Because the new edition of Project Cheers is not printed on gloss paper, the images lack luster. In this slide show, the images have greater clarity, (even one in color) and appear in the order they do in the book. Permission to reproduce the photos was granted by the copyright heirs, including for photos by Fritz Henle. See
fritzhenle.com for more of his photographic legacy.
‘Cheers’ under construction: Bernard Rhodes stands by one of the incredibly slim hulls. Photo; Newick
‘Cheers’ aka being laminated. Spruce glued with resourcinal glue. Photo; Newick
‘Cheers’ under construction showing the 12mm ply bulkheads bracketing the centerboard trunk, mast, and ‘aka’. Note the 6 laminations in the ‘aka’ (left) Photo; Newick
Wallford Galloway, who did most of the building. Photo;Fritz Henle
Dick Newick makes some last minute adjustments to one of the masts prior to launching. Photo: Fritz Henle
The Launch. Photo: Fritz Henle
“Cheers!” (l to r) Pat Newick, Jim Morris, Tom Follett, Dick Newick, Tootie Morris, Dick Eames. Photo Fritz Henle
The team prepares ‘Cheers’ for an early sail. Photo; Fritz Henle
Capsize test carried out before sponson was fitted. In calm water Cheers floated with her masts horizontal. Photo; Newick
This shot of the same capsize test clearly shows how small her wetted surface is. Photo; Newick
Looking a bit pensive; Tom Follett prior to setting off on his first solo excursion. Photo Fritz Henle
Tom Follett leaving St. Croix on his first long solo trial. Note the absence of sponson and anti-dive plates. Photo; Newick
‘Cheers’ moving along at a fair clip during early trial off St. Croix. Photo; Fritz Henle
‘Cheers’ on an early trial, showing foresail with an experimental sprit instead of a boom. Number 2 jib is set. Compare this picture with plate 19 which shows ‘Cheers’ with her sponson fitted. Photo; Newick
Another shot taken during early trials, showing large light weather foresail. Photo; Fritz Henle
This close-up taken during early trials, shows the cockpit layout and the netting very clearly.
‘Cheers’ showing her paces during trials before the anti-dive plates and sponson were fitted. Photo; Fritz Henle
Close-up of ‘Cheers’ in action during trials. Photo; Fritz Henle
A close fetch at high speed during trials. Photo; Fritz Henle
Sponson and anti-dive plates fitted. Photo; Newick
A close-up of one of the anti-dive plates. Photo; Fritz Henle
Tom Follett leaving Christiansted St Croix, Virgin Islands for England on 31st March, 1968. Photo; Fritz Henle
‘Cheers’ lying alongside her tender ‘Andiamo’ at Millbay Dock, Plymouth prior to the Transatlantic Race. Photo; Peter Wier
This shot shows the table opposite the berth. Photo; believed to be by Peter Wier
Tom Follett’s quarters for such long voyaging were cramped, to say the least. Here you see his bunk in the windward hull. Photo; Peter Wier
Home after the race. ‘Cheers’ looks just as spick and span as when she set off. Photo; Newick
The contestants in the 1968 Single-Handed Transatlantic Race. (photographer unknown)
‘Cheers’ racing with Newick’s third trimaran, the 36ft Trice, in some breeze. ‘Cheers’ is considerably faster under these conditions. Photo; Newick
The original cover image:
This was the original cover photo for the book Project Cheers, published in 1969. It was taken by Dick Newick in St Croix, USVI. You can see Buck Island in the back ground.
Thank you to Halsted Morris who found the Henle album and had it digitized. Locating and digitizing other photos was a challenge and many of the above are secondary scans.
Drawings of the boat can be found on
“The Boat” page.
Maps can be found on
“The Event” page.