Ol' Number 34
#34 was puchased originallly new by Ray Milland the movie actor
sometime just afte WWII. I don't know when but it was in Newport
Harbor YC roster in 1950 or 1951. There must have been some other
owner between he and Strat Enright who named the boat "Witch". He
sold it to Paull Loveridge who sold it to Gale Post in about
1963. At one time during this period she may have been called
"Aquarius Too" Gale renamed her “Therapy” &
painted her in bright yellow.
Gale performed quite extensive restoration after Pauls “experimental”modifications.
For instance, the mast was off-center since he wanted it lto more
vertical on port tack. This was the favored tack going up the beach
off Newport after the start of the usual races.
During the 80s & 90s her history is unclear but she did find
her way to San Diego, was raced hard & fell into dis-repair.
James Nichols owned her for a short time & in 2006 her current
owner James Dreyer rescued her from the looming scrap heap.
She is undergoing an extensive restoration at Traditional Boat Works with work being compleded by Fernando Alva under the guidance of Doug Jones. James
hopes to have her sailing in 2010. She will be 63 years old.
She won the Rhodes class championships in 54, 57, 59, 78, 79. (Correct
me if im wrong there Ralph!)
In 1938 South Coast introduced the Rhodes 33,
one of several narrow racing boats with deep cockpits that Phil
Rhodes had designed. Slightly larger and
longer than the Pacific Class and with a square foot more sail area,
the real difference over the highly successful PC was the interior
fitout. An “Airy Cabin as opposed to a Dungeon”
is a description in a recent book about the PC’s designer,
Paul Kettenburg. Features included a drop in outboard
well, a two burner stove and head. Twenty 33’s were
sold before the war and 22 more were launched after. The
Rhodes & PC’s faced off in numerous organised challenges
over the years with the heavier built Rhodes achieving success in
"He's a boating enthusiast, although that phrase seems too weak to describe the level of his interest,
kind of like describing someone as a 'heroin fancier.'"
~ Dave Barry