Author: Tom Darling

Yachting History

Alerion: Past, Present and Future Perfect Part I: What’s an Alerion? (1913 – 1977)

By Tom Darling

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By Tom Darling Imagine, if you would, if there were a television game show called “Herreshoff Jeopardy.” You know, the one where you begin your answer with “What is…?” Here, the category is “American Daysailers of the 20th Century.” The game goes like this: “The category is Herreshoff daysailing boats. For $100, this 26-footer was launched in 1913 and sailed for a dozen years, spawning numerous offshoots such as the Newport 29, the Buzzards Bay 25, and…

Racing

Dolphin and Mischief: The Herreshoff Twins and Their Rogue Cousin

By Tom Darling

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By Tom Darling Two classic Herreshoff designs, conceived Thanksgiving 1913 and born July 4, 1914. On August 18, 2019, they met on a racecourse for the first time in their sailing histories. This is the story of “The Herreshoff Twins,” a pair of Newport 29s named Dolphin and Mischief, and of their younger distant cousin, Rogue. The Twins are two of four Newport 29s, 35’ 6” overall, over eight tons displacement, and clouds of sail for inshore…

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