At a reception at the Yacht Club of Argentina I came upon a full-scale model of an interesting boat named Fjord III, designed by German Frers, Sr. I was told it was one of the region's most successful racing boats. The Yacht Club of Argentina hosts the Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro Race, which Fjord III won in 1950. A few days later, I discovered one of the ISAF Executive Committee members, Scott Perry, of Uruguay, was the new owner of the boat. He acquired it in San Francisco in 2013 and commissioned a major refit before shipping it to Punta del Este.
The wooden boat is 50 feet long, and as the story was told to me, Frers was a partner in a boatyard with his cousin, Ernesto Guevara Lynch, whose son was the Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara. In 1952, Frers planned to ship Fjord III to New York for racing in the States. Eva Perón, the First Lady of Argentina, requested that Frers paint the side of Fjord's hull with her political propaganda. He refused, and as a result, the boat's exit permit was denied. When Perón died a few months later, the exit permit was approved, and in 1954 Fjord III won its class in the Newport Bermuda Race.