Schooners Are Holding Up Their End of the Classics Scene
Two very different ends of the schooner racing spectrum were in evidence this summer. On the “quantity” front, the 2019 Gloucester Schooner Festival, held last weekend, attracted 24 schooners from around the east coast for two days of racing and celebrating schooner-ness.
The “quantity” descriptor is by no means meant to take away from the quality of the fleet which included some very well-known names such as Columbia, Roseway, Brilliant, When and If, and Malabar II. Results have not been posted as of this writing, but Sunday’s race featured a duel for line honors between Daisy D’Isernia’s mighty 141′ Columbia, a replica of a Starling Burgess design built to win the Fisherman’s Cup in 1923 and helmed by Seth Salzman, and Mystic Seaport Museum’s 61′ Brilliant, designed by Olin Stephens in 1932 and helmed by Dan McKenzie
Sharpshooter George Bekris has an album full of great images from this event here.
At the other end of the spectrum, but no less awesome, was the International Schooner Association‘s Capri Classica regatta in May. It was the inaugural event for this new organization, with the next two in Monaco and St. Tropez (the ISA hangs out in some pretty cool places!).
An organization called The Classic Yacht Experience made a video of the regatta. Small fleet, but cool boats and awesome scenery!