Monday, August 9, 2010

11th Annual Castine Classic Race

Zwerver Just After Finish Line
Image Courtesy of Castine Yacht Club Race Committee

I just returned from a couple of great days racing classic sailboats in Penobscot Bay. I was sailing onboard Sparkman & Stephens design #1142, sailing yacht Zwerver. We don't yet have the official results for the Camden Classic or the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta but I can report on the Castine Classic. The race was socked in under heavy fog. We saw one or two boats during the entire 19nm race. Here's the official press release from the Castine Yacht Club. In all it was a great showing for Sparkman & Stephens boats:

Contact: David Bicks
Castine Yacht Club
(207) 326-8607

August 10,2010

Castine,Me.—Zwerver, the 57’ Sparkman & Stephens (S&S) designed sloop built in 1954 led the fleet in the Eleventh Annual Castine Classic Yacht Race to Camden sponsored by the Castine Yacht Club, continuing its success from 2009. Zwerver was sailed by Frans van Schaik of the Netherlands and a crew including Rob Brooks and Ben Rogers from Castine and S&S Chief Designer Bruce Johnson.

The Castine event kicked off three days of classic boat racing culminating in the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta.

Under a heavy fog shroud, the fleet of thirty two boats set sail in four classes from the Castine harbor bell on a 19.6nm course ending off Curtis Island in Camden. A light but steady southwest breeze failed to blow out the fog which persisted throughout the race, generally restricting visibility to under 200 feet. Despite these conditions, the entire fleet completed the course without incident, except for one foredeck crew on one of the yachts who went overboard and was rescued with the assistance of the 100’ schooner Summerwind sailed by the US Merchant Marine Academy.

Sailing in Classic A class, Zwerver beat Siren, the 45’ Sparkman & Stephens designed New York 32 skippered by Peter Cassidy, by thirteen minutes on corrected time. Falcon, another New York 32 skippered by Bob Scott, took third place, less than one minute behind Siren.

The Classic B class was led by Rogue, a 40’ Newport 29 sloop sailed by Seville Simonds. Rogue edged out Mermaid, a 46’ Sparkman & Stephens ketch skippered by Brooke Parish. Palawan, a 47’ Sparkman & Stephens yawl sailed by Scott Gazelle, took third.

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