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Fotuna's History

Monaco Fortuna was built at the Morgan Giles Shipyard in Teignmouth n 1960 and took part in the first International Power Boat Race from Cowes to Torquay in 1961, coming 7th overall and one of the few existing survivors from that race, she was raced by Captain Michael Morgan Giles. 

742 is her build number.


You will see from the footage that the weather conditions were awful and many boats had to retire for that reason.  

Fortuna in the race with her race number


Copy of Race Instructions


Race Results 1961


Original Footage of the race

Short news coverage footage

A montage of coverage which includes footage of a number of Morgan Giles Monaco's

The beginning is quite damaged

Once the race was finished Monaco Fortuna returned to the yard at Teignmouth and was refitted to suit a more pleasure craft destiny, she was used and loved by Captain Michael Morgan-Giles and his family until her sale in 1962 to a Mr Trigg of Jersey in the Channel Islands. 

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Fast forward to today and the coincidences that have happened since we have taken ownership of her.   

Interesting Facts 

A 36ft Monaco cost £11,980 in 1961 - the equivalent price in 2021 is £228,808.23 - £1 (1961) = approx £20 (2021) - well out of our price bracket !!!

You can find more history about Morgan Giles and all the vessels they built on the Morgan-Giles Archive website

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