Paul Whiting


Paul Whiting designed the Reactor 25 while still in high school, in the late 1960s.  As a teenager Paul was obsessed with yacht design.  He studied the fundamentals of yacht design and construction closely.  His vision was of a a small, easily handled and, above all, fast yacht.  As he developed his ideas, the Reactor design took shape in his bedroom and on the family kitchen table!


Encouraged by his enthusiastic family, Paul left school to establish Whiting Yachts and begin production of his design.  Paul spent the 1970s successfully building, selling and racing Reactors with his sister Penny.


The first Reactor, named ‘Reactor’ after the peculiar chemical process that ensured a strong, stiff hull,  was launched in December 1969.  As a means of advertising Paul and sister Penny raced her regularly, drawing the admiration of local yacht designers, builders and skippers alike.


The design was a great success.  Paul won the Junior Offshore Group in 1969, 1970 and 1971. By 1976 64 Reactors had been built and Paul had won numerous races in his own designs. Paul Whiting was recognised as a prodigious design, business and sailing talent.


Other Whiting designs included the Whiting 16 trailer sailer, the Whiting 29, the Whiting 36, 39, 40, 45 and 50.

Sadly Paul Whiting was lost at sea returning from Australia after the 1980 Sydney to Hobart Race.  His yacht Smackwater Jack was lost with all hands during a violent storm.

Paul Whiting 1952-1980