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Karajan had been sailing since he was a boy and in 1938 he bought his first yacht, the "Karajanides". In 1967 the first "Helisara" was launched, the name of the boat being an acronym of (H)erbert, (El)iette, (Is)abel and (Ara)bel.

There were five more boats bearing this name ending with the maxi racer, "Helisara VI". This yacht, which was 79 feet long by 17 feet wide and whose mast was 98 feet high, won Karajan several regattas.

"Helisara 11"

"Mediterranean-bound Helisara, a C&C Custom 61 built for Maestro Herbert von Karajan,
nears completion in the C&C Custom shop."
Magazine advert for C&C Yachts, Oakville, Ontario, Canada (June 1974)

"Helisara" (F 6063) taking part in a Regatta in Malta in 1977
Note: With grateful thanks to Phyllis Butler

The photographs in this section are taken from illustrations
in books in my collection as well as internet resources.

Note: Please contact me
if you can help with further information
or photographs for this section. Thank you!

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