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Swan 65 Ketch


Chris Watts

Evrika had extensively cruised northern Europe, the Mediterranean and the North Atlantic when, with a heavy heart she was put up for sale. Plans changed in 2018 when it was decided to take Evrika off the market and prepare her for a new adventure instead. The boat underwent an extensive refit and during that period Richard Little and his long term captain Chris Watts decided to sign her up for the Ocean Globe Race in 2023.



Chris has sailed over 100,000nm, completed innumerable offshore and ocean races, ocean crossings and skippered Evrika successfully since 2013. There is not a single bolt on the boat that Chris doesn’t know by name. His knowledge of the Swan 65 is second to none as he has also worked on three other S&S 65s during his career. Looking at the Ocean Globe Race, he is most excited to guide the yacht and crew safely and fast around the world. When Chris is not sailing he likes to be active and get outdoors, cycling, skiing, climbing and playing tennis.

First Mate

Helena, First Mate and Team Manager of Evrika, has studied Yacht and Powercraft design at Southampton and has sailed and raced since a young age. She successfully completed a single-handed Atlantic Circuit campaign onboard her yacht ‘Freedom’, a 31ft Hallberg-Rassy. A circumnavigation with the Ocean Globe Race and managing the team beforehand is something that makes her get up extra early in the morning with an excited buzz! Bring on the next two years!

No.Name, NationalitySex, AgeLeg 1Leg 2Leg 3Leg 4
1Chris Watts, BritishMale
2Helena Schneider, GermanFemale
3Richard Little, BritishMale
4Tim, BritishMale
5Geoff, BritishMale


Evrika was launched in 1982 and is hull number 36. Like Sayula II, Evrika is ketch-rigged, though she has the longer 24m mainmast from the sloop version, as well as a mizzen mast. Evrika’s first owner raced her in the 1980s, entering the Fastnet Race and winning the Swan Cup. Her second owner, Pink Floyd’s Rick Wright, practically lived aboard her for 25 years, making the boat famous while cruising in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Now Evrika is with her third owner, who has cruised her happily for 10 years, and she’s ready to return to her racing heritage. Evrika has sailed and cruised tens of thousands of ocean miles between the coasts of Europe, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. She is now getting ready for the race of her life around the world in her upcoming adventure!