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Simon Collyer

Little Americas Cup

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This is the late great Reg White MBE, who with Bob Fisher won (or won and defended) the Little Americas Cup in the C Class. Lady Helmsman was the most famous boat among others. Its late and we are due a thunderstorm because of the heat. Sorry Bob!! 

Reg won the first catamaran Olympic Gold Medal in Canada in 1976 with John Osborne MBE. The pair reached the windward mark 15 minuets in the lead in one race. 

Regs' firm Sailcraft built several C Class cats (and many other boats) and of course world speed record holders Crossbow One and Two, which appears to be be sporting foils in the shot below. The wing masts as they were called, look surprisingly up-to-date considering the technology and materials available at the time. Austin Farrar was one of the contributors on the technology side. 

Had Reg been in his prime today, it would be difficult to imagine that he would not be involved in the Americas Cup somehow? I went to school with Robert White, Reg's son, who has two Tornado World Championships under his belt, two Olympic appearances and much more. I won my first race (I believe) sailing with Robert in a schools regatta in a Torch dinghy. The local 'hard nuts' used to throw stones at us from the Rope Walk. Not something Sir Ben has to deal with! Roberts firm is building the innovative Whisperer foiling catamaran. 

There is a memorial to Reg in the shape of a polished stone sail or wing mast on the 'hard' as it is called. He died of a massive after coming ashore from a Brightlingsea One Design race after leading a very full life.    

Images courtesy of Alamy.




Catamaran Racing Reg White & Bob Fisher.jpg

Lady Helmsman.jpg

Reg White.jpg


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