Royal regatta boat up for sale

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Norway’s King Harald has put his sailboat Fram XVI up for sale, reports sailing magazine Seilmagasinet, but that doesn’t mean he’s retiring from the sport.

PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN - AUGUST 02: King Harald of Norway is seen on board of the 'Fram' during the 29th Copa del Rey Mapfre Audi Sailing Cup on August 2, 2010 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

The king and his crew have won the Færderseilasen in Norway, the Gotland Runt regatta off Sweden and the Baltic Cup with the Fram XVI, which has been the latest in a long list of Fram- sailing vessels skippered by the Norwegian monarch.

Kjell Arne Myrann, one of the king’s sailing companions, has been charged with helping to find a buyer for the vessel that was built by Cookson Boats in New Zealand in 2006. He doesn’t interpret the pending sale as an indication King Harald intends to retire from the sport.

Rather, Myrann told newspaper Aftenposten, “we see that we have gotten a lot out of the boat.” He thinks this is “the right time” to sell.

The boat is listed through Farr Yacht Sales in Annapolis, Maryland in the USA, which notes that the boat is currently located at Puerto Calero in the Canary Islands. Asking price: EUR 500,000.

PICAPP PHOTO: King Harald on board the Fram XVI during the 29th Copa del Rey Mapfre Audi Sailing Cup off Spain last summer.

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