Wednesday, October 20, 2010

MASCF 2010; a Shelley Classic Moth and mods on CLC craft

Continuing the coverage of some of the sailing craft at the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival, St. Michaels MD.

(Couldn't resist this one.) Adam brought a Classic Moth to MASCF, one I hadn't seen before. It was a Shelely design that was modified back in the early 70's with vestigial wings as the rule changed over from the "Classic" to the new International rule with wider beam and taller rigs. This Shelley retained the low aspect Classic sail but also had a double bottom. (For our class historian; George the number on the sail was 3037). Adam doesn't race with the rest of us but looked very competent in the boat to finish third in the Saturday sailing race. Adam and his girlfriend/wife? had the Moth out sailing most of the afternoon and executed a nice capsize/recovery sequence off the small boat dock.

The Shelley design Classic Moth on land.................



Adam sailing out to the race with his Classic Moth.................



Two gents were out most of Saturday afternoon, having a grand old time in a CLC 15' Skerry with, of all things, a schooner rig. The gents never once deigned to move their buttocks up from sitting on the bottom to balance on the gunwhales. In Saturday's moderate breeze it all looked almost too easy, too casual. Maybe not the worlds smallest schooner but close.



Finally a lady built the CLC kayak/trimaran kit and then proceeded to hot up the rig with some modern tweaks. She built her own carbon fiber mast and added a mylar main and roller furling mylar jib. It looked a very big rig for the kayak/outrigger configuration but she can quickly get rid of the jib so getting down to main only should work when the wind comes up. The whole getup didn't figure so high in the sailing race. Upwind performance without any fins would be problematic.

4 comments:

JDRSnipe said...

Any Snipes in the fleet or displays?

Tweezerman said...

JDR

Nope, no Snipes, though a restored wooden one would fit right in and probably acquit herself well in the sailing race. There were three Blue Jays from the Delaware chapter of Traditonal Small Craft Assoc. A Thistle (winner of the sailing race) rounded what would be considered the racing dinghies.

michael b said...

My old Thistle #16 now lives in Delaware. That wouldn't be the one, would it? That would be a nice surprise. I haven't seen any pictures of a Thistle in the many photo collections to come from this years show...
doryman

Tweezerman said...

Doryman,

The Thistle at this years MASCF didn't have a number that low. I think that team comes from Pennsylvania. I'll keep an eye peeled for ole number 16 in the future. I'll check back thru my photos and see if I got one of the Thistle.