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Year1935 June
International RuleThird Rule others
Current Statussailing in good condition
Current LocationLisbon
Current Country
DesignerCharles E. Nicholson
BuilderCamper & Nicholson
Length Overall19.26 m.
Waterline13.71 m.
Beam3.78 m.
Draught2.77 m.
Sail Area154 sq.m.
Constructionwood on steel frames
Original OwnerIsaac Bell
Original NameFOXHOUND
Other NamesFoxhound of Lepe (1952)
Original CountryGB
Original HomeportPoole
Original Sail NumberK 126
Other Sail Numbers(RORC Sail number)
Owner Details & History

One of the Nicholson ocean racers built to the International Third Rule but never classed, measured or raced as a 12m R

1935 Isaac Bell - name: Foxhound - home port: Poole and Southampton (GB) - rig: Bermudan cutter Foxhound is the first of the three ocean racers (the others being Bloodhound and Stiarna) designed conform to the ocean racing rule and to the Twelve Metre Class of the International Rule. The three are built from the same hull design. In fact, Foxhound is a losing yacht in light airs compared to a Twleve but is a winning yacht in blue water sailing. Her first season confirmed this success (first in the Morgan Cup Race to Cherbourg and back, second in the Bell Isle Race, third in the Dinard Race and fourth in the Fastnet) and the owner, a wealthy american citizen leaving in England, could not refuse the offer received from Compte de Gasquet

1936 - 1949 Compte Georges de Gasquet-James - home port: Dinard and Nantes (France)

1950 - 1951 D.H.E. McCowen - home port: Southampton

1951 - 1954 Mrs. Rachell Pitt-Rivers - new name (1952): Foxhound of Lepe - home port: Cowes and Southampton - engine installed in 1951 - Rorc rating: 42'18

1954 - 1969 Ernesto Vieira de Mendona - home port: Lisbon - back from the 1954 Bermuda Race, the yacht underwent an extensive refit with the change of the fore and aft structure from stailess to stainless steel; the mast was changed with a new aluminum one; the rig was a 7/8 sloop with double spread; the engine was changed - in 1968 Sparkman & Stephens studied an improvement of this rig increasing the fore triangle in order to have a better rating since

1969 Antonio XARA-Brasil Nogueira - new name Foxhound - home port: Lisbon - in 1973 she raced the Fastnet for her second time with a rating of 44.8 without age allowance, winning the Iolaire Trophy and leading the fleet of seventeen boats; she is currently sailing and racing in the main Portuguese races (Wintermantel, Salazar Trophy, Berlengas Race - an offshore race with Foxhound having kept for twenty years the record of the best corrected time - D. Carlos I Cup, Infante D. Henrique Cup, D. Pedro V, Nicolas Franco, Walter Bush) with more than 50 first places on 200 entries.

1970 Disappeared from the Lloyd's Register

2008 a new doghouse has been built.

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