Egg. Reach Regatta
- I had considered 500 yard rounds just at the waterline from a scoped
308 caliber rifle but felt it was a mite unfair. and possibly, under
the home security laws, a tad illegal. also, given the beauty of some
of these large wooden sailboats, a shame to do more than slow them
down. On one leg of the races, 90-100 yachts crossed the starting
line, including Ticonderoga, and several other 70 foot plus yachts.
Philip Rhodes's, Alden schooners, Hunt concordias, Sparkman and
Stephens, all the best designers and boats from now and the past.And a
Atkin Ingrid I believe that was a live aboard.
- On a couple of occasions when the club "fleet" (an ad hoc thing)
was "running for the slips" at the end of the day, my Florence
Oakland "Charlene" was pacing, or outrunning, modern Catalinas and San
Juans with the wind from 100 deg's to 160 deg's. Almost all of those
boats had longer waterlines, and were lighter. I have become a
believer in the gaff rig from a close reach to a run. Now, beating to
windward, there is no contest, and it is humbling to see them pass me
both to windward and to leeward. Of course, I just tell myself that
is the schooner rig, all that parasite drag of lazy jacks and sail
It is amusing to note that the America's Cup boats are now
sporting "square" mainsails that use a stiff batten to hold the square
shape at the top.
One of my dock neighbors always says, however, that if looks were
speed, Charlene would win every time. He is a wise man, and I have a
kind regard for him.
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