5.5 USA 96 "Jalapena" - in Midland : "North American Spring Regatta" 2023
(credits : J. Harker)
Added by Kaspar Stubenrauch
5.5 US 96 "Jalapeña" - with sails of US 69
The image showing the first test sailing of the newly built 5.5 US 96 "Jalapeña", using sails of US 69, is easily explained: The previous boat of N.G. Owens was 5.5 US 69 "Sigma II", hence the availability of sails for the test.
5.5 US 96 - built in 1989
Tony Smythe reports: "...she was in fact built by Norman Owens (Owens Yachts large builder of powerboats throughout the 40s-60s). Charles Milby assisted him in the construction of the 5.5 in his garage in Nassau Bay. I watched them build her. She was finished just in time for the US Champs hosted by us in '89.
5.5 US 96 "Jalapeña" - builders Owens & Milby
Charles Milby reports: "...I helped Norman build it. We raced here on the bay, she was a fast light air boat. His son took it to California, I lost track of her. It would be great to see her again...."
So, Charles, here she is!