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Cannes International Regatta (France, April 1914)

Part 2: 6 meter yachts

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Presentation of the regatta

The international regatta organized on 14, 15, 18 and 20 April 1914 by Société des Régates Cannoises (now, Yacht Club de Cannes) attracted some of the most famous yachtsmen of the time. King of Spain Alfonso XIII, named President of Honor of the organizing yacht club, competed on his yacht Tonino.
The participant's list (leaflet), kept in the municipal archives, gives for each competitor the yacht club of affiliation, as well as the names of the boat, of the shipyard where she was built, and of the architect who designed her. The owner's private signals are also illustrated.

Ivan Sache, 25 January 2018


6 meter yachts

Lorne C. Currie - Scotia-IV

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Lorne C. Currie's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 27 January 2018

1. Lorne C. Currie - Scotia-IV, Minima Yacht Club.
The private signal is horizontally divided yellow-black with a half-sized rectangle counter-coloured crossed by a thin saltire counter-coloured.

Lorne Currie (1871-1926), born and grown in Le Havre, belonged to a famous Scottish shipowner's lineage.

Britain's first ever gold medal in sailing is shrouded in a little bit of mystery. Although the record books showed that Lorne Currie, John Gretton, Linton Hope and Algernon Maudslay won the 0.5-1 ton class in the 1900 games, no one is quite certain whether any of them were there in the first place!
Linton Hope was definitely in England during the tournament, but team officials included his name because he designed the team boat, Scotia. Currie and Gretton, meanwhile, were the co-owners of the Scotia, but there are questions whether they were part of the crew. Maudslay, meanwhile, was the only one named in press reports covering the win. However, team officials did not list him as a crew of Scotia and his name was only added years later. The same three names were also entered by team officials for the team that won Open class and Britain's second gold medal.
[Royal Yachting Association]

Ivan Sache, 27 January 2018


Georges Bertot - Tata

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Georges Bertot's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 25 January 2018

2. Georges Bertot - Tata, Société des Régates Cannoises.
The private signal is triangular, black with a white star.

Ivan Sache, 27 January 2018


Jean Vatrican - Lotus Blanc

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Jean Vatrican's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 27 January 2018

3. Jean Vatrican - Lotus Blanc, Société des Régates de Monaco.
The private signal is horizontally divided in nine stripes, in turn red and white, the central, red, twice wider and charged with a white star.

Jean Vatrican (1873-1961) was President and founding member of the Société des Régates de Monaco. He subsequently served as the President of the Comité olympique monégasque (1920-1924).

Ivan Sache, 27 January 2018


Craig Sellar - Aline-III

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Craig Sellar's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 27 January 2018

4. Craig Sellar - Aline-III, Royal Highland Yacht Club.
The private signal is white with a black emblem in the center.

Most yacht owners north of the Clyde belonged to the prestigious RHYC, established in Oban in 1881. George Craig Sellar was Commodore of the RHYC from 1913 until his death in a railway carriage at Callander in 1929.
[The Oban Times, 2 November 2017]
He was an admirable official, both at the Colonial Office, in South Africa, and at the Foreign Office during the War [...] But a few years after he returned from South Africa he succeeded to great wealth, and his life was necessarily switched into a new orbit. He had to accustom himself to the interests of a Highland landed proprietor and learn the ritual of the management of large possessions.[...]
For shooting and fishing he did not care consumingly, his prime interests lying rather in public affairs and the human comedy. The one exception was sailing. The wet-bob tastes which he had learned at Eton and Balliol never left him.
[The Spectator, 30 November 1929]

Ivan Sache, 27 January 2018


Marquis Paolo Pallavicino - Albarina-II

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Marquis Paolo Pallavicino's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 27 January 2018

5. Marquis Paolo Pallavicino - Albarina-II, Regio Yacht Club Italiano.
The private signal is yellow with a black fence. The fence comes from the chief of the old arms of the Pallavicino lineage.

Paolo Pallavicino (1865-1962), born from a famous Genoese family, was introduced to navigation by his cousins Spinola, from an old lineage of seafarers; he was a regular summer guest at the villa they owned in San Michele di Pagana, on the Tigullo Gulf.
Pallavicino soon designed his own boats, including the series named Albarina for the borough of Albaro, where the family owned a wealthy palace, eventually destroyed in the Second World War during the bombing of Genoa.
Pallavicino joined the Regio Yacht Club Italiano in 1898, being elected Vice President in 1914. He pushed the building of a modern marina in Genoa; in 1929, King Umberto I inaugurated the Duce degli Abruzzi port and the new headquarters of Regio Yacht Club Italiano. After the Second World War, Pallavicino served as the President of the Yacht Club Italiano from 1949 to 1958.
[Italian Sailing Federation]

Ivan Sache, 27 January 2018


Carlo Guido Carbone - Petra

6. Carlo Guido Carbone - Petra, Regio Yacht Club Italiano.
The private signal is triangular, blue with a yellow disk and eight yellow sectors.

Ivan Sache, 27 January 2018


Knight Francesco Giovanelli - Nene

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Knight Francesco Giovanelli's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 27 January 2018

7. Knight Francesco Giovanelli - Nene, Regio Yacht Club Italiano.
The private signal is triangular, blue with a yellow triangle in the center, extending from hoist to fly.

Ivan Sache, 27 January 2018


Aldo Crespi - Oceana

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Aldo Crespi's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 28 January 2018

8. Aldo Crespi - Oceana, Regio Yacht Club Italiano.
The private signal is white with a blue saltire.

Ivan Sache, 28 January 2018


Marquis d'Oncieu de Chaffardon - Opale

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Marquis d'Oncieu de Chaffardon's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 28 January 2018

9. Marquis d'Oncieu de Chaffardon - Opale, Union des Yachtsmen de Cannes.
The private signal is white with three red chevrons. The arms of the d'Oncieu lineage are usually given as "Or three chevrons gules".

Antoine, Marquis d'Oncieu de Chaffardon (1879-1962), was born from an old family from Bugey, known since the 12th century. One branch of the family moved to Chambéry to serve the Duke of Savoy. Fran├žois d'Oncieu, First President of the Parliament of Savoy, was rewarded with the erection of the two Marquisates of Chaffardon (1682) and La Bâtie (1699), granted to his two sons, the respective stems of the d'Oncieu de Chaffardon and d'Oncieu de la Bâtie lineages.

Ivan Sache, 28 January 2018


A. Weil - Rose-de-Noël

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A. Weil's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 28 January 2018

10. A. Weil - Rose-de-Noël, Cercle de la Voile de Paris.
The private signal is blue with a yellow triangle bordered in blue fimbriated in yellow.

Ivan Sache, 28 January 2018


Frantz Lesca - Jonquil

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Frantz Lesca's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 28 January 2018

11. Frantz Lesca - Jonquil, Société de la Voile d'Arcachon.
The private signal is green with a white border and a white saltire.

Frantz Lesca was the son of Léon Lesca, the "inventor" of Cap Ferret.
Born from a local family, the public contractor Léon Lesca built the port of Algiers and several railway lines. Back from Algeria, he purchased in 1863, with his brother Frédéric, hundreds of hectares of waste land in Cap Ferret, the peninsula that forms the northern shore of the Arcachon Basin. Beside the exploitation of pines for resin production, Léon Lesca established there vineyards to produce a red wine named "Les dunes du Cap Ferret".
As a reminiscence of his Algerian period, Lesca built in 1865 the Algerian Villa in neo-Mauresque style. The house was surrounded by a landscaped garden (25 ha) and a vegetable garden, maintained by 80 employees, and planted with exotic trees such as bananas, palms and cedars; mimosas and yuccas were introduced for the first time in the area. The young writer Jean Cocteau described the estate as "the famous and incredible villa of the owners of half of the area".
Lesca was also a philanthropist: he built a chapel, a presbytery, a wharf, a school, fish ponds and oyster parks, and founded a mutual-aid society for the oyster breeders, who lived at the time in extreme poverty. Léon Lesca was General Councillor of La Teste from 1873 to 1897 and purchased the Grand Hôtel in Arcachon.

In 1913, Léon Lesca died, aged 88, in the Algerian Villa. The estate remained undivided until the death of his widow, Marthe, in 1941. Abandoned and ruined, the estate was transferred to Frantz Lesca after a draw. Then living in Morocco, the heir sold it in 1953 to an hotel tenant, who was soon bankrupted. In 1966, the new owner of the estate illegally destroyed the Algerian Villa to build a casino; following protest by the municipality of Arcachon, the casino was transformed into a housing estate ironically called "La Villa Algérienne". The chapel fortunately escaped from destruction, being the last visible trace of Léon Lesca's estate.
[L'Express, 21 May 2008; Bassin d'Arcachon portal, 15 March 2006]

Ivan Sache, 28 January 2018


Mademoiselle de Valarino - Alphonse XIII

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Mademoiselle de Valarino's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 28 January 2018

12. Mademoiselle de Valarino - Alphonse XIII, Club Nautique de Nice.
The private signal is black with a white horseshoe surrounding a yellow number "13".

Fernande de Valarino (d. 1926), born Fernanda de Melgarejo from Fernando Melgarejo de Vilarino and a French mother, was a playwright (Je veux un duc, Riquette à la houppe, Olympe décampe), whose "Complete Works" were published in 1928.

Ivan Sache, 28 January 2018


HRH the Prince G. de Bourbon - Caspita

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HRH the Prince G. de Bourbon's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 29 January 2018

13. HRH the Prince G. de Bourbon - Caspita, Union des Yachtsmen de Cannes.
The private signal is horizontally divided blue-red with three yellow fleurs-de-lis 2 and 1.

Prince Gennaro of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1882-1944) was the 8th of the 12 children of HRH Alphonso of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1841-1934), Count of Caserte and Head of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, and of Maria Antonietta of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1851-1918). Alfonso exiled to Cannes in 1871, settling the Marie-Thérèse mansion.

Ivan Sache, 29 January 2018


Marquis de Cussy - Normand

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Marquis de Cussy's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 29 January 2018

14. Marquis de Cussy - Normand, Club Nautique de Nice.
The private signal is blue with two white roses at the top and a yellow crescent at the bottom.

François de Cussy (1878-1915) was the heir of a Normand family. The arms of the de Cussy family are given in the Rietstap Armorial as "Azure a fess argent in chief two roses in base a mullet all argent". Bonneserre de Saint-Denis (Familles nobles résidentes à Valognes en 1698) gives the same arms, adding that Laurens de Cussy, lord of Les Escures and Armanville, was mentioned around 1452.

Ivan Sache, 29 January 2018


André Schoeller - Kenavo

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André Schoeller's private signal - Image by Ivan Sache, 29 January 2018

15. André Schoeller - Kenavo, Cercle de la Voile de Paris.
The private signal is quartered per saltire red and white.

André Schoeller (1881-1955) was a German-speaking Swiss art dealer and expert established in Paris. Schoeller was a recognized specialist of Impressionist and post-Impressionist painting. A regular expert at the Hôtel Drouot auction house, he was considered there as more influential than the auctioneers. In 1948, he completed with Jean Dieterle the catalogue raisonné of Corot's paintings.
His son, also named André Schoeller (d. 2015), was an expert in modern and African art.

Ivan Sache, 29 January 2018