Ten years ago, she sailed away from TC; ten years later, watching her coming home to TC is almost like watching a child that we raised coming home. We were filled with a natural familiarity and throbbing emotions. We replaced the old engine with a new high-performance engine, and then inspected her from bow to tail and painted her. Now, she will embark on her journey again. We see her off with blessings and pride. We sincerely believe that she will be a shining star in the ocean – Victory Star.
Victory Star was built by TC in 2005. The 76-foot yacht with a Japanese flag has a streamlined appearance and has been certified through many rigorous ocean safety tests, like the NK association test in Japan. In 2014, she sailed home to TC for a one-year maintenance and remodeling session. In August, 2015, she will embark on her journey again.
Seeing her again after ten years, we could feel the love the owner has for her from the same elegance and beauty that she had in the beginning. Because of this love, the owner abandoned the plan to build a new ship and instead was willing to wait an entire year for her to become even more perfect.
During this home-coming to TC, Victory Star will receive not only a full inspection and maintenance, but also two new 1900 hp high-performance engines, providing an upgrade from the old 1500 hp ones. A surface drive system will also be added to push the maximum speed to 44 knots. The performance and speed will both be greatly enhanced, and there is no doubt about the stability either. Moreover, a seating area will be added to the front deck and a fishing platform will be added to the rear deck, creating a rare, unique design for a yacht with these specifications, and better catering to the personal needs of the owner onboard the ship.
The birth story of Victory Star was also the origin of the TC classic model, the Olympia 76. It all started when the owner dreamed of building a yacht that suited his ideals and abandoned the existing ship models. In 2003, he commissioned a Japanese designer to be stationed in TC for a year to work together on the design charts and the jig to begin with. After two years of work, little by little, the owner’s dream took shape. The yacht also became a classic model of TC.
Victory Star is not only a graduate that TC feels proud of, but also an important symbol of the inheritance from generation to generation. In 2003, TC was faced with division within the enterprise and restructuring, and everything was chaotic. GM Chen Li-Ling remembers that with the full support of her mother, she took over the responsibility of running the business. With a fearless spirit, she bravely faced the challenge. The order from Japan for a 76-foot yacht arrived through the recommendation and coordination by the chairperson of the agent East Marine, Mr Tamaki Tsutomu and the trust of the owner. It served as a lifesaver. The old shipbuilding factory was then able to keep sailing and turn over a new page.
The remodeling represents the crossing of a milestone both for TC and for the owner. Although the work for the remodel was no less than building a new ship, the owner was willing to spend the time and money to pursue the utmost perfection. The remodeling also pushed the maximum speed to an unprecedented 44 knots. The demand for ultimate perfection also moved TC. Looking back over the year, with the numerous meetings, revisions of charts, and overtime work in the factory, we are proud to be part of the creation of this dream ship and to witness the stunning beauty created by refined crafting.
Victory Star is not only a shining star in the ocean, it also shines upon TC.