Ragnar R

#1
Hello,

I am researching the history of a yacht currently moored in St Katherine's dock called the Ragnar R. I believe it was a nazi yacht originally - possibly sister to 3 others.

I also believe it was owned by a Colonel Stan Townsend for a time and used by the MoD until the mid-1980's.

I would be glad to hear any tales or see any pictures. It is for an article to appear in the Sunday Express newspaper.

Thanks

Jane Sherwood
 
#3
Jane,

Try here: BKYC 1945 - 1992

There's a piece about Col Townsend and the Ragna R about 3/4 down the page. From this piece it doesn't sound like she was one of the 'Windfall' yachts but that is what I was told when I sailed on her in the mid 80's at Kiel.

BYKC may have more information and photo's.
 
#4
Hi Jane, hopefully you still use these forums and reply is not wasted. Anyway, during my time in the Army I was a keen sailor and a member of the British Yacht club Kiel in Germany. In 1989 I had the pleasure of sailing Rasmus which was the sister yacht of Ragnar R around Denmark. Both yachts were built by Hitler for himself and Goering for the Olympic games. 44 ft sketch with 100 ft sq m of sail, built from wood with lots of brass involved.

I believe both of these yachts were eventually returned to the Germans.
 

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