The perfect blend of genius and gentleman, Frank
Murdoch brought cutting edge technology to the America's
Cup. His engineering experience and influence transformed
T.O.M. Sopwith's 1934 J-Class yacht ENDEAVOUR into
a technological wonder. His plans for the rigging
and use of strain gauges were decidedly innovative.
A unique two-man rowing machine winch, and the first
wind speed/direction indicators were also Murdoch
innovations. In the races, he contributed strong sailing
expertise to ENDEAVOUR as sail trimmer and general
overseer. In 1936, he designed the rig for ENDEAVOUR
II, creating reel winches that fed the wire runners
Murdoch successfully raced 6 meter and 12 meter yachts
in Europe in the 1920's. His Fife-designed 6 meter
permanently won the major trophy, Shelde Juweel, after
three consecutive victories in the series.