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Sailboat Rental in Barcelona – The History Behind Our Sailboat Southern Cross

a small boat in a large body of water

At Gotland Charter, we strongly believe that it’s important to encourage the #stayathome movement by providing our audience with some interesting information about our company and fleet. Here’s a little bit of the history behind one of the top picks of our fleet – the classical sailboat Southern Cross. Happy reading!

History behind the Southern Cross sailboat

The Bermuda rigged Southern Cross was built in 1962 by inquiry of the Royal British Family. The boat is the largest Ketch built in Scotland, with high-end materials and exclusive design, achieving the Lloyd’s Register YACHT OF THE YEAR award for best design and construction in 1962.
Here’s the exact mention on Yarrow book with the Yacht of the Year Award:
“The Bermuda rigged SOUTHERN CROSS is the biggest steel auxiliary ketch built in Scotland for many years. Her length is 109 feet 6 inches, and she has accommodation for nine guests in
addition to the owner’s suite. She was awarded the Lloyd’s Register ‘Yacht of the Year’ Trophy for the best design and construction in 1962, in competition with 86 other yachts.”

yarrow book is a red book with all yacht biult in 1962

This magnificent ketch has been given different names throughout the years. Some of its previous names are Schierensee, Patrilla, Lola-Min and Amstel. It’s believed that the sailboat was previously owned by renowned celebrities such as Frank Sinatra while it was moored in the Caribbean Sea.
Despite its 58 years, and its many restorations, still today, it maintains the English style with which the sailboat was initially built. Nowadays we can still appreciate noble woods in dark colours and English style furniture.

Southern Cross is now part of our fleet and serves as an exclusive venue for your events or for a boat rental to experience the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea.


Boat specifications

Base Port: Real Club Nautico de Barcelona
Length 33.4m. Draught 3.2m. wide 6.5m.
Displacement type 208 Tons
Cruising speed 10 knots
Fuel capacity 17000 L.
Water capacity 10000 L.
Cabins 5 double cabins with bathroom, television, and switchboard
Beds for 10 pax + crew
Other: air conditioning, refrigerators, computer music to different areas, projector screen

• Summer lounge with access to the bar, up to 14 guests for a formal dinner.
• Bow lounge with a table for 10 guests & a large living room.
• Air conditioning Carrier Custom in all spaces over the yacht
• Solarium & Jacuzzi on deck.
• 5 double cabin with a full bathroom with A/A and Audio/Video
• Speaker system and music in all spaces
• Maximum guest for day charter is 65 passengers sailing and 80 moored in port.
• Large kitchen

Here’s a little insider tip for you. If you are a fan of the nautical world as much as we are, you can find out the boat specs for the most prestigious boats on the Boat International’s website by accessing The Superyachts Directory.

Private events on board this sailboat

The Southern Cross is the top pick on our fleet for corporate events in Barcelona. With a capacity of 65 guests while sailing and 80 guests in Port, it makes it a perfect venue to host your event. Whether it’s a private event, a birthday party, team-building activity, incentive trip, or even a wedding, the boat is ready to welcome all of you on board.

The boat is equipped with lounges where you can host sophisticated and exclusive dinners as well as an extent deck space where you can organize a cocktail-style meal with more of an informal vibe. There’s a sound system onboard where you can play your music. We also offer you the option to have live music on board. We can assure you that a bit of live Flamenco lifts everyone’s mood. It’s also important to mention that we have a capacity for up to 10 people to stay overnight. This a great way to ensure your guests have a spectacular night and wake up to the sun rising in the Mediterranean Sea.

Throughout the years we have been honored to host private events during the Mobile World Congress, had celebrities such as Lana del Rey on board, and witnessed several brides and grooms tying the knot onboard our yacht.

Whatever your requirements may be, our events team will be happy to help you plan a tailor-made event to impress your guests.

a boat is docked next to a body of water in Barcelona harbor

Organize your private event on a boat with Gotland Charter

Once we have overcome this crisis, we will be honored to offer you a much needed outdoor experience in the Mediterranean Sea. Soon we will be ready to welcome you onboard our classical sail yacht Southern Cross, from where you will be able to experience a feeling of freedom and reconnect with nature and the outdoor lifestyle we are used to.

a room filled with furniture and a large window in a back saloon with table ready to receive the guests

If you have a smaller group or would prefer to have a more intimate sailing experience, you can also check out our alternative plans on board.

With over 20 years of experience in offering special and unique moments to our guests, we pride ourselves in delivering high-quality services so that our guests have a memorable time on board.

Here at Gotland Charter, our team of professionals is still working attentive to your questions and queries, adapting to the situation, and intending to return to normality as soon as possible. We understand it’s a tough time for everyone and therefore, we have decided to alter our cancellation policy to ease the booking process for our clients. If you have any queries, please contact our team and we will be more than happy to help you!