History



Participation in Summer 2017 regattas

SY Encounter will be participating in a flee of regattas this coming season: Les Voiles d'Antibes from May 31st to June 4th, Argentario Sailing Week from June 15th to 18th, Mahon Copa del Rey from August 29th to September 2nd and Cannes Régates Royales from September 26th to 30th. We also hope to take part in the Monaco Classic Week from September 13th to 17th. Watch this space!...

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1st Prize in Voile d’Antibes 2015

During the Voile d'Antibes - organised this year for the 20th time - the Encounter won 1st prize in her class. We are very happy and proud with the 1st prize sponsored by Panerai. The Voile d'Antibes took place from the 3rd to the 7th of June 2015.  ...

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From the USA to the South of France

The Encounter was shipped to the South of France in 2008. The transport started with a very exited trip on a trailer behind a big truck. Trees, bridges, other road traffic... It was a nerve wrecking trip untill she arrived at the marina where she was loaded un to a cargo ship. See pictures for this exiting trip....

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Press Clipping – Sentinel Boating, 1977

By GENE DIVINE Sentinel Boating Writer - Milwaukee Sentinel - April 1, 1977 One of the newest and most exciting boats in the world will replace the Milwaukee fleet's 1976 boat of the year in May. Encounter, last year's top boat, was sold by George B. Sletteland of River Hills to a group in Boston. The new Encounter is a Frers 53, designed by naval architect German Frers of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The finishing touches are being put on the welded aluminum boat at Palmer Johnson, Inc., Sturgeon Bay boat builders. The Encounter is a sister ship of the Bumblebee out of Australia, a consistant leader on the world racing circuit. Sletteland hopes to win the 1978 Bermuda race. Last weekend in San Diego, he sailed on the Enterprise, the America's Cup defender. ...

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About German Frers – Naval Architect

Frers Naval Architecture & Engineering is a design studio with a long family history. It is a reputation that stands three generations. The first design was hand-drawn by Germán Frers Snr in 1928 and since that time they have created more than 1,200 designs, from small dinghies to huge megayachts, production boats to huge investment America's Cup machines, custom-designed offshore cruisers and racers to advanced-technology power yachts. Each one of their designs is imbued with the unique combination of Frers' design ingredients: experience handed down over generations, coupled with advanced technology and concepts. In 1974 German Frers designed the famous and succesfull Bumblebee. She was launched in 1974. Two years later the Encouter was launched, she i...

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About the Shipyard – Palmer Johnson Inc.

Every great company has a story. Palmer Johnson has a great storied history – an authentic brand whose story for almost a century has been about vision, evolution and innovation. From humble beginnings as a wooden boat builder to the famous Palmer Johnson yachts winning every major championship race in the golden era of sailing yachts, to the groundbreaking design of its Sport Yachts of the last decade and now to its revolutionary SuperSport series, brand values of design, performance and emotional appeal have been a constant – core values deeply embodied in the spirit of the company and reinforced and manifested in its beautiful yachts. It is also a story of people, of a team of third and fourth generation families who live and breathe Palmer Johnson, and the gr...

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