Sometimes when you own an older boat you get to experience one of those “antique road show” moments. That’s exactly what happened to me when I googled our boat’s name and found an artifact of her prior racing history. Destiny Comes on Strong is an article that I found in a 1970 issue of Motor Boating Magazine…
On the day that Destiny was surveyed, I had the pleasure of meeting Mike Currie who was the prior owner of Destiny II. Mike is the architect of Destiny’s restoration and had spent a fair amount of time researching Santana 37 history.
While sailing from Paulsbo to Shillshole bay during our sea trial, Mike explained what he knows about the racing history of the Santana 37. The background is fascinating.
In the 1970’s the WD Schock company had hired Gary Mull, a very well known boat designer. Mull designed a number of vessels you would recognize and some you might not. While he was at Schock he designed the Santana 37 to compete with other designs of the time in ocean racing. As hull #2, Destiny II played a part in that story.
After our discussion, I did some google searching to see if I could learn more about Destiny, Mull, Santana 37s and racing in the 70s. There is very little information but after a few tries I struck google gold.
Destiny Comes On Strong
During my research I found an article from a 1970 issue of Motor Boating Magazine titled “Destiny Comes on Strong”. 1970 was 50 years ago and “Destiny” is actually not an uncommon name for a boat. My first question was obviously around identity.
So… one of the other things that Mike was able to share that day is that in 50 years Destiny II has never had a name change. It is actually the main reason why we did not change the name, but that is a different story….
Anyhow, her current name is the original and that definitely helps when it comes to identity and piecing together the history. The other thing that helps is that there are only 21 Santana 37s in existence. Because of the rarity of the design and the name match there is no question in my mind that this is a historical reference to our boat. As she was manufactured in 1969, the timing of this article would put her at about one year old.
The full text of the article is quoted below:
Motor Boating Magazine Article:
“The new Santana 37 seems to be an up and coming contender in ocean racing circles. Destiny II, owned by John Hooten of Newport Beach, Calif., has placed well in every race in which she has been entered – except the Transpac. In that race her boom was broken and her tiller arm was sheared off. Her imaginative crew used the spinnaker pole to jury rig a new boom. They went on to finish 50th out of 78 boats.
Last November Destiny II placed first in class in the 14 Mile Bank Race. Then in Mid Winter Series in January she placed first in class in the first and third races of the series but was disqualified in the second race because her spinnaker hit the spreader on another boat.
Destiny II has also made a good showing for herself in this years Whitney Series. She placed first in class in the first race of the series and placed third in class in the second race – she missed the finish line in the fog and had to come back to cross the line.”
Antique Roadshow with Boats
I was floored when I found this. Our boat qualified for the Transpac. She competed in the Transpac. She lost a boom and a tiller and still beat 28 boats. She was racing and winning before I was even born. Mind. Blown.
Aside from being just really cool, the other part I love about this article is that it provides a whole number of different historical areas to explore. Names, race series, dates…. I now have all kinds of stuff to follow up on.
I can’t help but be curious about where this boat has been and who she was there with. I have some leads to follow up on and I plan to.
More to come…