“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. Innovative Space-age Yacht From Glanville

On her way to Nwport is the new Datsun Skyline being hoisted aboard the SA freighter Victory. Her flat bottomed hull indicates her incredible lightness as a fast down wind racer. She weighs only 3.5 tons fully rigged.

By Richard Crockett

While scanning and archiving recently I stumbled across a series of photos ‘Datsun Skyline’ – a yacht being built by Richard Glanville for the 1982 – 83 BOC Race.

She was dubbed as “innovative and space-age” and was to be skippered by Greg ‘Maori’ Coles, a New Zealander, despite being built in Cape Town.

Besides a big pre-launch hype, there is little else to glean about her performance in the race other than she started some 12 days after the official start, and retired from the race in Cape Town. Two reports from the magazine are attached to be read separately.

So there’s an air of mystery which surrounds her, other than a report in 1985 which said she successfully crossed the Atlantic, but was yet to be tested in the Southern Ocean!

I wonder what happened to her?

READ THE YACHTSMAN RSA REPORT HERE:  1982 08 – Yachtsman RSA – OCR

READ THE SA YACHTING REPORT HERE:  1982 09 – SA Yachting – OCR

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