10 January 2014

Infinity (Holland 47)

This post features a selection of photographs of the Ron Holland-designed 47 footer Infinity, taken by Larry Moran during the 1983 and 1984 SORC. Infinity was owned by US yachtsman John B Thomson Jr, and finished fourth in Class B in the 1983 series (after placings of 6/7/1/5/1/3), behind a trio of Frers 51 yachts Carat, Bla Carat and Zero, and finished 33rd overall. In 1984 she came up against the likes of the Frers 50s Morning Star and Retaliation, and the Peterson design Artemis in Class B, and finished eighth, and was 42nd overall. 

Infinity was in some ways a standard design approach for Holland, with a reasonably high freeboard, masthead rig, medium displacement and a flush deck, which was not dissimilar to many of her competitors during that era. She featured a straighter transom than his previous designs which arguably gave the yacht a more elegant appearance than some of Holland's earlier boats that had a pronounced curve in the transom profile. Infinity sailed in the 1983 SORC with a rating of 36.2ft IOR, and this was reduced slightly for the 1984 series to 36.1ft. 

Infinity and Ichiban cross tacks during the 1984 SORC
Infinity at the Truman Annex after the Ft Lauderdale to Key West race in early 1982, with Aries alongside (left), and Locura and Rolling Time (right) (photographer unknown)

Infinity goes into a death roll (photographer unknown)


  1. Looks time they arch headmast pretty as much as fractioned rigs !

  2. The Truman Annex picture was taken in January or February of 1982, not 1981. Also, the Lauderdale to KW race wasn't part of the SORC. It was more of a feeder/practice race. The boats in the picture are Aries, Infinity, Locura, and Rolling Time.