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Husky Challenger

The Husky Challenger, an eight, was built by Stan Pocock in 1956 and was transported to Syracuse, New York, where it was left for several years for the use of University of Washington crews who were by that time traveling to and from regattas via planes, not trains. It eventually came to Port Townsend and was used by our rowers, who repaired innumerable splits in the hull until they realized the value of removing all the varnish and adding a layer of fiberglass cloth onto the hull. The Tuf as Nails club spent two years restoring the boat and rowed it in the 2004 San Diego Crew Classic. A sister ship to the famous Husky Clipper, it was used as a “stunt double” in the filming of the PBS documentary Boys of 36.

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