Sibling Rivalry: Ticonderoga and Deva at Eggemoggin Reach Regatta 2015

Check it out!:

Deva & Ti(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:

DevaTi2

 

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).

ERR 2015 Black Watch(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:

Deva ERR 0215 3

For more of Alison’s amazing photography of the regatta, here:

http://estore.langleyphoto.com/err2015/err

Next year, it will be Virginia’s turn to race in the regatta — see my previous post.

What do you think?  Please comment below.

Thanks, Carl

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“She Sails Like a Witch*.” Of Course I Had to Buy Her — 33′ LOA LFH Araminta

* — I honestly can’t remember the source of “She sails like a witch,” nor the inference, which I think is positive.  Where is Uncle Peter Spectre when I need him?  He would know… Hopefully you do as well.

And not just ANY Araminta — Virginia, from the very talented hands and brains of Nick and John England, 1985.

Virginia

(Photo courtesy I know not whom.)

She’s about 20-25% smaller than beloved Deva, which is ideal for me.  Something happened in the past 10 years:  I used to be able to single-hand Deva with aplomb.. but she’s grown bigger.  Check out these two photos in terms of relative freeboards:

Deva,  with old genoa, just after we finished ERR 2014:

Deva ERR 2014(Photo courtesy I can’t remember)

Virginia, not long after launching, at an early Wooden Boat Show [sic]:

 

 

Virginia2

 

(Photo:  ditto)

Here are some spec comparisons, approximately:

LOD:  Deva — 36′6″;  Virginia — 30′ (with approximately 3′ bowsprit)

Disp:  Deva — 16,300 pounds; Virginia — 12,800

Sail Area:  Deva — 720 sq ft; Virginia — 582

Of course it hurts me to the quick to be saying goodbye to Deva, after 10 years (?) of ownership.  We’ll be parting from each other after this weekend’s Eggemoggin Reach Regatta.  But I know her next steward will be taking on a sailboat with unmatched qualities (see the feature article about her in WB No. 157).

Meanwhile, I’ll be sailing aboard one of L. Francis’ beautiful Aramintas, described in Roger Taylor’s and L. Francis Herreshoff’s book for International Marine in 1973, Sensible Cruising Design, thusly:  “This design approaches the ultimate for daysailing and short-range cruising.  She is beautiful to look at, and an all-around delightful boat in which to spend days sailing on the coast of Maine.”

Sounds like me, doesn’t I?  (Well, not the beauty part.)

What do you think?

Thanks, Carl

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