Saturday, May 18, 2019

Header Photo: English Moths Launching - Early 70's


Lowrider Moth Facebook Page

The previous header photo is of English Moths launching in the early 1970's. (I'm guessing) The International Rule had just been introduced and, in this transition period, you still see a wide variety of hulls and rigs. It wouldn't be long after this that the class started moving inexorably down the path of narrow skiffs with wings pushed out to max beam. On the left foreground you see the production Skol design, in the middle foreground, a scow, and on right foreground, the Duflos. In the background there is the mixture of the low-aspect Circle M rigs mixed in with the high-aspect Australian rig.



While we are on the topic of the European Moths of this period, John Claridge, who would become the premier European builder of Moths through the 1970's and into the early 1990's, sends along his recollections of the epic heavy-air slugfest that was race 3 of the 1968 Moth Worlds. It is an interesting read.



Some photos that have been popping up on the Lowrider Moth Facebook group:

One of the light air starts during the 1968 Worlds. The Swiss and French contingent of Duflos designs with Finn-type rigs, that were to dominate the light air races and in the overall results, have launched out quickly in the left of this photo.



The Monaco Moth was one of the finishers in race 3. Here returning through the breakwater.


The following photos are not of race 3 but I think they are from 1968 (maybe the European championship). A heavy air beat  in a good sea. All low-rigged Moths.





Friday, May 10, 2019

OD-OY Art Covers from 1965


The American sailing magazine, One-Design and Offshore Yachtsman, in modern times, morphed into Sailing World, actively published art covers back in the 1960's. Here is the sampling of the OD-OY covers from 1965.

Gerado Contreras did two very expressionist covers for OD-OY in 1965.

Gerado Contreras

Another Gerado Contreras cover.

Gerado Contreras


Jim Dewitt, a San Francisco artist, has been very famous for his sailing paintings, for over 40 years. He is the one artist that seems to intimately capture the breadth of action in sailing. Here is his OD-OY cover in 1965 with big-boat action getting the sails trimmed.

Jim Dewitt

Ted Brennan was one of the major illustrators of the One Design and Offshore Yachtsman. His pen and ink sketches made it onto the cover several times. (I am sure the starter's pistol would be very mistaken in today's culture - and I think it very odd to include it even back in the 1960's, especially with the theme of youngsters and model boats.)

Ted Brennan

Another Ted Brennan sketch of the weekend exodus out to the sailing club, or the lake outside the city, or the weekend regatta, or to the big water.

Ted Brennan


Another Cricket Dinghy Pops Up


The Cricket class is one of two (the other being the Lark scow) small sailboat classes that mark the beginning of small sailboat class racing in the United States. The Cricket and the Lark date to the late 19th century, early 20th century. Tommy Dunbar sent along photos of the second extant Cricket I have come across, a beautiful restoration he completed two years ago. Tommy writes:
"I thought you might [be] interested... to know my family has one here in Annapolis MD. The boat was my great grandfathers and I just recently finished restoring her. I have only came across one other Cricket Dinghy like it which was posted in your blog. We don’t know the exact origins of the boat but someone said it could have come from the old Ventnor boat works by Atlantic City NJ. It is believed to have been built sometime in the late 20s or early 1930s. I finished the restoration over two summers [ago]..."









Saturday, May 4, 2019

CVRDA: First Regatta of the Season


The English organization, Classic, Vintage, Racing Dinghy Association, CVRDA, held their first regatta of the season at Hunts SC. Photos were posted on Facebook by Nikky Evans. I've taken the classes that I'm interested in; Classic Moth, Minisail, and reposted them here.

Ian Marshall in the Shelley design Classic Moth.

Nikky Evans

Nikky Evans

A yellow Skol design Classic Moth - I think sailed by Richard Woods. It looks like Richard is using a heavy air sail given the short foot length of the sail.

Nikky Evans


Nikky Evans


Nikky Evans

The English pretty much invented the clinker (lapstrake) built small sailing boat. Here is an pretty 12 foot Sea Ranger, found mostly at Gunfleet SC. (Geez!, the Brits have the best sailing club names!)

Nikky Evans


A Minisail. An Ian Proctor designed scow; the precursor to the Topper. Sailed by a fellow named Steve. It looks like Steve glommed a Laser Radial rig onto the Minisail.

Nikky Evans


Nikky Evans


Sunday, April 28, 2019

Header Photo: San Diego Swallow Scow


Paul Naton


The previous header photo was of Rudder's Swallow scow being sailed on San Diego Bay. Paul Naton sent this historical photo along and I present the un-cropped version. It is of his great grandfather Fred O'Farrell, who co-owned this Swallow with Claude Woolpas. Paul details below how he received the photo and his dogged research into the time and place this photo was taken.



Saturday, April 27, 2019

Music Whenever: Iron and Wine; "Call it Dreaming"




My read on this song... "Pay it forward."

say its here, where our pieces fall in place
any rain softly kisses us on the face
anyway it means we’re running
we can sleep and see them coming
where we drift and call it dreaming
we can weep and call it singing

where we break
when our hearts are strong enough
we can bow because our music's warmer than blood
where we see enough to follow
we can hear when we are hollow
where we keep the light we’re given
we can lose and call it living
where the sun isn’t only sinking fast
every night knows how long its supposed to last
where the time of our lives is all we have
and we get a chance to say

before we ease away
for all the love you’ve left behind,
you can have mine

say its here
where our pieces fall in place
we can fear
because a feelings fine to betray
where our water isn’t hidden
we can burn and be forgiven
where our hands hurt from healing
we can laugh without a reason
because the sun
isn’t only sinking fast
every moon and our bodies make shining glass
where the time of our lives is all we have
and we get a chance to say

before we ease away
for all the love you’ve left behind,
you can have mine

Iron and Wine from the Earwigoagin archives.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Header Photo: New Zealand Zephyr Class; Waterline Shot




The previous header photo is an unique waterline shot of the 11' New Zealand Zephyr singlehander. Designed by Des Townson in 1956, they had 55 boats show up for their 2018 National Championship. In poking around the latest Zephyr class newsletter, notes from the AGM shows the class is moving towards approving full fiberglass boats. (At the moment you can have fiberglass hulls with wood decks.)
"Zephyrs are getting older. Current sailors will repair and maintain boats but newer sailors are less hands-on and don’t fiddle with boats. Zephyrs are now too expensive for newer sailors. Suggestion that younger sailors would join the class, but the need to maintain the boats was a deterrent. This supports the argument for a full fiberglass boat."

For more reading: fellow sailing blogger, Kiwi Alden Smith, writes regularly and humorously about racing his Zephyr.