by Dr. Susan Block
Mast of the Adria
1934 at Sea... PHOTOS: MAX & SUZY
and early, we dragged our danced-out bodies out of bed and rolled down
the hill to the harbor for our rendezvous with Captain Cornelius Kotterer,
his lovely First Mate/wife Antonia, and the capable, amicable crew, Max
Muzio and Gerard Tournay, of the ADRIA
Ready to board the
.. PHOTO: MAX
One of the most elegant
and comfortable sailing yachts on the Côte D'Azur, the Adria
was designed by the distinguished naval architect Artur Tiller as an ocean-going
schooner for a German industrial company, built to the highest standards
on the famous yard of Abeking & Rasmussen in Lengwerder, in northern
Scenes from our day
on The Adria ... PHOTOS: MAX, SUZY &
Like most German
things of any value in the 1930s, the Adria was soon confiscated by the
Nazis. But it didn't stay Third Reich long. As the war began, the yacht
was stopped by the British Navy while making a trip on the North Sea and
brought to England. There she was dismasted and taken to the Thames to
help defend the Allies.
The Bla Bla at Sea......
Dr. Suzy at the Wheel
and On the Phone... PHOTOS: MAX
After the war, the
Adria was purchased by an English Commander, who had her rerigged, with
the original masts, as a ketch, by the naval architect Illingworth. After
a few years of Mediterranean cruising, she was sold to an Italian who
had her refit by the renowned yard of Becconcini in Genoa.
THE ADRIA 1934
Her next owner was
a Belgian gentleman who renamed her "Briantais" and then sold
her to a Frenchman, who renamed her Adria II and kept her in Saint-Raphael.
Then she was purchased by a French company, who put a paid captain onboard,
entering her into all the classic Riviera regattas where she took very
honorable places. After five years, the company stopped her racing adventures,
and the Adria was on the market yet again.
Adria Captain Cornelius
First Mate Antonia
with Thierry and Gerard... PHOTOS: SUZY
It was then that
Captain Cornelius, a former architect and budding artist, and Antonia,
a former hat, hand and foot model, as well as an architect/artist, fell
in love with this great and graceful Lady of the Sea. They became her
seventh owners, and their "eternal honeymoon" began.
Captain Cornelius &
Antonia .. PHOTOS: MAX
A refit started
and, by keeping everything that is original--all scrubbed brass, polished
wood and trim sails--they maintain the beauty and agility of the Adria
as she was meant to be.
dRThierry & Gerard drop anchor at the Bay of
Agay... PHOTOS: SUZY
Max to Max
... PHOTOS: SUZY
An important part of
the sailing yacht experience: The Nap ... PHOTOS:
Sign on the side of
the Adria: HOMO SAPIENS NON URINATUM VENTUM
Trans: MEN SHOULDN'T PEE INTO THE WIND
Our day on the Adria
was sublimely divine, sailing through gentle breezes past stunning red
rock hills and a provocative mix of beautiful and horrible architecture.
We dropped anchor in the Bay of Agay where we swam in the opalescent water
and ate a scrumptious déjeuner of fruit, fois gras, rillettes
and our beloved wine with ice, then dormir: The Nap, an essential
part of the sailing yacht experience..
Max helps Antonia keep
the Adria from scratching her neighbor, another beautiful, lovingly shellacked
sailing yacht formerly owned by the late Gianni Agnelli of Fiat.
Crew & Bla Bla
... PHOTOS: MAX
back into Port Du Cannes, we spied a water plane overhead soaring into
Waterplane flying into
the hills over Port Du Cannes.
"Only one thing
that can mean," Captain Cornelius said ruefully, "They're going
to put out another fire."
That evening, we
got a good hard look at what the captain was talking about.
Driving west through
the coastal hills to an art opening in Saint-Tropez, we were surrounded
by miles of burt-to-the-ground terrain on both sides of the road, the
terrible, ashen artwork of the arsonist-terrorists of the Côte
D'Azur's scorched summer of 2003.
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