Friday, September 16, 2011

Design 2114 - Lou Jaine

Lou Jaine was designed for inshore and offshore racing as well as cruising. She was specifically designed for Admiral's Cup competition under the I.O.R. - Mark III Rule. She is of relatively light displacement, has generous beam and no trim tab.

The aluminum hull and deck were fabricated by Allday Aluminum Ltd and fitted out by the Clare Lallow yard of Cowes, England. She was launched in 1973.

Here's an early article. Please double click for zoom.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 41'-10"
LWL 32'-0"
Beam 12'-10"
Draft 6'-11"
Displacement 20,130 lbs
Ballast 9,500 lbs
Sail Area 746 sq ft


  1. Presumably this boat did not perform well enough and was then replaced by the third Prospect of Whitby originally launched two years earlier in 1971 which then inherited both the Loujaine name and the K300 sail number sometime in the mid to late 70s?

  2. Not sure about this. I think it was Prospect III - design 2057 - which became K300 Loujaine.

  3. Design 21114 - Loujaine was sold in end of 1973 the very same year of her launching to a French sailors family from Saint-Malo(North Brittany). She was renamed "Amiral de Siam" and raced the RORC channel regatas the next season (1974)
    The new owners did well winning the Channel Race and a second place in Cowes Dinard ...

    The boat raced the RORC till the end of 70's.

  4. I understood that Loujaine was Prospect of Whitby III and to my knowledge was launched in 1971. She competed in the 1971 AC and several pictures of her with K300 sail No. can be seen in Edward Heaths book 'Sailing: A course of my life'. I wonder now if she was actually the original Prospect:

    I sailed Loujaine extensively in RORC races in the early '80s including the 1985 RORC Caribbean Race and 1986 Antigua Race Week. A great boat.

    David Carne of Riggers-UK, Falmouth was in the 1971 AC team and was overwhelmed when we turned up asking for tuning and advice. He always wanted to take his father out on the boat that he spent so much time on and we fulfilled that dream.

    I last saw her featured in a Yachting World(?) article. She had been converted for cruising and was completing a RTW trip.

    1. Just found this, so VERY late contribution! I too sailed the ex-Prospect (not the yacht above) Loujaine in Antigua '86, with Tony & Pam Pratt, Mike Grice, Norm the paid hand, and others. Were we shipmates for a week?

  5. Having looked at the varying designs I am almost certain that the Loujaine K300 I sailed was PoW III ( although she was a flush deck cruiser with no coach roof by then.

  6. I was a crewmember on Loujaine from her launch for that excellent and compassionate sailor, Sir Maurice Laing. The name came about after the owner returned from a business trip to Arabia, where he heard the word Al Jain (The Golden One). The owner had several S&S boats: Clarion fo White, Sasha, and then Prospect from Arthur Slater.

    We also cruised Loujaine extensively from Spain to Norway on Laing family holidays, when she proved to be a fast and comfortable cruiser.

    I am the navigator in the hatch of the last picture. Later that day it blew up a lot, and in a chinese gybe, the mainsheet pulled the wheel out of the cockpit.

    TC -

  7. I crossed the North Atlantic in 1981 going from Newport to Belle Ile in France. The owners were Michel and Nyn a couple that just came back from one year cruising in the Caribbeans.

    1. I have been sailing on "Amiral de Siam" (former Lou jaine, I think...) in the mid '80s . I was a kid, it wa in brittany, it was my first cruise in my life, and it has been the beginning of a great passion for sailing until now. The owners were Michel and his wife. I've been looking for them but I never had any news. If you have any information that could help me to find them and their sail boat, do not hesitate to send me an email.