Friday, June 14, 2013

Harpoon - a West Coast 6

The more I learn about it, the more I realize that 1927 was a big year for the sixes in North America. Big international regattas, lots of new and some radical designs on both coasts. Big media exposure, great sailors and sailing.

The article below appeared in the November 1927 issue of Pacific Coast Yachting and shows a six like no other - US 45 'Harpoon.' With her blunt bow and truncated stern counter she resembles boats which came much later.


Here is the notice of her imminent launch on February 11, 1928. Further below is a photo of her maiden sail alongside another Potter design, the R boat 'Friendship', as well a member of the US Navy's Pacific Fleet keeping watch in the background.


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