Wednesday, June 12, 2013

1927 on the Pacific Coast

As we earlier discussed with Sherman Hoyt's radical 'Atrocia', interest in the sixes was high and growing on the Long Island Sound scene. More than 20 boats had been built, yachting journals and newspapers covered the racing and it was not uncommon for a dozen boats to hit the line for races. In 1927 things were finally starting to happen Way out West in San Francisco and Los Angeles. A few Pacific Coast yachtsmen went "back East" to witness the Scandinavian Gold Cup and other racing and they were mightily impressed.

The Universal Rule "R" boats were the Class of choice for both Southern and Northern California sailors and many a battle had been waged in this lovely class, but some were looking for a new challenge and felt the R's were getting a little stale, having been in heavy competition for nearly a decade. The International Rule is being more widely adopted on the East Coast and in Europe, and the Pacific Coast skippers wanted to be involved. Just as 'Atrocia' was being completed at Henry B. Nevins' yard on City Island, New York, the below contemplation of the International Rule appeared in the June 1927 issue of Pacific Coast Yachting, written by H. B. Warren.

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