Polarrev was built in 1972 by the German yard Dübbel & Jesse. The first owner was a keen racer and got inspired by the winning designs by Dick Carter by the end of the sixties.
The One Tonners Tina (1966) and Optimist (1967) inspired the contract to build a new yacht. Tina won the prestigious One Ton Cup in 1966 and Optimist with Hans Beilken at the helm won in 1967 and 1968.
A first proposal on the drawing board was a 43 foot “Nordsee 43”. The design was modified to 45 foot to facilitate the installation of a larger engine (Mercedes 6 cylinder) and featured a shorter deckhouse. The base for this design was the One Ton Optimist B which at the time was the fastest yacht in Germany.
Optimist B flat running on the Hauraki Gulf during one of the offshore races during the 1971 One Ton Cup
At the time the yacht was names Gorch Fock III.
To better her upwind performance, she was altered from ketch to sloop rig and a deep draft fixed keel replaced the swing keel. With her first owner, she won many races in the region of Bremerhaven and Helgoland.
In 2001 she was sold to her current owner and continually refitted to her current state.