Thursday, May 01, 2008

Green boats

It started in Issue 2585 with a cute story about bananas and bad luck. In #2586, the ‘buttheads chimed in about bad luck with green boats and setting sail on Fridays. Memories were stretched in ‘butt 2587 when the Ron Holland designed 40-footer IMP was mentioned, which was famous in the late 70’s for victories and its fading green paint job. Next to be mentioned was Evergreen, another famous late 70’s winner and member of the green boat hall of fame.

Photographer Sharon Green shares this image (above) of her dad Donald Green’s boat Evergreen, practicing in Hamilton Bay, Ontario for the 1978 Canada's Cup.



Johnny May sent in these images of IMP, now owned by George Radley of Ireland, which is seen here during the 2007 Pineapple Cup Montego Bay Race.

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8 Comments:

At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would like contact info for Johnny May as i am writing a story/book Legend of Imp. Thanks Bill Barton .. biobill@pacbell.net

 
At 6:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up in the town where Evergreen was built and watched her as a kid sailing Lake Ontario. Does anyone know what happened to her?

 
At 2:36 PM, Anonymous Stirling Ross said...

In regards to green boats, I am very surprised that no one mentioned a whole slew of very successful green boats named INFINITY. What’s up with that?

 
At 6:29 PM, Anonymous Todd said...

Not many will remember, but there was a beautiful deep green 33' cruising cutter built for Isabelle and Burnham Porter in the 1930's to the design of Sam Crocker. She was on her mooring in Manchester (MA) for years, certainly through the early 70's. Her name was Roarin' Bessie. My Dad built the hull model for Mr. Crocker. I have always wondered what happened to her. Alas I have only a black and white photo.

 
At 8:57 PM, Anonymous Antoine said...

I am getting old and my memory is faaaadin'...
but wasn't "Sayula" the Swan 65 winning the first Withbread Race having a dark-green hull?

 
At 6:25 AM, Anonymous Bill McCowen said...

Donald Parr's fine and successfull Admiral's Cupper in 1973 Quailo (a Nicholson 55) was green and what about the Shamrocks

 
At 7:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Shamrock, and Windward passage? (ok deck was sort of seafoam green on WP)

 
At 4:43 PM, Anonymous Phil said...

Wow, this is a blast from the past! I too recall Evergreen. Anyone know where she went? I heard someone put a "real" keel on it. Apparently too scary with the fiberglass dagger board.

 

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