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RAFAGA

Year1908 January
International RuleFirst Rule
Current Statusbroken up wreck
Current Locationunknown
Current Countryunknown
DesignerCharles E. Nicholson
BuilderCamper & Nicholson Ltd.
Construction/Hull#180
Length Overall15.67 m. (not homogeneous measurement)
Waterline11.90 m.
Beam3.45 m.
Sail Area224.64 sq.m.
Constructionwood on steel frames
Original OwnerPablo Suarez
Original NameRAFAGA
Original CountryAR
Original HomeportBuenos Aires
Owner Details & History

Built according to the International First Rule.

1908 - 1913 Pablo Suarez - name: Rafaga - home port: Buenos Aires (Argentina). She was the only Twelve built for an Argentinian owner. Alachie and Mouchette followed, bought from the respective original owners and shipped to Argentina. The three formed an Argentinian Twelve Metre fleet. In 1908, the skipper was F. Stokes.

1914 - 1915 Abel Ezeiza.

1916 - 1918 ?

1919 Adolfo Williams (Yacht Club Argentino).

1920 - 1923 Dr. Jose Diego Gornall. Registered in the Lloyd's Register from 1920 as "formerly Int. Rating Class 12 Metres."

1924 - 1928 Pedro Yriberry. A 1927 photo published in YC Argentino yearbook shows Rafaga racing with Alachie, both were gaff rigged.

1929 Disappeared from the Lloyd's Register.

In the Fifties, she had her bow and stern cut out, the lead keel taken off for sale and the keel filled with concrete. The boat was used in the Tigre to transport tourists. After a fifteen years period ashore, according to German Frers information, Rafaga in the late nineties was broken up.


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