Need some gift inspiration this Christmas? In their recent December issue, SAIL magazine has recommended ‘Dick Carter: Yacht Designer’ as a gift for sailors. Here’s their accompanying blurb:
“Back in 1965, Dick Carter, who’d grown up sailing off Cape Cod, entered the first boat he’d ever designed, the 34ft Rabbit, in the Fastnet Race and against all odds won the thing, thereby kicking off one of the most celebrated design careers ever. Now we have his autobiographical Dick Carter: Yacht Designer, an eminently readable account of what it was like at the sharp end of the spear in terms of innovation at the start of yachting’s modern era. Because he was a sailor who competed abroad those same boats he designed, we also get a firsthand glimpse at what grand prix sailing was like back when fibreglass was still cutting-edge and GPS not yet even a glimmers in the design world’s eye. A crucial addition to any nautical library.”
The new owner of SAMPHIRE must have been surprised to run into David and Emily Carter, son and daughter of Dick Carter on Sunday November 25th in the boat yard of West Mersey, England. SAMPHIRE, a Carter 39′ was previously owned by Sammy Sampson who was the Carter Offshore representative in England (green boat – see photos below).
Another boat once considered lost, GITANTA V, has been recently spotted in Long Beach, California. Chapter 14 in Dick’s book is devoted to this 60 footer built for Edmond de Rothschild. The boat still has its original twin steering wheels which were his major innovation at the time (blue boat – see photos below).
Since the book was released on Amazon it has already made it as far as Hawaii! Big thanks to Ellen Hocker for sharing these photos with her friend Mauricio Barbis, a veteran of trans-oceanic travels himself.
Another successful presentation, this time at the New York Yacht Club held on the 20th of October. As Dick remarks: “Never heard so many questions asked after a lecture at the NYYC.” Congratulations Dick and big thanks to NYYC for hosting such an amazing event!
Dick presents the book to long-time friend Sandy Weld. Sandy was a key figure in Dick’s sailing career and features countless times in the book. He is also the author of ‘The Leading Edge’ which details his experiences in ocean racing with Dick.
Sandy on RABBIT’s bow coming up to Fastnet Rock mid-race (1965).
Following his success at the Royal Western Yacht Club, Dick will be giving presentations to promote his book at both the Royal Ocean Racing Club in London (October 1st) and at the New York Yacht Club in Newport, RI (October 20th).