Rhona, K-7

Rhona, K-7

Built in 1927 according to the International Second Rule.


1927: Designed by William Fife III and built at W. Fife & Sons of Fairlie, Scotland

1927-1929: First owner, James Lauriston Lewis, home port: Greenock, Scotland

1930-1932: Purchased by the Earl of Essex, home port: Greenwich, England

1933-1958: Purchased by Arnfinn Heje, home port: Oslo, Norway
Renamed: Hei II
New Sail Number: N-10

1959-1960: Ownership transfers to the heirs of the late Arnfinn Heje

1961-1969: Purchased by Jan Arthur Iversen, home port: Sarpsborg, Norway
Renamed: Frisco VI
Underwent restoration and conversion to auxiliary yawl– fitted with engine, doghouse and mizzenmast

1970: Purchased by Urban Strom, an artist who planned to use the boat as a studio. Moved to a site outside of Gothenburg. Disappeared from Lloyd’s Register

1971-1974: Purchased by Stig Westberg and friends.
Moved to Drasgmark where she underwent a refit at the Broderna Jacobson Yard. Updates included a new engine, reinforced mast-step and new Bruce Bank Sails. She sailed in Scandinavia and Northern Germany.

1974: Purchased by Lars Hassler home port: Stockholm, Sweden
Renamed: Golum
Sailed throughout Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark until 1977.

1977-2013: unknown

2011-2013: Reported in state of disrepair ashore near Cadaques, Spain
Observations: Mast broken, large cockpit added on deck and the hull partially coated with polyester

2017: Purchased by Gilles Rougier Zvorykin, he plans restoration to original condition with an eye to her 100 year anniversary in 2027.
Renamed: Rhona
Sail Number: K-7

2019-present: The extensive restoration is underway. Visit the RhonaSailing.com restoration blog for a detailed view of the project which has so far included replacing:

Structural elements— keel wood, dead wood, frames, stringers and steel reinforcements
Deck planking— 60% teak replaced
Steel mast support installed
New artfully constructed stern/ transom


Sail Number K-7
International Rule SECOND Rule
Year Built 1927
Designer William Fife III
Builder William Fife & Son of Fairlie
Hull ID Number 748
First Owner James Lauriston Lewis
First Name Rhona
First Sail Number K-7
First Country Great Britain (GB)
Original Homeport Greenock, Scotland
Other Names Hei II (1933)- Frisco VI (1961) - Golum (1974)
Other Sail Numbers N-10 (Norway, until 1971)
Current Status / Condition refitted, not in good condition
Current Owner Gilles Rougier Zvorykin
Current Location Port Roses, Spain
Website https://rhonasailing.com
Current Division Vintage
Construction Wood on steel frames - keel, stem and stern in Teak
Length Overall 19.86m - original / 20.50m (1974) m.
Length Waterline 12.95m- original / 15.25m (current) m.
Beam 3.76m - original / 2.85m (1974) m.
Draft 2.75m (1974) m.
Sail Area 190 sq. m (1947) / 210 sq. m (1974) m.
Displacement 25.0 tons (1974) t.
Engine Volvo Penta diesel (1974)