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FLICA

Year1929 May
Current Sail NumberK 16
International RuleSecond Rule
Current Statusin need of total restoration
Current LocationUnited Kingdom
Current CountryGB
DesignerCharles E. Nicholson
BuilderCamper & Nicholson
Construction/Hull#367
Length Overall20.57 m.
Waterline13.54 m.
Beam3.65 m.
Draught2.62 m.
Constructionwood on steel frames
Original OwnerC. R. Fairey
Original NameFLICA
Original CountryGB
Original HomeportPortsmouth, England
Original Sail NumberK 16
Owner Details & History

Built according to International Second Rule

1929 - 1933 Richard C. Fairey, the famous aircraft manufacturer - name: Flica - home port: Portsmouth (Great Britain). Rigging: Bermudan cutter. The project started in 1927 when Charles E Nicholson was asked by Fairey to design a Twelve, being ahead of the already existing fleet of Twelves; he could rely also on the assistance of Fairey Aviation for part of the equipment and for the study of the sails. Flica was constructed in five months and launched on 9th May 1929; her lines and construction had been perfected with the assistance of the wind-tunnel facilities at Fairey Aviation Ltd. At her debut she was not very successful with a fifth place at 1929 Cowes Week. She gradually improved in the following seasons and was considered to be the fastest Twelve mainly in light winds winning the large majority of races. At the beginning of the 1932 season, she was altered in order to increase her speed: "Certainly the feature of the 12-metre racing has been the advance of Flica. The modifications made to her early this year, coupled with the skill shown by her owner at the helm, have put her right above the rest of the class." In 1932, out of 39 starts she had 21 firts, 8 seconds and 6 thirds. In 1933, together with Morwenna, she went to Norway for the Norwegian Jubileums Regatta and she took part in the Sweden and Danish events with a total of 8 firsts and 2 seconds. On the season Flica was again first with Veronica very close to her: of 45 starts Flica had 27 firsts,10 seconds and 2 thirds. In 1933, Sir Richard Fairey issued a challenge to organize a 12 Metre America's Cup match in the USA in 1934. It is said that an American delegation visited Great Britain to watch Flica's performance. Once realized that they would not be in condition to produce a competitive Twelve in time for 1934, the challenge was not accepted. Disappointed, at the end of 1933, Sir Richard Fairey decided to sell her.

1934 - 1946 Hugh L. Goodson - home port: Brixham (Great Britain). With her new owner she had a very good season with a second placement overall after the new Third Rule Westra but she preceded the other new Miquette. She had 33 starts, with 14 firsts and 8 seconds; again in 1935 she continued her extraordinary long lasting career and at the end of the season she was third behind the new Third Rule Marina and Westra with 39 starts: 10 firsts, 12 seconds and 4 thirds; in 1936 out of 31 starts she had 6 first and 2 seconds. In 1939 she was up for sale.

1947 - 1949 R.P. Dyer - engine installed in 1948.

1950 Heirs of the late R.P. Dyer.

1951 - 1962 Robert A. Hall. 1962 Wg. Cdr. R.H.A. Coombs - home port: Brimpton (Great Britain).

1963 - 1965 W.W.F. Wyles - home port: Hamble (Great Britain).

1966 - 1973 Belsize Boat Yard Ltd. - home port: Southampton (Great Britain).

1974 - 1977 R. Thomas - home port: Brixham (Great Britain).

1978 - Disappeared from the Lloyd's Register.

1993 - present, owned by Richard A. Smith.

Jump to Flica Project website with a narrative of her history and additional photos.

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