New launch of blue water expedition yacht - Qilak

Owen Clarke 66 Qilak

The Owen Clarke custom designed 66’ aluminium blue water cruising yacht Qilak was launched earlier this month at the K and M Yacht-Builders yard in Makkum, Holland. Purposeful, 'half yacht and half working boat', aptly described as a Land Rover Defender on the outside and a Range Rover on the inside.

Qilak has been built for commercial charter as well as private use and as such has been designed and built to code. She represents an exciting departure for Owen Clarke, building on their background of designing as well as sailing performant and reliable offshore racing yachts for short-handed sailors. 

Lead designer Allen Clarke explains:

"The project goal was to create a commercial charter yacht capable of being sailed by a crew of three, working in the northern hemisphere April to October and then transiting quickly to Antarctica for the southern Summer season. Refits will be undertaken between the charter seasons and this requires the yacht to be also a fast, reliable passage maker while at the same time capable of over-wintering in high latitudes and/or laying up in port in remote parts of the world."


  • Ice


    Eddy Lekens, Ice for his sailing friends, started sailing at the age of 9 and soon started racing with keelboats with his parents. He is the founder and owner of ClubRacer, one of Europe's most popular sailing websites. Eddy Lekens was in 2004 awarded for "best offshore sailor of The Netherlands" for his results with the Audi sailing team. His other passion away from sailing is being a omnichannel ecommerce consultant.