The photos above show the 10.5 ton Bonito Class sloop South’ard, designed by Alan Buchanan. She was built by Stebbings for an American buyer, and is seen here being loaded aboard United States Lines’ s.s. American Trapper on April 26th 1962, bound for New York. South’ard was to take part in the Rhode Island to Bermuda Race on June 16th 1962.
South’ard is the forward of the two yachts on the deck, the 41′ Holman Yawl behind her is Springtime, also built in Burnham-on-Crouch. Springtime was built in 1961 by Tucker Brown’s for A.E. Bird, Commodore of the Royal Burnham Yacht Club and a prolific ocean racer of the day. She’s still sailing, from Salcombe.
South’ard was described in an illustrated article in Yachting Monthly, October 1962. The text read,
Described as a special version of the Bonito class sloops, five of which have been produced in reinforced plastic by Stebbings at Burnham-on-Crouch this year, South’ard is in every way an up-to-date example of a fast cruiser-racer with good accommodation. The designers state that the hull was developed from their tank testing work with Saunders-Roe, and this yacht has been specially adapted from the standard model to suit conditions on the other side of the Atlantic, for South’ard is stationed at Hamilton, Bermuda.
In the general arrangement pan reproduced will be noted the galley with its alcohol stove to port and the ice box beneath the chart table opposite. Unlike many British and Continental designs of this size, South’ard has no quarter berths. Forward of the saloon with its two settee berths is a 3ft lobby of full width of the ship with roomy toilet, a large hanging locker for dry clothes, and the necessary doors for shutting off the rest of the accommodation. In the focsle are two built-in berths, shelves and chain stowage forward.
The seats of the shallow self-draining cockpit are at deck level with watertight lockers in each. The four-cylinder Universal petrol motor, which is rated at 30hp at 3,000rpm, is hidden beneath the bridge deck.
Like standard boats of this Bonito class the hull is moulded, with teak decks and deck fittings, moulded glass fibre cabin top, Ian Proctor metal mast, and gear and equipment of first quality throughout.
The layout differs from that of the standard Bonito class to meet the requirements of a yachtsman who races and cruises in her around Bermuda. Soon after delivery to New York, South’ard sailed in the Block Island Race, in which she came in second with 119 starters. Later taking part in the Bermuda Race, she was eighth in her class and thirteenth overall: a satisfactory record for a new English-built yacht. Her rating under the Cruising Club of America rule is a about 24.5ft.