Contacto: Robert Baer +34 605256162  –


Designed by Robert Clark. Built in 1937 by Morgan Giles.

DESIGNER      Robert Clark

DATE                 1937

LWL                   35 ft 0 in / 10,71 m

DRAUGHT        7 ft 6 in /   2,29 m

CONSTRUCTION   Teak on oak frames

LOCATION        Spain  (Galicia)

BUILDER                     Morgan Giles
LOA                               49 ft 0 in  / 14,99 m

BEAM                           11 ft 1 in  /  3,39 m
DISPLACEMENT       14 Tons
ENGINE                       MERCEDES 656
SAIL AREA                  940 sq.ft  87.30 sq.m

From the golden age of gentleman yachting, the beautiful ORTAC shines as one of its most successful ocean racing boats. Appearing in 1937, and without tuning up, she went on to win her maiden race, the Heligoland, in spite of competing with such well known ocean racers as the Latifa, the Trenchemer, the Roland von Bremen, and the Hamburg.

After winning the RORC in 1937, the ORTAC went on to win many of her races and to become one of the most successful racers of the period, with a performance that has been outstanding over a period of years, and in the hands of a variety of owners. Even in 1955 she went on to win the Royal Engineers Yacht Club cup, and in 1970 the Cowes Week Championship.

She was one of the “designed for the job” boats. Beginning in 1930 with the 52 foot yawl Dorade and followed by Stormy Weather, both designed by Olin and Rod Stephens and both winners of the Fastenet Race. The British owners soon followed suit commissioning boats specifically designed for ocean racing and the RORC rule, such as Charles A. Nicholson’s Bloodhound and Foxhound, Laurent Giles’s Maid of Malham for John Illingworth and Robert Clark’s ORTAC

Rias Baixas 2016

Ortac at the Heligoland Race 1937

First yacht in the world to extend her guardrails right forward in the form of a pulpit.

Designed, as we said, by Robert Clark she was commissioned by Colonel C. F. King and built by Morgan Giles of Teignmouth in Burma teak. The Ortac can claim to be the first yacht in the world to extend her guardrails right forward in the form of a pulpit. It is perfectly understandable that a fitting, now taken as universal, raised howls of rage when it first appeared.

When it came to installing the pulpit, the yard was not prepared to commit such an act of desecration, declaring the item to be a “silly bit of tin”. Faced with this «nolle prosequi», Clark and the owner took the otherwise completed boat elsewhere and found another yard prepared to go down in the books as the fabricators of History´s First Pulpit.

After a successful career in England, in 1953 she was acquired by the Hamburgischer Verein Seefarhrt, as their club boat. Under their flag she took part in many races including the Transatlantic Race from Newport to Marstand, Sweden. She even sailed to Iceland and to other distant waters.

In 1990 she appeared in Ibiza, Spain where she was auctioned and bought by her present owner.
She now lies in Baiona, in the North West coast of Spain, where since then has been used as a family boat, sailing mainly around the «Galician Rias» and nearby waters.Apart from the delivery trip


from Ibiza to Baiona, she made a complete anti-clockwise circumnavigation, from Baiona to Baiona, sailing along the Portuguese coast, along the Gulf of Cadiz to Gibraltar, and from there to the Balearic Islands, and returning via Barcelona and Santander (naturally by road), and finally along the Cantabric North coast of Spain back again to Baiona.

This round trip was nearly always sailed under following winds: The Noroeste in Galicia and Portugal, the Poniente in the Gulf of Cadiz, the Virazón in the Mediterranean, the Nordeste in the Cantabric and again the Noroeste in Galicia.

During the last few years she has been seriously restored. All the hull planks have been refastened with new copper bolts. Thin cedar strips have been epoxied between planks.

A new deck has been installed, with new deck stringers, some new beams, waterproof  plywood epoxied on top, a layer of Sikaflex and new teak screwed on top. The many steel reinforcements, which over the years had been aded by her previous owners, have been eliminated. The only steel remaining inside the hull are four inox reinforcement angles placed between the hull and the deck and melted iron floor knees. Most of thees knees have been removed, sand blasted, epoxy coated and reinstalled.

Ortac is for sale, it has been with us for over 30 years, and it’s time it found itself a new owner, someone who can take care of her and love her as much as we have. Contact us if you are interested.


    • Berths 5 + 2 settee-berths
    • Gimbal saloon table (seats 8)
    • Gimbal cooking table
    • Mesa de cartas


    • Mercedes-Solé 72 hp diesel engin
    • Garmin 721 Radar-Navigator
    • Raymarine  Vhf Radio
    • Compas, electronic log, eco sounder, wind equipment, 210/12 volts battery charger, safety equipment, etc.


    • Cutter aluminum rig, headsail roller reefer, and spinnaker pole
    • Mainsails (2), trinket, headsails (3) and spinaker (?)
    • Brooks and Gatehouse electric anchor windlass
    • Mercury inflatable with Yamaha outboard
    • Winches, wooden lader, etc. etc..

Share This