Astarte is the Hellenised form of the Middle Eastern goddess Ishtar, which symbolizes love, its power and its dangers.
The world’s first 10 metre-rule racer, being built in 1907, Astarte was commissioned by the merchant Carl Ragnar Flodqvist, later director of the timber industry, who sailed her for seven years. She then changed hands several times and amongst other things became a scout boat in the fifties.
As might be apparent to the attentive onlooker, she has been designed by CO Liljegren and is therefore closely related to Marga.
Astarte still features her original planking and interiors. As with Marga and Tonino, she will be brought back to her original Gaff rig, and she too will race against Marga and Tonino in the 10 M Class as soon as her refit is completed.
1865 – 1939 Sweden
A Swedish civil engineer and shipbuilder who designed both sailboats and motorboats. He received his theoretical education on boat and shipbuilding at the Royal Institute of Technology, and also taught himself as a shipbuilder in Gothenburg. After graduation, Liljegren traveled around England, France and Germany to study the construction of boats.
In the 1920’s he moved to the US and thus, was no longer active in Sweden.
Liljegren is famous for his daring designs such as the first “lottery yacht” for the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS), named “Prisca”, which was built from retrieved iron in 1899 and is considered to be his masterpiece. In addition to the two 10-Metre yachts Marga and Astarte, he also designed several 6 and 8-Metre yachts.