by Henry Ford, belonging to J.F. Kennedy, Charles Nicholsons Candida, Black Swan, and Patience, Big Class Gaff Cutter Lulworth and 1910 gaff schooner Orion.
Stefano Faggioni, Britannia's chief architect and designer has now taken on this extraordinary task, to design the deck plan, sail plan, interiors, and each item that will be on board Britannia. The items will be designed according to her 1931 standard and specification. The deadline to have the full blueprint of the interior completed is May 2013. From then, each item will be crafted and installed on board, bringing Britannia to life!
Preparing for the Refit