Bjarne Aas ~ 1886 - 1969 ~ Norway

The beautiful and competitive International One Design class is Bjarne Aas' most famous creation, and its roots are in the successful International Rule meter boats which built the designer's career,..... Written by: Bent Aarre

Charles Bailey, Sr. ~ 1845 - 1923 ~ New Zealand
Charles Bailey, Jr. ~ 1864 - 1952 ~ New Zealand
Walter Bailey ~ 1867 - 1927 ~ New Zealand

The Baileys were key figures in New Zealand yacht design and construction for nearly 70 years, 30 years of which were in head-to-head rivalry with the Logan family, to the infinite benefit of both,..... Written by: Harold Kidd and Robin Elliott

Archibald C. Barber, OBE
dates unknown ~ Australia

The enigmatic A.C. Barber bridges the gap between Walter Reeks and Alan Payne in the history of Australian yacht design. He is thought to have designed over 400 vessels, from dinghies to 350’ ships. His dates of birth and death remain a mystery, but he appears to have arrived in Australia from England towards the end of the 19th century Written by: David Payne

Eggert C. Benzon ~ 1823 - 1912 ~ Denmark

Yachting in Denmark began inauspiciously. In 1855, the first organized race in the country took place, contested by a fleet of double-ended fishing boats and a single yacht, Cosak, a 26' vessel designed by Eggert Benzon, probably the first yacht in Denmark Written by: Bent Aarre

Philip C. Bolger ~ 1929 - ~ US

Perhaps more than any other contemporary designer, Phil Bolger has devoted a significant part of his career to the development of boats which are easily and rapidly constructed by amateur builders. A considerable amount of this work has been dedicated to getting the most out of sheet plywood as the construction material Written by: Daniel B. MacNaughton

Philippe Briand ~ 1956 - ~ France

On Saturday, October 28, 1998, the maxi boat Mari Cha III passed the Lizard, establishing a new record for a Transatlantic passage by a monohull with a time of 8 days, 23 hours, 59 minutes and 43 seconds. Her helmsman was also her designer, and no doubt Philippe Briand savored the culmination of his work,..... Written by: Jacques Taglang

Henri Copponex ~ 1906 - 1970 ~ Switzerland

The landlocked country of Switzerland has acquired a reputation for excellence in yacht design and competition, partly through the achievements of yachtsmen and designers such as Henri Copponex, who was particularly well known for his late work in the 5.5 Meter class. Written by: Jacques Taglang

George Herrick Duggan ~ 1862 - 1946 ~ Canada

Imaginative, decisive, and a master of construction, Duggan was an amateur designer of 142 yachts. Called “Herrick” by his sailing friends, he was only 18 when his first design hit the water, a 32-foot centerboard yawl built by Alexander Cuthbert, who would challenge for the America’s Cup in 1881. Written by: John Rousmaniere

Linton C. Hope ~ 1863 - 1920 ~ UK

Linton Hope devoted much of his life to the study of hull shape and structure, whether in dinghies, yachts, racing motor boats, launches or flying boats. His interest was always the same: to produce strength with light weight and the best shape for the purpose at hand. Written by: Peter Daniels

John Illingworth ~ 1903 - 1980 ~ UK

Often called the founding father of modern ocean racing, John Illingworth's speciality was the design of rigs and deck plans, and maximizing a yacht's interior space. An outstanding ocean racing skipper, he was an early experimenter with the masthead cutter rig, and was also a strong advocate for building ocean racers smaller, lighter, and less expensively. Written by: Ian Dear

George Lawley ~ 1848 - 1928
Fred Lawley ~ 1878 - 1953 ~ US

George Lawley & Son , founded in 1866 by a British immigrant, flourished under the guidance of three generations to become one of the two premier yacht yards in America between the years 1890 and 1945, Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. in Bristol being the other. Always more famous as builders than designers, they nevertheless played a role in yacht design in America. Written by: Walter Voigt

Charles Livingston ~ 1857 - 1937 ~ UK

During the nineteenth century, many yachtsmen had an interest in naval architecture and some clubs listed the advancement of the science among their objectives. As a result there were many amateur designers and Charles Livingston was one of the most successful of these, particularly in the design of small raters,..... Written by: Brian Smith


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