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Rob Humphreys
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1972-75 Rob Humphreys gains Honours Degree in Industrial Design (Engineering). Then member of the editorial staff of Yachts and Yachting magazine, looking after the journal's offshore and design coverage.

1973 First design launched, the Quarter Tonner Midnight Special. Modest success.

1975-1978 A period of freelance writing, both for Yachts and Yachting and for numerous international yachting magazines - in France, Spain, Germany, Italy, the United States, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Period was also interspersed with embryonic design efforts, mainly at around the 20-30ft size. Most notable success was the top British place in the Mini Ton world championship in La Rochelle in 1977.

1979 First major international success. The 31ft Roller Coaster won the British trials convincingly and went on to place a very narrow second in the Half Ton world championship.

1980 Roller Coaster, renamed Glafki II, won the Aegean Rally in Greece. Micro Cup design Gem launched, third overall and winner of the production boat prize at the Micro Cup in France.

1981 Glafki III third in the Half Ton world championship in Britain. Gem again top production boat prize in the Micro Cup.

1982 Three Quarter Tonners Roller Skate and Countdown dominate class in Britain.

1983 40 footer Jade member of the British Southern Cross team.

1984 Flash second in the Half Ton world championship.

1985 One Tonner Jade II winner of the One Ton world championship and member of the British Admiral's Cup team.

1986 Jade class winner and second overall in the Southern Ocean Racing Conference in Florida. Three Quarter Tonner Decosol third in Three Quarter Ton world championship.

1987 One Tonner Juno winner of the Fastnet Cup; member of the British Admiral's Cup team. Quarter Tonner Quest second in Quarter Ton world championship. Appointed member of the International Technical Committee of the Offshore Racing Council (1987 -95).

1988 Whitbread Round-the-World Maxi Rothmans designed. Apriori (36ft) winner Lymington Spring Series. Designer for Peter de Savary's America's Cup Challenge, including the radical 65 footer Blue Arrow. Chairman of the group of designers working on the new America's Cup rule (Southampton IACC conference).

1989-90 Whitbread race. Rothmans fourth overall and second sloop.

1989 Apriori RORC Yacht of the Year (CHS Division) and One Tonner Citroen RORC Yacht of the Year (IOR Division). Apriori 2nd in RORC IMS season's championship. Ultimate 30 Flyer winner Ultimate Yacht Race in the United States. Buzzard (42ft) winner King's Cup in Thailand. Ultra class formed in UK.

1990 Old Mother Gun winner Lymington Spring Series and Apriori second. Apriori and Old Mother Gun members of winning (British) team in IMS European Championship, with Apriori top individual scorer. Buzzard winner King's Cup for second year. Gib'sea 312 Sealance CHS class winner in Spi Ouest, La Trinite. Member of the Whitbread Offshore Council, developing the Whitbread 60 Rule.

1991 Design of a fast 128ft aluminium cruising ketch,Cyrano de Bergerac. Built by Camper and Nicholsons. Buzzard winner of King's Cup for third year.

1992 Design of a Whitbread 60 for the Dolphin Circumnavigation Project for the 1993/94 Whitbread Round the World Race.

1993 Cyrano de Bergerac - winner of the Showboats International award for "The Most Innovative Yacht of 1993". Cyrano goes on to make successful and uneventful circumnavigation. Gib'Sea Master 48Sealance winner of the big boat class in Spi Ouest .

1994 The Gib'Sea 414 voted "Le Bateau de L'annee 1995" at the Paris Boat Show. Awarded by the French magazine BATEAUX and selected by a group of European magazines. Only the second non-French designer to win. Sigma 400 Alain Afflelou winner big boat class Spi Ouest .

1995 Fremantle 8 awarded 1995 Australian Sailboat of the Year by Modern Boating and the Australian Boatbuilding Federation. Gib'Sea 414 Majule V winner big boat class Spi Ouest France, also winner of La Rochelle Week (IMS). Saryba winner Copa del Rey, Spain. Contessa 33 winner of the ARC race. Development of the Prefix® Build System, a radical construction system designed to reduce boatbuilding labour and improve precision. Megalopolis wins third consecutive ISORA Championship. Conclusion of eight-year term on the ORC's International Technical Committee.

1996 Construction of 72ft prototype for the Challenge 2000 race, Sir Chay Blyth's sequel to the British Steel Challenge and BT Global Challenge. Launch of Ocean Phoenix, the first Phoenix 77, designed for blue water cruising. Prefix® system wins Innovation Award at the British Nautical Awards. Big Buzzard winner of King's Cup, Phukett.

1997 Ocean Phoenix wins Heineken Regatta in St.Martin's; also voted UK Yacht of the Year. H35 Havoc wins UK IMS National Championship. Corwynt wins ISORA Overall Championship. Gib'Sea 414 wins Spi Ouest France; four Humphreys designs in first nine. Oyster 56 sells eleven units before launch - an Oyster record. Dolphin wins line honours in 1997 ARC trans- Atlantic race. Gib'Sea 414 Box Clever wins Lymington Winter Series.

1998 Oyster 56 Oystercatcher XXII wins class in ARC trans-Atlantic race. Prototype BT Global Challenger launched. New Oyster 53 launched. Design work started on new Oyster 66. Humphreys One-Design 35s Gunrunner, Twist and Shout and Krush win respectively the Lymington, Burnham on Crouch and Plymouth Winter Series Regattas.

1999 Commissioned by the Kingfisher retailing group to design singlehanded round-the-world race Open 60 for Ellen MacArthur, in collaboration with Owen-Clarke Design Group.

New Elan 333 launched and wins class in the Warsash Spring Series. Design work started on new Oyster 62 and Oyster 77. Design work in progress on 92ft schooner. Humphreys One Design 35 Zarafa class winner of UK National Championship. Oyster 56 wins class in Antigua Race Week.

2000 Oyster 53 wins Yacht of the Year award (UK). Elan 45 probably the first new launch of the new Milllenium (launched shortly after midnight on 1st January).Kingfisher wins the Trans Atlantic Race

2001 Ellen MacArthur and her Open 60 Kingfisher finish second in the Vendee Globe. The twelve boat fleet of Humphreys designed BT Global Challenge boats successfully complete the 2000/01 Race. Kingfisher wins the EDS Challenge.

Rob Humphreys becomes part of the GBR Challenge design team. New Oyster 49 is launched at the Southampton Boat Show.

2002Oyster 62 wins Cruising Division of Antigua Race Week.
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NAME/TYPE        LOA First Built
English / Metric
GEM 550 18.04' / 5.50m 1976
MISTRAL 31 31.10' / 9.48m 1978
TRAPPER 950 31.10' / 9.48m 1980
CONTESSA 27 27.50' / 8.38m 1981
MG-HS30 29.67' / 9.04m 1982
SOUTHERLY 115 36.83' / 11.23m 1983
MG RS34 34.00' / 10.36m 1983
SOUTHERLY 135 44.00' / 13.41m 1984
CONTESSA 33 32.67' / 9.96m 1984
MG-C27 27.42' / 8.36m 1985
MG 38 37.80' / 11.52m 1985
SOVEREIGN 400 40.45' / 12.33m 1985
SHOW 32 32.12' / 9.79m 1987
CENTURION 40 39.57' / 12.06m 1987
ULTRA 30 30.00' / 9.14m 1988
GIB'SEA 312 31.17' / 9.50m 1988
SIGMA 400 40.27' / 12.27m 1990
H22 21.98' / 6.70m 1994
GIB'SEA 414 39.98' / 12.19m 1994
ELAN 295 31.10' / 9.48m 1996
OYSTER 56 57.33' / 17.47m 1996
HOD 35 34.88' / 10.63m 1997
ELAN 36 36.09' / 11.00m 1997
SOUTHERLY 110 35.50' / 10.82m 1999
ELAN 333 32.78' / 9.99m 1999
ELAN 362 35.04' / 10.68m 1999
OYSTER 62 63.32' / 19.30m 2000
OYSTER 53 (HUMPHREYS) 53.83' / 16.41m 2000
ELAN 45 44.03' / 13.42m 2000
ELAN 40 39.04' / 11.90m 2001
ELAN 31 (HUMPHREYS) 30.18' / 9.20m 2002
ELAN 37 37.17' / 11.33m 2003
SOUTHERLY 35RS 35.50' / 10.82m 2003
OYSTER 66 66.83' / 20.37m 2005
ELAN IMPRESSION 434 44.00' / 13.41m 2005
OYSTER 54 (HUMPHREYS) 53.90' / 16.43m 2005
ELAN IMPRESSION 384 37.89' / 11.55m 2006
ELAN 340 32.78' / 9.99m 2006
SOUTHERLY 42RST 42.19' / 12.86m 2007
OYSTER 82 81.92' / 24.97m 2007
OYSTER 46 (HUMPHREYS) 46.83' / 14.27m 2007
ELAN 380 37.20' / 11.34m 2008
ELAN 310 31.33' / 9.55m 2009
ELAN IMPRESSION 514 52.82' / 16.10m 2009
OYSTER 655 65.48' / 19.96m 2009
ELAN IMPRESSION 344 34.32' / 10.46m 2009
ELAN 410 40.26' / 12.27m 2009
SOUTHERLY 420 42.19' / 12.86m 2010
OYSTER 575 58.67' / 17.88m 2010
ELAN 210 20.80' / 6.34m 2011
ELAN 350 34.78' / 10.60m 2011
ELAN IMPRESSION 394 39.04' / 11.90m 2012
ELAN 450 44.62' / 13.60m 2012
ELAN IMPRESSION 444 45.44' / 13.85m 2012
ELAN IMPRESSION 494 48.72' / 14.85m 2012
ELAN 320 31.33' / 9.55m 2012
ELAN 400 39.21' / 11.95m 2013
AZUREE 46 45.90' / 13.99m 2014
OYSTER 625 63.55' / 19.37m 2015
OYSTER 675 69.13' / 21.07m 2015
AZUREE 41 41.01' / 12.50m 2016



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