CRAZY HORSE was the second of the Oyster 72s to launch. Built for the owner of Oyster Yachts (Richard Matthews), she was called OYSTERCATCHER XXV.
She differed from the standard yacht as she has a carbon hull and deck and lightweight interior joinery.
The forward section of the yacht was totally open for sail storage and to save weight.
She has a carbon rig and she was and still is, ferociously quick.
She lost her first rig crossing the Atlantic which was replaced and the chainplates and hull were reinforced to avoid a repeat of this accident.
After changing hands, she fell on hard times. She was rescued by this owner who totally refitted the yacht to her current standard in 2016. The main works are listed below but, of course, there was a huge amount of other work that was needed to return her to 100A1 condition.
The forward section was totally redesigned and now houses a comfortable double-berth VIP cabin with desk and lots of storage, together with an en-suite head and separate shower compartment.
There is a watertight bulkhead with a door to the forward lazarette, which gives access to the deck for easy exit in case of emergency.
In order to ensure that she was at a proper standard for bluewater sailing, she was also coded to MCA Category 2. The intention was a Round the World cruise that sadly did not go ahead. CRAZY HORSE is now offered in sparkling good shape and she is ready to sail.
With her high tech construction, high level of refit and blistering pace, CRAZY HORSE is so much more than just an Oyster 72.
In 2016, I retired from a successful professional career, and so was free to pursue my dream of spending a few years cruising the world; visiting remote and beautiful places on the way. Sailing has been my passion for many years and, whenever I have been out on the water, my attention had always been drawn aesthetically to Oysters Yachts.
Researching the brand, it became clear that they had a reputation as capable bluewater yachts; well-designed and built, robust and equipped with all amenities to ensure safety, comfort and luxury. But, in addition to cruising far-flung places, I was keen to participate in regattas and races. I loved the adrenaline of competition and I wanted a fast and nimble yacht that would see me cross the finish line at the front of the fleet.
When I learned that CRAZY HORSE (ex. SPIRIT OF MONTPELIER ex. OYSTERCATCHER XXV) was for sale and that she had a full carbon-fiber hull and mast, and had been built by the founder of Oyster expressly to race competitively (and very successfully), I knew that she had the pedigree I wanted.
The first inspection revealed that she had sadly fallen into a state of disrepair and I knew that a full rebuild and refit would be required. But, for me, this represented a positive opportunity to create exactly the CRAZY HORSE I wanted. Other than the hull and mast, which were sound, she was a blank canvas and, in refitting her virtually from scratch, I could be sure that all systems were fully modernized and reliable. I could also add personal touches and customize her to suit my own taste, including redoing the interior in rich teak joinery throughout the yacht.
After a year of intensive work, followed by continuous improvements and upgrades over subsequent sailing years, I am satisfied that CRAZY HORSE has been rebuilt to the highest standards, with a special emphasis on safety and reliability. She is now a very special yacht that stands out from others.
To emphasize this, and for nostalgic reasons harking back to my younger days as a motor racing fan of Bentley, Aston Martin, Lotus and Jaguar, I chose to paint CRAZY HORSE in the distinctive “British Racing Green” livery, with a metallic finish as an extra flourish. There are enough white and blue yachts out there, so CRAZY HORSE is different and she does not go unnoticed!
Sadly, circumstances conspired to scupper my plans of cruising the world, and so I have reluctantly decided to sell CRAZY HORSE. My consolation is that the new owner will fully appreciate her for what she now is – a high-performance yet luxurious and practical yacht that will provide many years of speedy and comfortable cruising, while also satisfying the sailor who wants to test his or her competitive skills and fighting spirit. Those who know the history of the real Crazy Horse will appreciate what I mean by this!