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Corsaro II at Palma de Mallorca in 2007
Name: Corsaro II
Operator: Italian Navy
Builder: Cantiere Navale Costaguta Voltri, Genova, Italy
Launched: 1960
Commissioned: 5 January 1961
In service: 1
Homeport: La Spezia
Identification: ITA 1643 (Sail number)
Fate: in service
Notes: Pennant number A 5316
General characteristics
Type: Yawl
Tonnage: 47 t (46 long tons) full load
  • - 20.9 m (68 ft 7 in) LOA
  • - 15.24 m (50.0 ft) LPP
Beam: 4.7 m (15 ft 5 in)
  • - 24.08 m (79 ft 0 in) main mast
  • - 12.11 m (39 ft 9 in) mizzen mast
Draught: 2.9 m (9 ft 6 in)
Sail plan:
  • - Sail surface 700 square metres (7,500 square feet)
  • - Sail surface upwind 205 square metres (2,210 square feet)
Speed: 7.0 knots (13.0 km/h; 8.1 mph) by engine prop
Range: 500 nmi (930 km; 580 mi) at 7.0 knots (13.0 km/h; 8.1 mph) (on engine prop)
Complement: 16

Corsaro II is a yawl, active as a sail training vessel for the Italian Navy[1]


Designed by Sparkman & Stephens Designs New York City (United States), project 1505, Corsano II for the RORC 1st class, is a Bermudan-rig yawl, sister of Stella Polare,[2] commissioned by Italian Navy to be used as a training ship for the cadets at the Italian Naval Academy in Livorno, Italy. She is constructed of wood; iroko keelson, acacia frames and double planked of Philippine mahogany. The ship's fasteners are silicon bronze, spars are of sitka spruce. Original engine Mercedes Benz OM/321 (96 HP) was then replaced by an FIAT AIFO engine.[citation needed]

Each year she embarks on a training cruise which often includes calls to various classic sailing rallies and regattas.[citation needed]


Corsaro II can accommodate 16 persons. First Commander of the ship was Agostino Straulino, who won the 1952 Olympic Games in the class Star. In 1961 Corsaro II was the only naval ship to join in the Los Angeles - Honolulu classifying sixth in real time. In 1962 participated in the NewportBermuda with 138 boats arriving at the sixth place, and in the TorbayRotterdam arriving first in the class. In 1963 participated in: Annapolis – Newport, Newport – Plymouth (second place), the Channel Race and the Fastnet Race. In 1964 took part in the LisbonCanariesBermuda reaching the first place. In 1965 participated in the Buenos AiresRio de Janeiro then sailed to Sydney racing in local regatta. The following year sailed from Sydney to San Diego coming to Italy. From then on the Corsaro II participated mainly in the Mediterranean sea with home port in La Spezia.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Corsaro II - Marina Militare". Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Sparkman & Stephens: Design 1505 - Corsaro II". 6 February 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2017.

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