Aug 7, 2014
EGGEMOGGEN REACH CLASSIC WOODEN BOAT REGATTA
I am fortunate to be sailing with Chris Bouzaid on has Classic Luders 24 LEAF. That is the water line length and her over all length is 38 feet. Chris lives in Maine and has a huge barn that he had Leaf in all winter to refurbish her to a stage we can race her in wooden boat classic regattas.
We trailed her to Brooklin boatyard and launched her ready for the regatta. With 100 classic wooden yachts from 20 feet to 90 feet was such a treat to be part of, great sailing up the Eggemoggen reach with lots of huge egg shaped rocks and plenty of tide to keep our crew of 4 on our toes throughout the 18 NM race.
It is interesting that you do not sail on these old classic yachts but you sail in them and are very close to the water, it was a great feeling to be sliding along in light 8 to 12 knot winds. Our division had 11 yachts in it and LEAF managed to get the Gun and win on handicap. Phew next year we get a 15% handicap and that seems to be to way with quite a few races these days.
I do so like the way the Americans appreciate the joys or social racing, the hospitality varnish and history that goes with classic yachts.
Ashore for the Saturday night prize giving and social function in a huge tent for the 1000 odd competitors was lots of fun, lots of beards and talk of the old days of sailing.
The Eggemoggen regatta started in 1985 with 13 boats and it sure has grown over 30 years with classic wooden yachts.
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