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July 2007  Skal restored!  Photo here
 

PHILIP RHODES inducted into North American Boat Designers Hall of Fame (Feb 2005)  more info

RHODES DESIGNS SWEEP 2000 BERMUDA RACE! 

The 2000 Bermuda Race was won by RESTLESS, an R41.  Second place was BANGALORE, a restored Rhodes design from 1929.  Truth is that the pattern of wind this year favored small boats, and these were two of the smallest in the fleet with the largest handicap corrections.  Class II was won by a McCurdy-Rhodes design.  In the Classic Class, KIRAWAN, a restored 53 foot Rhodes design from 1935, placed far lower in the fleet.  She won the 1936 Bermuda Race, so she has already proved her ablity.  The results prove the timeless qualities of Rhodes designs. 

RHODES DESIGNS ARE TOUGH COMPETITORS IN 2002 BERMUDA RACE!
In 2002, against heavy winds that favored the big boats, RESTLESS and BANGALORE again showed their speed.  They finished 3 and 4 in their class of 19 boats and 10 and 24 overall in a fleet of 135.  Of course it took superb sailing to get this high in such a competitive fleet, but Rhodes can share a bit of the credit with the skippers. 

Another Rhodes 41, Grenidlade, a 1965 model, placed first in class and fleet (125 boats in cruising
non-spinnaker) in the Harvest Moon Regatta (Galveston to Port Aransas) this fall. Not quite the Bermuda race, but still the largest event on the Gulf Coast.