A. Sydney Herreshoff “Norma B”

Type: Fisher’s Island 23

Herreshoff “Norma B″ Specifications:

ex Chance, ex Valsa, ex Galatea, ex Dorragh

LOA: 34′ 0″ – LWL: 23′ 0″ – Beam: 7′ 0″ – Draft: 4′ 6″ – Ballast: 2,500 lbs (Lead) – Displacement: 5,050 lbs – Sail Area: – Hull Number: 1274 – Rig: Fractional Sloop – Designer: A. Sydney Herreshoff – Built by: Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. – Hull Construction: Backbone/Framing White Oak- Planking Mahogany (tight seam) – Original Owner: Arthur E. Whitney – Year Built: 1934 – Restored By: IYRS (Currently being restored 3.15.2015) – Boat Location: – Newport, Rhode Island – Original Name: Norma B. – Current Name: Norma B. – Current Owner: IYRS – Sail Number: H 23-6


An evolution of the one off “Silver Heels”, design number 1204 of 1931 that was used by the company to test new concepts, and serve as a demonstrator.

A year after “Silver Heels” was introduced, Sidney designed a less expensive version to meet the challenges of the “Great Depression”.

This boat was first known only as the 23 foot LWL sloop, and based on an initial purchase of eight boats by the Fishers Island Yacht Club, starting with design 1212 through design 1225, was subsequently known by the FI 23 and later the FI H-23 designations. As a class. they raced at Fishers Island from 1932 – 1955, and some of them are still sailing today.

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