Saturday, December 12, 2015

Hot Rum Series 2015

     San Diego Yacht Club.
The Hot Rum series consists of 3 races in November and December.   
140 boats entered the racing.

Good results for the Tanton 73'
Sail number 22208. Name Velos. Owner Kjeld Hestehave . Class 1. Rating 1.049.
Race 1. Fleet 2/ Overall 20. Race 2. Fleet 4/ Overall 9. Race 3. Fleet 6/ Overall 44. Place 13 Overall.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Souvenir, souvenirs. Vendredi 13.

Vendredi 13.
A visionary boat by Jean-Yves Terlain, financed by Claude Lelouch of "A Man and a Woman" filmaker fame, designed by Carter Offshore and built by Tecimar in St. Nazaires France. At 128', V13 was at the time the longest single handed boat in the world. She still is in her original configuration the lightest fiberglass, at 30T. (66000lbs.) pleasure boat ever built. One of the first large resin infused vessel in the world. Also, probably the most bang for the bucks in history of sailing. Budget $360,000.00 on a turnkey contract and 6 months to design and build this one of a kind.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

On the Drawing Board now.

A cruising shoal draft aluminum boat with a "twist", as for the sail configuration. The "Elia System" for mast, rigging and sail plan. The renderings are showing an earlier version of the boat before modification to the deck with a pilot house to give more headroom for the tall owner.


Thursday, October 29, 2015


An interesting word in English to describe the travel of a boat from one place to another. Usually with an absentee owner who has not the time, since he has to work to afford other people and his own boat. "Convoyage", is the word in French meaning the same thing.
I like deliveries, for it describes for me deliverance of a certain discipline routine where there is very little leeway for error, mistakes and  tolerance in my day to day life.
This time, a trip from Newport to Fort Lauderdale. This is the period, like last year where on the same boat I took on the journey.
The passage is regulated by the rise of the sun and the length of the day to sunset, to start all over again after a few hours.  So there it is.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Out of the water.

Study of bows and sterns.

Who can say boats look alike. There is nothing like it in shapes and forms. Maybe, the only comparison could be made about dogs. Big, tall, small. hairy, shaved etc. to have so many different presentations for a purpose.
I am not talking about insects and other species.
A few weeks ago I am in Canada, on the Saint Laurent river. To be exact at Pointe Au Pic to visit family on my mother side. Originally from Belgium, they moved to the US after WW11 and spent many Summer seasons at the Malbaie before setting permanently in retirement.
A little further South, there is a small Museum dedicated to boats running the river in the past and where I took the photos.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Sail Majesty at Sea.

Drew Doggett, a well known name in the photographic world if not yet in the Sailing World. But this is going to change with the introduction of his Coffee Table Book, titled "Sail Majesty at Sea".
Drew is staying with us at the house for the occasion of the Newport International Boat Show to exhibit his work and his book. Now, in the Sailing Capital of the USA with a collection of some of the top world photographers living around here, you would thing there is nothing to ad. But if you see The Book, all black and white reminiscent of the old work of Rosenfeld's and Beken's at Cowes in England, you can see the tradition has not been lost. Only invigorated by the renewal of the Classics J's and 12 Metre boats. Such magnificent vessels are alive and well with a whole new generation of new built or resurrected from ash or mud. So, if you are in Newport stop by his booth and get a Signature book also dedicated to a noble cause. Read the text below before I get on too long, pictures speak for themselves.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

History. Seahorse. John Rousmaniere's article about Richard E. Carter.

Well ! It is a young and fun time when at 25 years of age you design World Class Racing and Cruising sailboats. Really, and for all of us in the Tower. Would be impossible to duplicate these days. Thank you for John and Seahorse for the publication of this article. And thank you Dick for believing we could translate your visions.

Monday, August 3, 2015


- John H. Ilingworth, Francis Bouygues, Baron Bich.

- This post is prompted by an e-mail I received following the article by John Rousmaniere about Dick Carter in the August issue of Seahorse magazine. See the above Post.

- P. A wrote: " In my life, I have worked for three or four "Rock Stars" and Dick Carter was the first. We were all in our twenties ( and Dick was only 42) when he hired all of us and gave us the freedom to do great things".

- I wish everyone to have had Mentors like I have been privileged to be associated with. No less than three, whom by finding something in me, allowed me to find myself.
- Their paths crossed mine. Fond about boats, Yachting and enthusiast with sailing, their presence allowed someone very young to pursue a passion in many interesting ways.
- Yes, this is talking about myself but thanks to the Social Media and search engines, one can find everything there is to find about the above personalities. All larger than life.

Saturday, July 11, 2015


Extracts from Newport this week; Pat Blakeley.
L'Hermione, the almost authentic replica of the 210' ship that carried the Marquis de Lafayette to America with news of  French support for the revolution in 1780.
The reconstructed French frigate took almost 20 years and $30 million to build. The Hermione was the fastest ship of its day, and the replica was constructed to original specifications in Rochefort France, where the first ship was built. The original vessel took 11 months to build. her namesake used the 18th century building techniques to re-create the three masted frigate. Two thousand oak trees were selected for their size and curvature to make the hull, and 26 cannons were cast by the same foundry that had supplied armament for the first L'Hermione. More than 15 miles of rigging was needed to outfit the vessel, and 19 linen sails encompassing more than 2,200 square yards, were hand stitched.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Transatlantic Race 2015.

Today was the last of the staggered starts for the 2015 Transatlantic race.
Featuring Phaedo 2 and Paradox, the two trimarans and then Rambler and Comanche the monohulls.
After a couple of hours, instant speed gives Phaedo at 31knots and Comanche and rambler at 20.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Spring cleaning.

At the place of work.
It is not surprising that within the confine of a small office, from time to time you have to clean it up. A place where there is daily search and research amongst the reference books and hundred of drawings, many on paper or mylar. Now, most drawn on as many at six computers A few very old to be able to use some of the programs that are no longer compatible with the newer PC's.
So, this time I retrieved a literature piece from 1977 by " Bateaux " the French magazine. The only publication that ever gave me a genuine interview in 40 plus years in business. Yes, I have been published all over the world about articles I wrote or boats I have designed, but this is the only one on one.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Big VOR day in Newport.

With the opening of the "Village" at Fort Adams.
They arrived on the 6th. with a dramatic finish; teeth and nails between Dong Feng and Abu Dhabi. The former wining by .. Talking about timing, I found this interesting close finishes of the past.
(If I can find it again).
I started but waited for the end. In between, the Newport Stop-Over was a huge success. Over 100, 000 enthusiasts showed up during the Stay. As a Newporter, I can tell you that it is the first time that many concerns got involved with skin in the game. From the State of R.I, the City and more importantly the Individuals led by Brad Read. The shore filled with people for the Inshore race leading to the start of the Transatlantic crossing to Lisbon; 500 + boats showed up on this beautiful day. Sailing knowledge in Newport R.I is no secret, sailing is in no doubt and this time we got the crowd.

In case you are wondering about the video. We had our own close encounter. While being inside the security/ safety boats zone, Mapfre came on charging through. I guess the red marker was not part of the course. She won the inshore Race.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

La Panoplie.

1) a complete or impressive collection of things.

Well, let's see in terms of small power boats from 20 to 25'.
They are different, but they have one think in common: Aluminum. Over the years, I have come to appreciate the material and on one of a kind basis is probably the ideal medium.

The Lafitte 20. With a beam of 6'. Of a type quite common in the South and particularly in Louisiana. Strong, rugged and stable.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Keel, Keel and Keels.

- There are as many sailboats keel designs than there are boats. For a keel, the objective is to offer a lateral plan to counteract the wind pressure on the sails by presenting a form below the waterline to help prevent sailing sideways. The keel produces the hydrofoil action, influences handling and steering and offers a location for ballast. But why so many options ? If our concern is towards relatively small sailboats, we can attribute the evolution to going from work boats, to cruising boats and onto racing. 

- From immemorial time the keels were long and adopted to the type of boats, commercial activities, conquest
but mostly for building consideration. The possibility to be launched from the beach, deep sea fishing, and private enterprises, they all show that feature which offers directional stability, ability to hove -to, all included with the logical thinking of the time. They did not get involved, but superficially into the elements of keel action to resist the drift force.
- Colin Archer's  Norwegian Rescue boats, showing the underwater profile of a long keel.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Another Half Hull from Demi-Coques aka Chorus1, this time about the 1973 Admiral's Cup Frigate. Designed by Carter Offshore, the 39' in that event was the leading boat for the English team.

Frigate distinction comes from the overall clean approach in the design, be the hull shape, the clear deck for easy working area and low windage. With the sail controls led to a battery of winches distributed on the bridge deck at the forward end of the cockpit.

The German Team of Rubin, Saudade and Carina111 (another Carter Design) won the 1973 Admiral's Cup,the world's championship in International Ocean Racing.

Now, Frigate is part of the "Patrimoine Maritime de France", like Historic Buildings in the USA. Quite a feat to have an American Design, English built and owned in 1973, passing to France heritage. It must not have happened since capturing British ships during the Napoleonic wars.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Taste of winter in Newport.

To say the least we have seen a lot of snow over the past 3-4 weeks. A few pictures are worth a thousand words.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Une vie bien remplie. 1922-2014.

 It has been a year since my mother passed away. We all miss her very much, Chauncey my son, Dominique my daughter and for sure myself along with so many friends on both sides of the Atlantic. The following is what I wrote at the funeral in the South of France in the city of Grasse.

12 February 2014.
Mesdames et Messieurs. Ladies and Gentlemen.
Je vous remercie beaucoup d'etre venus, en grand nombre, ici pour assister au depard final d'une vie bien remplie. Mme Jacqueline Le Liepvre, du nom de son deuxieme epoux, etait une femme qui n'est pas passee innapercue et qui comptait beaucoup d'amis de par le monde. Je suis ici pour en attester. Pour ceux qui ne connaissent pas toute l'histoire, je vais essayer de donner un compte rendu rapide d'une vie longue de 92 ans.
Nee en Belgique ses parents, mes grand parents etaient comme on dit des gens tres bien. L'un aussi different l'un de l'autre mais unis dans un amour sincere ils ont eleves deux enfants, ma mere mais aussi mon oncle Yves ici present avec son epouse et ma cousine Florence. L'enfance de ma mere etait plutot doree. En partie grace a sa grand mere pour laquelle elle avait un affection sans limite. Avec une jeunesse consacree a la dance et a des etudes sans consequence, rien n'aurait pu presager a un autre future que celui d'une jeune femme accomplie batie sur son role de jeune fille de bonne famille.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

You want to have a leg up on the cold?

Buy "Belle Ile". A 1995 steel, 33' M.B.C.C model. (Modern British Channel Cutter). Presently located in the Canaries Island . She can take you to the Carribbean where I understand it is warm now! There is still time before the hurricane season. I am waiting for more information, meantime I can tell you that the asking price is 58KE.

Belle Ile Video.
I have just received more pictures of the boat.
I designed Belle-Ile to re- create in a different way the nostalgic era of the Norwegian Rescue Fleet so well rendered by Colin Archer and so many others. The type of boats that shaped my life at an early age. I was enamoured by Jacques-Yves Le Toumelin's  Kurun and the account of his voyage around the world. I must have been 12 years old at the time and in Boarding School. Not fun. When I got the book, I just could not separate myself form reading it again and again. To such an extent that I stole it from the School Library and still is in my possession.