- Boat Name:
USA 124, ex. GBR 102, ex. BER 106
- Year Built:
Batbyggarna AB, Ronnang
- History: Originally built for Bengt Hellsten and well travelled in her early days. She was owned in partnership with the "Walking Tall" TV show star Bo Swenson.
Bear spent some time in San Diego, where she received a new Proctor mast. She was mostly driven by Vince Brun and sailed against Paul Cayard and the St Francis Yacht Club in US 120 St Francis IX in a Northern California/Southern California 6 meter match race/yacht club challenge series in the early 90's. In her debut regatta, the 1989 World Championships held at Marstrand, Sweden, she won 2 races and placed 8th of 37 and followed the next year at the Europeans Championships held at Sardinia, placing 7th of 17. She was later campaigned beyond that in Europe, but records are scarce. Eventually, the boat was sold to Rees Martin and resided in the UK for a while until Andy Parker shipped the boat to Puget Sound. She has updated Ian Howlett keel and wings and new full draft rudder. She was fully refitted, re-faired and painted top and bottom in preparation for the Worlds in Vancouver in September 2017 where she placed 13th of 24 boats.
Recently acquired by Paul Scialla, who intends to campaign the boat in Europe. First stop is San Xenxo, Spain, then Palma Mallorca.