The history of the racing Sandbagger is an international story and an entertaining tale; it ushers in American yachting as we know it today but is equally important in showing us some paths not to follow. Few have studied the story more closely than modern Sandbagger racer Tom Price of the US Naval Academy
Sired by a measurement rule that only taxed length, promoted unlimited sail area, sailed by tough crews who ‘if they couldn’t beat you on the water would beat you up on land’ and nurtured by wagering sensational amounts on matches, the Sandbagger yachts of the late 1800s were extreme in every way.
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