George Lennox Watson, 1851-1904.
Although most yachting historians agree on his being one of the greatest designers of all time he is largely unknown with the general yachting fraternity. This is possibly in part due to the fact that so few of his yachts have survived. Watson designed many yachts that were revolutionary and moved the parameters of yacht designing forward. From the moment he started out as an independent designer in 1873 to his untimely death in 1904 Watson consistently designed winners that dominated the racing scene and more often than not beat yachts by from the boards of the now better known designers such Fife and Nicholson. Thistle was the America's Cup Challenger of 1887. After an extremely successful racing career in British waters she was sold to the German Kaiser and became Meteor.
Frederic D. Lawley, 1878-1953,
third generation boat builder and designer. Between 1900 and 1930 he designed hundreds of craft ranging from small tenders to large schooners and motor yachts. His yachts were practically without exception all stunningly beautiful with great attention given to both detail in design as well as in construction. Although few achieved great racing fame their sweet easy lines promise good speed in combination with good sea-keeping capabilities. He has the uncanny talent of designing small yachts that looked much larger and large yachts that remained graceful and unintimidating.
Tore Holm, 1896-1977.
Spanning a very long career Tore Holm concentrated primarily on racing yachts built to the International Rule and the Square-Meter Rule although he also built a number of very successful one-off racers. Many of his designs went on to win eternal fame with major prizes at the Olympics as well as at various World Championships. His design of the J Class yacht Svea was only discovered a few years ago by accident. This yacht was intended for the next America's Cup Challenge after 1937 but due to the outbreak of the Second World War she was never built.