Yacht: Phizz

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The following description is an Extract from the 1952 YACHTING WORLD ANNUAL

Yachting World Annual

“The design shows a short-ended boat with good free board, a straight sheer and a small sail plan which contributes to her low R.O.R.C. rating of 27.22 ft. The proportions of the design blend well and she is a nice looking boat. Phizz has put up a good performance in off-shore and inshore races.

The layout of the accommodation is very much in keeping with both the hull and the sail plan. It is practical, providing a racing crew numbering six with all they want; there is ample space for charts, galley, toilet and cupboards. Phizz is built to Lloyd’s Class 15 A1. The planking is of mahogany on steamed oak timbers and she has a laminated mahogany stem and mahogany keel, deadwood and stern post. The decks are of red cedar, canvas covered. The lead keel is approximately four tons and as the displacement is 8 tons there is nearly a 50 per cent ballast ratio. The rig is simple, consisting of a mainsail with high aspect ratio and a big foresail. The mast is spruce with a single spreader and jumpers at 45 degrees.”

Words from the owner, Phil Knight-Jones

“Between 1951 and 1960 Phizz / Bluejacket raced in many RORC Class II offshore races. She accumulated over 500 RORC points and sailed more than 10000 race miles.

The original owner FPL Jackson raced her as Phizz between 1951 and 1954.  We do not have any history for 1955 and 1956. She was bought by David J Maw and renamed Bluejacket, he raced her from 1957 to 1960 for the RAF Yacht Club.

In her racing life she competed in the Fastnet race 4 times. She won the R.E.Y.C Challenge Cup in 1952 as the Yacht with the most RORC points in the season. Her race record (as taken from yachting world annuals) is in the summary below.

In 1961 DJ Maw went on to buy ‘Clair De Lune’ and raced her as ‘Bluejacket II’ until 1964/5 when he bought Rocquette from Peter Nicholson which he then renamed ‘Bluejacket III’ and raced her successful in at least the 1965 season and raced 3 Fastnets in 1965, 1967, and 1969

In 1960/1 Bluejacket was renamed Phizz and she spent her time cruising and probably racing from Lymington until my brother and I bought her in 1971, since then we have cruised her extensively and have been entering Classic Yacht Races since 2011.

Phizz at Falmouth 2016

I see Rocquette is listed on your website and her history as Bluejacket III would also be interesting to follow up. I believe that after D J Maw had finished racing the Bluejackets they were sold and reverted to their original names just as Phizz has done. Rocquette is a charter yacht in the Med today.

It is believed that Clair De Lune recently grounded and possibly sank after hitting a rock off Brisbane.”

Phizz has been restored to the original specification with the exception of the canvas covering on the decks, this is now teak covered.

Racing Results

1951 Class 2

Bournemouth – Cherbourg                                 3rd

Channel Race                                                          2nd

Cowes – Dinard                                                      4th

Poole Round-the-Island Race     (90mls)           2nd

Round-the-Island Race (60mls)                           17th

Morgan Cup Race (100mls)                                  2nd

1952 Class 2

RORC Class 2 Points Championship                    1st

Cowes – Dinard                                                       1st

Southsea – Brixham                                                1st open

Brixham – Santander                                              2nd open

Santander – Belle Isle                                            3rd open

Lymington – Poole                                                 3rd

Morgan Cup Race                                                    1st

Poole and Bournemouth Week                             1st (x4)

1954 Class 2

Bay of Biscay Race                                                  1st

Fastnet Race                                                            4th

Cowes – Dinard                                                       4th

Plymouth – La Rochelle                                        2nd

Bay of Biscay Race                                                   1st

Bluejacket race record 1951-1960
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Designer: Frederick Robert Parker
Type of Boat:
Rig: Bermudan Sloop
Year Built: 1951
Built By: Newman's of Poole
LOA m / ft: 12.19m / 40'
LOD m / ft: 12.19m / 40'
LWL m / ft: 12m / 33'9"
Beam m / ft: 2.8m / 9'2"
Draft m / ft: 2.25m / 7'4"
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Sail Stats Sail Area: 55sq.m / 600sq.ft
Construction: The planking is of mahogany on steamed oak timbers and she has a laminated mahogany stem and mahogany keel, deadwood and stern post. The decks are of red cedar, canvas covered.
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