Thursday, November 10, 2011

Design 1939-C2 - Aura

We've made reference to this boat before, or at least her sister Bay Bea. I was reminded of her as we had an inquiry from the Commodore of the Royal Malta Yacht Club looking for any images we might have of her. In reviewing the files it did remind me just how well this boat did in her first four years of racing including a bullet in the 1973 Middle Sea Race. Here's a summary of her winnings.

As often is the case we find very few images of her in the files. The Commodore of RMYC was kind enough to send us this scan of the cover of the Middle Sea Race program for 1974 where they used an image of Aura taken the previous year.

Here are the plans.

Aura was built of aluminum by Palmer Johnson of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. She was launched in 1971.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 49'-7"
LWL 34'-10"
Beam 11'-10"
Draft 7'-4"
Displacement 31,800 lbs
Ballast 14,500 lbs
Sail Area 1,038 sq ft


  1. Hi, great to see this page...

    My cousin Klaas and me sailed with Aura around the world in 2009-2011. Our most distant adventure was a week in Antarctica. You can find pics and stories of our trip on our website: and (pictures).

    Aura is at the moment in Holland.

    Kind regards,


    1. My folks sailed Tuia (Aura) 1 Tahiti trans pac, and 2 Hawaiian Trans pacs.My Mom thinks she lost her mothers diamond ring in the bilge while changing the oil.Please pass the word ! know joke