The name Owen Reid is well known and respected by the M Class.
“My affection for these 18ft classic clinker yachts has no bounds” he has said. A boat designer and builder his tally cover 6 Idle Alongs, 4 “Z” class and 5 M Class.
Three Emmys were built together over 2 ½ years and launched in 1991.
His romance with clinker built dinghies began when he was growing up in Oamaru in the 1940s when he watched boys sailing and offered sixpence to have his first sail.
His idea to glue the laps of a clinker boat veered away from the traditional and ensured that the moisture content was fairly stable. He built Mach One for himself in 1991.
Owen joined RAYC in 1983 and was made a Life Member in September 2013.
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