We sailed across the Atlantic to the Azores in June 2019 and after one month of exploring a couple of the islands, we left Jingo in the safe hands of the marina and returned to work for a little while. I was based in Limerick for the next two years and Mattis worked on a fantastic restoration project in Japan. The boat was called 'Cynara', a 96ft classic wooden sailing yacht built in 1927.
About Cynara and the restoration project....
- The Project
- The Team
- Classic Yacht Info
- Cynara - Riviera Group
- Camper and Nicholsons website
Mattis was in Japan when COVID-19 began and lived about 30 minutes away from the cruise ship 'Diamond Princess' that had the hundreds of passengers who potentially had the virus. This happened around January of 2020, which was a hugely worrying time as the world entered a pandemic.
Below are some photos from when Mattis worked on the project...
Beers on the wall after work, admiring Mount Fuji in the background...
Thank you to Mattis' friend, Richard Burke for some great photos!
In 2019, we had the fantastic opportunity to feature in the Contessa 32 Yearbook! We wrote an article about our adventures off the beaten track in French Guiana, South America... We'd love to head back there some day and explore even more of South America by boat. Thank you to Jessie Rogers for the feature!
Incredible Mount Fuji...
Mount Fuji at sunset...
After the project was finished in the Summer of 2020, Mattis found out that Cynara was the Classic Boat Restoration Winner of 2021! Two years of hard work for everyone out there. Below are articles about the project...
- Yachting World article, May 11 2020
- The Times article, 14th February 2020
July 2020, Mattis was back home in Ireland!!
Classic Boat, July 2021 Edition...