Thursday, July 30, 2015

Maine's Magic

I learned of the Small Reach Regatta from folks I met last Fall at the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival (that is UNA in the background of their banner photo). I enjoy Spring or Fall sailing on the Chesapeake most. With July's broiling temps in VA, Brooklin, Maine seemed ideal. With a rented diesel truck packed with groceries and gear, we hauled UNA and 2 SOF kayaks north. After staggering tolls in New Jersey and New York (highway robbery) we then faced a slow crawl along what seemed to be Connecticut's only road. So, we stopped in Stonington, CT for the evening. Visiting the harbor we found an LFH "Araminta", a sprite work boat and others.

L. Francis Herreshoff's Araminta.

This classic work boat out-shown the inflatable and twin engined plastic boats with ease.
Adding 6 more hours of road time the following day delivered us to cooler temps, pristine air and Brooklin. Our 1905 cabin was perched on Center Harbor. This must be the birthplace for Beetle Cats and Herreshoff 12 1/2's. Easily a dozen of each swung at their moorings.

Our cabin.
The town is home of WoodenBoat and its surrounds feature famous boat builders and celebrity boats alike.

Dinghy pier.

Beatle Cats in the morning fog.

With a +/-9 foot tidal range, floating piers are ringed with dinghies to ferry owners to their boats large and small.

Brooklin Boatyard's floating dinghy dock.
Our backyard fit UNA perfectly. She rode her mooring for several days of sailing prior to the SRR. There was one beauty after another sailing or moored in the harbor. Some you may recognize.

walk to the cabin

UNA at mooring.

another true Rozinante.

Sailed against the WoodenBoat Calendar cover girl Perch one day. I have watched the OCH video a dozen times. UNA seemed to match her pace and weatherly ability. She continues to amaze me.
Covergirl Perch. Herreshoff Fish Class.
The weather was varied the whole week. Fog would burn off with the sunrise. Fresh breezes every afternoon. The only rain fell overnight twice. Lows were in the 60's. Highs barely scared 80. The kayaks allowed for nearby island exploration. Clambering out of a kayak into UNA was a trick. No dunking occurred though. Sailing amongst beautiful boats was marvelous. You'll never see these beauties at a US Sailboat Show.

water bug.

On arrival day for SRR, I cast off UNA's mooring on a pea soup morning to sail her through Naskeag Harbor and around the point to our host site at Atlantic Boat Company on Herrick Bay. Atlantic specializes in motor launches to yachts, is family owned ,and proved a great host for the 4-5 days our 50+ boats swarmed around the piers. It was a great venue for several days of group sailing, eating, and general fun. Will post pics from the event later-

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A Moment With "Time"

In my opinion, Thomas Gillmer designed perhaps one of the top 10 all-time classic sailboats in his 23' Blue Moon. While noted for other beauties like his topsail clipper schooner, "Pride of Baltimore I and II", this little 1943 gaffed yawl is a real looker. One owner, John, has a blog featuring the sailing and projects for his yawl. Another owner, Mark, has a beautiful example named "Time". Some photos are here from a previous listing.


Before my classic Luna, I was mightily tempted by the lovely Time. I found she was again for sale in WoodenBoat for sale. After an earlier visit to Oxford before launching, I called Mark and arranged to help rig her in exchange for a sail. The day was sunny, but winds were less than 5 mph and I confess I was skeptical Time would move along, but move she did. With hardly a breath she pushed under full sail effortlessly and her 8,000 pounds gave momentum to her way. Thought I'd share 2 videos of our sail.

Starboard tack ...

Port tack ...

I believe she is still available to the right owner. Too bad we can't have them all. Time is an original.