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Windjak – U1

This site follows up on any and all leads concerning the whereabouts of square metre boats in North America.  Sometimes these leads turn out to be boats that are already known to us.  Following up on these leads still gives us the ability to speak with past owners of these magnificent boats and collect their experiences and photos.

Richard Latham commissioned the construction of the first Udell, and in 1955 Windjak was completed.  Windjak has been owned by just a few people over the years and is currently in storage awaiting restoration of her keel and cabin.

Years Owner Location

1955-1963 Richard S Latham Chicago, IL

1963-1971 Don Glasell Chicago, IL

1971-2003 Charles A Hodlmair Chicago, IL

2004-2005 Leif Erickson Sister Bay, WI

2005-2006 Jeff Hodlmair South Jordan, UT

2006 Johnny O’Donnell Newport Beach, CA

The following pictures where provided by Leif Erickson from Sister Bay, WI.  He owned Windjak from 2004 to 2005.  Can you spot her in the picture below?  Not too hard is it?

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Windjak (U1), photo courtesy Leif Erickson

Windjak before her spruce up in 2004.

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Windjak before her spruce up in 2004.

The following pictures where of her launch day.  Leif told me the reason for the green and gold hull other than the fact that it looks great.

GO PACKERS!

You may not understand if you do not live in the United States or in the state of Wisconsin.  The Green Bay Packers football team has quite the following and their team colors are green and gold.

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Windjak (U1), photo courtesy Leif Erickson

 

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Windjak (U1), photo courtesy Leif Erickson
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Windjak (U1), photo courtesy Leif Erickson
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Here is Leif at the tiller.
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Windjak (U1), photo courtesy Leif Erickson

 

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Windjak (U1) Sailing Magazine, photo courtesy Leif Erickson

It has been said that square metre owners are often the last to pull their boats from the water come fall.  Here is the proof!  Above is a photo from a story done by Sailing Magazine titled “Summer’s Last Sail”  by Greg Jones.  As the story goes the reporter was in Door County, Wisconsin looking for a sailboat for his story and Leif was still out there even after the trees had lost their leaves

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