Lee Lapworth 50
information on this page was supplied by Robert Baumer aboard
Lapworth 50 was built in 1962 to do the TransPac Race.
Robert say only 6 of these were produced, not all by Cheoy Lee.
Robert for the information on this model. Anyone know the
whereabouts of the other Lapworth 50 let us know. james...
LOD - 50'
Beam - 14'
Draft - 7' 10"
for a '60s wood boat vintage design, she has a fin keel and a separate
are some pictures of Trimani - she appears to have been built by Cheoy Lee,
pictures for Signature Yacht's ad for Trimani
Following is email from Sam Bell, July 2016
James, I will chime in on the L-50. I am co-owner of #5 Westward and
have sailed on her for over 50 years. Transpac 1965 and transpac 2015.
I am aware of only 6 being built. Ichiban 2nd overall 1961 transpac,
Sumatra multiple transpacs, Kuanyin, Kamsin transpac in 63, Westward and
Neferti. Ichiban was a yaul and the rest were sloops. Westward and I
don't know about the rest had chain plates for yaul conversion.
Sumatra and Westward are in So. Cal and it sounds as if tho others have
moved from So Cal with name changes. Looking in transpac history should
reveal the original owners of most of the L-50s built
# 2 son of Willard, original owner of #5
"PAULALYNN" - 1962 - 50' Sloop by Bill Lapworth
OWNER - John & Paula Lynn and Dusty Jablonowski
AREA OF SAILING - West Mystic, CT
E-Mail John and
Click to enlarge pic
"Trimani" - 1962 - 50' Sloop by Bill Lapworth
OWNER - Klaus
AREA OF SAILING - Seattle, WA
2012 - Trimani is for sale, website is
"Westward" - 50' Sloop by Bill Lapworth
OWNER - Bell Family
AREA OF SAILING - S. Calif
I came across your site and thought I would send you an e-mail.
Westward, Lapworth 50 #5 is owned by the Bell Family in southern California,
as she has been since she was built for Willard Bell in 1962 .
Recently Westward went through quite a bit of work to bring her back to
racing shape so that the Bell Family could race her to Hawaii in 2013
Transpac, which we did with pretty good success. Here is the blog about the
Hopefully Westward will again be raced actively in southern California along
with some of the So Cal to Mexico Races
This is the Video of Westward approach the finish line if the 2013 Transpac
Below is the Photo of Westward that was on the November cover of Sailing
"Siberia" - 50' Sloop by Bill Lapworth
OWNER - Lui Pevny
AREA OF SAILING - Malta, Europe
or visit website www.siberia.at.
"Ichiban" - 196???? - 50' Sloop by Bill Lapworth
OWNER - Fletcher Sunde
AREA OF SAILING - New Zealand
Hi James and Cilla,
I thought it best to send you an email as I know the whereabouts of the
Lapworth-50 Ichiban (is this #1 of the builds?). She is safe and (mostly)
sound down here in New Zealand and has recently come into my possession. On
Googling what I could on her I came across this site, so it seems I best
tell you all what I can!
She is currently on hard-stand in Auckland, New Zealand, where she has been
for about 3 years now. I understand that after the 1961 Transpac she spent a
lot of her time in Canada (someone had even installed a cast iron wood
burner for the cooler climate) before arriving in New Zealand sometime in
the late 90's or early 00's. She was based in Napier until about 3 years ago
when she was hauled out in Auckland.
She was hauled out because the glue between the strip planks has started to
fail and was opening up in places. Every so often, the owner would get these
fixed by installing splines between the planks, but as this was going to be
an ongoing problem she was eventually sold to and hauled out by a boat
builder in Auckland. The boat builder never got around to fixing her before
he sold his yard, so I picked up a bargain and now have what seems will be a
very long restoration on my hands! Because she has been out of the water now
for three years the gaps in the planks have opened up even more and it seems
(with due advice from various boat builders) the only way to really seal her
up well is to put a glass skin over the hull. I'd love to know if any other
L-50 owners have had this problem and what they've done about it.
Apart from this issue, the rest is cosmetic and the mahogany has really help
up well over the years. There are some patches on the deck that need
replacing but the rest is all just elbow grease and time. Amazing to get
down inside her and realise it's all bronze down there! I even picked her up
with basically all new rigging and sails, electrics and running gear and all
the rest of the bells as whistles. Plus, it seems I have Bill Lapworth's
original blueprints sent over to Choey Lee! Quite the find I think!
So for the time being she is here in Auckland, in safe hands. As soon as
she's ready though I plan on taking her global again, so I hope to touch
base with the sister ships and owners in the not too distant future!
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