Small Reach Regatta 2008

WoodenBoat and the local chapter of the Traditional Small Craft Association (TSCA) held the second annual Small Reach Regatta in Brooklin on Eggemoggin Reach this past weekend. About 50 small craft gathered to celebrate the joys of oar and sail boats in all their diverse glories. There were designs from as far away as the Bahamas and Norway. Great stuff.

Julia and I again served as a chase boat, shadowing the fleet in the Katie D in case help was needed. Not likely on Friday as a foggy start gave way to clearing skies and light winds.

Quiet start
Quiet start to the day. Fog lifted as we approached Brooklin. We started in dense fog, navigating four miles from the Landing via radar and GPS. The first land we saw was the tree tops on Little Babson Island.

Tom Jackson, Editor at WoodenBoat, ghosting along in his new boat. Note the dipping lug main. This sail needs to be set to leeward of the mast every time the boat tacks.

The real deal
Authentic Norwegian faering using the traditional square sail. They row very well which came in handy during the light patches.

On the beach for lunch
Julia and the fleet at Torrey Island for lunch. One neat boat after another. All worth a stop and chat.

Perfect spot
Breeze filling in. Nice prospect for the afternoon session.

Friend Steven sitting forward
Forum friend Steven Bauer sitting forward on this beautiful Caledonia Yawl. The other boat’s not too shabby either. Looks like it would be fun to potter around the islands, exploring in comfort. No Boss Lady, but still comfy looking.

We had a wonderful time, stopping several times with the engine off, drifting along in the sun, keeping an eye on the fleet. At one point we were at the head of the fleet off Conary Island, with boats sailing down wind toward us, passing on each side. Ahhhhh, finest kind of day.

We skipped Saturday’s session but returned to WoodenBoat for the lobster feed. Enjoyed renewing friendships and making new ones. Julia and I made the acquaintance of Patrick Xavier, a Forum member from Wellington, New Zealand, up for a couple of sailing classes at the WoodenBoat School. We were driving over to WB and turned down Naskeag Road by the Brooklin General Store. I saw someone standing on the corner and recognized him as Patrick. I rolled down the window and said “ aren’t you from New Zealand?” Talk about serendipity.

Great job TSCA and WoodenBoat

Monhegan Island adventure

Went to Monhegan Island on Boss Lady on Tuesday, staying in the home of Bob’s friend’s family. Lovely cottage with a 30 mile view to the west. We left in a cold drizzle and light fog around nine, snug in the cabin with a wood fire burning in the Fatso stove. Went around the north of Little Deer Isle and down through the Fox Island Thorofare to West Penobscot Bay and then the open ocean to Monhegan. Fun dodging lobster pots barely visible in the strong ebb tide. Weather cleared in the afternoon giving us a pleasant evening.

On Wednesday we went around the south side of Monhegan with nothing to starboard but Mother Atlantic (Gulf of Maine technically). Perfect conditions; the wind and sea relatively flat without a cloud to be seen. From there we went past Matinicus, peeking in the tiny harbor and around the south side of Isle au Haut, seeing a finback whale and dolphins in the process. We stopped and anchored in Sand Cove on Marshall Island, going ashore to play on the beach. It’s one of the few pure sand beaches on this stretch of coast. Then up through Jericho Bay and Eggomoggin Reach to the Landing. Lot’s of great Boss Lady time. Such an able and hospitable vessel.

Dodging Pots
Dodging pots in the Fox Island Thorofare. Low clouds and spitting rain. Warm in the cabin thanks to Mr. Fatso.

North Haven
North Haven, home of the famous North Haven Dinghy. Building in the center is shaped like a ships stern.

Fish Beach, Monhegan
Fish Beach, Monhegan. Note the wheels on the skiff in the foreground. No docks (except for the ferry) so the locals need to drag or roll their skiffs down the beach. (Or wait for high tide.)

Monhegan Harbor
Monhegan harbor; Boss Lady moored on the right side. Note how open it is to the SW.

Fixer upper
Just needs a new transom.

Sunset from the cottage
Late afternoon light from the cottage where we stayed. Thanks Sandy!

More later,


On the Reach

Eggomoggin Reach that is. Julia and I are up in Maine enjoying the high life. Pics on Flickr here.

Saturday and Sunday saw Elegant Punt sailing. I built a pair of these Phil Bolger minimal dinghies for a client almost twenty years ago. Amazingly enough they ended up here. The client is a friend of my brother and his family had outgrown the boats. Now there’s a brace of them here at the landing.

Punt racing
Punt racing at one and a half knots.

Fog yesterday morning complete with a “fogbow”, a rainbow like apparition.

On the Reach
Went for a quick sail in Tendress yesterday, just reaching back and forth in the somewhat recently rare sunshine up here.

We hope to go to Monhegan on Boss Lady today or tomorrow, weather permitting.

More later,


More WBS pics

Mixing it up
Mixing it up on a Friday afternoon. That’s Mickey Lake in the sunglasses with the Bauer girls. Holly, on the right, (sorry if I got it backwards) built a Nutshell Pram with her Dad, Steven. They brought it to display in the I Built it Myself exhibit. Fine job with a bold royal purple sheerstrake.

In the white boat to leeward is Joe Foster (CSoH). He’s driving with Mary Bauer enjoying the view.

Joe to weather
Joe and Mary to weather. Lazy sailing; plenty of time for gawking. Nice ballet with all the water taxis, row boats and of course the 24 ton steamboat Sabino.

Rum Swap
Julia and I were ashore having a smoke when the great rum swap and seizure took place. As mentioned below, we had cocktails on the LGH Saturday at 5:00; fog right on cue. I brought Goslings Rum and Regatta Ginger Beer. The Goslings ran out far too early. Providentially, a Caledonia Yawl built by Two Daughters Boatworks stopped by as they needed ice for their rum. Presto; a quick barter and enough rum for another round of D&S’s.

While that was going on Joe, Phil and Paul commandeered a passing outboard skiff, pics somewhere, to go to Airlie. She’s a Nova Scotia built swordfishing schooner owned by Forum member Jamie, and was moored conveniently a few hundred yards upstream. Most importantly, she had a gallon or two of rum on board. More rounds!

More later,

Thanks for stopping by.

The WoodenBoat Show was in Mystic again this year

Julia and I drove up last Thursday, home yesterday afternoon. We had a delightful time with old and new WoodenBoat Forum friends. There’s a Set on Flickr here.

We stayed at the Whaler in downtown Mystic. Nice suite with a porch for post show gatherings.

Doug and Carter's
We started the weekend Thursday at Doug and Carter’s for their second and hopefully Annual WoodenBoat Show Party. Neat spot in the woods of Guilford.

NY 30?
One of dozens of beautiful boats afloat and on the hard.

Sea Harmony
Sea Harmony, an Albert Strange Canoe Yawl belonging to friend and Forumite, Thad. Wonderful old Shipmate stove on board.

At the helm
Classic picture taken by Jonathan Krabak, Port Captain of the Lettie G. Howard and Forum member.

Juia on the Lettie
Julia holding my Dark and Stormy on the Lettie while folks enjoy this treat. I managed to wrangle an invitation for a visit, bringing our own libations. The fog was appropriate…sometimes it’s just a matter of timing.

Our crowd
They’re everywhere. After an hour or so of this we all drove over to Abbot’s in Noank to eat some bugs.

WoodenBoat Magazine had the Seaport arrange for Forum members to use the Oyster House as a meeting spot. Nice shade with plenty of breezes. Pleasant to sit and watch the livery fleet sail back and forth. (And listen to old and new friends chat.)

Beetle sailing
Friday afternoon a group of us rented three Beetle Cats and chased each other along the waterfront for an all too quick hour.

Rumor has it the show will be back in Mystic again next year. Some fun.

The 2008 Classic Yacht Symposium

was held in Bristol, RI this past weekend at the Herreshoff Marine Museum. Julia and I made a three day weekend out of the event. Nice folks and we got to meet Halsey Herreshoff, Nathaniel’s grandson (and L. Francis’ nephew.) It was gathering of the faithful to celebrate and learn of developments in the restoration, use and management of classic yachts. Note this inculdes relativley small yachts as well. (Though probably not reaching down to a Sjogin level as she’s of workboat origins.)

One of our digital friends from the WoodenBoat Forum, Margo Geer, presented a paper on the ongoing restoration of her Concordia Yawl, Sarah. Her moving story is here. When available I’ll link to a PDF of her paper.

Here are few pics with more here as usual.

Part of the weekend events included shop tours in the Mystic area. Spartan, shown here in the McClave, Philbrick, and Giblin shop, is a NY50 designed and built by N. G. Herreshoff in 1907. The straps shown are placed in the vertical grooves as an additional way of tying the hull to the ballast.

Interior construction on Spartan.

Julia and the Booby Hatch
Julia inspecting a Booby Hatch to be installed on Spartan. On display at the Symposium.

Booby Hatch plan
And here’s the plan for said Booby Hatch as approved by Captain Nat himself.

Sarah being loaded on a freighter in Germany in 1955. Taken form Margo’s fine presentation.

Dinner at HMM
Dinner at the Herreshoff Marine Museum on Saturday night. Our table is by the stairs just left of center. Margo’s the redhead.

Bauers and Manheimers
Forum friends Steven and Mary Bauer join us for drinks before dinner by the hotel. Only sunshine of the weekend.