We are Kathleen and Chris Eagleton from the UK. Chris has been sailing practically for ever starting with dinghies; Kathleen prefers her boats a little higher in the water. We now both enjoy spending 3 or 4 months each year away sailing and given the choice between spending nights in a marina or swinging on the anchor, we would choose the latter.
Kabardar is a Contessa 38 built by Jeremy Rogers in 1982, one of only 24 ever built. In the course of our travels we have become aware of only 3 of the other 23. She is a classic British yacht with much admired lines and with luxury of a beautiful teak deck and cockpit, all expertly replaced in Turkey in 2013.
We bought Kabardar at the end of 2000 when she was berthed in Rochefort, France. Once we had both retired, we set off south from Rochefort and into the Mediterranean. Since then we have covered approx.24,500 nautical miles and been east to Israel, north into the Black Sea and visited many, many other places along the way. Kabardar has had a number of different winter homes, most recently Leros, Greece.
The name Kabardar, which the boat has always had, is a westernised version of a word used in Urdu which we believe translates as ‘attention’ in the sense of ‘watch out’.