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Eilean is a 22-metre Bermudian ketch, featured in Duran Duran's "Rio" music video.

About Eilean[]

Designed and built in 1936 by the Scottish boatyard Fife, Eilean is a ketch which is a sailing craft with two masts: a main mast, and a shorter mizzen mast abaft (rearward) of the main mast, but forward of the rudder post.

Eilean is characterised by waterlines whose proportions enhance her beauty. She has a Bermudian ketch sail plan, namely two masts, each with its own powerful triangular sail. Her structure is composite, with Burmese teak planking supported by a zinc-plated metal skeleton. With her sober essential lines and features, the boat was not originally constructed to take part in races.

In 2006 Officine Panerai bought her and transported the yatch to Italy on a cargo ship in February 2007, after she was found off the Caribbean island of Antigua. Eilean then underwent complete renovation, which preserved not only her shape and characteristics, but also most of her original materials too. For over two and a half years, this project kept a team of craftsmen at the Francesco Del Carlo boatyard in Viareggio, busy. They also worked in collaboration with works supervisor Enrico Zaccagni.

On 22 October 2009, in a ceremony at the Sezione Velica of the Italian Navy in La Spezia, Eilean was handed over by the Francesco del Carlo boatyard to Officine Panerai, Italian manufacturers of high-end watches, already official sponsor of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge.

Eilean set out in early 2010 for her first Atlantic crossing since her restoration and in April 2010 took part in the Antigua Classic Week, the first event in the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2010.

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