The recent passing of world-class sailor and boatbuilder Harry Sindle (1929 – 2020) brought to mind the article below, written by Harry about the Buccaneer, an 18-foot daysailer/racer designed in 1966 by Rod Macalpine-Downie and Dick Gibbs. Buccaneers are currently built by Nickels Boat Works in Flint, MI, a company perhaps best known for their excellent Lightnings.
Born in Little Falls, NJ, Harry Sindle won major titles in the Lightning, Thistle and Comet classes, and a gold medal for the USA in the Flying Dutchman at the 1959 Pan American Games. He was a member of the U.S. Olympic Sailing team (also in the FD) for the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. ■