TOKIO II was built in New Zealand by Marten Marine for the 1993/94 Whitbread Race and Whitbread 60 later became the Volvo Open 60 class. The yacht did not take part in this race. TOKIO II was one of two yachts built for the race and at the time was considered to be the most radical yacht of this class over design.
Since then she has led an active life. In her current ownership, she has been based in Helsinki and subject to ongoing refits and a preventative maintenance programme. She has recently competed in the Volvo Legends Race and continues to run as a successful charter business.
She is a great platform to continue with this, or perhaps to enter the Ocean Globe Race in the Classic division and give her a second chance to go around the world!
Volvo Ocean Legends Race – Tokio back for unfinished business: https://www.sail-world.com/157735 (3 Oct 2017)
TOKIO II is a unique Whitbread 60 with a standing height cabin and light white surfaces. She is very ergonomic at sea with a proper and safe “kitchen” that can provide meals for crew. The height of the yacht keeps her dry even in high seas. The stern “rocker” makes her front deck safe to operate due to lack of water washing or spraying over deck. Overall, a comfortable ocean racer that has taken living on board into account without compromising performance.
The hull is “bullet proof” kevlar epoxy laminate and lightweight. The aluminium mast provides safety and durability. She has been designed to be fast in downwind (our own speed record is 27 kn) but our experience is that she is pretty good in beating with tight WA. This is made possible with the ballast system (2,5t /side) with different sections. To sail TOKIO II is like sailing a big dinghy. The response of any small trim is immediate. You are able to trim her to any condition to sail in good balance and still maintain the comfort for the crew. When you live on board, you recognise that every small detail is in the right place. Everything is taken into account. One example is the toilet. You have privacy and it is located in a safe place where the yacht moves as little as possible.
We have experienced a broad variety of weather conditions, with very different experienced client crews and we know that this sailing vessel is very good for event use. Our crew setup is normally: 1 skipper, 1 first mate, 1 guest and 7-10 paying clients. We do not have our own racing crew because we always have client experience as our focus and sail only with a paying client on board. This is also one reason why we have not pushed her to the limits of breaking things.
TOKIO II is one of Chris Dickson’s two yachts built for 1993 Whitbread Race. The first generation of box rule to have yachts very similar on the starting line. This yacht was the radical one and too futuristic. Rumour has it that TOKIO II was far faster than her sister yacht TOKIO I. Therefore, she has acted as a training and sparring yacht. After the race, she has been in quite light use by private and company owners. Before her current Ocean Race Experience Finland ownership she was owned privately by an Austrian and prior to that by a Belgian corporate, mainly participating in small events.
During her years in Finland the program has covered 3 approx 200-300 NM races, 5-10 corporate events and transfers between Helsinki-Breskens-Helsinki. The two main events are Fastnet Race 2017 and Legends Race 2019. On the Baltic Sea, she attended the Gotland Runt 7 times. The Gotland Runt is a popular race with up to 350 yachts participating with the start in the city heart of Stockholm.
TOKIO II has been operating out of Helsinki for the last 8 years. Corporate events have diminished and the client base to cover the maintenance costs is very small. She is owned by several partners who are all capable of skipper events.
The main principle has been to cover the costs and the work is unpaid. TOKIO II has been very cost effective due to her good condition and regular preventive maintenance. Covid-19 has lead us to make hard decisions. We are now lacking income from clients and as a result have decided to let TOKIO II go. She will have new adventures with another happy sailing crew.
TOKIO II has been maintained by professionals and daily by her experienced skippers and voluntary crewmembers. We have used our network to find the best solutions in each case. Sometimes this has meant us producing and procuring our own spare parts at local workshops or in other cases seeking help from Europe. We have been in regular communication with the yacht designer, John Swarbrick, who has been a very valuable source of knowledge and we have consulted with him in various situations to select the right solution to problems. One example is the bowsprit. It was designed and manufactured by John, shipped over to us and installed following her designer’s detailed advice.
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