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Italian training ship Capricia

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Capricia in 2007
OperatorItalian Navy
BuilderBengt Plym on A/B Neglinge-Varvet shipyard of Saltsjöbaden, Sweden
LaunchedOctober 1963
RecommissionedJanuary 1993
In service1
HomeportLa Spezia
IdentificationITA 12712
MottoNulla nos via tardat eunte
Statusin service
NotesPennant number A5322
General characteristics
Tonnage55 t (54 long tons) full load
  • - 22.55 m (74 ft 0 in) LOA[1]
  • - 16.46 m (54.0 ft) LPP
Beam5.06 m (16 ft 7 in)
Draught3.14 m (10 ft 4 in)
Sail plan254 m2 (2,730 sq ft)
Speed6.0 knots (11.1 km/h; 6.9 mph) by engine prop
Range1.000 nmi (1.852 km; 1.151 mi) at 6.0 knots (11.1 km/h; 6.9 mph) (on engine prop)
  • - 14, of which:
  • - 5 crew
  • - 9 guests

Capricia is a yawl, active as a sail training vessel for the Italian Navy[2]


The Bermudian yawl Capricia was built by Bengt Plym shipyard in Sweden, on a project by Sparkman & Stephens New York City (United States) (number 1645), the world-famous yacht design firm.

The vessel is entirely made of wood: white oak for the structure, mahogany for the planking, teak for the deck, Canadian spruce for the masts.

The original owner was Einar Hansen, Malmö, Sweden.

Capricia has a copal-varnished hull and brick red sails that make her instantly recognisable. Having won the Fastnet in 1965, she was purchased by Fiat boss Gianni Agnelli who held on to her until 1993 when he donated her to the Italian Navy.

The Agnelli family bought it in 1971 and the boat went through a thorough renovation of the interior, which included the creation of an unusual[clarification needed] bathroom with a large bathtub. The latter[who?] used Capricia as a training vessel, with cadets from the Italian Naval Academy in Livorno spending regular periods aboard. Each year she embarks on a training cruise which often includes calls to various classic sailing rallies and regattas.


  1. ^ "Sparkman & Stephens: Capricia - Design 1645". Sparkmanstephens.blogspot.it. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Capricia - Marina Militare". Marina.difesa.it. Retrieved 12 January 2017.

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