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.
Classic Boat:Syndicate needed for FLICA, July 2000
Built by Camper & Nicholson, Southampton
The top 12 Meter Class by a wide margin
With Sir Richard Fairey at the helm she won 50 of 58 races
Failed to race in the America’s Cup
Sold to Hugh Goodson
Sold to the ‘ Flica’ Trust for restoration
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