The History of the 12mR Yacht
After the war Inga and Sphinx were renamed Westwind and Ostwind and sail under the flag of the German Navy. 2006 they were sold to private owners. Ashanti burned up in a big fire in the Burmester shipyard. Anita was sailed only once in Kiel. By 1951 she had been re-rigged as a yawl and the interior modified for cruising, but still in the following years she was used on only very few journeys.
In 1962 life began again for Anita. Three friends, Jello Rassau (today Honorary Commodore) Alois Kranz and August Schulte discovered Anita in her "beauty sleep" and bought her at once. Once some modifications had been done and after she survived the flooding of the yard during the hurricane of spring 62 and after that a fire, she was finally launched and the new owners could take her over. In May62 she was sailed round Skagen to Kiel. Until 1965 she was used mainly for family journeys, but still, in the first three to four years she covered 14,000 nm.
In 1965 a new chapter opened. The Segelkameradschaft Ostsee (founded 1962) which until then had chartered Anita, managed, thanks to some generous donations from friends, to buy her. The annual number of journeys and sailing miles now grew rapidly. In 1967 Anita sailed for the first time under a lady skipper, Margret Schollmeyer. 1970 saw her sail from Travemünde under skipper Peter Eider round Iceland and for the first time cross the Arctic Circle and back to Travemünde. Such journeys, in those days considered exceptional, are soon regarded as a matter of routine. The destinations became more and more distant, around Britain, to the North Cape, to North Africa, to Madeira and the Azores, later to Spitzbergen, Jan Mayen and Bear Island. To match the legal problems of such journeys, on April 24th 72 Anita is entered into the Shipping Register of Lübeck and receives the international call sign DJWB
With due regard to the ambitious program for the coming year some modifications had to be made. During the winter of 1991/92 the old canvas canopy over the cockpit, which had given us such good protection throughout the years was replaced by a wooden doghouse. This was made necessary by the need to install additional nav equipment in the cockpit. Radar, radios, Navigator and weather fax, etc.
During 1992 Anita sailed across "the pond" for the first time and took part in the "500 Years America" in the waters off New York. This, the greatest feat so far in the history of Anita was organized by 7 SKO Skippers. The journey started in Travemünde and went via the Kiel Canal, the North Sea and English Channel to the Azores, Bermuda and eventually to New York.
After the celebrations in New York the return trip went up to Canada, Newfoundland, visited Greenland and the Foroyars. Shortly after leaving Aberdeen the mainmast came down and the great American adventure was at an end. By next spring a new mast was stepped and the Old lady was at sea again.
In August 2001 Anita took part at an historical event. 40 old and modern 12 metres together with a huge fleet of oldtimers met in the Solent and at Cowes I.o.W. to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Americas Cup. For everybody who was there, these had been unforgettable days.
In the 45 years in which Anita was owned or chartered by Segelkameradschaft Ostsee she has sailed
320.032 nautical miles (this is more than 14 times the circumference of the globe)
and skippers and crews have collected more than
one hundred and thirty prizes.