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The Masthead
Sept. 2013 Page 28
Memoriam
Richard C. “Dick” Newick – May 9, 1926—August 28, 2013
O
ne of the most
influential multi-
hull designer of the
twentieth century de-
parted for his final
sail on August 28,
2013. Richard Cooper
Newick left a legacy
that altered the entire
world of multihulls.
Early in Newick’s
career he got a job as
a boatbuilder and
ended up managing
the company before
the Korean War shut
down the shop due to
scarcity of materials. Dick went on to sail and explore
much of the U.S., Europe, and the Caribbean. In fact, he
arrived in the Caribbean delivering a 34-foot ketch to St.
Croix. He liked it there and decided to stay. Not only did
Dick meet his wife in St. Croix but he designed and built a
40-foot day-charter catamaran—the boat that got him
started in multihulls.
Dick’s designs were visionary in the 1970s and 1980s and
beyond. They were unique and almost instantly recognizable
for clean lines, organic shapes, light weight, and simplicity
of construction and outfit. Challenged by the OSTAR trans-
atlantic race (today the TransAt), Dick designed one of the
most radical offshore sailing racers in sailing history—the 40
-foot, schooner-rigged proa
Cheers,
which became the first
U.S. boat ever to complete the OSTAR. Such boats had
never entered an offshore sailing race and they
had hardly been seen by western sailors.
Cheers
was later followed by the 60-foot
Rogue Wave
and the 50-foot
Moxie
trimarans, both skippered
by Boston-based newspaper publisher Phil
Weld, who was the first U.S. winner in 1980.
Over the years, these and other Newick
multihulls placed, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 10!
Phil Weld, in winning the 1980 OSTAR at the
age of 65, defeated twenty five younger
competitors, and after his OSTAR win France,
in particular, went multihull crazy.
In trying to identify the root cause of French
enthusiasm, nautical historian Richard Boehmer
drew attention back to Dick Newick and
his
Three Cheers
. In Boehmer’s words:
I think it was not just the speed but also the
beauty of Newick’s boats that so strongly stimu-
Richard C. “Dick” Newick
Three Cheers
- 46-ft. Trimaran
A Typical Newick Postcard
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