Desireé is the stunning yawl I grew up on as a leisurely passenger around the Great Lakes with my family. I didn’t have a care in the world about how one actually got from A to B in a sailboat until my early twenties when I thought hey, I should buy one of those and take a sailing trip. Two years of living aboard Louise, a Cal 27, I was drooling over Desireé


NAME : Desireé

MAKE: 1962 Pearson Invicta

DESIGNER: Bill Tripp

RIG: Yawl

LENGTH: 37.8

BEAM: 10.5

DRAFT: 4.5 (7.5 centerboard down)

ENGINE: Universal Diesel, 25hp

The Invicta was the first sailboat produced with a fiberglass hull to win the major ocean Newport to Bermuda Race.  Bill Tripp contributed to the creation of yachts noted for their
exterior seaworthiness and interior spaciousness – a balance between racing class rules and family sailing comfort. There were 21 hulls built, I grew up on No. 8. There has been 4 Atlantic crossings in the Invicta and I intend to make it 6.