True North

LOA: 36' 9"      

Boat type

C&C 36 R

Owner or others associated with

Grant, R. D. ( Bob )

Phelan, Paul J.

Howard, David E. 

Laidlaw, Robert W. L.

Walet, Gene "

Sail Number





Three Canadian contenders were all designed by Cuthbertson and Cassian and built by Bruckman, a combination which later that year joined with others to form C&C Yachts Ltd. 

The three new racers were Manitou which was a larger development of Red Jacket, Bagatelle, a modified Redline 41 with a very large sail plan, and True North, narrow, wet and purposeful, with an outboard rudder. A hard-fought trial series brought each to perfection. 

Little Bagatelle had her moments on the light air days, True North won the reaching legs with ease, but Manitou, like Red Jacket before her, showed all round ability and excelled to windward regardless of the weather. 

She was a 1969 Canada's Cup contender out of RCYC. The other two Canadian contenders were Manitou and the Redline 41 Bagatelle, all C&C designed and built. Manitou won the trials and then the Canada's Cup. True North started life with a keel hung rudder on a fin keel, but proved difficult to control. The transom hung rudder was added to solve that problem. 

She was sailed by David Howard who won the Canada's Cup in the 8-Metre Venture in 1954. He has been inducted into the Canadian Sailing Hall of Fame. True North raced a Bermuda Race, and I believe finished 3rd in class. She ended up sailing out of New Orleans for many years. Gene Wallet I think owned her. 

A very interesting boat with a great history. 

Rob Mazza July 2022


C&C Design Group

Killing, Steve

Other Places

Royal Canadian Yacht Club ( RCYC )

Project Manager

Adriaanse, Henri M.


Bruckmann Manufacturing Ltd.

Year Launched



Bermuda Race 1970, 

Canada’s Cup 1969

Drawings at MMOTGL





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