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Jesamine

Vessel Number: HV000400
Date: 1921-1922
Designer: Mitch Lacco
Dimensions:
Vessel Dimensions: 7.62 m x 6.4 m x 2.36 m x 0.76 m (25 ft x 21 ft x 7.75 ft x 2.5 ft)
Classification:Vessels and fittings
Significance
JESAMINE was built as a 21 Foot Restricted Class yacht in 1922 by Mitch Lacco at Queenscliff, Victoria. The class was famous between the two world wars when they raced for the premier interstate series called The Forster Cup. It is probably the earliest 21 Footer still extant in sailing condition, and emphasises the strong connection this racing class had with the working boat traditions of Victoria. Mitch Lacco built the craft for himself and was one of the most important early builders of the well known Victorian couta boats. JESAMINE was later converted to the style of a couta boat and then used by Lacco as a fishing boat for decades on Port Phillip.
DescriptionJESAMINE has a carvel planked hull with a spoon bow profile, and the raked transom associated with the 21 Foot Restricted Class rules. The profile has a shorter overhang at the stem and deeper forefoot than other craft more orientated to racing purposes. It now has an oval shaped cockpit which was more suitable for its fishing days.

JESAMINE only raced for a short period. It represented Victoria in the 1924 series for The Forster Cup but did not feature in any high placings. In the lead up to the racing it was suggested it would be at its best in lighter winds.

In 2010 JESAMINE retains its gaff rig and has been overhauled and restored for use as a recreational pleasure boat with the rare distinction of being able to race with the couta boat fleet or to race as a 21 Foot Restricted Class yacht. It was restored by 'Dugga' Beazley, a popular identity and fisherman from Port Phillip, but is now owned by a descendant of the builder.
Vessel Details
Ballast:internal
Current status:floating
Current status:operational
Deck layout:decked with cockpit
Deck material and construction:timber planked
Hand propulsion/steering mechanism:tiller
Hull material and construction:carvelcarvel-planked
Hull material and construction:timber
Hull shape:displacement
Hull shape:monohull
Hull shape:overhanging stem
Hull shape:round bottom
Keel/centreboard/rudder type:transom rudder
Motor propulsion:auxiliary motor
Motor propulsion:diesel
Motor propulsion:inboard
Propeller:single
Rig type:gunter
Rig type:sloop
Sail cloth:synthetic
Spar material:timber
Alternate Numbers

Sail Number: C 1922

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