Older well known IOR Boats


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San Juan Is
Sorry to return to my older post, but we have slowly uncovered more information about Karma, the blue Peterson 37 I asked about a bit ago.

We have since found that unlike most Doug Peterson 37s, she was built in Chita Japan, not from Wiggers in Ontario, Canada. Hull #2, originally launched as Sunjammer out of Southern California. There is a document of Doug Peterson accomplishments where Sunjammer is mentioned in a Long Beach to Ensenada race in 1982 I think. While we have been unable to find pictures of Sunjammer, someone let us know Sunjammer was had a burgundy hull with one of those very early 80s strips from the stern. Under the blue paint near the rudder there is a scratch where we can see some yellow so maybe that was part of it?

Whatever the case, I wonder if anyone here has any pictures of Sunjammer before she went to the PNW. I am not sure yet when the name changed and when the paint job was done.



Western LIS
On 1/19/2022 at 4:34 PM, Matagi said:

Did we already have this gem in full? If so, it must have slipped me.

Anyway, it has everything:

  • Posh and noble skippers in white captain's hat: check.
  • Funky music: check.
  • Commentary that is part cringeworthy, part makes you long for simpler times: check.
  • IOR yachts: oh yes! double check.
  • Too tight dresses: hell yes!  


What a gawd awful video. This was from 1975. Had to wade through 23 minutes before finding something worth commenting on. Inca may have gotten through that gap but she wasn't the first. That honor went to Carina. Onboard there was some uncertainty about going through the gap since it appeared to be two choices. But since she was leading the fleet and going out and around would have meant sailing into stronger adverse current, the decision was made to pick one. Once successfully through, other boats followed but as the commentator said two boats tried simultaneously and got wedged in the gap. There's a picture somewhere of it - both boat flying chutes but going nowhere. Turns out the other gap wasn't navigable so now the rest of the fleet had to sail out and around meaning longer distance and more current against them. Meanwhile Carina turned her advantage into a humongous lead. Her reward? Time limit expired (or whatever it was called in those days).

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L'Esprit d'équipe



Super Anarchist
Bay Area, CA
L'Esprit de l'équipe, Lionel Péan's Whitbread Race winner from 1985. Sponsored by Honeywell Bull, a recent amalgam of two large European tech companies, and named to provide a spirit of team cohesiveness after the merger.

Pictures of the boat and crew were all over the offices of both companies, in the new dark blue and green livery.

There was no mention of the companies' names on the boat until the last two legs when it appeared they might have a winner. So HB logos and names sprouted.

This is an object lesson in sponsorship objectives.