John Illingworth

1903 - 1980


Often called the founding father of modern ocean racing, John Illingworth's speciality was the design of rigs and deck plans, and maximizing a yacht's interior space. An outstanding ocean racing skipper, he was an early experimenter with the masthead cutter rig, and was also a strong advocate for building ocean racers smaller, lighter, and less expensively.

Sailboats Designed By John Illingworth

Model LOA First Built
ALPA A7 22.97 ft / 7.00 m 1961
ALPA A11 37.01 ft / 11.28 m 1968
ALPA A15 48.23 ft / 14.70 m 1962
ALPA A8 26.25 ft / 8.00 m 1974
ALPA A9 29.82 ft / 9.09 m 1967
MAÏCA 33.07 ft / 10.08 m 1960
SUPER MAÏCA 36.29 ft / 11.06 m 1963
TOP HAT 25 25.08 ft / 7.64 m 1955


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