Lina was built at the Turku Boatyard in 1938. The naval architect Jarl Lindblom commissioned the yacht for his own racing use. The five-metres had grown to an active competition class in Turku and there was also much action in the “femma” class in Sweden. Lindblom demonstrated his skills as a designer and sailor in the 1938 Sandhamn Regatta by gaining a second place overall with Lina in a very competitive fleet of 27 five-metres. In the following year Lindblom sailed Lina to victory in the same regatta.
Built as a one-off racing yacht, Lina was also given the special honour of serving as prototype for a series built at the Boatyard in 1938 when the Argentine Navy ordered a set of 14 yachts from Turku to serve as training boats for the Naval Academy in Buenos Aires. Some of these Lina siblings are still sailing in Buenos Aires.
After WW II, Lina successfully represented her home club Airisto Segelsällskap, in the experienced hands of Kurt Henriksson and Lars Nilsson, among others. In the 1950s, Lina, like many other Finnish yachts, was sold to Sweden. Its first Swedish owner gave her the name Atta-Bara (S-98). The boat was mainly used for camping and a cabin was added in 1974.
When the appreciation of classic boats began to recover in the late 1980s, Lina’s new owner, Robert Öhlin, wanted to restore her to the original appearance. During the renovation, the cabin was removed and the cockpit was enlarged according to the original drawings. At the same time, a new fabric deck covering was installed.
In 1999, Lina was bought back to Finland, the new owners being Jari Kuusisto and Reijo Mäkinen. After a long break, Lina also returned to the Finnish racecourses. In 2002, Lina was purchased by the trio Marko Pasanen, Santtu Parikka and Kimmo Virtanen. In 2005, the boat was renovated by installing a new Oregon pine deck. The condition of the bottom was investigated. A few years later, a new wooden mast was also commissioned.
Lina has been actively involved in competitions throughout the 21st century. She has won the Hanko regatta many times, and the class championship in 2014. Lina joined the classic boat fleet of Ruissalo shipyard in 2020.
Length overall: 9.35 m
Length, water line: 6.24 m
Beam: 1.81 m
Sail area: 21.48 m2
Year of construction: 1938
Designer: Jarl Lindblom
Original owner: Jarl Lindblom
Sail number: L-12
Yacht club: ASS