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(Photos copyright Alison Langley, www.langleyphoto.com, except where otherwise noted.)
Here we are, preparing to blast by Big Ti. Oh, wait….
There are the similarities between the two boats: They were both designed by L. Francis Herreshoff in 1935 (I think, squinting at the reduced sailplans in L. Francis’ “Sensible Cruising Designs” and “The Common Sense of Yacht Design”); Deva is his Design No. 65; Ticonderoga, No. 66. They are both ketches. Ticonderoga (ex-Tioga II) is twice as long and four times as large. Big Ti is clearly much faster. In the photo above, she passed us in a seeming instant as we both hardened up a bit after passing Egg Rock in Jericho Bay. She sounded like the proverbial freight train going by us. Truly a sight to behold and experience.
Of course, Big Ti has a clipper bow whereas Deva has a beautiful spoon bow; Ti has that gorgeous transom whereas Deva has a canoe stern.
Here she lengthens her lead:
Nor was Ti the only big boat to pass Deva. In the photo below, Black Watch (68′ 1938 S&S; to the left) and Joyant (58′ 1912 N. G. Herreshoff P class).
(Photo courtesy ProBoat editor-at-large Dan Spurr)
I hasten to add that not all of the 96 boats at ERR 2015 were either large nor old. There is beauty to each, and that is the pageantry. In my 25 years of participating in the regatta, surely this year’s combination of sun, warmth, and wind was among the best.
For results of the regatta, click here: http://www.erregatta.com/Results/2015/ERR_2015.pdf
Finally, here we are, all by ourselves:
For more of Alison’s amazing photography of the regatta, here:
Next year, it will be Virginia’s turn to race in the regatta — see my previous post.
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