Magnificent Mistral

From : May 2017


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In 1971, some 46 years ago, legendary boatbuilder, Fred Raas, father of Lex, launched Ponjaart – a wooden prototype Mistral on the Vaal Dam.


She was the plug for the mould from which more than 127 Mistrals were made - first by the Raas family business, Triton Yachts, at a cost of less than R4 000, and later by Dick Manten.


Mistrals have been an enduring feature of sailing, particularly on inland waters in South Africa, and have even completed some incredible blue-water voyages.