Selma 1926

Johan Anker was a keen sailor and a wonderful yachtsman.

1907 Brand III

1911 8mR Inamorata






1914 8mR Quinta

1920 8mR N33

1922 6mR Oui Oui D15

1922 8mR Bera

1923 8mR Enchantement IV


1927 8mR Varg 3 S32

1927 8mR Tamara

1927 Renata L17

1930 8mR Anitra N30

1931 6mR Barbara

1932 Fenris N28

1931 6mR Norna II N43

1931 6mR Abu GBR42

Abu was designed and built by Johan Anker for his own use. In her first year, Johan Anker won the Scandinavian Gold Cup at Gothenburg with her, selling her to Magnus Konow at the end of the season. In 1932 Magnus Konow won both the

Scandinavian Gold Cup and The One Ton Cup, before selling her on to A.E. ʺDaddyʺ Lees in England.  He raced her at Burnham‐on‐Crouch for two years without success, before disposing of her and she did not race again.   She was converted to a cruiser and remained in the Solent and at Brighton until around 1995, when she was sailed single‐handedly to the East Coast of England. In July 2003, while on a family picnic, I found her sitting very forlornly under a torn cover in the grass on the side of a road in Essex.  I located the owner and shortly afterwards bought her.

During the last two years she has been under restoration by Peter Wilsonʹs yard at Aldeburgh, Suffolk, and is now nearly complete with her vintage winches (ex Titia) fitted. 


Extraordinarily, after such a very long gap, most of her hull was found to be in excellent condition, with only some repair to the horn timber, the replacement of some frames and a new deck being necessary. 


There had once been a fire in her galley, whose scars necessitated the replacement of short lengths of planking, together with part of the beam shelves. She has had a beautiful light‐weight Sitka spruce deck fittedand the hull is currently being painted off‐white.  She is due for launching at Aldeburgh sometime in May for trials, before being moved to the Solent for racing.


 Taken from: The Classic Six Meter Newsletter, Tim Street, Basil Carmody & Frederich Dahlman

1932 6mR Lisbeth V

The Six Metre yacht Lisbeth 5, former N 46, today SWE 136, was both designed and constructed in Norway in 1932 by Johan Anker.  Johan Anker together with Einar With, board member of KNS, and some additional yachtsmen created a Six Metre syndicate, with the aim of developing a Norwegian defender for the 1932 Gold Cup.  The new boat N 46, design no 366, was christened Lisbeth 5 in honor of Einar With`s daughter Lisbeth.
The boat was ready to race in May 1932. Johan Anker as skipper and helmsman did not manage to defeat his previous boat, Gold Cup winner Abu, now helmed by Magnus Konow during the Norwegian qualification trials.  Light and unpredictable winds, combined with the fact that Lisbeth 5 came directly from the yard to the qualifying races, contributed to this failure.  Abu repeated its earlier success by winning both the Gold Cup and One Ton Cup for Norway in 1932. This showed once again Anker's position as the leading naval architect, an international yachtsman, as well as the builder of world class Six Metre yachts.
After the qualifying races for the Gold Cup in May 1932, Einar With took over Lisbeth 5, after he won the syndicate lottery.  His earlier Sixes were N 15 Lisbeth 2 (1924) and N 21, Lisbeth 3 (1926), both Anker designs built by A&J.  Lisbeth 3 won the 1926 KSSS Sandhamn Regatta  in Stockholm.


Einar continued his Six Metre racing during the 1930s with Lisbeth 5.  Sixes were the biggest racing class at this time in Norway.  He was a very keen yachtsman and participated in all the major regattas,
such as the 1933 “KNS‐jubelee‐regatta” and the 1934 “Kieler woche” with good results. Also, as board member of KNS, he worked hard to improve and develop its junior activities and made a great
contribution to Nordic yachting. According to KNS register, Lisbeth 5 had several names and about 10 owners in Norway after Einar With and underwent many rebuilds and changes.  Just before
the Anker & Jensen Yard was closed down in the 1940s, she had a major refit to
facilitate both racing and cruising. She had the forward cockpit rebuilt and covered with a skylight and her aft cockpit enlarged.  In addition, a small helmsman’s cockpit was created, in line with Anker’s
designs for larger yachts. In the 1970 ́s she was re‐ measured and was raced in accordance with different Scandinavian handicaps, e.g. the LYS.  In the middle of 1990s she was equipped with an inboard engine. Lisbeth 5 had been actively raced but remained around Oslo for 68 years when Johan H Larson purchased her in 2000.  One year later a complete renovation was embarked upon to ensure her return to international classic Six Metre racing again.

With her exciting background and her having been built by Johan Anker to the highest standards, we felt obliged to bring her back to her former original configuration and glory, whenever possible.  Our ambition has been all along to restore her to original racing specification, in accordance with Johan Ankers intentions, drawings and launching specification as far as possible. Lisbeth 5 was at her time a true representative of the thoroughbreds there were available for international racing in the Six Metre class and she was skippered by one of the best. To ensure the highest standard for her renovation, Peter Norlin, famous worldwide as a designer and sailor for the  class, was engaged as technical consultant. The work was performed by a team of very skilled boat builders in Orust on the west coast of Sweden. Orust is famous for its traditional boatbuilding skills and is the area where most of the famous Swedish yards and suppliers are located today. The final works, launch and measurements were made in 2006/7 at the Schelins yard near Stockholm.  Lisbeth 5 had a lot of new timber installed and her structure was strengthened to last longer and to stand up to the high loads placed on a Six. We kept her original deck layout and light racing construction with canvas over the planking.  In the end we decided to measure in accordance to the Third Rule and on the same day as her first measurement, but 75 years later, she was measured again in may 2007 and was ready to race.  

Johan Anker was a great supporter of the International Rule and was very active in the Rule’s developments.  He didn’t like either extreme solutions or too many restrictions within the rule.  He always pushed for the Rule to develop speed enhancing waterline and sail area separately.  Above all, he championed sportsmanlike yacht racing.
Lisbeth 5’s design and lines are accordingly very typical for Anker from this period. She has a U‐shaped stern and a narrower deck line, which according to Anker, was the best interpretation of the Rule.  However this resulted in unnecessarily wet sailing in high waves.  He wrote in an article in September 1932 that the rule should be changed on this point to create better boats.  He finishes the article by commenting that the Rule has given Norway some fantastic international competitive boats as basis for
true racing and sportsmanship.  Additionally he extends a great Thank You to Den Norske Veritas (DNV) for the thorough job they have done in verifying the Rule’s scantlings.

Lisbeth 5 is today registered in the Royal Swedish Yacht Club, KSSS, and belongs to the Swedish Six Metre fleet in Stockholm.  During the 2007 season, she participated in the RYS World Championships and the R rule Centennial Regatta in Cowes, England.  SWE 6 Fågel Blå defended the Swedish colours by winning the classic championship.  Lisbeth 5 had some good races but an overall disappointing result that indicated there were great needs for improvements in speed, handling and reliability.  Further development on her path towards successful competitive racing was executed by some of the best British Six Metre sailors at the end of the season 2007, as she was left in Hamble for improvements.  During the 2008 season Lisbeth 5 participated in the European Championship at La Trinité, Brittany, with clear result and speed improvements, ending with a good 7th place but still weak in light winds.  All the changes enhancements and developments had started to pay off. Lisbeth 5 is today in immaculate condition, fast overall and a well balanced Six Metre yacht, with racing ambitions in line with Johan Ankers ambitions.  We have kept her original name in honor of the first owners and their remarkable contributions to yacht racing in the Nordic waters.  We are proud to be able to build on their yachting sportsmanship traditions with the new “Lisbeth 5 Yacht Racing Team“.


Source: The classic 6mR Newsletter, Tim Street, Basil Carmody &  Frederich Dahlman

1933 6mR Norna III N49 / Emzia FIN64

1934 6mR Vert Galant FRA99

1937 6mR Norna IV N65

1937 Norna VI / Lady Day DEN58

2005 8mR Aun J1

1937 Ilmen V / Bojar

"BOJAR was launched in 1937 as ILMEN V and she was one of the last designs from the board of Johan Anker. Anker's reputation is part due to his incredible success in International Rule designs, his creation of the iconic Dragon One Design - and of all the famous designers of his era, he was arguably the best helmsman. Anker often watched the offerings of Messrs Fife and Mylne cross the finish line behind him - This 'feel' for a boat helped him create some of the fastest and most beautiful designs of any period.


BOJAR's dimensions are similar to the 10 Metre class, but with the slightly greater beam, that her first owner had requested, in his quest for the perfect cruiser racer. In due course she passed to Ragnvald Jacobsen, re naming her BOJAR, and keeping her from 1941 to 1967. Jacobsen, was also a talented helmsman, winning many regattas in the 5.5 and 6 Metre classes.


The current owner has owned her for 28 years, enjoying cruising and classic racing in home waters. BOJAR can be easily sailed by only two people, which is unusual for a yacht of this size and vintage.


The hull is built with 30 mm Oregon pine on composite hot dip galvanized steel and wooden frames. Keel stem and sternpost are of oak and steam bent ribs of elm. The keel weight and displacement balanced at approximately 50 / 50 render her a very effective up wind boat. BOJAR was built by Anker & Jensen of Oslo, one of the most prestigious yards in Scandinavia using materials and applying craftsmanship of the very highest quality. The deck layout is clean and beautiful, with traditional bronze fittings. The deep and large cockpit is comfortable both at sea and in harbour. The topsides are remarkably smooth and painted with Awlgrip.





BOJAR can accommodate 6 to 7 people in 4 cabins. The main accommodation is entered though a companionway and down 3 steps - the vessel's interior joinery is a mixture of teak and mahogany, but with white painted bulkheads and deck heads contrasting with the varnished mahogany beams, the boat is light and the ambience in keeping with her classic pedigree. The beautifully appointed galley is to port, with ENO 3 burner gas cooker and oven, sink with hot and cold mixer and Isotherm 3200 fridge. There is plenty of storage for utensils and crockery. Opposite to starboard is the generous chart table and navigation area with a single pilot berth extending aft. The main saloon takes full advantage of the BOJAR'S ample beam and sports comfortable single berth settees each side with stowage outboard and below.


 The substantial drop leaf table provides dining space for at least 8 people. The saloon is curtained off for'ard to reveal the companionway with the heads to starboard with stowage, including wardrobe opposite, thereafter to berths; single to port and double to starboard, Finally there are two single berths each side of the fore peak with substantial stowage below.



The wooden three spreader rig is original. The rig is totally restored and equipped with self tailing bronze winches. Sails are Doyle 4 DL, there is an old Ratsey cotton spinnaker and several Dacron sails. DECK EQUIPMENT AND GROUND TACKLE - Reckmann RS 2000 manual reefing jib - 3 bronze manual S T winches on mast - 4 bronze manual S T winches - 1 Bronze Lewmar 50 ST electric winch - Maxwell electric bronze windlass - 60 m galvanized 10 mm chain - 20 kg Bruce bronze anchor - 3 x bronze dorades




Engine: Yanmar 4JH4E 54 HP 2006 - Transmission: ZF 25 hydraulic. - West Mekan controllable electric pitch propeller; neutral sail position. - 2 x 12 V 165 A service batteries - 1x 12 V 70 A start battery - Mastervolt 230 V charger 30 A - Mastervolt masterlink BTM 1 battery monitor - Electric freshwater system with filter - Electric saltwater for galley - Isothem hot water. 30 litre 6 1/2 gallons - Bilge pumps: 2 x electric 1 x manual - 230 litre / c 50 gallon Freshwater tank - 240 litre / c 53 gallon diesel fuel tank - 35 litre / c 8 gallon holding tank.


Simrad AP 21 Autopilot electro hydraulic - Simrad CP 44 chart plotter - Simrad IS 15 speed, depth and water temp - Simrad RS 87 VHF - Simrad HT 50 hand held VHF - Tactic wind instrument - Autopilot, plotter, VHF, wind and speed instruments are connected - Sestrel compass


Ardic 1012 heater water to air - Dickinson diesel heater - Isotherm 3200 fridge - ENO 3 burner gas cooker with oven - Truma gas remote switch - Zodiac dinghy - Autoflog life raft 6 man. - Cushions - Safety equipment"