So, Eggemoggin Reach Regatta Is Over For Another Year…… Informal Race Report

and I can’t find ANY photographs.  Then again, I’m not a facebooker.

This year, the wind was light but strengthening at the start.  And, protective of DEVA’s new rebuild and fabulous paint job, I was hesitant to jump into the fray at the pin end.  As a consequence, we had a poor start.  My fault.  Bad bad bad.

And, despite my prediction last week, WHITEHAWK was there… but did not race. (What’s up with THAT?)

DEVA plus 97 others did start, and I suspect most finished.  To me, it’s the collegial atmosphere and pagentry that make this race like no other.  Yes, we did cross tacks with a couple of blowhards, but that’s fine.

Our crack crew:  Aaron Porter, Kate Holden, Margaret Macleod, Ellery Brown, and Michael Start.  I was harrangued for not providing uniforms, per usual.

At some point during the first leg — maybe 10 minutes after the start — we all realized that we were getting very cold, sailing in our shorts.  I’m not sure anyone remembered to bring long pants.  But the rain held off.

Wind increasing to perhaps 10-12 knots, we sped down the first leg, pointing high and footing well, helped in great measure by Doug Pope‘s new sails on her.  Alas, my lousy start doomed us.  We probably cleared the first mark — Egg Rock — with 25% of the fleet in front of us.   Margaret at the helm started to catch us up…..

With Aaron at the helm after Egg Rock, we reduced our deficit a bit.  This sounds like a loser talking (writing):  The one consolation of a lousy start in the first class is that you get to see some really incredible boats passing.  SPARTAN, VELA, BLACK WATCH were just freight-training past us.  We tugged our forelocks in appreciation.

Aaron made some canny decisions at the helm, and we rounded Halibut Rock in fairisih shape, gaining.  Ellery then  took the tiller and we wung-and-wung (winged?) our way down the downward leg, with a nice breeze abaft us.  No spinnaker, but we didn’t lose too much ground.

At some point, “we boys” were accused of being like 5th graders:  ”Oh, look at _______.  Isn’t she amazing?  Designed by ___ , built by ____  in xxxx, and restored by _____.  She’s my favorite!”

Ellery stepped on the pedal as we neared the finish line, and we roared comfortably through, beating our self-proclaimed rival almost 10 minutes, elapsed.

And, maybe this is my favorite of each and every ERR:  Shooting through the fleet at the end of the day, gasping and proclaiming as we passed each anchored competitors  And, in some cases, their lavish support boats.

So, my favorite this year?  As much as I love the drop-dead beauty of TICONDEROGA, SPARTAN, et al (and there are SO many in this category), my favorite is always DYON and the Smiths.  Almost 100 years in the same family.  Simple.  Fabulous.

My Small Gem award (for boats under 30′) goes to Walter and Karen Wales’ lovely LUCY.

How does it get better than that?

In good ERR fashion, the results haven’t been posted yet.  But you’ll be able to see them when they do:  www.erregatta.com.  (Thursday update:  They are now posted.  Yay, LUCY — 1st in class!)

I suspect we finished in the middle of the fleet.  Again, that’s no one’s fault but mine.  But that’s OK — Next year is fast approaching.  And I can handle defeat with the best of them.  Because that’s not what this regatta is all about.  Thank you so much, Steve, Taylor, Lucia, and all the great people who work together to produce this fantastic event.

Someone please add photos?

Thanks, and I’d love to learn/read others’ comments.

Carl

 

 

 

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WHITEHAWK! ERR! And a Little More DEVA….

I have to confess:  this is one of my favorite weeks of the year… the lead-up to Eggemoggin Reach Regatta.   Another confession, though:  Ever since greatest friend John Hanson went to the dark side and got a ‘glass boat (albeit a wonderful one:  a Vineyard Vixen), it hasn’t been the same for me.  I think John got tired of losing to Deva and then to the $6,000 International… proving that ERR isn’t just for rich people and boats…..

ERR

(Photo courtesy Eggemoggin Reach Regatta — erregatta.com)

So, Boat Heaven at WoodenBoat awaits the arrival on Friday/early Saturday of perhaps 100+ drippingly gorgeous wooden boats, and almost as many ungorgeous spectator boats.  Not that’s there’s anything inherently wrong with the Carvers and Bayliners of the world……  Lord, never consider me uncharitable.

ERR is so unlike other regattas.  No protests.  Minimal damage.  Other than a few flamers, generally no shouting (this should be the next regatta rule).

And what should I see today with my amazed eyes… but the ultra-gorgeous WHITEHAWK, at the Trident Marina in Rockland.  How could anyone not fall totally in love with her at first sight?  Truly, Bruce King’s masterpiece.  Will she be at ERR?  I won’t digress right now to tell you about the year I ran the fleet the “wrong” way, down Egg Reach, under the Deer Isle Bridge — which neither WHITEHAWK nor PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II could clear.  Some of the crew members of those two boats still have the froth of their anger ingrained on their chins.

(I didn’t have my phone with me, so you are spared another of my poor pics.  But trust me:  WHITEHAWK looks better than she did on launching day, lo’ those many years ago — geez, 1978.  But that’s a whole ‘nother story….)

Here’s her pic, from the Register of Wooden Boats

(http://www.woodenboat.com/whitehawk)

Whitehawk

And I know you’re all wondering about DEVA.  Here’s what D.N. Hylan’s website has to say today (third item down):

“Her canvas deck covering was stripped and the decking and sheer line were faired. A layer of 1/4” plywood was put down over the existing sprung deck to provide dimensional stability for the new deck covering of [D]ynel cloth set in epoxy.

All of her deck hatches were removed and replaced with new hatches built to LFH designs. She will have new toe rails, trim, moldings, grab rails, cockpit cap rail and more. Her hull will be stripped faired and re-painted. All of the hardware was removed from the main mast, it was stripped, repaired and refinished, and the hardware was re-fastened. The rig was altered slightly to more resemble the original LFH sail plan including removal of a stainless steel bowsprit, new chain plate locations, and removal of extraneous rigging from former rig configurations.”

And this the amazing crew has done.  Check her out:

Deva at Doug'(Photo courtesy Kit Macchi)

I picked up her new sails today — from Doug Pope in Rockland, ME (www.popesails.com).  They are incredible craftspeople.

So, we’re in good shape:  Shakedown sail tomorrow, and the regatta on Saturday.

And maybe this will be the year…. the starting sequence begins….. 30 seconds to go to the gun……..

We yell out to WHITEHAWK — “Starboard.”

If she doesn’t slice us in half, that is better than victory.

Thanks for reading.  And see you on the starting line of the best race in the world.  Please comment below.

Carl

 

 

 

 

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