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Table of details and specifications of FIN-023
  Designer C. Raymond Hunt (USA)
  Builders Oy Vator, Vator Oy AB. Helsinki (FIN)
  Material Mahogany, carvel planked
  1st certificate issued 1961
  Original boat name Chaje
  Original country FIN
  Original sail number 023
  Current location Boat lost, sawn apart


5.5 CAN 44 - is no longer - 08.03.2017 by Kaspar Stubenrauch
Sad news from Canada: A restoration of CAN 44 was finally not seen as a possible venture. The boat has been cut apart. Gladly the rigg and some equipment will find its way onto other boats, in order to keep those racing.
Saving famous 5.5 L-23 - 06.02.2017 by Kaspar Stubenrauch
This historic 5.5mR boat, is awaiting someone to take good care of her. The document section is providing images of the actual status. Yes, lots of work and funds needed. But then again it is the old saying with wooden boats: You never own them, you just take care of them. Who will? Please contact boats<at>
5.5 CAN 44 "Stranger III" - 10.11.2012 by Kaspar Stubenrauch
John Lister reports from Canada: "...Stranger III is currently owned by Don Cameron of London Ontario, where she is under cover and in waiting of a restoration by her owner. Prior to Don acquiring the then Chaje, she had sailed out of RCYC and was owned by John Millen, who also owned Grasshopper (CAN 22) at the same time. Don hopes to have her restored but has not announced a date to see her launched again..."
Vator - The builder of 18 5.5s - 19.03.2008 by Matti Muoniovaara
Vator history book available, text in Finnish and Swedish. Printed 2005. Look photo on the left. All Vator boat owners contact Matti Muoniovaara.
History, photo on the right - 16.10.2007 by Matti Muoniovaara
This wonderfull photo is found from Beken of Cowes archives.
History and results 1962 - 28.09.2007 by Matti Muoniovaara
Chaje’s record in America
US championship 10-14.9.1962
Chaje L-23, Jussi Nemes, NJK, 16th (9-16-15-wdr-15) 45 pts
Winner was Ernie Fay US-31 Pride, (2-1-3-1-1) 112¾ pts and 2nd Al Fay US-7 Flame, (1-3-1-2-2) 111½ pts. Third was Bobby Symonette BA-1 John B2 (4-2-4-5-4) 101 pts.
32nd Seawanhaka Cup US Eliminations for the US defense, 24th September 1962 Oyster Bay:
1st Pride US-31, Pete Masterson 3 wins 25¾ pts
2nd Ariadne US-29, Alan Mooney, 1 win 25¼ pts
3rd John B2, US (BA-1), Mike Mooney, 1 win 24¼ pts
4th Chaje, US-44, Britton Chance Jr., 23 pts
rest: Linda US-32, Herman Whiton; Mary, US-33, Edgar Dunleavy; Patsy, US-36, Herbert Gumprecht.
After these five races best four yachts fought it ou further in a series of match races. Chaje was walloped by John B2 and Ariadne, and both of these were narrowly beaten by Pride, who was forthwith selected to defend. In the Cup races Pride met the Canadian Challenger Bibis II KC-13 of James Crang from Toronto. Bibis II was the first Canadian designed (George Cuthbertson) and built (1962) 5.5! Pride went on to win three consecutive races and won the Seawanhaka Cup. Luders designed Pride was that year the best boat of the world winning (Scandinavian Gold Cup, US Championship, Seawanhaka Cup) everything except Poole World championship —— she was not there.
HISTORY - 28.09.2007 by Matti Muoniovaara
The original name is really Chaje. The boat went to the US 1962 after the Poole World championship races. The Finnish owner Jussi Nemes sailed Chaje in the US Championship of Oyster Bay 10th to 14th September and placed 16th among 23 boats. Then the boat was sold and got US-44 sail letters. 24th September ’62 it was racing again off Oyster Bay with Britton Chance Jr. at the helm in the 32nd Seawanhaka Cup (first in the 5.5s) eliminations. It didn’t go to the finals (The Cup was won by Luders boat Pride US-31 of Ernie Fay helmed by Pete Masterson). 1963 it was sold to Canada and kept the US number 44, just changing KC in front, the new name was Stranger 3. The owner was then Jaypen Holdings. The boat appears in the entry list of the 1963 World championship, but does not race in the competition. Then it disappears for 39 years completely and was again found in Canada London (100 miles south west from Toronto).
Information - 17.09.2007 by Sebastien Schmidt
became KC-44 (also US-44 ?)

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Chaje L-23, Vator book cover

Ownership history

Table of the history of sail number, name and ownership of FIN-023
Sail# Boat name Owner name
FIN-023 "Chaje" Jussi Nemes (1961-1962)  
USA-044 "Chaje" ? ? (1962-1963)  
CAN-044 "Stranger III" Jaypen Holdings (1963-?)  
CAN-044 "Stranger 3" Don Cameron, London, Canada (?-?)  

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