A tale of True Love


True Love on one of its numerous cruises

True Love is today 52 years old and in her present 18-year ownership under Peter Koenig from Hamburg, Germany, has sailed many miles across German, Danish, French and Italian waters.
“One day while cruising off the coast of France, she somehow survived a vicious mistral wind blowing some 45 knots, but she managed to sail her crew of two safely through the day and night to port the following day,” said Peter. “She’s pretty able indeed.”

True Love about to hit the warm waters in the Yacht Club basin

True Love has won numerous prizes, her biggest successes probably being her big win at the prestigious La Nioulargue in St. Tropez, France.

She also took part in the largest international Regatta Week for classic yachts being first on the line in a start of 66 boats at a race in Hamburg. Peter's son John-Henry – 12 at the time – was on the sheets while Peter took the helm. The boat has since then set new records.

After years of travel and adventures with True Love, Peter made the move to Seychelles to join his true love Jenny and True Love – the boat, that is – was packed into a container and shipped to her new home.

She has since cruised the beautiful Seychelles island waters, adding beauty to secluded bays and anchorages with her sparkling varnished topsides and naturally beautiful lines.

“With help and support from the Import, Customs and Agriculture authorities, the SMSA (Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration) and Land Marine, True Love was finally released from her steel box at Sans Souci after eight weeks of travelling.

She was later towed to the Seychelles Yacht Club basin and happily hit the warm Indian Ocean waters on July 27 this year.


By Rebecca Chang-Tave

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