Historical regatta machine Le Cid formerly Hallali is a beautiful classic 12M cruising racer. She is designed and constructed by the renowned French naval architect Eugène Cornu. Throughout his career Cornu drew and designed hundreds of boats, ranging from French navy vessels, merchant vessels and off course his famous 12 metre regatta boats. Cornu had a special fondness for his 12-meter boats and Le Cid or Hallali which she originally was named was a boattype Cornu spent his entire career contemplating and perfecting. Cornu was uncompromising in his pursuit to build the best boats of his day. According to Cornu there were two types of boat, good boats and bad boats, Le Cid undoubtedly represents the first.
Le Cid combines all the qualities that make up a wonderful classic wooden yacht. Beyond being particularly beautiful, she offers plenty of space, exceptional performance and sailing qualities that will impresses any yachtsman. Le Cid has been well maintained and kept throughout her life and she is in excellent technical shape. To the extent that she needs any attention it is purely cosmetic details that should be rectified. All of the work that has been done on Le Cid has been done by professional boat builders with great attention to detail and historical accuracy, a restoration project that has taken countless hours was completed in 2010.
Le Cid was built in 1956 and designed and constructed by Eugene Cornu, he is one of France's most celebrated Boat designers of all time and a true connoisseur will be familiar with the Cornu name. Le Cid or Hallali which she was originally named was built as one of two boats on near identical drawings. She was put into production shortly after her sister ship Striana started proving herself near invincible on the regatta courses of the French Riviera. For all his genius Eugene Cornu was also an eccentric, uncompromising when it came to producing the very fastest sailing yachts. After building the first 12m CR Striana it is said that Cornu ordered his men to set sail and go upwind whereupon Cornu took off his trousers and went up in the bow, wearing only his long underwear. He stated that this way it was easier to see how the wind direction was influenced by the shape of the hull and how the boat could be improved. All opportunities for improvement were noted. After countless sea trials and rigorous testing the winning formula was complete. The opportunity Cornu had been waiting for came in the form of an order from Franck Guillet who had seen how her sister ship Striana excelled in the Regattas. Construction of Hallali (Le Cid) began and Cornu who had worked as a constructor since 1923 wagered all his personal experience and prestige that he would be able to construct a 12M boat the world had never seen alike. When Hallali or Le Cid as she is now called, was completed it did not take long before also she too began to excel in the regatta and race context. Cornu later stated that the construction of his 12-meter CR class was one of the major highlights of his career. So pleased was Cornu with the success of these vessels that before his death he ordered his wife to burn all the drawings of the boats he had built so that they could not be replicated. Thankfully Ms. Cornu did not have the heart to do so and the original drawings by Cornu was donated and is now safely stored in France's maritime Museum. Even today, 60 years after her maiden journey, Le Cid continues to impress at the race track. She has won numerous regattas in Norway and most recently in 2016 where she finished second place in the Færder race. When Le Cid was put up for sale in the 1980s the Norwegian Tingstad family glimpsed a rare opportunity. Hallali was purchased and brought to Oslo where she received her present name Le Cid. In 2010, a laborious restoration work started, among other things, all screws, bolts and penetrations in the hull where replaced. The rig was modernized and everything that needed maintenance was repaired and restored according to the fine art of classic yacht building. Her technical condition today is very good. To the extent that she needs attention, it is only cosmetic imperfections that should be remedied.
Le Cid is an historic gem; she is built with a double hull. Cornu utilized only the very finest Honduran mahogany. She is painted in white piano lacquer; her decking is made of teak. She is still being used actively in regatta sailing today. The large deck has plenty of room to carry crew and guests on board. She is equipped with steering wheel and two large benches in teak providing ample seating for six active regatta sailors or 8 people under normal sailing. If you walk down the stairs from the deck one finds the lounge reminiscent of a bygone era with only the very finest mahogany. There are two large seating areas, one on the port and starboard side with ample space for 8 people. In the center, there is a large folding table in varnished mahogany. On the starboard side is a well-equipped galley with all conceivable facilities. Gas flares and stove sink with C/W and lots of closet space. In addition to this, the boat also has its own beer faucet. Further astern we find a spacious navigation room with all conceivable equipment such as VHF, GPS, Radar etc. The owners cabin is situated in the bow and holds ample sleeping space for 2 people, it is elegantly furnished in whole lacquered mahogany with large closets and plenteous of space for clothes and equipment. A little further behind on the starboard side there is a spacious guest cabin with plenty of room for two guests. A spacious crew cabin is located aft, there is copious space for two people sleeping there. Furthermore, there is a toilet room with toilet and sink with C/W. This is a particularly beautiful and elegant boat that must be seen and experienced by the right future owner. Having owned the boat for the last 33 years the current owner has found that it is time for a new custodian to take over the boat and lead her into the new century as gracefully as she left the last. Le Cid poses an amazing cultural history and heritage. She is an excellent regatta yacht that have won countless prices over the years. Le Cid is currently in private ownership but she is also for hire as a charter yacht.
A length of 18.4 m (60fot) with only 3.90 meters in width does not only give her fantastic speed characteristics but also the elegant lines in which the 12-meter class yachts are so well renowned for. Her slender hull makes her cut through the water like a knife. Her sail properties must be regarded as stunning, the combination of a sail total area of 200 m2 and the sleek hull shape makes her excel most modern sailboats. A long keel of 2.8 meters and a displacement of 26 tons makes her a strong seaworthy boat capable of withstanding heavy seas and strong winds.
Engine and equipment:
The engine is a Yanmar diesel with 115 HPS that was installed in 2011. All service and maintenance have been carried out according to Yanmar’s service plan.
Le Cid is situated in Oslo, Norway.
For more information or viewing of this yacht contact:
Henrik Nicolai Brun