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Spirit Yachts is delighted to announce Spirit of Callisto has been revealed as the winner of the Spirit of Tradition over 40ft category in the 2015 Classic Boat magazine awards.

Spirit of Callisto Scoops Classic Boat Magazine Award

by Nigel Stuart


Launched in 2014, Spirit of Callisto is a 42’ ketch and Spirit Yachts’ first gaff-rigged creation.  Voted for by the public, Callisto was recognised for her classic design implemented using modern build techniques.  True to Spirit’s iconic design style, Callisto features a Douglas fir, strip-planked and epoxy-sheathed hull, spade rudder, fin keel and ‘classic cream’ Dacron sails produced by OneSails GBR East.


Spirit of Callisto is not only eye-catching for her elegant design, she more than holds her own on the classic yacht racing scene.  At last year’s Panerai Antigua Classic regatta, her first competitive outing, Callisto won overall in Class D and was presented with a Concours d’Élégance award.

Head designer and Spirit Yachts CEO Sean McMillan comments:  “We are absolutely delighted Spirit of Callisto has been recognised by the UK yachting community in a Spirit of Tradition category.  She is unique as her design is relatively traditional but her excellent power-to-weight ratio means she delivers on performance and is exceptionally light on the helm making her easy to handle.”

As well as her elegant classic design and performance features, Spirit of Callisto is also ticking boxes in the lifestyle department with five berths in three cabins, a fridge-freezer and a two hob cooker with oven and grill.

Sean continues: “All Spirit yachts are eligible to race in the Spirit of Tradition class at regattas worldwide and we are keen to support owners who would like to participate.  Spirit of Callisto is a fantastic example of a classic yacht built using modern techniques, offering flexibility for relaxed cruising and successful racing.”

To find out more about Spirit of Callisto or any other Spirit Yacht design, please contact Nigel Stuart: nigel@spirityachts.com or +44 (0) 1473 214715.

Spirit of Callisto Technical Spec:

L.O.A:                    54’ 6” 16.6m

Beam:                   11’ 2” 3.4 m

Displacement:   7.9 tonnes (lightweight/race mode)

L.W.L:                    33’ 6” 10.2m

Draft:                    6’ 1.82m

Construction:     Wood/Epoxy

Rig:                         Gaff Yawl

Engine:                 54BHP