Latest Entries: Goose and her Younger Sister Llanoria
Goose US81, a long time PNW beauty, will challenge her younger sister Llanoria US83, recently returned from Europe and current North American, European and World champion, at the #6mRWorldChampionship2017 in Vancouver this September. An epic CLASSIC battle awaits!!!
Boat Name: GOOSE
Sail: US 81
Year Built: 1938
Designer: Sparkman & Stephens
Builder: Nevins, City Island, New York
Owner: Peter Hofmann
Designed and built for Dr. George Nichols. Goose was profiled in the S&S biography, “Best of the Best – The Yacht Designs of Sparkman & Stephens.” She is arguably the single most famous and victorious 6 metre in the world. 4 time winner of the Scandinavian Gold Cup; 1938, 1939, 1947, 1948. Winner of the Seawanhaka Cup in 1957 and many other international races. In her first international regatta, the1938 British-American Team Race, Goose led the Americans to victory. In her glory years, she was considered ‘unbeatable’ by many. Goose was the first design extensively tank tested by S&S, and represented a breakthrough in meter boats whose immediate influence can be seen in the 12 meter Vim, the 8 meter Iskareen, and in future winning Sparkman & Stephens 6, 8 and 12 meters such as Llanoria, Iroquois, Columbia, and Constellation.
Goose did have her embarrassments, however. In 1938, at the King Edward VII “Bermuda Gold Cup”, she lost badly to an older design, K3 Achilles, then later the same year she inexplicably lost the Seawanhaka Cup to K55 Circe, a boat Goose trounced in the earlier British-American Team Race.
After many years of hard campaigning in the US and in Europe, she was rebuilt in the Luders yard in 1957 with 4 layers of mahogany strips to replace the original planking. It is said S&S would not give Luders the lines for the boat, because he was a competing designer, so before proceeding, yard workers lifted the lines from her tired hull and rebuilt from there. After the rebuild, Sparkman & Stephens acquiesced, the rebuilt Goose was compared to the original line drawings and found to be within a 1/16″ in every dimension. She competed many times on Lake Ontario in the 50’s and 60’s, often sparring with boats from Toronto, like KC 25 Buzzy III and KC 9 Bibis. She eventually made her way from Jerry Castle in Rochester to Steve Chadwick in Seattle, a 6 meter hotbed, in the 60s. In 1969, in the Summer of Love, after winning the qualifying regatta in Seattle, Goose represented the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco for the inaugural Australian-American Challenge against John Taylor’s new S&S design, Toogooloowoo IV.
The bottom photo below shows Goose being loaded on the trailer headed for San Francisco. One of the anecdotes of this race series concerns a dockside conversation between a young, gimlet-eyed Scott Rohrer (sailing on Goose, with a 3 to 1 lead in the series) and Olin Stephens, who flew out from New York to witness the series. Shaking Mr Stephens’ hand, Scott said, “You can’t feel too bad about this. Either way, an S&S boat wins the Cup.” Mr Stephens was said to have replied, obviously chagrined, “Yes, but one would like to see more progress than that in 30 years of yacht design”. In an intensely fought series, the old Goose finally prevaled in the 7th race. In the first 6 Meter World Cup, held in Seattle in the summer of 1973, Goose placed 4th of 20 entries. Goose was modified in the early 70’s to drawings made by S&S to take advantage of certain breakthroughs made within the 12 meter class. Her stern counter was shortened and a ‘kicker’ added above and behind her reshaped rudder in structural foam. From 2004 to 2009 Peter Hofmann removed all of the modifications in time for the 2009 World Championships in Newport, Rhode Island, where she placed 5th of 24.
Boat Name: LLANORIA
Sail: US 83 (also KC 32, N 84)
Year Built: 1948
Designer: Sparkman & Stephens
Builder: Nevins, City Island
Owner: Peter Hofmann
Designed and built for Herman ‘Swede’ Whiton. Also owned by the Norwegian whaling magnate, Magnus Konow. It could be argued that Llanoria is laden with more significant trophies and accolades than even US 81 Goose. Llanoria is the only 2-time Olympic Gold Medal winner. The first came in 1948 in Torquay, the second at Helsinki in 1952, the last Olympics in which sixes competed. Llanoria won the One Ton Cup twice, first in 1951 then in 1957, as well as the Seawanhaka Cup twice, first in 1948 and then in 1953. Llanoria was sold to Norway (N84) for a few years then returned to the USA. She was based in Victoria, Canada in the 70’s and competed in both the 1973 and 1979 World Championships in Seattle. Harry Hofmann and his son Peter then acquired her and performed a complete rebuild in the mid 80’s. After a brutal t-bone collision in 1985 with KA8 Pacemaker the boat was out of the water until June 2011. Llanoria’s performance since her restoration at Jespersen Boatbuilders has been impressive. She placed 3rd in her post-restoration debut at the 2011 World Championships in Finland in a field of 45 boats, then placed 2nd at the 2012 European Championships in Nynashamn. In 2013 she was again on the podium, placing 3rd at the 2013 Robbe & Berking sponsored World Championships in Flensburg. Llanoria dominated the warmup regatta at the abandoned 2014 European Championships at Falmouth and won the 2015 World Championships on Quiberon Bay, near La Trinite sur Mer in France under Eric Jespersen’s steady hand. The same crew on Llanoria recently won the European Championships at Brunnen, Switzerland in the 2016 European Championships. Lannoria is now on her way back to the Pacific Northwest and will next compete in the 2017 Worlds in Vancouver.
Recent Results Llanoria
2011 – World Championships, Helsinki, Finland – 3rd of 45
2012 – European Championships, Nynashamn, Sweden – 2nd of 18
2013 – World Championships, Flensburg, Germany – 3rd of 23
2014 – European Championships, Falmouth, England – no conclusion
2015 – World Championships, La Trinite sur Mer, France – 1st of 23
2016 – European Championships, Brunnen, Switzerland – 1st of 16
2016 – North American Championships, San Francisco, USA – 1st of 5