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Builder: Fairey Marine

Build date: March 1952

Additional Build Notes: This item also provides some information regarding George O'Day, boat-builder, designer, and marine dealer of Boston, USA. A personal friend of Uffa Fox and US agent for Fairey Marine constructed boats

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Deck Colour: When built Varnish Mark I

Hull Colour: When built Varnish Mark I

Usage: When built Varnish

Condition: Not Known

Location: Not Known

Current Owner: Exported USA - see note - details of George O'Day

Known Owners: George O'Day (1923 / 1987) - a US Olympic, international and America's Cup racer, boat builder, designer, and marine dealer in Boston, the US agent for Fairey Marine, a personal friend of Firefly designer, Uffa Fox, and a professional business contact for whom Fox designed several dinghies.

In the mid 50's Uffa designed the Day Sailor dinghy, perhaps similar to the UK Wayfarer class, but round bilged, some 14k built so far (2021) with active fleets across the US and Brazil. Now constructed in grp with a small cuddy.

O'Day helmed the US entry in the 5.5 Metre class to Gold in the 1960 Olympic Games raced on Naples Bay; the story goes that his yacht was damaged in transit to Italy and he borrowed the yacht which had been placed 5th in the US Trials, and turned out to be far more suitable for the light wind conditions of the Olympic regatta.

The GB entry, "Yeoman" helmed by Robin Aisher finished 9th, from a fleet of 19.

Many Fireflies and other Fairey Marine built dinghies were exported to the USA through the O'Day company. Seemingly no longer trading when NFA enquiries made February 2013 thro the internet and contacts in the USA, perhaps closed 1989.


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