Extending the BHYC regatta to include classic racing yachts requires understanding what a classic yacht is. Essentially, a classic yacht is a wooden boat built at least 50 years ago, and for sailing enthusiasts the name Nathanael G. Herreshoff is synonymous with classic yachts, yachting and the America’s Cup.
The Herreshoff Manufacturing Company (1878-1945) was best known for producing sailboats, eight of which America Cup defenders, as well as steamboats. Perhaps her greatest achievement has been designing yachts that have successfully defended the America’s Cup six times.
Some of Nat Herreshoff’s many accomplishments include designing 3 One Design Classes for New York Yacht Club members, the NY 30, NY40 and NY50 – the number indicating the length of each vessel’s waterline. One of the four surviving NY40s is Marilee, designed and built by Herreshoff in 1926 and owned by local Southport couple Ken and Ginny Colburn.
Marilee participates in yachting events throughout the Northeast. Last month she raced to Newport where she won the Herreshoff Marine Museum Jubilee Trophy at the Tiedemann Classics Regatta. She also finished 2nd in the Vintage division.
NY40 that of Marilee total length at 59‘with a 40’ waterline and 14.5 ‘beam. She has the unique ability to be rigged with a gaff or a Marconi rig (shown in the photo). She recently underwent a two-year redevelopment at French & Webb in Belfast, Maine.
Marilee is sure to make a perfect presentation as it competes with other great classics in the Vintage Classic category in the BHYC Regatta later this month.
We’ll see each other there! July 25, 10 am – BHYC Regatta Shipyard Cup Classic Challenge racing boat parade in the inner harbor – east to west parade route – Announcer heard at Whale Park, Coastal Prime, or on VHF channel 72. FMI contact Andy Mutch 410-353-3861.