Crew & Vessel
Crew & Vessel
The Pionier was designed in 1958 with the aim for a roomy and seaworthy family-boat. She also had to be a performer in off-shore racing and has an impressive list of achievements at the races. Her sea-worthiness was proven during miles of cruising; look at Herman Jansen or Nicolette Milnes-Walker for example. Both an inspiration!
When designer Ricus van de Stadt sent the design to Lloyds in London, he was told the boat was much stronger then necessary. Van de Stadt left it the way it was. Quality was more important to him than cost-effectiveness. The construction was made with relatively new material: fiberglass-reinforced polyester. The round shapes are a result of the properties of the material. Fiberglass also allowed a cheaper production to make sailing accessible to a larger audience. She is a very special yacht with a lot of history.
'Titaantje' is kind of extra special. She is on the cover of the book about the designer E.G. van de Stadt. Sail number H909 is unmistakable. The hull was painted over to white, but hints of the former red hull can be found by the thorough eye.
Lenght o.a. _ _ _ _ _ 9.05 m.
Length w.l. _ _ _ _ _ 7.32 m.
Beam _ _ _ _ _ 2.40 m.
Draught _ _ _ _ _ 1.40 m.
Displacement _ _ _ _ _ 4300 kg.
Rig Type _ _ _ _ _ _ Masthead Sloop
Listed SA _ _ _ _ _ _ 41,35 m²
Tessa was born and raised in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. With a pinch of Italian blood running through her veins, the Mediterranean called for her and she decided to go there for professional schooling. She studied arts in Barcelona. As a freelancer, any type of creative job fits her abilities. She paints, makes illustrations (both digital and on paper), is a photographer, designs websites, does art direction for films and works as a scenographer for theater. She is strong with languages and aims to be a seaworthy sailor.
As a kid she used to be a lot on the water. Her parents used to own a motorboat. It was last June she was on the water again after a long time. It felt like coming home and the decision to get her own Yacht was quickly made. A steep learning curve followed and is still being pursued. VHF, ICC, navigation, maintenance and of course lots of sailing. So much to learn, so much to see and to experience.