The illustrious 10-Meter's arrived on the Northeast racing circuit with much fanfare during the economic boom of the late 1920's. Their designed and order was announced in the December 1926 Yachting Magazine and the initial group of owners were titans of industry and well known names in the Long Island yachting community.
"What promises to be the most talked of class of boats to be raced in this country next year is the one-design class of 10-meter boats, designed by Burgess, Rigg & Morgan for a number of Long Island Sound yachtsmen, work on which will soon be started in a foreign shipyard. These craft, the plans of which are shown on this page, are designed under the International _ Rule of measurement, with a few changes, such as the raising of the freeboard to give 6 feet headroom under the bridge deck between the cabin houses, and the lowering of the lead keel to offset the consequent raising of the center of gravity. The dimensions are: l.o.a., 58.85'; l.w.l., 36'; beam, extreme 10.5'; draft, 7.5'; sail area, 1402 sq. ft.
The following yachtsmen have already ordered boats, with more in the offing: Clifford D. Mallory, Philip R. Mallory, Henry L. Maxwell, Carrol Alker, Ernest G. Draper, W. A. W. Stewart, George G. Milne, and F.L. Carlisle. Lloyd’s requirements will be followed in the building, which will be under Lloyd’s supervision, the scantlings being somewhat heavier than customary m this country for boats of this type. The construction is composite, the main frames being steel, hot galvanized, with alternate frames of white oak. They will be single planked, of 1 1/4-inch mahogany, with white pine decks, finished bright." (Read the whole article here)
Fourteen yachts were ordered to be built in Germany by the well known yard Abeking & Rasmussen with a May 1st delivery date and on May 1st the first 8 were loaded onto a steamer. Lifting eyes in the keel made for easy loading & unloading and the masts, with complete rigging were positioned on the deck allowing for quick rigging upon arrival. The first 8 arrived in Halifax on Saturday, May 14th, 1927 and by the time their owners and delivery crew arrived on Monday, May 16th the boats were docked side by side fully rigged and ready to sail.
Why Halifax and not their home port of New York? Taxes. If the new yachts sailed into the states under their own bottom they avoided the hefty import taxes and you don't get to be a titan of industry with new toys by giving all of your money to uncle sam! Read more about their delivery here in a 1927 Yachting Magazine article.
Names & Ownership History
May 1927- February 1928 - 'RED HEAD', Philip Rogers Mallory, Indian Harbor Yacht Club & American Yacht Club.
Philip was an American businessman and the founder of the company that is now known as Duracell International. Rather than making a career in his family's shipping business, he founded his own manufacturing company, the P. R. Mallory Company.
February 1928-July 1935 - "TOODES', John Jakob Raskob, KCSG, New York Yacht Club, Habana Biltmore Yacht Club, Maryland Yacht Club, Montauk Yacht Club, Royal Swan Yacht Club.
John was a financial executive and businessman for DuPont and General Motors, and the builder of the Empire State Building. He was chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1928 to 1932 and a key supporter of Alfred E. Smith's candidacy for President of the United States.
??? - ??? - 'SALLY', Sy Welch - supposed originator of 'Sally Green'
1940-1942 - 'SALLY', Wesley Smith, Catalina Island Yacht Club
1943 - ??? - 'SALLY', Walter Trepte, San Diego Yacht Club
1946-1954 - 'SALLY', James Coberly, Newport Harbor Yacht Club
1955-1965 - ???
1965-1967 - 'SALLY', Robert L. Lynch, Newport Harbor Yacht Club
1968-1974 - 'SALLY', Ernest Kanzler, Santa Monica Yacht Club
1975-1980 - 'SALLY', Orange Coast College
1981-1983 - 'SALLY', Donn Campion, Santa Cruz Yacht Club
1984-1985 - 'SALLY', UC Santa Cruz
1986-Now - 'SALLY', CF Koehler, San Diego Yacht Club & Ancient Mariners Sailing Society.
I purchased Sally from UCSC in March of 1986, three months after my Dad passed away. I was 21 years old. I patched the old girl up as best I could and sailed her down to San Diego from Santa Cruz with 5 friends, a couple young and naïve the rest looking for adventure and all of them brave. Sally put on a good show giving us 200 miles a day rides with a double reef and #5 jib until we reached the east Santa Barbara Channel where it was light and slow going. All in all the delivery showed us what she could do. The next few years it patch up this fix that race a bit. Fix something else cruise race. This repeated until 1990 when I decommissioned Sally for three months to replace her decks, shear planks, cover boards, bulwarks, and rail caps. Then it was back to racing, sailing, drinking chasing women not always in that order. By 2010 Sally was showing her 82 years, she deserved to be young and strong again, so on to the building floor she went to be rebuilt. This time her planking and frames would be glued together and sealed with epoxy. Now she does not soak up water and stays light and strong. When she sails nimble and tight, no creaks and groans from her inners. She can now go on showing new generations of sailors what the great yachts of the twenties are like, and when the conditions are right still kick some but with the new boats.
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