Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Music Whenever; Indigo Girls "Closer to Fine"

When you look on the InterWebs for the top 100 folk songs of all time you generally won't find the Indigo Girls "Closer to Fine". However, for me, that song makes it into the top ten of all-time folk songs.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Florida Cricket Class - A Missing Link?

The Cricket class was a 15 foot, chined, V-shaped, catboat with wishboom that died out in the early 1960's. By that time the Cricket fleet was only found at the Miami Yacht Club and, given the small numbers at the demise, it is today, a forgotten class. But in digging through U.S. sailing history more comes out about the Cricket.

The Cricket class was designed sometime during the 1890's, in or around Atlantic City N.J, where it became extremely popular. Reports indicate hundreds were built and about one hundred were racing out of Atlantic City in 1900. It was, as far as I can determine, the earliest example of a chined, V-shaped sailing dinghy in the United States. More about the early development of the Cricket class (who was the designer? what prompted the design? when did the class die out in Atlantic City?)  has been hard to come by.

In the 1920's, when Northerners began to flock to the remote, but bucolic winter paradise that was Florida, the Cricket class was also exported in numbers from the New Jersey shores. It was reported that twenty five Crickets were shipped to southern Florida with most of them destroyed in the hurricane of 1926. The  Cricket class would rebuild in Miami and would form the core of the Southern Florida Sailing Association (later the Miami Yacht Club) when it was organized in 1928. The Cricket would become the boat to beat in the free-for-all under 150 sq. foot (sail area) class.

When, in 1931, Bill Crosby designed the Snipe for the Florida West Coast Racing Association's free-for-all Trailer class, he must have been mindful that his Snipe would initially be compared against the Cricket class, at least in Florida. Between the two, the hull design similarities are striking. It does seem that Crosby started designing his Snipe using the Cricket as a baseline and then added user-friendly features (a sloop rig with a high boom being the most notable one). The Snipe went on to international fame, the Cricket, to oblivion.

Some photos:

A smattering of classic Florida sailing dinghies; on the left, the Optimist Pram, behind the Pram, a Mothboat, in the center, a Cricket, with the other Cricket, bow on, in the foreground. Behind the Cricket is a Suicide class.

Crickets launching at Miami Yacht Club, late 1950's.

Crickets going upwind. In all three of the ones in view in this photo the crew are hiking using skinny hiking boards.

The closest we have to a set of lines for the Cricket was this one-design commissioned by St. Petersburg Yacht Club as featured in The Rudder, 1919. The lines look very close to a copy of the Cricket although the length for this one-design is a foot longer than the Cricket.

Friday, October 2, 2015

One Project of the Super-Rich

This is one project of the super-rich where the beauty just radiates outward into one colossal superlative and, even if you are to the left of the political spectrum, all you can say is, "Well done, well done!"

LES VOILES DE SAINT-TROPEZ 2015 - DAY 3 : C'est bon ! from GMR+G1 on Vimeo.

My post on the resurgence of the J-class can be found here.

An aside

Is it me, but doesn't one of the professional sailors look a lot like Otto (Kevin Kline) from a "Fish called Wanda"

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Drone Video of the A-Scows Racing

For some reason my favorite drone sailing videos are the ones filming the American scows - (there is more Over here ). This video features fleet racing in the big monster ILYA scow, the A's.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Header Photo: 2011 Classic Moth Midwinters

From left to right; Derek Dudinsky in a Mousetrap/Mistral, Bob Patterson in a Duflos, Greg Duncan in his modified Mistral.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

C-Class LittleCup Wrapup

We looked at Groupama's foil control setup; here is the wrap up video of the actual final match racing for the C-Class LittleCup.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

2015 Classic Moth Nationals

The 2015 Classic Moth Nationals at E-City this past weekend had two glorious sunny days with winds mostly under ten knots. Jamey Rabbit repeated as National Champ with an even more dominating performance than he had last year. As usual, the Gen II Mistral or modified Mistral designs filled the top four positions. Rod Mincher returned to the Nationals after a several year layoff to take the Gen I division in his Maser. Gary Gowans, who won Gen I last year, copped another victory this year, in the Vintage division.

The fleet was split almost evenly among the divisions with 6 Gen II, 5 Gen I, and 6 Vintage to make a total of 17 Classic Moths.

I was able to wander around and take some yard shots of a few of the Classic Moth fraternity/sorority.

Usually the Classic Moth Greybeard Society doesn't have a quorum at the Nationals but this year they did. Dan Mallott, Gary Gowans, and Jahn.

Bill Boyle, who was the lead builder on the Tweezer project, has built or restored a bunch of Classic Moths. Here he is with his restored Ventnor.

Joe Courter, who puts on the great pre-race party at the Brigantine Regatta, got the Old Goat award (he's well into his 70's).

National Champion for the second year in a row, Jamey Rabbit,

John Zsecleczky finished third overall.

Mike Parsons finished second overall.

Top Twelve Results of the 2015 Classic Moth Nationals.

The Gen II  and National Championship winner is marked with yellow, the Gen I winner is marked with green, the Vintage is marked with orange.

Skipper Races Hull Design
Jamey Rabbit 1,1,1,1,1,1,[2],1,1,1] Mistral/Mousetrap
Mike Parsons 2,3,2,2,2,[4],3,2,2,2 Mistral
John Zseleczky 4,4,3,3,[4],3,1,4,3,4 Mistral/Collins
Joe Bousquet 3,2,4,4,3,2,4,3,[5],5 Mistral
Rod Mincher 5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,4,[6] Stark Maser (Gen 1)
John Pugh 6,7,7,6,7,7,7,[9],7,3 Olympic Europe (Gen 1)
Greg Duncan 8,6,[13],7,6,9,9,8,8,8 Olympic Europe (Gen 1)
Zach Balluzzo 11,[12],8,8,9,8,6,6,9,7 Mistral
Gary Gowans 9,10,9,9,[11],6,8,7,6,9 Tennis Bracelet (Vintage)
Carol Terryberry 10,11,11,10,[12]10,10,10,12,11 Ventnor (Vintage)
Erik Albaugh 13,13,[14],13,8,11,12,12,11,10 Mistral/Savannah
Bill Boyle [14],14,12,14,14,12,11,11,10,12 Ventnor (Vintage)