- Boat Name: Bobkat II, ex. Sceptre
- Sail: US 54
- Year Built: 1931
- Designer: Sparkman & Stephens
- Builder: Henry Nevins
- Owner: Doug Peterson
- History: US 54 Bobkat II was designed by Olin Stephens and
built at the Nevins yard on City Island, New York. She was built
for Robert Meyer, who named the boat after he and his wife, Katherine
(Bob + Kat). Bobkat II was part of the famous American team that
went to England for the 1932 British American Team Races. The
other members of the team were US 55 Lucie, US 56 Jill and US
60 Nancy. Bobkat II was restored to her original racing
configuration at Cantieri dell Argentario in Porto Santo Stefano,
Italy and took part in the 2004 European Championships in Porto
Rotondo and the Regates Royale at Cannes. She was joined in Porto
Rotondo by her old teammate, US 60 Nancy, which was also recently
restored. The photos further below show Bobkat as she was found in San
Diego pre-restoration. Her history in Southern California is
unclear to your editor.
Race Summary, Historic and Recent results
1932 & 1934 British American Team Race Cup teams - on the winning team, high scoring boat.
1934 Seawanhaka Cup - winner
1935 One Ton Cup - runner up
1935 Very successful racing in Scandinavian regattas
2004 European Championship - Porto Rotundo. 4th Place - 2, 3, DNF, DNS, 3, 3, 3, 3 (rig troubles day 2)
2004 Regates Royales Cannes - 1st - 11 starts, 11 firsts.
2004 San Tropez - 1st Classic 6mR
2005 Worlds Sandham - 12th - 5, 30(DNF), 30(DNS), 3, 3, 12, 3 Very fast at Sandham. Spreader failure put her out of contention.
2007 Worlds Cowes - 6th - 10, 8, 5, 2, 5, 12, 5
2007 World Cup
Rule 2 winner and Baum & Koenig Trophy winner.
Photos below of Bobkat II as found in San Diego in 2003