San Francisco Bay
The Columbia 5.5 class races on the Alameda Estuary in Northern California. Taking Sigurd Herburn's original 5.5 meter hull design Carina, and adding International 5.5 World Champion George O'Day's Minotaur, Columbia naval engineers created the Columbia 5.5. In the early 1960s, the Columbia 5.5 was the largest and only open design class racing in the Olympics. The vessel is an open cockpit racer/daysailer that was built by the Columbia Yacht Corporation in Southern California. Years of manufacture include 1963 to 1969. A total of 50 were made. She is a fin keel with draft 4.33' / 1.32m and displacement 4500 lbs/2041 kgs. To view regatta photography albums use the menus above.
View regatta photo album for the Columbia 5.5 boat.