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Serena Featured in Pilot, the Feadship magazine 

Feadship, the Dutch builder known worldwide for its magnificent superyachts, first constructed the steel hull of Serena in 1964 to the design of legendary Italian boatbuilder Carlo Riva. In a nod to that era, when a relatively few private yachts of Serena’s scale were built, a recent edition of Pilot, the boatbuilder’s magazine, featured our yacht.

New York Yacht Club Commodore’s Rally 2019 

Serena in the Bahamas

A Guest Blog by Chris Otorowski - This year’s NYYC Commodore’s Rally was scheduled for the Exumas, a district of the Bahamas consisting of more than 365 islands also know cays. The water is breathtakingly beautiful here, but also very shallow and filled with reefs.

When the destination for the Rally was first announced, I looked at the charts and sadly concluded that Aphrodite, our newly acquired Swan, had too deep a draft to be on the Rally. So Shaun and I were delighted when Matt and Pam invited us to join them and NYYC Commodore Bill Ketcham aboard Serena, their 74-foot Riva Caravelle Feadship, just out of a winter refit in Fort Lauderdale.

New England Sailing Ahead 

Serena spent the winter in Ft. Lauderdale for systems and cosmetic upgrades, and after a spring cruise in the Exumas, she will join the classic ocean racing yawl Dorade in Newport, R.I. The high point of the season for both Serena and Dorade will be the New York Yacht Club's 175th Anniversary Regatta, held in Newport in July. Designed by Olin Stephens, a longtime member of the club and legendary figure in the yachting community, Dorade is a sentimental favorite for many club members. Serena has been tapped for race-committee service by Clare Harrington, chair of the New York YC race committee.

Serena’s Commissioning 

Serena was commissioned dockside on July 5 at the New York Yacht Club Harbor Court clubhouse in Newport. The celebrants included several representatives from Feadship who traveled from The Netherlands to participate in the commissioning ceremony. H.J. de Vries shared his memories of the boat being launched at the legendary De Vries boatyard back in 1964. Other representatives of Feadship announced that Serena will serve as the first official flagship for the Feadship Heritage Fleet in the United States. Reverend Mary Johnstone gave a benediction followed by a formal declaration of commissioning by New York Yacht Club Commodore Phil Lotz.

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Hauled out in Florida; it’s refit time aboard Serena. #yachtrefit ...

En route from Virgin Gorda to St. Maarten. #smoothcrossing #cruisingtheislands #Caribbean ...

Serena proudly showing off her colors at her NYYC Commissioning last spring 🚩Bet you wouldn’t have guessed that she’s 6 years older than the Newport International Boat Show (who turns the big 5-0 next year)! Good luck finding a prettier sight this weekend 👌🏼 @silkenphoto @thenewportboatshow #newportri ...

Docked in Bristol @herreshoff with @doradesailing1929 ...

As signal boat for the race committee, we’re waiting patiently for the wind at the #operahousecup on Nantucket Sound. ...

Classics waiting for wind - Ticonderoga, Spartan, Serena. #nyyc175 #classicyachts @nyyc_regattas ...

What the action @12mrworldchampionship looked like on the water! Both photos 📷 @ianroman / @north_sails ...

What the action as race committee boat (Serena) and racer (Kookaburra II) @12mrworldchampionship looked like from above, last week. ...

Flying an AP flag, postponing the start of racing, the race committee aboard Serena puts the #12metreworlds2019 fleet on hold, waiting for the wind. Despite some quiet mornings, good winds have filled each day, allowing completion of two races per day on Tues., Weds., and Thurs. 📷 @ianroman/ @north_sails #12metre #newportri #sailing ...