The birth of Rosendo (baptized as Yago II in its launching) was very random: its designer was Nicholson, who created it in 1940 and its building was commissioned by D. Pedro Masó to Pau Ferrer, a prestigious caulker from Mallorca, in the city of Palma during 1941, according to Pepe Ferrer’s information, who is Pau’s son.
Apparently, in one of the trips made by the future owner of the ship to Palma to see how was his yacht’s developing, he saw some wood boards in the stern which he didn’t like. Without saying a word, he went to the Nautic Club of Palma, and when he was asked about his yacht’s development, he commented that some bad quality wood boards were being set in the boat, and he complained that it wasn’t the deal he had with Pau Ferrer. Indeed, in the bad quality wood boards it could be read Brandy Soberano… Of course, that unfortunate comment arrived very soon to Pau Ferrer’s ears. In a very short time, Pau presented himself in the Club with 300.000 “pessetas” which he gave to the future owner by saying: “I’m not building your yacht anymore, here you have the money you gave me and now the boat is mine”. The owner stayed with the planes, which were his, and their relationship ended. Of course, the Brandy Soberano boards were used to glue some pieces, but D. Pedro Masso never knew about that because Pau Ferrer never gave him any explanation, he just didn’t consent that someone didn’t trust in his honesty and professionalism.
The building of the yacht stopped until another man knew about a boat in Palma which was half-built and bought it, which let the yacht become finished by 1950. Because the planes were missing, the mast was placed a little backward to follow the fashion of huge genoas that was becoming a trend. That made the Rosendo very ardent, until its current owner, the fourth one in Rosendo’s life, chose to raise the headstay to masthead and mount a ratchet. Thanks to that, the yacht is now balanced and it’s a pleasure to sail without pulling the cane constantly.
Types of wood used for the Rosendo’s building:
When talking about a wood ship, we mustn’t forget that this material is very versatile and that its characteristics rely on the type of wood used. That’s why different kinds of wood are used depending on the work.
The ones used for the Rosendo were:
- Keel: holm oak, of course a hard and solid piece.
- “Pelaya” (the first board just after the keel): oblong, an African type of wood which is very hard and with longitudinal veins; thickness 5cm
- Floor plates: they are from acacia, and curiously each one is made of only one tree so all the veins are longitudinal.
- Beams (upper beams that enclose the deck, join port with starboard and support the deck): ash.
- Deck: Burma teak, a type of wood that resists perfectly the outdoors thanks to its natural oils that protect it and make it waterproof.
- Cockpit: abebay, African wood.
- Mast: Swedish pine, of course hollow, to make it resistant and flexible.
- Booms: Oregon, of course they’re also hollow
- Indoors: limongrass, fair wood to give interior light
- Lining of the hull: northern pine (longitudinal boards from prow to the stern, 4cm thick)
- Spreaders: Burma teak.
The different types of woods were chosen considering the resistance and tension needed for the yacht’s objective and work.
The Rosendo has participated in almost every race of “classic yachts”, obtaining different trophies for both its maintenance and its sportive performance. It has obtained, among others, the Conde de Barcelona Trophy in the classic boats category in Palma.