Dick Carter Yacht Designer
by Carter, Dick
Not many ?amateur? yacht designers would dare to enter the first boat they had ever designed into the epic offshore Fastnet Race, let alone with the intention of winning it. But that is what Dick Carter did in 1964, beating all 151 other yachts, some sailed by the most notable sailors of the day. He repeated the feat 4 years later with another of his own designs (which also won the Admiral?s Cup that year as top boat and top team), but by then he could certainly not be described as an ?amateur? yacht designer. His radical innovations created fast and comfortable boats which were much in demand in this, the golden age of offshore racing. He even went on to design the massive 128-foot Vendredi Treize for Jean-Yves Terlain to sail single-handed in the 1972 OSTAR (trans-Atlantic) race ? the longest boat ever to have been raced single-handed. This is his story.