It’s a Newick

02 November 2015     Editor    5 Comments.

OutRig Media has announced that the official biography of Dick Newick has just been published.

Dick Newick was possibly the 20th century’s most influential multihull designer. Now aficionados of multihulls – including trimarans, catamarans and proas – can enjoy reading his official biography. This book takes readers through his early years, including kayak building and sailing, and then traveling throughout Europe in the years following WW II. Then we get to follow Dick’s move to the Caribbean to operate a successful charter business. It was here he began building and sailing multihulls for his own use … and then clients who desired what were possibly, in their time, some of the most cutting-edge multi-hulled boats seen anywhere in the world.

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26 Nov - 07:21

Halsted Morris

My name is Halsted Morris; I’m the son of Jim and Tootie Morris. They were the sponsors/benefactors for Dick Newick’s OSTAR boats CHEERS and THREE CHEERS. I was lucky as a kid to spend quite a bit of time around Dick Newick and Tom Follet. I did more than my share of multihull sailing with them. I just finished reading Dick Newick and Alison Cotter’s book, “It’s a Newick: Legendary Designer Brought Grace and Beauty to Multihulls.” Overall it is a good book that does a good job of describing Dick and the major events of his life and his designs. I only wish that, Ms. Cotter had spent more time on asking for more information about Dick and some of the major back stories. My family has thousands of pictures from the 1967 AY-AY down island trip, CHEERS and THREE CHEERS projects; along with a couple hundred pages of correspondence between Pat and Dick and my parents. I think a lot of readers would have been interested in seeing more photos and design drawings. But, what really surprised me a lot about this book is in the book’s Acknowledgments section. There is no mention of my mother or father. Without their support and participation in Sea Rovers (Dick’s day charter company in St. Croix), CHEERS and THREE CHEERS, I really don’t think Dick would have had the international success that he did. My father was not just the guy that wrote a check, to have CHEERS and THREE CHEERS in the OSTAR. He was a full member of the “Newick-Follet-Morris team.” Any reader of their book “Project Cheers,” will plainly see this. I don’t think that my parent’s contributions to Dick’s story should go unacknowledged. They played a major role in Dick’s success. It’s too bad that they are not properly acknowledged.

26 Nov - 10:26


I am saddened by the omission of your parents, Jim and Tootie Morris, as well. I was able to read a copy of Project Cheers last year, and it is very clear how big a part they played in Dick's life. Thank you for commenting.

06 Jan - 10:31


Good book but unfortunately skips over many of Dicks boats and contributions . I was very disappointed, I feel the book somewhat short changes Dick and his many wonderful contributions to yacht design and the concept of "simple" sailing.

10 Jan - 10:55

Halsted Morris

Yeah, there is a lot of stuff that was skipped over. It really is too bad that they didn't have some folks like me "preview" the book.

27 Jan - 20:57


I read this over the Christmas/New Year break. Have to say that it was somewhat underwhelming, as it was quite a light account of Richard Newick's life and work. The book reads as though it's an unedited first draught, complete with typos, etc. The book would have benefited greatly had more material, especially regarding his design portfolio, had been incorporated into it. Having said that, this is the only Richard Newick biography currently available, so it will have to do, at least til the next one gets published. Cheers, Paul