Finding a Lost Dickerson


The Dickerson Chariad. Photo courtesy of Rick Williams The Dickerson Chariad. Photo courtesy of Rick Williams

The Dickerson Owners Association has information on some 150 Dickersons built from 1946 to 1987 on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. We believe there are perhaps 100 more sailing around the world that we do not know about. Of the some 500 Dickersons built, 13 were designed by Bruce Farr and are referred to as a Dickerson Farr 37. During the past two months two of these boats were found. This note tells the story.

Dear Dickerson Association:

Dickerson made the Farr 37s. I own hull #1 of that series. The boat was owned by Bert Jabin, owner of Jabin’s Yacht Yard in Annapolis and was called Ramrod. Jabin donated the boat to the Naval Academy. I brought the boat to Marblehead.

The boat is now called “CHARIAD”. If you go to, you will see fun pictures from our racing. She is a great racing boat and is one of the most photographed boats in Marblehead. She has been on the US Sailing web site and was on the cover of the Buzzards Bay Regatta web site and brochure for the last two years. And is on the Mass Bay PHRF web site.

The OSTAR singlehanded race from Plymouth England to Newport, RI, began on May 27. I was pleased to learn that  Kyrstian Szypke will be racing Sunrise, a sister boat to Chariad. Kyrstian lives in Poland.

Jonathan Green,  Chariad crew member for our race from Marblehead to Halifax, is sailing his 35 foot Beneteau, Jeroboam. Racing these boats single handed across the North Atlantic mostly upwind is an incredible feat of seamanship and personal endurance.  You will be able to see the race results and race tracks on the OSTAR web site.

Congratulations on keeping the Dickerson spirit alive. Looks like lots of fun. ~ Rick Williams