Thinking Out Loud: The Boats of the WOOD Regatta. Opportunity?

I had the great good fortune this past weekend to be at the WOOD Regatta at Rock Hall Yacht Club in Maryland.

Here’s a photo of the three classic Moths on the course:

(Photo courtesy Dale Genther)

What’s the WOOD Regatta, you ask?

The WOOD part stands for “Wooden Open One-Design.”  Simply, it’s a regatta for wooden dinghies all racing together.  How is that possible, you might ask?

Thankfully, the Portsmouth Yardstick (North America) was created to handicap existing and custom boats.  So, for example, in our case we were able to assign ratings to boats as diverse as a 30′ International 210 and an 11′ Classic Moth, as well as a 17′ Adirondack Goodboat.  I haven’t truly checked yet, but I think the only one I truly erred on was the Bolger Whalewatcher.

Here’s an approximate list of the boats that participated this year.  We had one scratch and quite a few additions onsite which aren’t included here:

  • Class LOA Beam Draft SA Displ. PY-S Prov?
  • Bolger Whalewatcher Patrick Connor 29’6” 6’6” 3’4” 410 3,000 87.5 Y
  • CLC Pocketship Peter McCrary 18’4” 6’3” 3′ 238 1,425 108.2 Y
  • CLC Pocketship Pascal Laigle 14’10”? 6’3” 3′ 148 800  108.2 Y
  • Gypsy Robert Pulsch 22’4” 7’9” 4’6” 311 2,613 90.5 Y
  • Moth John Zseleczky 11′ 5′ 3′ 72 77 107.1
  • Caribe David Edinberg 16’4” 6’3” 3′ 141 450 99.0 Y
  • Lightning Bob Astrove 19′ 6’6” 5′ 475 700 87.0
  • Blue Jay Andrew Slavinskas 13’6” 5’2” 4’6” 146 275 108.6
  • custom Jay Bliss 18’5” 7′ 4′ 144 400 84.1 Y
  • Lightning Frank Schneider 19′ 6′ 5′ 475 750 87.0
  • CLC Skerry Lloyd Duncan 15′ 4’6” 30” 55 95 Y
  • Moth Victor Stango 11′ 5′ 4′ 72 75 107.1
  • Thistle Thomas Antrobus 17′ 6′ 4’6” 411 515 83.0
  • Intl 210 Mickey Lake 29’10” 2,200 87.3
  • Hampton OD W. Claiborne Harris 18′ 5’9-1/2” 3’6” 150 500 91.9
  • Paper Jet Dudley Dix 13.45′ 5.35′ 3.1′ 257 150 84.5 Y
  • Redmond Whisp David Dawson 16’4” 3’8” 1’4” 75 115 100.5 Y
  • 16-30 Dave Gentry 16′ 2’6” 3’4” 93 70 84.5
  • Lightning Douglas Dixon 19′ 6′ 4′ 475 800 87.0
  • Bolger Micro Mason Smith 15’4” 6′ 1’9” 153 850 Y
  • mod. River Wizard Dennis Keener 16′ 4’6” 2′ 115 500 95.0  Y
  • CLC Skerry Stephen Judson CANCEL
  • I.O. MacGregor Stephen Judson CANCEL
  • Adirondack Goodboat Bill Stocker 17’10” 3’9” 2’4” 75 160 100.0 Y
  • Hampton OD Steve Kistler 18′ 5’6” 3′ 150 500 91.9
  • Wayfarer Frank Pedersen 15’10” 6’1” 3’10” 276 400 91.6
  • Hampton OD Will Roberts 18′ 5’6” 3′ 150 500 91.9
  • Moth Bob Patterson 11′ 5′ 3′ 85 90 107.1
  • Hampton OD Charles McCoy, Jr. 18′ 5’6” 3′ 150 500 91.9
  • Lightning Michael Seibert 19′ 6’6” 5′ 175 750 87.0
  • Thistle Paul Prozzillo 17′ 6′ 3′ 400 535 83.0

You can follow the post-event comments and photos here:

http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?141604-2012-WOOD-regatta/page2

So, aside from sharing some comments and photos of this great event, why should this interest you?

The WOOD Regatta is a great way to get wooden sailboats together.  We (WoodenBoat) don’t need to control it.  YOU CAN DO IT!  We will give you the logo, help you with handicapping, help promote it, hold your hand from afar…  It’s impossible for us to produce numerous regattas like this in all the places where they should be taking place.  But you can organize one or more of them.  (The #1 secret to producing a successful event like this:  Put together a first-class race committee.  We’ve been very fortunate in this regard at Rock Hall Yacht Club, and I’m deeply indebted to them.)

So, what do you think?  Would you be willing to organize a WOOD Regatta?  I’d love to help you.

Please comment below.

Thanks, Carl

 

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One Response to Thinking Out Loud: The Boats of the WOOD Regatta. Opportunity?

  1. Bob Patterson says:

    Carl,

    Thanks for the honor of being your favorite of the week. My Moth # 2776 was designed by John Shelley and built circa 1965 by George McCutcheon on the Isle of Wight. We were the exclusive dealers for his boats back then, and also built our own to the same plans with John Shelley’s permission. I did a major restoration circa 2000. The boat was originally raced by Carol Zimmerman of the Yacht Club of Sea Isle City, NJ. She was a student of mine when I was sailing instructor there and I believe she won the Women’s National Championships in this boat. Len Parker is from the Isle of Wight, races Classic Moths in Florida and stays in touch with George when he travels home.
    Bob Patterson

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