DAMIEN II 23
Skip Novak nominates Joubert’s Damien II, the first yacht to winter in Antarctica. “For me it is without doubt this 15m steel hulled, lifting keel schooner that has been the major influence for opening up high latitude sailing for generations that followed.
“Damien II created a design type for remote cruising in cold, sometimes icebound conditions. This means a robust steel hull, a lifting ballast keel to beach or access shallow water to avoid ice. There is unmistakable French camber on the otherwise flush deck, and a Plexiglass bubble for inside piloting. The interior was also cosy enough to raise three children aboard.”