The Morgan Giles – Monaco’s

The Morgan Giles – Monaco’s

Morgan Giles Ltd were one of the South Coast’s major boat builders, based in Teignmouth Devon. They were primarily known for their beautiful sailing boats but during WW2 were contracted by the MOD and Vosper to build patrol boats and in the mid 1950’s production began of a range of Motor Cruisers 36ft to 50ft in length.

The craft they built were substantial and were probably equivalent to a Rolls Royce of the sea. When the first Cowes Torquay was announced Captain Morgan Giles entered of his craft….Monaco Fortuna a 33 footer which finished 7th overall. In 1962, 2 craft were entered Monaco Midget and Monaco Selene, the Midget hit a railway sleeper off Weymouth and retired. In 1963 3 boats were entered and 2 started Monaco Mercury and Meteor and Monaco Susan. Monaco Mercury finshed tenth and Meteor in 20th place

1963 Monaco Mercury (Number 11)

The boat pictured here is Monaco Mercury from 1963 specially designed for the race notice the cut down cabin, aft mounted helm and the Deep V type hull with spray rails, a big departure from the original Monaco design

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1963 Monaco Mercury (Number 11)

Racing Monaco’s Update

Subsequent to the pictures of Monaco Meteor we have now some more rare photographs of firstly Monaco Fortuna in the 1961 race (no 12)

Monaco - Fortuna in the 1961 Cowes Torquay Race (Race number 12)

And even more dramatic pictures of Monaco Mutineer schedule to race in 1962 but which caught fire on her way to Cowes!

Monaco - Mutineer scheduled to race in 1962 but which caught fire on her way to Cowes!

She was subsequently replaced in the race by Monaco Selene which had just been delivered to her new owners. They graciously allowed her to be raced in Mutineers place.

Monaco - Selene, graciously allowed her to be raced in Mutineers place.

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Dear Members and friends 

You have probably all heard by now of the sad passing of our founder John Iddon….without whose foresight our club would not have come into existence.. John was adamant that the club would lead the way back to powerboating as we knew it in the 60’s 70’s and 80’s…with friendship and sportsmanship at its heart…how sad that just recently his wish seems to be on the verge of becoming fact again…..John was powerboating …he built them , raced them and scrutineered them .  He knew the sport inside out …one of the back room boys so often overlooked…we have lost a good friend and mentor…


The Late John.K.Iddon.
As many of you will have heard, John Iddon passed away last Sunday morning, 5th November, peacefully at home, aged 90.
I now have details for his funeral, which will take place on WEDNESDAY, 6th DECEMBER at 1245hours.
The Funeral is to be at The East Hampstead Crematorium, South Road, Nine Mile Ride (B3430), WOKINGHAM, RG40 3DW
Following the cremation, the wake will be held nearby at East Hampstead Conference Centre, off Peacock Lane, WOKINGHAM,
RG40 3DF
 All are welcome …lets give him a hero’s farewell…
Mike James
Vice President  COPC
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