The boatSee photos of the boat, Vengara! Matt Rutherford's - Red Dot on the Ocean His Albin Vega record breaking adventure
A new photo of Vengara is featured in Yachting Monthly Magazine, March 2008, A to Z guide to used boats, as an example of an Albin Vega!
The Vega Association of Great Britain's newsletter 45 features an article on Vengara's removable inner forestay.
Vengara is an Albin Vega, built in 1973. She is number 1786 of the 3450 produced by Albin Marin, Sweden. In 1979 the production of the Vega stopped but many had been sold in Scandinavian countries and hundreds were sent to the USA, Germany, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Switzerland, Canada, Belgium, France and Italy. They were even sold in Greenland, Iran and Hawaii.
The Vega is as responsive to the lighter breezes of coastal sailing as she is to the brisk winds found in blue water cruising. The Vega is a capable boat having completed a number of circumnavigations. One Vega has sailed to Antarctica and another far into the Arctic and holds the World record for the furthest north in a sailing boat. A Vega also holds the record for the smallest boat in history to complete a single handed voyage of the North West Passage. One Vega has even crossed the Atlantic in 2 weeks! The Vega has featured in a number of books and DVDs including Berserk, Out of the Blue, Log of the Mahina and A Voyage to the Sea by Denis Gorman. The Vega is still raced as a one design and has active owners associations around the world (see Links).
The Vega is constructed of glass-fibre re-inforced polyester. Her joinery work is in hardwood and veneered ply. Glass-fibre frames and stringers also serve to stiffen the hull. The mast and boom are of anodized aluminium.
- Stainless steel reinforced mast support
- Reinforced foredeck to support removable inner forestay
- Permanent Lexan storm boards including reinforcing strips for cabin
- 6mm standing rigging, new chain plates and inner channel
- New performance main, storm jib and cruising chute from Kemp Sails
- Capacity for 450 litres of fresh water
- Navik self steering Windvane plus an electronic autohelm
- Modern Volvo MD2010 diesel engine with new Volvo folding propeller
- Vengara has been completely rewired and has 2x 110ah leisure batteries in addition to an 85ah engine start battery
- LED lighting and LED masthead Tricolour
- Navtex and an SSB reciever to allow reciept of Weatherfax synoptic charts
- All safety equipment; VHF, EPIRB, liferaft, Katadyn emergency water maker
- 2x Garmin handheld GPS plus handheld VHF
- Handheld Navionics electronic charts and laptop chart system