Foreword

Here is the foreword to The restoration of the classic Dutch yacht Iduna, written by Feadship Chairman Hein Velema.

Over the last half-century or so, Feadship has established itself as a world leader in the field of custom-built motoryachts. What is less well known is that the naval architect (Henri de Voogt) and the yards (De Vries and Van Lent), which founded the Feadship organisation in 1949, were also responsible for an impressive range of sailing yachts and motor cruisers in the 1920s and 1930s.

As you will read in this book, Henri de Voogt was related to the commissioning owner of Iduna. He was a great fan of sailing and one of Henri's yachts even won a gold medal at the Ostend Olympic Games of 1920. Although De Voogt worked closely with De Vries on a number of major projects, Iduna served as a milestone in the pre-war history of both the designer and yard. When launched in 1939, she was their largest yacht to date and generated immense public interest in Holland. If the Second World War had not intervened, she would certainly have become a star of the European sailing circuit.

With such a wealth of history behind her, it is great to see Iduna being used in the 21st century for the purpose for which she wasoriginally created. As Feadship chairman, I am always delighted when people go to such lengths to keep our distinguished fleet afloat. But Iduna is also a part of Holland's yachting heritage and, as a fellow Dutchman, I have great admiration for Johan van der Bruele and his commitment to our maritime history.

The owner and his team are also to be congratulated for the triumph that is Iduna today. This fascinating book follows the course of a striking yacht from her conception in 1939 to her rebirth in 2002, giving a detailed description of the efforts that went into her restoration. It is a story about how people with a passion for yachting can achieve the seemingly impossible. And, in this sense too, Iduna retains the true spirit of a Feadship.

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