The accounts of misc. wanderings up and down the eastern seaboard.
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".