Jack Laurent Giles “Scythe”
“Laurent Giles, an evolution of Yacht Design”, Adrian Lee and Ruby Philpott, Nautical Books, London, 1990. ISBN 0 7136 3322 0.
Jack Laurent Giles born 1901 died 1969 ……the peak of his design development culminating with the famous Blue Leopard in 1962.
Scythe was also built in 1962 by Cardnell Bros U.K., just 7 years before Jack Laurent Giles died, so therefore she must be considered as a unique artifact of the Laurent Giles legacy.
Having spent summers sailing off the coast of Ireland, he qualified in engineering at Cambridge and continued at Durham University to qualify as a Naval Architect. He perfected his craft under the supervision of Charles E. Nicholson. Coincidentally Scythe was maintained for a period at the famous Camper and Nichlolson yard.
Now Scythe, having cruised the coast of Ireland, is likely to be eastward bound again to catch the eye of those who glimpse her grace.
John (‘Jack’) Laurent Giles (1901-1969) was a famous yacht designer . He and his company designed more than 1000 boats from cruisers and racing yachts to “megayachts”. He is best known for his design of displacement sailing yachts like the famous 7.6 meter Vertue of which 230 boats made, or Wanderer III. His famous Myth of Malham, a revolutionary small displacement yacht, was inspired by developments in aeronautics; the novel design helped win the Fastnet race in 1947 and 1949. The updated Miranda IV of 1951 had a rudder separate from the aft of the keel which heralded the arrival of the modern period of yacht design.
Laurent Giles described as part of his design philosophy that a yacht should have
- the utmost docility and sureness of maneuvering at sea, in good or bad weather
His boats were designed to maintain a steady course with minimal action by the helmsman but respond instantly to the helm if the need arose.
He was awarded the honour of Royal Designer for Industry in 1951.