Monday, August 8, 2011


This past weekend I drove up to Brooklin Maine to take part in the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta on my friend Pete's beautifully restored New York 32. I showed up just at dusk on Friday night and hitched a ride out on a boat carrying photographers around the harbor and got to ogle at all the beautiful wooden boats. Some were old, some less than 1 month old but all were astoundingly well kept and the whole harbor seemed to glow in the light of the sunset.

After a rousing game of Go-Fish and some wine, we turned in for a good night's sleep. The next day we made it out to the race course to find light winds, but soon after the start the breeze filled in and we had a great sail and ended up beating the 2 other New York 32s, but lost on corrected time to one of them. The whole day we were surrounded by scenes that you find in the Wooden Boat Calender. I was thrilled to be a part of it.

Days like that just reinforce my commitment to getting Magic back in the water as soon as I can. It won't be tomorrow, or the next day, and maybe not next year, but I won't give up. I know that Magic will never look like some of the boats from the regatta, but as long as I can immerse myself in that setting again all will be well.

Here's a few shots from the day.  Back to my real job and more layups this afternoon.  I'll post details tomorrow once the layup has cured.


The course

Concordia and 8 Meter in distance

Isla - New York 32

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