Sunday, January 26, 2020

Header Photo: Classic Moths in the Mist

I started off the 2020 year with a header photo of (what else) Classic Moths racing in Sunday's early morning mist of last years Midwinter Regatta. Foreground is John Zseleczky, background is Mike Parsons.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

A Hybrid Row-Sail Dinghy from the Late 1800's?

Douglas Fowler sent along photos of this discovery, identification unknown. It does fit my conjectural image of what George Aykroyd had in mind when he developed his hybrid row-sail dinghy. (See the Toronto Dinghy.) A fellow named Everett is in possession of her and sent along this information:
"Attached are some photos of a small sailboat I am trying to identify. I think it is a cruiser of the type that appeared at the end of the decked sailing canoe early days say 1890. It was owned by Fred Bourne and purchased at a Dark Island auction in the 1970s. Nicely made, Spanish Cedar, copper tacks have a star embossed on the head. Any thoughts? Thanks' Everett

There doesn't seem to be any provision for rowing. This may have been sail only but it does sport a Whitehall rowboat type transom.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Winners of the America's Teacup Regatta

In my post about The Playboy Bunny, I mentioned that 2020 is the 50th anniversary of the America's Teacup trials on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Here, from the OD-OY article on the regatta, are the winners from the various divisions racing in the Teacup. Only two of these classes (the Laser and the Hobie) would make a big impact on worldwide sailing.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Header Photo: Bucolic River Scene

The previous header photo to close out 2019 was of a dinghy (possibly a Wayfarer) and a vintage cruiser drifting in opposite directions on an English river, the sun setting. This may be the Three Rivers Race on the Norfolk Broads but things get jumbled up on my computer so I can't say for sure.