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lated the aesthetic sensibilities of the French.
Three Cheers
they jumped into
multihulls with an investment of talent and commercial
sponsorship that has led to their three-decade domi-
nance in both ocean racing and production multihulls
Dick Newick’s contributions to the development of
multihull design in the second half of the twentieth
century simply can’t be overstated. Not only would
multihulls look different today without Dick’s many
innovations, but his design’s successes paved the way to
the full acceptance of multihulls as the universally
acknowledged offshore-capable speedsters they are.
When asked where he had gotten the ideas for the 140 or
so designs he completed, Newick—who believed in
reincarnation—said he had been a Polynesian boat
builder in a previous life. He called the Polynesians’
4,000-year-old canoes “the wave of the future,” espe-
cially as he reimagined them.
The ancient and modern multihull boats, he explained,
shared a theme: simplicity. “It takes a good and creative
person,” he said, “to do something simply.”
I was lucky enough to know Dick and to have spent
some time with him, even having him show me around
one of his
tris. These boats were Newick’s multi-
hull interpretation of L. Francis Herreshoff’s
design. They are cat ketch rigged with a Ljungstrom
main and a wishbone-boom mizzen. Towering figure in
design that he was, I found that Dick was also one of the
nicest people in the world. He was friendly, open, full of
fun, and had a knack for making those around him feel at
Newick’s friends and acquaintances would receive letters
and postcards from him, from time to time, mostly postcards.
These were always hand written and always had drawings of
his current design projects.
You can see a video of Newick's trimaran
sailing on
autopilot at nearly 16 knots by clickin
appears in the cockpit about half way through. He's smiling
as he gazes into the wind. I'm sure—wherever he is now—
Dick is aboard one of his tris beaming as it dances along and
he ponders his next design.
— D. Gerr
Dick Newick Memoriam
A 28-ft. Spark Trimaran, One of Newick’s Later Designs
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