De Valk Hindeloopen, a member of the De Valk International brokerage group, has sold Pinta Husavik (ex. Pinta Smeralda), the final private sailing yacht of the late Willy Illbruck. This pioneering vessel, which benefits from the decades of experience built up by Illbruck during his illustrious career, is now being enjoyed by her new Dutch owners.
Launched in 1997 by Marten Marine in New Zealand, the customised Pinta Husavik was a trend-setter in the move towards fast yachts with clean decks and a small crew.
“As one of the industry leaders in Germany, Mr Illbruck shaped much of the German sailing industry by his leading edge in developing and building racing yachts for the German Pinta teams,” explains senior broker Hans Visser from De Valk Hindeloopen, who negotiated the sale.
“Only the best was good enough for this Admiral’s Cup winner and you can see what that meant in practice onboard Pinta Husavik. The fact that the yacht can be sailed at full potential with only two people on board was an enormous plus point for the experienced Dutch couple that now owns her.”