FRA106 Warhorse (with Matt Cockburn)

Warhorse was designed by Brian Wertheimer for an “Unnamed Syndicate” to compete in the 1979 World Championship held in Seattle.

Warhorse first appeared in ISMA News with the publishing of her construction plan. The boat was built by Brian’s partner in the boat, Bob Cadranell (now owner of ‘Arunga’), in Seattle at his Lake Union boatyard. Her first competition was at the 1979 US Nationals on Puget Sound against 14 other boats where she won the last race, placing 3rd overall. Brian and Warhorse then performed very well in the tune up racing for the 1979 Worlds, winning the Johan Anker’s Vanderingprisen, an elaborate stylized Viking ship shaped bowl in solid Sterling silver, donated by the family of Harry Nystrom and put into circulation by the Swedish Fleet and KSSS at the 1975 regatta in Sandhamn. Warhorse’s owners finished 3rd of 25 at the event, winning the last race. Immediately following, they drove her down to San Francisco for the trials for the 1979 American-Australian Challenge, where unfortunately she was eliminated in the Defender round-robin.  At the 1979 World Championships at Seattle she finished third and later was also third in the US Championships on Puget Sound. She was raced in local races in 1980 and went to California for the 1980 Cal Cup match races and the 1980 US Nationals.  She was shipped to Europe for the 1981 Worlds at Romanshorn, Switzerland which was sadly abandoned due to lack of wind and subsequently bought by J. Setton, who in 1984 sold her to J.P. Gourio and she has remained with that family ever since, forming one of the at one time vigorous South Brittany fleet.   As a Vintage Modern, she is eligible for the Nelson Trophy presented by Don Wood.

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