The cover shot shows ATYLA at the start of the Belfast tall ships race 2015

The ship was designed and built by Esteban Vicente Jiménez with the help of a group of friends and volunteers. Construction started In 1980 in the small town of Vinuesa (Soria) over 200km from the sea. In 1982 the project was transferred to the coastal town of Lekeitio (Vizcaya), where the final assembly was to take place. Atyla was finally launched on May 15th, 1984 under the name ‘Marea Errota’.
After a successful period of chartering in the Canary Islands she returned to Spain where she represented Cantabria as a sail training vessel, running day trips with scholars and environmental awareness trips. At the end of this period Esteban was almost 60 years old, and his nephew Rodrigo de la Serna Vicente took on the responsibility of running the ship and started creating the charity “Atyla Ship Foundation”.  Every year since then, Atyla has been involved in sail training and adventure sailing trips and regattas, sailing on average 8500 nautical miles and welcoming hundreds of participants on board. During these festivals, Atyla has been awarded the ship with the “ Most international crew” .

ATYLA. North Atlantic race start. Position 55° 16’N 006° 48’W

Home Port:   Bilbao Maritime Museum (Basque Country, Spain)
Rig:  Schooner 2015 (changed to topsail schooner 2017)
Length:    31m
Beam:      7m
Height:     25m
Depth:        3m
Sail Area:   400sqm


Richard Sibley

Photographer with a passion for photographing tall ships and traditional sailing boats

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