A Lloyd's Register Surprise
Pengüino is the second South American boat found from a careful search through the 1923 Lloyd's Register. Previously unknown to the Association, she is again listed in the register for 1924, but not that for 1927. The above hand coloured photograph was taken in 1924, at the time when Pengüino sailed these waters. The large crowd has gathered to look over the large Aircraft Carrier that's visiting this Yacht Club on the River Plate (Rio de la Plata).
The Association now knows of three HB boats built in Argentina in the early 1920s; Ipora, Pengüino and Darling.
Argentine Yachting in 1922
A Report carried in Yachting Monthly, February 1922
When the writer came to Buenos Aires some sixteen years ago, Argentine yachting was, if not exactly in its infancy, at any rate in a very small way when compared with its present development. The Yacht Club Argentino and the Tigre Sailing Club were the only two clubs extant, and though their total membership may have been round about 300, the majority were not, and indeed did not profess to be, sailing men, and the regular racing and cruising yachtsmen certainly did not exceed fifty all told. In the Yacht Club fleet were three Solent one-design boats, Maca, Nemo and Polaris, with the Phalarope and half a dozen private yachts of a more or less nondescript character. Up river, the Tigre Sailing Club had three Dublin Bay Colleens and five 14-foot dinghies, with perhaps four or five small cabin cruisers.
Over the last fifteen years, the regular clubs have grown steadily, and in addition to those already named there are now the Yacht Club Rio de la Plata, the Club Nautico San Isidro, the Club Nautico Belgrano, and the Club Nautico Buchardo, their total membership being well over 3000, and the number of yachts and launches registered close on 500, of which 200 may be considered sailing craft, though several are also fitted with auxiliary power below deck.
There is even a Yachting Week held annually at Mar del Plata, which is 250 miles to the south of Buenos Aires and Argentina's equivalent for Trouville or Torquay. Hither the larger boats of the Yacht Club Argentino go during the summer season, racing off the coast in the none too placid waters of the South Atlantic.
A modern view of the Yacht Club Argentino in Buenos Aires
Built : 1922 by J Speroni in Buenos Aires
LOA : 22' 0"
LWL : 19' 9"
Beam : 7' 0"
Draught : 4' 5"
Displacement : 4 tons TM
Pengüino Custodians & Home Ports
Rafael N Marco (?-1923-1924-?) Buenos Aires
• None found (January 2016)
Page last updated : January 2016