Defying all sorts of resistance and prejudice, in 1899 the English designer Charles Sibbick designed, and then built in his yard at Cowes, a yacht according to the Godinet rule (Jauge Nationale Française) for taking part in competitions on the other side of the Channel.
This yacht was named Bona Fide. In early 1900 she was to Normandy and then to the French Riviera, were she began to take part in races and to reap success (15 victories and 5 second places).
In May of the same year she was brought to Paris to take part at the second Olympic Games of the modern era, which introduced sailing events for the first time.
Having being delayed by red tape, Bona Fide could not take part in the first race, but she still won the Olympic medal.