1 ROYONO (IX 235) Class
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USS Royono (IX 235) in a Bermuda race with yacht Enchanta in the background.
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Class: ROYONO (IX 235)
Design: John G. Alden, naval architect.
Displacement (tons): #,###
Dimensions (feet): ###.#' x ##.#' x ##.#'
Original armament: 4-5"/38
Later armaments: (19xx) 4-20mm
Complement: ###
Speed (kts.): ##.#
Propulsion (HP): #,###
Machinery: turbines, # screw

Construction:
IXNameAcqBuilderKeelLaunchComm
235ROYONO29 Dec 1949Bristol, R.I.--1936Apr 1950

Disposition:
IXNameTDecommStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale
235ROYONO26 Jun 19671 Jul 196729 May 1968Sold--

Class Notes:
Sailing yacht. Name and number assigned 2 Mar 1950. (https://www.edmiston.com/news/brokerage/royono-for-sale.htm) We are pleased to announce our appointment as worldwide Central Agents for the sale of the 26.5m sailing yacht ROYONO. Launched in 1936 by Nathaniel Herreshoff Bristol RI, ROYONO is one of the most prestigious and famous sailing yachts ever built. In 2003 she was completely rebuilt by Classic Works in La Ciotat to include all new steel frames, ensuring she was fully restored to her former glory yet still retained her magnificent original interior. With her Alden and Herreshoff pedigree, rich sailing history and John F. Kennedy associations, ROYONO is one of the most desirable yachts on the water and represents the best of American design and build. She sleeps six guests in three staterooms and is offered for sale at Euro 3,500,000 with VAT paid. She is now lying in Italy, please contact Mike Horsley for more details and to book a viewing. 30th September 2013
(https://www.sail-world.com/Australia/Royono-takes-up-residency-on-SF-Bay/-145414?source=google) The 71' Alden designed, Herreshoff beauty Royono built in 1936 in Bristol Rhode Island. Launched as Mandoo II for D.Spencer Berger, where she raced actively from 1936 to 1939 before being sold to John B Ford and moved to the Great Lakes. She was baptised as Royono, which translates to 'happy home on the water' in the local Native American dialect. She raced intensively for a decade on the Great Lakes for a decade, including numerous Chicago Mackinac races before being donated to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis in 1950. For the next 17 years, she raced extensively on the Eastern Seaboard, winning the 1952 Newport Bermuda Race and was acquired by John F Kennedy for a period of time in the 60's. From 1967 through 1973 she had several different owners, had a major refit in Maine, spend time as a charter boat in the Caribbean. In 1875 [1975] she was arrested for smuggling marijuana and was brought to Florida by the USCG. In 1976 she was sold at auction to Mike Davis and Geoffrey Gibson, who recognized the boat's vintage and had her restored in Massachusetts. In 1985, she was sold to Philippe Bommer and moved to the Mediterranean where she sailed in many of the classic's regattas. In 2001-2003 she exchanged owners once again and underwent an intensive retrofit including replacing her framework with steel Classic Works in La Ciotat to include all new steel frames, ensuring she was fully restored to her former glory yet still retained her magnificent original interior. She was recently acquired by an unnamed Bay Area interest, and should be gracing the waters of San Francisco Bay for who knows how long. She does have a slip at the San Francisco Marina, but with the current lack of water at entrance, she cannot get to her berth and is side tied in Sausalito at the moment! [If you want to link to this article then please use this URL: www.sail-world.com/145414]
[https://www.sandemanyachtcompany.co.uk/yacht/415/alden-71-ft-yawl-1936-2003] Designedv, ROYONO was built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company in Bristol, Rhode Island under the name of MANDOO II for D Spencer Berger. In 1948 she was offered to the Annapolis Naval Academy. In 2003 she underwent a major rebuild and restoration.
Royono was first to finish and first in Class A in the 1952 Bermuda passage. She had the best time at 97:16:28, 6.5 knots, but the overall winner of the race was Carina, Class C, owner Richard S. Nye. Royono is not shown as placing in later Bermuda races. {https://bermudarace.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/results_berth_to_bermuda_extract.pdf}


Ship Notes:
IXNameMANotes
235ROYONOFY 1950. Sold to Spedcor Electronics.

Page Notes:
Compiled: 19 Oct 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: DB, Maroon