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the history of the name BIBIS


Arthur Langley wrote in March 2009 :

The five yachts called BIBIS took their name from the granddaugther of a Yank, who became a Canuck, and died years later living amidst the Brits. :)

Bryan Newkirk was born in 1888 in Wilmington NC and died in London, England in 1966. At age 45 he moved to Canada. He became wealthy by investing his money in oil wells and in Canadian gold and silver mines. During his adult life he chose to become a Canadian citizen. In the late 1950s, he began developing Duck Key in the Coral Gables area of Miami, Florida with the intention of making it the most luxurious and prestigious resort and residential area in the Americas. Bryan Newkirk was also a great patron and supporter of Canada's efforts in Olympic and international sailing competition.

In 1952, Byran bought a thoroughbred 6 Meter in Sweden for the Canadian 6 meter team entered in that year's Summer Olympics. He named her after his grandson Bryan 'Buzzy' Newkirk, and she thus became BUZZY II KC3 .

Sail: KC6 (ex S62)
Year Built: 1948
Designer: Arvid Laurin
Builder: Abrahamsson & Bjoresson
Current Owner: Richard Day
History: Formerly S62 TRICKSON VI. She won the One Ton Cup in 1949 and the Scandinavian Gold Cup in 1950. Bryan Newkirk bought her in Stockholm in 1952 to represent Canada in the Olympics in Helsinki. He renamed the boat BUZZY II, after his grandson. There is no family name more prestigious in Canada's sailing history than the Gooderhams. N.W. 'Bill' Gooderham and his crew sailed BUZZY II over 400 nm on the Baltic Sea from Stockholm to Helsinki to attend that Olympic regatta, where she placed 6th out of the fleet of boats entered from 14 countries. She then came to Toronto, Canada with her new sister, N80 ELISABETH X. Not long after, BUZZY II won the North American Championships in Toronto, 1954 and in Seattle, 1955 with Gooderham at the helm. Bill Gooderham's son is a terrific guy; a national, international and world champion sailor in 8 Meter and other yachts; and is a friend of almost 40 years . . . his name just happens to be, Bryan.

The other two BUZZY six meter yachts . . .

The first . . . BIBIS . . . was the 6 meter ELISABETH bought by Bryan Newkirk after the Helsinki Olympics and brought to Toronto from Europe with BUZZY II .

Sail: N 80 (ex KC9)
Year Built: 1947
Designer/Builder: Bjarne Aas
Current Owner: Hans Oen
History: She was designed and built for a KNS (Royal Norwegian Y.C.) syndicate in 1947 and for a couple of years was owned by Fredrick Horn under the name CUTTER. A famous sailor, Finn Christian Ferner, sailed her for Norway to two Scandinavian Gold Cup victories in 1951 and 1952. ELISABETH was edged out in the last race of the 1952 Helsinki Summer Olympics by USA's LLANORIA, skippered by Herman Whiton. Thus she won a silver medal in the last Olympics in which the 6m class participated.

After the 1952 Olympics, Bryan Newkirk, who by then also owned BUZZY II KC 6, purchased ELISABETH and brought her to Canada. Bryan renamed her BIBIS, after his granddaughter and she became BIBIS KC 9. This BIBIS sailed from Toronto for many years.

Hans Oen wrote in 2002 :
"I knew about her whereabouts but not her condition and after tracking her down and long negotiations with a medical doctor who owned her, I finally bought her with my partner Charlie Hoffmann. We trucked her to Larchmont, New York, in the early spring of '99 and only had her in the water for about 30 days before she was loaded into a container and shipped to Hanko, Finland. She has now participated in one World Championship, one European Championship and two Nordic Championships during the four years she has stayed in Scandinavia. We thought it was really fun to receive a silver medal at the Europeans in Rungsted, Denmark in August 2002 . . . 50 years, almost to the day, after she received her Olympic silver medal in Helsinki."

Update 2003:
ELISABETH X (ex BIBIS) won the Baron's Perpetual Award at Svendborg Classic Week in the Summer of 2003.

After Bryan Newkirk had her, Jim Crang sailed BIBIS and later owned 3 more meter boats that he named BIBIS II, BIBIS III, and BIBIS IV. Jimmy & Shirley's fifth and last sailboat, a Nonsuch 30C, was named BIBIS V. Like all his other boats, he also sailed his 30C from the Royal Canadian YC in Toronto on West-Lake Ontario.

Part of the 1959 NY Times story about Jim Crang & one of his yachts named BIBIS . . .

Special to The New York Times - Saturday, September 19, 1959
CENTER ISLAND, L.I., Sept. 18 -- James C. Crang clinched the North American six-meter sailing championship for Canada today as he sailed BIBIS to a third straight victory at the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club.

And from SPORTS ILLUSTRATED September, 1959 . . .
James C. Crang, 32, Toronto architect who skippered his first six-meter in 1953, sailed in first in three out of the four 12-mile races on Long Island Sound to capture the North American six-meter sailing title.


- note also the SKIP LENNOX CUP...Skip has long been a Nonsuch sailor and is a past Director/Treasurer of the INA Board
- note also the RED JACKET CUP...Perry Connolly had Gordon Fisher with him when RED JACKET won the 1968 SORC
- note also the GOODERHAM CUP

James Crang, architect, Crang & Boake
- 'crossed the bar' in January 2007
- Jimmy was always 'competitive' and was a stand-out on the Varsity Blues water polo and swim teams in the late 1940s before he graduated from the University of Toronto's world class School of Architecture in 1950
- UofT grads James Crang and George Boake set up a partnership in 1952 that grew over the next five decades into a very large architectural firm that employed a staff of 140. Mr. Crang was the managerial brain behind Crang & Boake Inc., and Mr. Boake was the design expert.

Bryan Newkirk
Bryan Newkirk
Canadian flag at '52 Olympics
Canadian flag at '52 Olympics
official emblem
official emblem
games poster
games poster
frisk bris (fresh breeze)
frisk bris (fresh breeze)
50 years later
50 years later
on right, BUZZY III US 97 (ex KC 25) at Seattle 2008 NOOD
on right, BUZZY III US 97 (ex KC 25) at Seattle 2008 NOOD