Thursday, March 31, 2011

Design 1969 - Running Tide


It could be said that Running Tide is the most successful racing yacht to come from the boards of Sparkman & Stephens. Bermuda Races, S.O.R.C. Races, Storm Trysail Club Week winner, Miami to Palm Beach winner, Annapolis-Newport Race winner, the list goes on and on. Well over 200 trophies have been won with this boat.

Running Tide was launched in 1970, a year prior to the adoption of the I.O.R. Rule. She was still completely competitive for years. The hull was built of aluminum by Walter Huisman of Holland and then it was shipped to America and finished by Kretzer Boat Works of City Island. She was designed as an all out racing yacht. A great part of the success of Running Tide was an experienced owner and crew and a willingness to constantly upgrade the boat to keep her competitive.


Here are the plans.


Principal Dimensions
LOA 60'-7"
LWL 45'-0"
Beam 14'-3"
Draft 9'-0"
Displacement 52,250 lbs
Ballast 25,500 lbs
Sail Area 1,515 sq ft

9 comments:

  1. Tide: She was a legend on Chesapeake bay. 444

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  2. Curious about the history of Running Tide on the Chesapeake Bay. Understand, before this weekends race she held the elapsed time record for this 120 mile race. Does anyone have the definitive information on her time in the 1974 race where she was reported to have finished around 13 hours?

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    1. I was a watch captain and helmsman for several years on Tide. I believe you're speaking about the "Skipper's Race" which was down the bay to the start of the Potomac river, around some government mark and back to Annapolis. The big rivalry was with Turner's Tenacios. It was a dry no'easter, shy port gybe chutes on the way down and a maybe-one-tack beat going back. We did that. Tenacious did not. We won.

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    2. Remember the old saw: go right in a southerly, left in a northerly and to Marmaduke's in an Easterly.

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    3. Terrific yacht, was this TIDE ever owned by Palm Beach neighbor, Sportsman, James Kimberly? T.I.D.E. ferrari racing. www.palmbeachtidemuseum.com

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    4. Palm Beacher, Ferrari racer James Kimberly owned three Trumphy Motor Yachts. His brother owned two. No major sailboats that I am aware of. Gentleman Jim Kimberly bought the first rear engine car [$50,000] to Indy, 1962 Lotus/ Jim Clark. DNF. Clark won INDY the next year and no front engine cars has won since. PLEASE SUPPORT the JIM CLARK Museum in Scotland & the new forth comming Sebring. Anna Marshall , Maureen DeAngles,Esq. www.palmbeachTIDEmuseum.com TIDE ferrari racing,palm beach 401 s.county road # 3115, Palm Beach, Florida 33480 tom I.davis

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  3. I'm the unknown. I don't know why is labled me that.

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    1. JOHN POTTER- THIS IS JB AND SEAGULL

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  4. In 72 & 73 I crewed on Black Jack, another S&S boat, in day races against Running Tide. At the time she was owned by one of the local Marina owners. He bought her after losing the first race she was in when first delivered. He couldn't stand to lose so he probably over paid but he got the bragging rights and his crew had no show jobs at the marina they just had to race and were in reality professional racing crew and they lorded it ofer other crew and did some mean things like "accidently" knocking ofer the buffet tabel into the water before any other crew could get to it. That is what made me quit racing. It had become a nasty business not a gentlemens sport.

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