Lillevi was designed by Zake Westin and built at the Turku Boatyard (Åbo Båtvarf) in Finland in 1938.
Friends of Zake Westin decided to have a Six-Meter built as a surprise birthday present for him. One of the friends, Erik Ahlström, was chosen to commission the yacht for himself, to disguise the plan. Not knowing about the plan Zake Westin designed and built his own birthday present. To be able to choose the very best materials for the boat, almost three times as much wood as was needed, was imported. Unfortunately, Zake Westin passed away 1.2.1938 at the age of 51 before the completion of the yacht. Zake’s brother Bruno finished the building and the boat was named Lillevi, after Zake’s daughter. Lillevi was one of the very first boats with a furling jib, a rarity at the time. She was also one of the very first Finnish yachts with Dacron sails. Many people think that Zake Westin’s yachts were the most beautiful of all Finnish designed six meters and Lillevi has been considered by many to be the most beautiful of his designs.
After the Westin family, Lillevi was owned from 1939 to 1965 by Hemming Elfving, who raced her actively with good results especially in lighter winds. Lillevi was bought to Sweden in 1965 by Folke Sjödin. In 1967 she changed from L 48 to S 68. Lillevi was one of the yachts taking part in the Worlds in Sandhamn 1975. In the final score she was the 14th. Lillevi took also part in the Europeans in Sweden 1985 when she was the 10th in a fleet of fifteen yachts. (Esko Kilpi)
Subsequently bought and refurbished by Oliver Berking, who founded the series of Robbe & Berking Regattas based on Flensberg, she was re-numbered GER 68, finished 4th in the 2005 Classic World Cup at Sandhamn and won the Robbe & Sterling 6mR Sterling Cup but finished sixth in the 2006 Europeans at Flensburg, just behind Nancy.
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