Classic sailing vessels featured in the 2022 edition include:
The magnificent J Class yacht Velsheda was named for the first owner’s three daughters: Velma, Sheila and Daphne. She was designed in 1933 by Charles Nicholson, and built in his yard at
Gosport, England. After winning many races she was retired to a mud berth in 1937. She was finally rescued in 1984, then rebuilt and relaunched in 1997.
Malabar II is a 41’6″ Alden schooner built in 1922 at Morse & Son at Thomaston, Maine. She sails here in the Eggemoggin Reach Race in 2019.
Zinnia was designed in Britain by Ed Burnett and Nigel Irens, built at Elephant Boatyard near Southampton in 1998 using Douglas fir and mahogany with a teak deck. Though just 38′ with a beam of 9 ‘9″, she has sailed the Atlantic and coastal waters. Here she sails at the Eggemoggin Reach Race in Maine.
Naema is modelled on the 1938 Alfred Mylne yacht Panda. She was built at Graafship in Bodrum, Turkey, in 2013, with further work a year later at Hodgson Yachts in East Boothbay, Maine. She is 127’11” overall and a magnificent sight under full sail. She is seen here at the Régates Royales in Cannes, France.
Designed and built by William Fife in Scotland in 1909, Tuiga is one of four very fine Fifteen Metre Class yachts currently sailing.
The teak 48’6″ Marconi-rigged yacht Isis was designed and owned by the Frenchman Georges Balderweck, who launched her in 1935 and won the British Fastnet race that year. She has won many races since and was restored in France in 2001. She is often seen now at the Voiles de St Tropez.
Adix is a 212′ steel three-masted gaff schooner built in 1984 in Mallorca, Spain to a design by Arthur Holgate of Dijkstra & Partners. The spars have a carbon fibre ring under the traditional wood exterior. She has been around the world several times; here she short tacks up the Gare Loch off the Firth of Clyde in Scotland.
Apsara is a small 24′ custom-built gaff sloop designed by Justin Adams in 2003 and built by Ivan Jeffries in Hampshire, England. She is one of those unsung individual classics that are so interesting to discover. Despite her traditional rig, her hull has surprisingly modern underwater lines.
Mah Jong was built of teak in 1957 at the Cheoy Lee shipyard in Hong Kong. Designed by Sparkman & Stevens, she was sailed back to America via the Suez Canal by the college friends who commissioned her. She is 52’2″ long and now beautifully restored by Gannon & Benjamin in Martha’s Vineyard, MA. She sails here in Maine.
The 98′ Moonbeam of Fife, or Moonbeam III, was built in 1901 at the William Fife shipyard in Scotland for the Thirty Metre Class. Well known and beloved on the Mediterranean sailing circuit, here she is in Scotland at the Fife Regatta near the Kyles of Bute.
The schooner La Recouvrance was built for the City of Brest in Brittany, France, and attends many local festivals, often with paying guests. She was designed on the lines of an
1817 naval schooner and launched in 1992 by the Chantier du Guip in Brittany. She’s 138′ overall with a beam of 21′. Here she sails at a festival in the Gulf of Morbihan, the Semaine du Golfe.
This lovely 59′ Herreshoff Marconi cutter, Neith, was built in 1907 for Nathaniel Herreshoff’s doctor. She was sailed across to Britain in 1921, where she stayed until 1970 and was then abandoned in the Connecticut River. Several restorations later she is in very fine form at the Eggemoggin Reach Race in Maine.
About the Author
Kathy Mansfield comes from Massachusetts and lives with her husband in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, near the River Thames. After a career on the sales and marketing side of academic publishing, she returned to her interest in traditional and classic boats, writing and photographing for magazines such as WoodenBoat and Cruising World in the United States, Water Craft magazine, and numerous others in the U.K. and France. Her photography has also been used as book and magazine covers, in exhibitions, and on posters.