Classic Sail 2020 features sailing craft ranging from traditional working vessels and cruising sailboats, to exciting America’s Cup contenders of the past. Kathy Mansfield, whose work is found in nautical magazines, including WoodenBoat, Classic Boat, and Water Craft, brings together American and European boats in this very exciting pan-Atlantic collection.
Boats pictured in this edition include:
• The yawl Lutine of Helford was designed by Laurent Giles and built by Camper & Nicholson, a very fine British pedigree. She is built of teak, 58’ long, with a fairly short bow overhang, a balanced counter stern and lovely sheer and lines. She sails here just off Cowes on the Isle of Wight in the British Classic Yacht Regatta.
• The 115’ gaff cutter Moonbeam IV bounds through heavy seas after a storm at the 2019 Voiles de St Tropez. Designed and built of teak on steel framesby William Fife in 1914, she was not completed until 1920 because of World War I. In 1950 Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco spent their honeymoon on her. She races and charters in the Mediterranean.
• The Concordia 41 Eagle races at the Castine Yacht Regatta in Maine. She was built in 1962 by Abeking & Rassmussen, one of 103 Concordia yawls built in Germany and shipped to the US. Their distinctive new moon and star cove stripe can be seen on Eagle’s spinnaker.
• Naema is a 128’ sailing schooner built in 2013 by the Dutch Graafship in Turkey, overseen by Hodgdon Yachts. Here she sails in the 2018 Régates Royales in Cannes, France.
• The 46’ Sparkman & Stephens ketch, Mermaid, was launched in 1957 at Paul Luke & Sons in East Boothbay, Maine and now maintained by Seal Cove boatyard. She’s rather like a cruising version of a New York 32, strongly built with a double planked hull, mahogany over cedar.
• This beautiful 1902 Herreshoff Buzzard’s Bay 30, Mashnee, has been thoroughly restored at Darlings Boatworks in Charlotte, Vermont, with a Doug Hyland-designed Marconi rig. She is 30’ on the waterline and 46’6” overall, with a beam of 10’10”
• This little gaff cutter, le Frétois, in Brittany, France, sails at Douarnenez during their famous traditional boat festival. She was built in 1934 by a famous local boatbuilder, August Tertu, in the Rade de Brest area.
• Olympian is a rare Universal Rule, P-class yacht designed by William Gardner in 1913, now restored by John Anderson of Camden, Maine, and racing very successfully here in the Voiles de St Tropez in the Mediterranean.
• Tuiga is one of the four beautiful William Fife Fifteen Metre-class yachts now sailing in the Mediterranean; a magnificent sight in heavy seas in St Tropez.
• The Sparkman and Stephens ketch Mermaid and the Concordia 41 Eagle edge ahead during the Castine Classic Yacht Race from Castine to Camden, Maine.
• This 1907 gaff yawl, Veronique, was designed and built at Luke & Co. in southern Great Britain. She’s 75’ long with a beam of 12’ 9” and has been racing in the Mediterranean since a major restoration in 2003.
• The 126’ Puritan is the most famous of the schooners designed by John Alden. She has sailed the world, and is now based in Rome, Italy, chartering in the Mediterranean as part of the Classic Yacht Experience. She is built of a high-grade steel, comparable to stainless steel, with a retractable centreboard.
© Tide-mark Press 2019