1914 yacht Tirrenia II relaunched

The owner and crew aboard Tirrenia II

Launched in 1914 in Southampton as Sapho II, this beautiful 69ft Frederick Shepherd-designed gaff ketch was renamed Tirrenia II in 1924 by Cavaliere Guido Fiorentino, president of the Neapolitan branch of the Italian Royal Yacht Club. She was subsequently sailed by a number of owners, and was first restored in the early 1990s before taking part in numerous classic yachting events.

Sold again at auction in 2016, Tirrenia II was brought by her new owner to the Del Carlo yard at Viareggio, where she has just completed a comprehensive refit and restoration under Emilio Zaccagni. She was re-launched with much ceremony in last month, with skipper Lucia Pozzo taking the helm – and a handsome Riva runabout acting as harbour tug!

Conductor Beatrice Venezi (left) and actor Alessandro Preziosi

Alongside the new owners celebrating the occasion were famous conductor Beatrice Venezi (on the list of Forbes is one of the 100 influencers under 30 years old in Italy), godmother of the launch, and the famous Italian stage and screen actor Alessandro Preziosi.