With his mission accomplished, the German owner put Shenandoah up for sale and she changed hands to her current Italian owner, whose passions have proved just as strong.
“Voyages on Shenandoah are a full immersion into the relaxing atmosphere of a bygone era,” he says, “for not only her beauty but even her motion under sail resonates with a deep authenticity, which allows us a glimpse of the world through the sepia lens of the past. Her historic grace and timeless class give me great pleasure and it is this unique aspect of Shenandoah that I have endeavoured to preserve.’’
“Her historic grace and timeless class give me great pleasure…”
Mounted on a wall in the crew mess on board Shenandoah is a map of the world with multiple spider trails crawling over the blue sections that represent the world’s oceans. Each of these trails represents various voyages by the 55m three-masted schooner. Add them up and they amount to almost five circumnavigations since that 1996 refit. And counting…