History of the Name INFANTA
Infanta was commissioned by Houlder Hudgins, fleet captain of the Indian Harbour Y.C., Connecticut in 1947. She was named Infanta after the Spanish flagship of the Havana fleet. An “infanta” is a Spanish princess who will not accede to the throne. The admiral of the original battleship “INFANTA” was good friends with the owner’s father.
The story goes that on the night before going into battle during the Spanish American War, the admiral gave the ship’s coat of arms to his friend. He also gave his friend, who was a budding news correspondent, information relating to the battle that would sink the battleship “INFANTA” on the following day. This launched the correspondent’s career and recognition as a reporter. When his son had a yacht built, Infanta would be the name. So far not much is known of her history for the
first 40 years.
She competed regulary with the iconic yachts of the day in races like the Bemuda Race, and was cruised by the family from India Harbour. Houlder Hudgens died in the mid ’50’s, and for 25 years her history is indistict.
In 1981 she was acquired in a very dilapidated state having been left ashore for some time. This owner did a lot of work including new keel bolts, floors, reframing with laminated frames, refastening, rebuilding the forward coach-roof, new hull ceiling and cabin sole and sailed her extensively
In 1991 she came into the ownership of the Pease Classic Charter Company Inc. based in Chatham MA, comprising a Chatham boat yard called Pease Boat Works and The ……………..family, who seem to have shared the task of looking after Infanta for seventeen years, during which time there has been continued renewal and improvement including a new mainmast, decks and engine, adding to the status of this fine yacht.
She was sailed and raced enthusiastically out of Chatham, often with a crew of youngsters. Thus she is held in fond memory by many of the local Chatham residents who grew up sailing on her.
In 2005 Mr ……… died, and the arrangement with Pease Boat Yard came to an end.
Tim Blackman of the BCYC saw her advertised, and in late 2006, she was imported to the UK. After intensive restoration and remedial works in 2008/9 she competed in the 1st Transat Classique, racing from Brest to Agadir (Morroco)and across to St Barts.
After cruising the Caribbean, she returned to Connecticut, visiting India Harbour YC where she recieved a hero’s welcome, and met again Bill Hudgins the son of the original owner, now 72 years old. She was sailed back to Cowes by September 2009. A new engine and mizzen mast.
New owner from early 2012, John Hall immediately continued to keep up and improve Infanta, with new suit of sails, and a major refit including structural work to the planking and re-seaming ahead of taking her to compete in Solent home waters and on to the Mediterranean to compete at the Regattes Royale de Cannes, Les Voilles de St Tropez and Middle Sea Race 2013.
2014 was a huge racing success for Infanta, with overall victory at both the Corfu Classics and the Spetses Classic regattas followed by a winter program of cruising through Malta, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Italy & Venice, Sardinia and France.
2015 sees Infanta taking on a full program of UK racing, including the RYS Bicentenary Regattas and celebrations, the BCYC Classics Week and the Fastnet Race alongside plenty of family cruising down to the West Country.
Recent Race Awards
1993 Best of Sail Restoration Award: Museum of Yachting, Newport, Rhode Island
1993 First Place: Sails Around the Cape (new course record)
1993 First Place Class “G”: Nantucket – Hyannis Figawi Race
Past Winner: Newport Classic Yacht Regatta
2000 First Place: Nantucket – Hyannis Figawi Race
2000 Best of Racing Class: Nantucket – Hyannis Figawi Race
2001 First Place: Nantucket – Hyannis Figawi Race
2008 First Prize, Je ne Sais Quoi, BCYC Regatta, Cowes
2008 Concourse d’Elegance Winner – Douarnernez
2009 5th place Transat Classique
2009 1st Vintage Class, St Maarteen
2009 1st Vintage Class (III) Antigua Classic
2009 Runner Up – Concourse d’Elegance Antigua Classics
2009 2nd Place, Antigua Classics Single-Handed Race.
2010 Best Classics, Concourse d’Elegance 1st Prize
2012 2nd, Je ne Sais Quoi, Panerai Classic Regatta and 6th IRC
2013 Fifth BCYC Regatta
2013 Cannes Regates Royales
2013 Les Voiles de Saint Tropez
2013 First IRC Overall at Messina Rolex Middle Sea Race
2014 First Prize Corfu Classics Regatta
2014 First Prize Spetses Classic Regatta
|Yacht Club||RYS / BCYC / RORC|
|Displacement:||14, 864 kgs|
|IRC TCC (2013)||0.950|
|Deck & Superstructure:||Teak|
|Superstructure Profile:||Coachroof and Dog|
|Mast Material:||Sitka Spruce|
|Mast Configuration:||Double Spreaders|