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TOMAHAWK

Year1939 June
Current Sail NumberK 13
International RuleThird Rule
Current Statusat the best
Current LocationLa Spezia
Current CountryIT
DesignerCharles E. Nicholson
BuilderCamper & Nicholson Ltd.
Construction/Hull#478
Length Overall21.11 m.
Waterline13.90 m.
Beam3.56 m.
Draught2.71 m.
Displacement24.15 t.
Sail Area189 sq.m.
Constructionwood on steel frames
Original OwnerThomas O. Murdoch Sopwith
Original NameTOMAHAWK
Original CountryGB
Original HomeportPortsmouth, England
Original Sail NumberK 13
Owner Details & History

Built according to the International Third Rule

1939 - 1947 Thomas O. Murdoch Sopwith - name: TOMAHAWK - home port: Portsmouth - rig: Bermudan sloop With Jenetta, Ornsay and Flica II, Tomahawk was one of the 'large' Twelves built just before the war; Sopwith wanted a very competitive yacht to race against his friend and America's Cup (Endeavour II and Ranger) rival Harold Vanderbilt who was building Vim with the aim of coming to Britain in occasion of the famous Twelve Metre races. Tomahawk confirmed to be a very fast boat, with Jenetta. The best British Twelve of the season. Her design was an evolution of the past Twelves with some new ideas such as one coffee grinder and stainless steel shrouds; Vim was a total revolution in terms of the hull design, in the deck and interior lay out, in the rigging, in the sails and in the fittings. There was no history in every race where Vim was present and the only consolation for Sopwith was to have the best Twelve of the season: out of 41 starts, she has 11 firsts, 11 seconds and 5 thirds with a second placement overall to Vim. While racing, Tomahawk had a very special crew: T. Sopwith at the tiller, Lady Sopwith was sails trimmer, Ernst Scarlet the tactician, and Franck Murdoch, Tony Thorneycroft e Charles E. Nicholson.

1947 - 1955 Lt. Col. Sir Ralph Gore, president of YRA

1956 - 1962 Avvocato Giovanni Agnelli - home port: Savona (Italy) - engine installed 1962

1963 - 1965 Susanna Agnelli Rattazzi - home port: Savona and Viareggio (Italy)

1966 - 1979 Circolo del Remo e della Vela "Italia" - home port: Napoli

1980 ?

1981 M. Bandazzo di Palermo - venne ceduto per 24 milioni di lire

1982 - 1986 Kari Blaudet - home port: Finale Ligure She was used for charter; in 1983 she won the Veteran Boat Rally at Porto Cervo

Since 1987 Alberto Rusconi - home port: La Spezia Tomahawk is the first Twelve to be restored for the new "summer" of the Twelves in the Mediterranean; the restoration took place at the Becconcini Shipyard under the supervision of Giorgetti & Magrini; it did not strictly conform to the original designs as she was directed more towards a luxury cruising yacht than to a racing Twelve and one day Tomahawk will undergo restoration which will bring her back to the original plan. She entered in the vintage regattas in the Mediterranean and with her lines and her results attracted the interest of other owners towards the old Twelves: a new renaissance started again for these yachts


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