Friday, April 26, 2013

Torchbearer: A meaningful Factoid.

Razzle-Dazzle.  Laser or Torch?  You decide.
No doubt if you're interested in small racing dinghies you've already gotten a belly full of "information" regarding the Laser-Torch brew-ha-ha.  What many may not appreciate is that long before Bruce Kirby put pen to paper to sketch out his so called Laser design or even his America's Cup entry Canada I (renamed Canada II after being heavily modified), he got his start designing a series of International-14s.  The I-14 is a "development" class, which, like the smaller Moth Boat, attempts to produce ever faster boats rather than getting wrapped around the axle with one, soon to be stagnant, one-design hull.  The stagnant aspect of the design need not distract us.  The interesting point, at least to me, is that Kirby gave each of his I-14s a "hot" name, the first of the line being (wait for it) TORCH.  As Paul Harvey would say, "now you know the rest of the story".

Bruce Kirby sailing Torch.


  1. Aren't Moths attracted to a Flame?

    1. Sometimes you have to burn land to make it more fruitfull.

    2. Yes indeed Tillerman, but I don't think Bruce K. ever dabbled in Moth design. Another Bruce (Bruce Farr) cut his teeth designing Moth Boats.

    3. hetzeilen: Let's just hope that the parties involved don't adopt a scorched earth policy.