An Awasome Thames A Rater from the end of 1800.
The most beautiful boat that ever sailed the waters of Lake Como. When we speak of the Cisko, it’s like talking about a Stradivarius. Those were boats created by artists.
From the accounts of people who saw her race, this is the fame of the Cisko-Yu.
Not only was she beautiful, she was also unbeatable. The legend goes that there was such apprehension about competing with the Cisko-Yu that no one would show up for the race.
Her story dates back to the early XIX century when the British started to import their prestigious boats to the Lake, which were very elegant and extraordinarily fast. The Italian sailing enthusiasts began a veritable race to obtain an English boat.
So it was that in 1896 Emilio Cramer commissioned a racer from the Tagg & Son Shipyard of Hampton Court on the Thames. The project was entrusted to Linton Hope, one of the best boat designers of the epoch.
Hope built a boat of extraordinary performances with a Slavonian oak hull that was wide and thin, called a skimming disk that slips over the water. Cramer baptised the boat Yu, in honour of his beautiful Indian fiancée. Of boats similar to the Yu, only two were built. One belonged to the Duke of Aosta, and a third one belonged to the Brambilla family, it too on show in this room, the Spindrift.
The Yu was then purchased by the Carcano family, and its name was definitively changed to Cisko, in honour of the father, Francesco. In the hands of the Carcanos, the Cisko won one victory after another. For three consecutive years, it also won the Villa d’Este Gold Cup.
CISKO YU the boat is exhibited in the Sail Room - VISITA LA SALA
Access to the boat documentation click HERE
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