On the Water -- Bogart had Bacall, but he also loved his boat

November 12, 2001

John Blaich

The famous yawl, Santana, started out as a staysail schooner.

Designed by Olin Stephens, Jr., it was built by Wilmington Boat Works

in 1935, for William L. Stewart, Jr., a member of Los Angeles Yacht Club.

Santana is 55 feet, 2 inches in length overall with a beam of 7 feet, 11

inches and a draft of 7 feet, 11 inches. She was powered with a Gray 6-71

gasoline engine.


Stewart, president of Union Oil Co., actively campaigned his schooner

yacht in offshore races out of Los Angeles Harbor. However, about 1937,

he had Santana re-rigged as a yawl in order to be more competitive. In

1939, he had a new yawl built, the Chubasco, with expectations of winning

the 1939 Honolulu race.

During World War II, the Santana was acquired by Dick Powell, the

movie actor, who moored her off his Bayshore home. At this time, all

sailing was confined to Newport Harbor. Humphrey Bogart was sailing his

Albatross Class sloop, Slug Nutty No. 19, in the harbor and sailed with

Santana many times. Bogie fell in love with this beautiful yawl. In the

fall of 1944, he persuaded Powell to sell Santana to him for $50,000.

Thus began Bogie's love affair with Santana, which lasted until his

death in 1957.

Bogart, a member of Newport Harbor Yacht Club, kept Santana on a

mooring off the clubhouse until 1950. Due to more wind at Los Angeles

Harbor and more competition in the ocean racing fleet, Bogie joined Los

Angeles Yacht Club and moved Santana to Los Angeles Harbor.

Bogie actively campaigned Santana in local and offshore races. He won

the Around San Clemente Island Race three years in a row and retired the

large perpetual trophy, which stayed on his mantle. After his death, wife

Lauren Bacall graciously returned the trophy to Voyagers Yacht Club, the

sponsors of the race, for competition again.

The Cup is now raced each year in offshore races known as the Bogart

series. Santana participated in the first Ensenada Race in 1948, with

Bacall on board and placed first in class. Santana was entered in the

1947 Honolulu Race. Bob Brokaw, of Newport Harbor Yacht Club, the sailing

master on Santana, was given a large sum of money ($15,000) by Bogart to

make Santana "race ready." However, at the very last minute, Bogie

unhappily had to withdraw from the race because of a revised shooting

schedule at the movie studio.

Bogie was a good sailor; his love of sailing began at the age of 14

when he learned how to sail on his father's sloop on Lake Canadaigua, one

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