Arthur Holgate ADIX

Type: Three-Masted Gaff-Rigged Topsail Schooner

Ex; Jessica, Ex; XXXX

Adix Specifications:

LOA: 212.76′ / 64.85m
LWL: 135’11’ / 41.44m
LOD: 183.7′ / 56m
Beam: 29.13′ / 8.88m
Draft: 13.41′ / 4.09m
Designer: Arthur Holgate, South Africa
Original Owner: Carlos Perdomo, Argentina
Contract Price: 350 million pesetas
Current Owner:
Year Launched: 1984
Built By: Astilleros de Mallorca, Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
Hull Material: Steel
Gross Displacement: 370 tonne
Sail Area: 18,513 sq ft / 1,720 square meters



One of the largest sailing yachts built since the 1930’s, and styled after the William Gardner designed 1903 yacht Atlantic. Jessica was designed by Arthur Holgate of South Africa, who sadly was killed by a snowplow in Maine while Jessica was being built by Astilleros de Mallorca, Palma, Illes Balears in Spain. Due to size, complexity and transport purposes her rig was installed in England. Jessica was named after the original owners girlfriend, who had been a secretary in the Nicholson office in Antigua.

Adix had her first transformation back in 1991 when she underwent a transom modification and full interior strip out, with design by Dykstra Naval Architects. This remodeling program saw her named as ‘Best Refit’ in the ShowBoats Awards that year.

In 2015 Adix underwent a new performance upgrade. The Adix’s old rigs weighed in at a whopping 15 tons. Her new carbon masts and ECsix rigging, weighing now just 9.5 tons, that’s saving 36% of the rig weight. She also got a new carbon bowsprit, replacing the old steel one. Her new rig was fashioned to look as the old; one notable exception being the introduction of ‘deadeyes and lanyards’ as a nod towards her traditional heritage. The summer of 2016 she will be on the east coast of the United States and the Maine coast, before returning back through the Caribbean en-route once more to the Pacific, continuing her tradition as one of the great cruising yachts of her time.

Ownershp History:

1989- Renamed Adix
1988-1989 – Alan Bond, Australia – Renamed XXXX
1984-1988 – Carlos Perdomo, Argentina – Jessica


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