Bruce Kirby will present the history and evolution of sailboat designs from racing dinghy Lasers to the latest AC foiling catamarans.
Without even doing the arithmetic, it’s safe to say that Bruce Kirby has more boats built to his designs than any designer in sailing history. The 13' (4m) Laser alone accounts for well over 220,000 boats in three different rig configurations sailing in 140 countries. Add the more than 1,200 San Juan 24s (7.3m) that have been built, not to mention the 800 Sonars (23'/7m). However, Kirby’s design career and body of work are much more eclectic than these three boats suggest, running the gamut from high-performance International 14 Foot (4.3m) dinghies to America’s Cup 12-Meters, with dalliances into traditional cruising sharpies. Then considering Kirby’s career in sailing journalism, as well as being one of North America’s most talented helmsmen—representing his native Canada in three Olympics, and being an early inductee in the Canadian International 14 Foot Dinghy Hall of Fame, the National Sailing Hall of Fame, the Sailing World Hall of Fame, and an honoree at New York Yacht Club dinners—one quickly realizes that his standing in the sport of international sailing is matched by very few.
Bruce Kirby lives in Rowayton where his 1981 IOR 40’ racing design “Runaway” sails and races on LI Sound out of the Noroton Yacht Club.
Meet up with dozens of SUS club members at this entertaining presentation and learn of the their sailing & shoreside events, their organization, and how to get out on their boats. The SUS club has close to 150 members and a large portion of the club attends these meetings along with members of the Meetup group.