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"Mystico" Robert Clark Mystery Lying Cyprus
The Mystery Class
Robert Clark's award winning design broke new ground in 1936. The concept of her masthead cutter rig with the mast further aft than was usual, thus putting more sail area in the powerful foretriangle and reducing the hug and unwieldy mainsails of the time, was hailed as revolutionary. Her lines are sweet, her construction strong yet light. Her accommodation was regarded as comfortable and spacious.
When the first Mystery was launched in 1936 she got rave reviews for her sailing qualities, proving herself very fast and weatherly with a perfectly balanced hull which allowed the yacht to steer herself even on a beam reach. Some twelve yachts of this class were built but, as was common at the time, although the basic lines and rig were identical, variations to the detail varied. Thus with our example of 1937 we have wheel steering and a doghouse. The accommodation plan however conforms precisely to the original.
What we know of Mystico's recent history begins with a circumnavigation from 1972 to 1975 UK to UK. She is the only Mystery to have circumnavigated the globe. We are told that she rounded the Horn and survived a force 11 in the South Atlantic without any mishaps and in one year crossed the Atlantic on two occasions.
In the 1980's she was sailed to the Med. and thereafter was cruised for a number of months yearly, mainly in the Aegean and Turkish waters. For three years before our purchase in 2001 she was not cruised, due to the previous owners becoming quite elderly. They had owned the boat for the previous 23 years. In the three and a half years since our ownership she has undergone the extensive re-fit and been sailed off the coast of Cyprus.
This yacht has certainly proved herself a practical cruiser and has looked after those sailing her. She is a classic of importance, being the start of the illustrious career of Robert Clark, who then used the basic lines he had conceived for Mystery to build Ortac in 1937, which was still racing at Cowes week in the 1970's
Mystico is a real classy yacht with a proven pedigree. She is very near to Larnaca airport in Cyprus. Please give me a call if you would like to arrange to see her.
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