Paul Whiting

Four Kiwi Yacht Designers

Paul Whiting was a highly influential New Zealand yacht designer during the 1970s and early 1980s.

He followed Bruce Farr in challenging accepted notions of offshore racing yacht design.[1]

Whiting was lost at sea in 1981 on his return from the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in Smackwater Jack. A search failed to find any trace of the yacht or its crew. A 2008 newspaper report stated that part of the cockpit was found at Ripiro Beach on the west coast of the North Island.[2][3]


  1. Blakey, Richard. A Lighter Ton: The Champion New Zealand Yachts of the 1970s (Kindle locations 115-117). 2014-08-14.
  2. New Zealand Herald, January 2008
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