King for a week, August 2005

As an author and journalist, Andrew Rogers has boarded many fabulous superyachts over the past decade or so. But just as royal correspondents rarely get to meet the queen, andrew's work was mostly limited to recording the onboard lifestyle and surroundings of others, not experiencing it at first hand. things changed in 2005 when he was given a week to charter Iduna, a lovely restored Feadship motor - sailor from 1939. the only catch - andrew had to share his holiday stories with the readers of Yacht Magazine, focusing less on where the yacht sailed and more on how it felt to be 'owner' for seven days. Funnily enough, he agreed...

I was not altogether unfamiliar with Iduna when I stepped onto her passerelle on a sunny Sunday in August 2005. Having completed a book about her stunning restoration*, which involved two years of visits to her owner's purpose-built yard in Viareggio, I knew more about Iduna and the people responsible than most. In fact, the engineer on the boat's rebuild, Gerald Read, was now her captain: As I arrived in Antibes, I wondered how he and the other three crew members, Dave,Nat and Nicky, would handle my sudden, albeit temporary, 'promotion'. I needn't have worried... Setting the standard for the week ahead, they combined supreme professionalism with the warmest of welcomes. My wife Jacqueline and our friends Austen and Sarah (who had graciously agreed to accompany us on this arduous assignment) quickly felt at ease.

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