What a beautiful boat. Not bad for a boat designed back in the 1960's
gorgeous looking boat...
How did it get so famous?The original owner, Jakob Isbrandtsen, had his own shipping company and did all right for himself. Had a cute daughter too. Both were instrumental in setting up the South Street Seaport when they were just getting it going, IIRC.
But the boat, as gorgeous as it was and still is, never really set the world on fire back then.
Turns out my memory is based on its LIS performance - mostly light air - and is wrong. In the SORC and offshore Running Tide with it's beating and reaching in breeze was quite successful.How did it get so famous?
Isbrandtsen was hardly "new money". I raced on his previous boat, S&S 66' yawl "Good News"Turns out my memory is based on its LIS performance - mostly light air - and is wrong. In the SORC and offshore Running Tide with it's beating and reaching in breeze was quite successful.
It was also one of the true new breed of gold-platers. The old CCA 70' yawls like Windigo were well past their prime. Plus new money, like Tom Watson, Turner and Isbrandtsen were coming into the racing scene at a high level with fat wallets.
Plus Jakob's daughter was cute.
My first awareness of the forces and dangers aboard those huge boats was a story about Tide 50 years ago.quod umbra said:Was a story back in 1972 maybe about Tide breaking her rod headstay during a Bermuda campaign. It was like one of the first of its kind IIRC.
Jakob Isbrandtsen gets on the horn to president of US Steel and gets a new one built ASAP. Headstay makes its way down to the shipping department and the the boys are scratching their heads about how to ship the dang thing. Shipping foreman is consulted and he tells them, "Cut it into 10 foot sections and ship it as per normal."