Monday, July 28, 2014

Cover of Yachting magazine - October 1960

This cover from Yachting magazine comes from Stuart Walker via Tom Price, including a historical anecdote from Stuart.
"Great picture - I am almost certain that it is George O'Day holding both the mainsheet and the spinnaker guy - his standard pose. He once told a crew - "The only reason you are here is because the rules require it. Stay out of my way!"

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A 1964 Wyche and Coppock Proctor V on the East Coast?

Michael Storey started a thread over at the Woodenboat Forum about an unknown International 14 he found in a garage near Annapolis. Given his description, it sounds tantalizing similar to a Wyche and Coppock Proctor V, built in lapstrake, one of a small batch built by that famous English dinghy builder. There was one known Wyche and Coppock Proctor V that made it to the U.S., that one being US 782 that was originally owned by Jim Wachter in Seattle Washington. This 14 was built in 1964. So far no pictures and I haven't been able to contact Michael but it looks to be a very intriguing find.

The Wyche and Coppock builders tag (lifted from the National 12 website):

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

"Daring" - US 800 Re-Surfaces - Hmm! Maybe Not?

Mike Scott, from the Pacific Northwest, has been on a roll recently. He has picked up two International 14's. The first appears to be Stuart Walker's Souter Mk I, US 800, the I-14 featured in many of the photos of Stuart racing his International 14.

Tom Price talked to Stuart, showed him the photos, and
Stuart doesn't believe this is Daring (even though it 
has sails with the US 800 number. It could possibly be 
US 791, an earlier Casson that was owned by Robert Savage
of Balboa California, imported in 1965.

The Souter designs were very comparable in speed to the Kirby's during the single trapeze days, being a favorite design on the Chesapeake, as the very fine bow was able to superbly handle the random bobble off Annapolis. Mike Souter, operating a boat building operation out of the Isle of Wight, was a master at cold-molding the 14 hulls, although I don't believe he did that many - Bill McCutcheon becoming the main English builder of cold-molded hulls.

Mike Scott sends some pictures along of his acquisitiion. This 14 definitely has the distinctinve high knuckle/chine up forward of the Souter and the typical Uffa-type deep rocker under the mast. The hull is now painted a orange/red.

Here is a photo of Stuart Walker's US 800, "Daring" taken when Stuart took delivery of her outside Souter's boat building shed during the 1960's.