Certificate no 1854
Status Registered


Function Leisure Craft
Subfunction Yacht
Location Chichester
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Camper & Nicholsons Ltd, Southampton
Built in 1929
Hull material Wood
Rig Unknown
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 1
Propulsion Sail
Primary engine type None
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
65.00 feet (19.83 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


In 1927, aviation pioneer Sir Richard Fairey and yacht designer Charles Nicholson embarked on an extensive programme of research and development to create a new twelve metre racing yacht. Charles Nicholson concentrated on the hull design and Sir Richard Fairey built a low speed wind tunnel at Fairey Aviation’s Hayes factory for sails research. The excellence of Charles Nicholson’s design combined with Sir Richard Fairey’s competitive spirit and the technical sophistication of the aviation industry produced the basis of a design which would be developed into a yacht twenty years ahead of her time.

Designed from the outset to win, Sir Richard Fairey's new twelve metre yacht was named FLICA and launched at Camper & Nicholson’s Gosport yard on Thursday 9 May 1929. Sir Richard Fairey gradually improved FLICA’s performance over two seasons and in 1931, 1932 and 1933 she was the top twelve metre by a very wide margin. In 1932, racing in the Solent, the Clyde, Scandinavia and France, her success was unparalleled. With Sir Richard Fairey at the helm, she won fifty first flags in fifty-eight races.

In 1933, Sir Richard Fairey started an intensive development programme in order to prepare FLICA for the first Twelve Metre America's Cup challenge. The effort was thwarted at the eleventh hour by T.O.M. Sopwith who exercised first refusal to challenge in 1934 with his J-Class yacht ENDEAVOUR. Sir Richard Fairey was bitterly disappointed and sold FLICA to Hugh Goodson in 1934 to take up J-Class racing with the King George V.

Find out more about FLICA's connection with the America's Cup Masters, together with details on the Flica Project


Classic Boat:Syndicate needed for FLICA, July 2000  

Key dates

  • 1929

    Built by Camper & Nicholson, Southampton

  • 1931-33

    The top 12 Meter Class by a wide margin

  • 1932

    With Sir Richard Fairey at the helm she won 50 of 58 races

  • 1933

    Failed to race in the America’s Cup

  • 1934

    Sold to Hugh Goodson

  • 2006

    Sold to the ‘ Flica’ Trust for restoration

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