Kentra is a little unusual in that the same family have owned her for the last 25 years. Kentra's current owners bought her, unseen, at a Sheriff's auction in Helensburgh back in 1993. After bringing her back to Hamble the restoration took 18 months, which included removing a meter of the lead keel from the aft end to balance the weight of the new machinery, engine and generators. Happily all the deck structures were serviceable and reused. Much of the interior furniture in the cabins was original and could be reused. A complete new gaff rig was constructed from Fife's drawings and additional working drawings from Theo Rye, who at that stage was our naval Architect.
In her first season, at St Tropez, a very unlikely race took place, between Kentra and Ticonderoga - everyone said no contest, Kentra will loose. The weather was grey and gusty and after an exciting race, Kentra steered by Eric Taberly came out of the mist and over the finish line ages before the competition, Thank you Mr. Fife !
After a few seasons in the Mediterranean and two Fife regattas, the long awaited round the world cruise started with Jim Thom (Mariquita and Atlantic) as the man in charge. From November 1999 to the summer of 2003 Kentra worked her way through the Panama canal, Trans pacific, New Zealand, the East Indies and back through the Suez Canal.
Due to the Owners' other sailing commitments Kentra then went up to Fairlie (Ayrshire) and for seven years was laid up in a shed half a mile from where she was built in 1923. The winter of 2012/13 saw a flurry of action around the yacht as she was re-commissioned for the 4th Fife Regatta, the windiest yet. Kentra and Astor celebrated their 90th birthdays this year with cake and champagne in Portavadie.
I was fortunate enough to be on her for a fantastic sail from Portavadie back to Largs, a screamer of a race with the log never dropping below 12 knots.
For the last five seasons Kentra with her Owners' , Children, Grandchildren, and dog have braved the contrary weather and cruised the western isles.