The Third Annual Atlantic Cup presented by 11th Hour Racing, the only dedicated Class40 race in the United States, kicks off in Charleston, SC on Saturday, May 11. From Charleston, competitors will race double-handed to New York City. There will be a four or five-day stopover in New York before the race restarts and competitors sprint to Newport, RI. In Newport, teams will race a twoday Inshore Series.
Sailors on 202 yachts reveled in great breeze at the 33rd St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, held February 28 - March 3 in St. Maarten, NA. Recognized by sailors everywhere as one of the world’s best regattas, each year this event lives up to its motto: Serious Fun. World-class musical entertainment is an integral component of “The Heineken,” and this year’s prize-giving ceremony was followed by a concert on Kim Sha Beach headlined by motown legends The Commodores.
Owned by Josh Welch of Stonington, CT, SLIPPER is an elegant Herreshoff iceboat. “SLIPPER is built of oak and mahogany,” said Welch. She’s 26 feet long and 13 ½ feet wide. She was designed in 1925 by L. Francis Herreshoff and built by him and W. Starling Burgess that winter in a shared shop in Marblehead, Massachusetts. She was built for Commodore Charles A. Welch, who was my great, great uncle. Charlie Welch was a good friend of L. Francis and his best client. In 1925, Herreshoff created three designs for Charlie: the R-boat Yankee, a lifeboat cruiser that was never built, and SLIPPER, the only iceboat that L. Francis designed professionally.”Read more
by NATHAN BAYREUTHER
This year, the Mariner Class Association will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the birth of the O’Day Mariner. Mariners are found just about everywhere, especially in the Northeast where they were built. It’s surprising how often I’ll see a Mariner sitting in someone’s backyard on a trailer while driving along the coast. More than 4,000 hulls later, the Mariner is still in production and has a very rich history.Read more