Gato

It must have been more than 20 years ago that I met Gerry Downton. He was a famous around the world ocean racer and I was an obscure designer. He bought plans, built the 42 and sailed it.
He notes, “Did a 5 year apprenticeship as a boatbuilder.
Left Australia at 21 to go sailing for a year, but didn’t return for 36 years. Too many yacht races to do and race boats to move, fix, modify or build to think about stopping a great lifestyle. Ended up sailing about 225,000 miles during that time. Including some long distance races and 1 marathon race. Loved it all.
Built “Exit” a Newick 36’ tri and “Gato” a Hughes 42’ for myself and am toying with the plans for a Power cat as my next build. When will this madness stop?!”

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2 thoughts on “Gato”

  1. Im met Gerry many years ago in Ft. Lauderdale when he was just finishing Exit. Lost track of him and the boat. What happened to Exit?

  2. Hi Uwe,
    Sailed Exit to St. Croix and sold her in 1989, where she was flipped over three times in Hurricane Hugo. She was still in St. Croix when I last saw her in the late
    90’s.
    Gerry

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