Meet One of the First Wing Keeled Sixes

Meet One of the First Wing Keeled Sixes

Welcome, US122 Capriccio! With your entry in the Open Division we now have 9 Classics and also 9 Modern boats registered for the #6mWorldChampionship2017 in Vancouver. How exciting! Your 6mR team hasn’t registered yet? Please remember that our Early Bird deadline ends on March 15th.

Capriccio was one of the first to get her wings, locally built in the PNW. Here some more details:

Boat Name: Capriccio
Sail: US 122
Year Built: 1985 
Designer: Bruce Kirby
Builder: Bent Jespersen
Owner: Don Campbell

History: Built for Glen Foster and People for Sport to sail in the 1985 Worlds held at Cannes. She is cold molded mahogany in construction and one of the first wing keeled sixes. Capriccio came to Seattle for the 1986 North Americans where she placed 2nd, losing on the last leg to another wing keeled six, Steverino. She sailed well in the 1987 Worlds hosted by Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club at Oyster Bay, New York, but lost her mast late in the series and was unable to finish the regatta. Capriccio was profiled by Bruce Kirby in Nautical Quarterly Number 46, in 1989. After the dissolution of People for Sport, the boat sat unused in a warehouse until Charlie Hoffmann purchased her to compete against Hans Oen in the Larchmont area on Long Island Sound. Charlie trucked Capriccio across the country and won the 2000 Sir Thomas Lipton Cup and 2000 North Americans in a tiebreaker with USA 109 Discovery. Charlie brought the boat back to Seattle in 2003 and sold her to Roger Ivie after the 2003 King Olav V Cup. Roger campaigned her at the 2004 North American in Vancouver as well as the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup on West Sound on Orcas Island. After Roger Ivie passed away from injuries sustained in a mountain biking accident, the boat was sold to Don Campbell, who intends to campaign the boat on Puget Sound.

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