“Talking Sailing” from my archives. The Buccaneer Class

by Richard Crockett

To a large degree the Buccaneer is a scaled down version of the Royal Cape One Design, with the Van der Stadt designed Buccaneer arriving in this country in the mid-sixties although it was then known as the Primaat.

Yachting World magazine adopted the Primaat design and renamed it the Buccaneer.

Interestingly I have the minutes of the first Buccaneer Class Association meeting to formalise the class and also to adopt the Class Constitution. That was on 16 May 1967.

With its simple construction plan requiring just five frames, the Buccaneer proved to be a favourite with the home builder, as forty were quickly built and launched.

The minutes of the first meeting showed that the first sail numbers were agreed to as follows:

1 Naiad – G F Stocks
2 Jumbo – C H Knipe
3 Outlaw – J W Bull
4 Hadyanna – G Rutenbeck
5 Cameo – F J Bergh / J A Golding
6 Buccaneer – P Liddell / W W B Learmonth
7 no name – E C Leisegang
8 no name – S Collyer
9 no name – L Walter
10 no name – J Harley

Buccaneer Dimensions
LOA 7 100 mm (23 ft 3 in)
Beam 2 300 mm (7 ft 6 in)
Displ. 1088,6 kg (2 400 lb)
Sail Area 22,15 sq m (238 sq ft)

Interestingly I also have a full size template of the Buccaneer Class sail logo. Is there anyone who may be interested in this?

READ THE MINUTES OF THE INAUGURAL CLASS ASSOCIATION HERE:  buccaneer – minutes 1967 05 16 – 004441

This was in the Buccaneer files. Can anyone identify who this is?
‘Manta’ in heavy conditions, winner of the Buccaneer Nationals 1983

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