Herreshoffs, New Classics Dominate

The historic face-offs between three of Nathanael G. Herreshoff’s most famous designs lived up to the hype this August in the waters in and around Penobscot Bay, with the impressive 72’ New York 50 Spartan taking class honors in both the Castine Classic Yacht Race and the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta. Spartan proved itself in both the light-air battle from Castine to Camden on August 4 and the somewhat more blustery affair held two days later in Brooklin, consistently beating the yacht’s slightly smaller cousin, the 58’ P-Class Joyant, on both elapsed and corrected time.

These weren’t the only designs to turn in impressive showings during this year’s Classics Series, with Peter Cassidy’s Siren, a Sparkman & Stephens-designed New York 32, taking top honors in the Castine Classic Yacht Race’s Classic A group. And the newest yacht in the fleet, the barely wet 75’ sloop Isobel, surprised no one in taking home line honors in every race she entered. (Expected or not, the grins on faces of the yacht’s designers, Bob Stephens and Paul Waring, at the end of the weekend showed their pride at Isobel’s strong showing.)

For the full results of the Castine Classic Yacht Race, click here.

For the full results of the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta (plus the Camden to Brooklin Wooden Yacht Regatta), click here.