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re: 6 Americans, 1 Brit vanish at sea

Damn, that's not good...

NINA was a legendary yacht, designed by Starling Burgess... She won the Transatlantic Race, then the Fastnet, the year she was launched... And, the Bermuda Race, 3 decades later...

Interestingly, she is featured in Chapter One - Trends in Yacht Design, 1920-1986 - by Olin Stephens in one of my favorite books, John Rousmaniere's DESIRABLE AND UNDESIRABLE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE OFFSHORE YACHT:


...But there is no such thing as a free lunch in yacht design and construction, and the demerits of this type of boat quickly surfaced. After her first great summer, NINA was bought by Bobby Somerset, the English owner of the pilot cutter JOLIE BRISE and commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, who took her out from New York under winter conditions. Her quick motion and general wetness on deck and below prompted him to sell her soon after. Later, under DeCoursey Fales, she had a long and successful life, winning the Bermuda Race in 1962, 34 years after her first summer...
Nice series of videos here:

Starling Burgess ?Nina?

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