Hull #7 Hetaera

Hull #7
Not much is known about hull #7 (Hetaera). She was owned by a Mr. Joe DeMeter of the Richmond Yacht Club in the San Francisco Bay Area and raced there during the '60s and '70s. She was weighed by the famous naval architect Gary Mull on February 27, 1967 in Oakland, CA. Her weight was 15,230 pounds. Mr. DeMeter was a resident of Lafayette, CA at the time. It is rumored that Hetaera was purchased from Joe by a French chef. He was going to sail around the world with his wife. He apparently left Sausalito for the South Pacific.

Joe's son John has since added the following:
"My father, Joe DeMeter owned Hetaera in the late 60's and sold it 1971. We did the 1969 Transpac on her and had a bear of a time steering the boat in the higher than average trade winds that year. We had to use a line from the tiller to a winch to help the steering going across it was so difficult. In fact Hetaera lost it's rudder on the return trip. Our boat also had the original rudder enlarged before the Transpac which in retrospect probably contributed to it's demise on the return trip. My father was able to acquire a balanced spade rudder of a racing Cal 37 (a modified Cal 40) and had it fitted by Richmond Boat Works. This modification made the boat 100% more manageable and therefore faster when sailing downwind. We did the Drakes Bay Race after the new rudder and were one of the very few boats that had complete control in over 30 knots. The last time I saw the boat was in Mazatlan Harbor in 1974 on a mooring. I can pick out the boat no problem due to the fact that we painted the hull with a roller on a misty day and the resulting orange-peel surface was very distinctive. I know that people tend to like the traditional full keel hull shape but the modification of the rudder was a very worthwhile change."

John also mentioned that Hetaera had not had any additional ballast added to her water tanks. As an interesting aside, he noted that "Windward Passage", the rocket designed by Alan Gurney, set a record during that Transpac of 1969. Alan Gurney, you will recall, worked with Bill Tripp in the early 60's when the Javelins were being built in Holland.

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