Dale posted this YouTube video this Fall. It is lovely. Music and scenes so peaceful. Wait until mid-winter hits, and you cannot remember what summer was like. Here it is:
Joel Schuman has contracted with Tim Lacky to rehab his recently acquired SS23. It is an absolutely spectacular rehab project. Along with fine workmanship, Tim is keeping a detailed log of his progress and work. You can follow the progress by going to the following link:
For the 2nd year in a row, Bob Catani racing his speedster Bramisole won the ‘Round The Hog race outside Bristol Harbor on September 13th. It was a beautiful afternoon, with a northeast wind at about 8 with gusts to 15. We started on a broad reach, with Hall grabbing an early lead down to the first mark. But, as luck would have it (and a modicum of skill, I guess), Catani and then Jeff Bardell in Pau Hana moved to windward. And that was that. We had 6 boats (Bramisole, Pau Hana, LulaBelle, Asparas, Hope, and Vexatious). It was a blast.
And the best was yet to come. Skippers, crews, and families all met after racing at Lou, Karen, and Emelia’s home on State St in Bristol for a post race barbecue featuring Lou’s famous (what else) pulled pork BBQ. Mr. Hog got passed back to Bob. He promised to display him prominently on the fireplace mantle for the next year.
All in all, it was one spectacular day. Many thanks to the Marino’s for a very special effort.
couple of years ago; inquiring about this area with a view towards
making a longer trip to Cuttyhunk. He keeps the boat at Shelter Island,
NY. We have corresponded via email for awhile and I made some
suggestions for good places to stop along the way, like Dutch Harbor and
3rd Beach Cove. Bede did not end up making the trip last year, but
tried again (successfully) this year. So Bede and another brother,
Aidan, sailed out bound 2 weeks ago, stopping at 3rd Beach and then
continuing to Cuttyhunk, on a 2 day run Thurs/Fri July 17/18 to
Cuttyhunk. They returned to 3rd Beach Cove on Sunday the 20th.
leave the boat for 2 weeks. I met the brothers that Sunday afternoon on
the beach. We got their gear ashore, and then I followed Bede back out
to the boat in my dinghy, so we could leave his dinghy with the boat.
(there is no town sanctioned dinghy storage here for transient
boaters). I dropped the brothers at the bus station in Newport so they
could make their way back to NY. I kept an eye on the boat the last 2
weeks but we really haven’t had any weather to be concerned with. Then
yesterday I picked up Bede and his other brother Colm at the local Avis
agency, and then dinghy’ed them out to the boat for the return trip this
Newport or Jamestown and get a slight jump on the weather and position
themselves for the jump over to Orient Point on Long Island and then
onwards to Shelter Island. They made an overnight run from 3rd
7:30pm and motored most of the way. RI and BI sounds were like a mill
pond overnight. An Easterly kicked up as they entered Gardiner’s Bay,
so they sailed the last hour or so and arrived safely around 7am, ahead
of the rain/storm front that deluged us all day on Saturday.
Come join Art Haberland from New Jersey as he rehabs an old day sailor named Flirt. He is documenting the work and his thoughts as he goes through what is turning out to be (no surprise there) a major effort. He is writing a blog at http://seasprite23flirt.wordpress.com/.
Norm Grant is a Rhode Island based photographer who among other subjects has taken some gorgeous pictures of sailboat racing on Narragansett Bay. He has been a photographer for 30 years, currently producing video for the Community College of Rhode Island and shooting freelance photo and video assignments. He welcomes inquiries for event photography, documentaries, or corporate videos, and can be reached through his website at http:////normangrant.zenfolio.com
He has kindly lent our website numerous photos of Sea Sprite 23′s sailing in local races in the upper Narragansett Bay. The images below are from Bristol YC races in 2010 and 2013 as well as from the Mount Hope Sailing Association races in 2013 and the Herreshoff Regatta from 2010. You will also see a few of them cropped and used as web site headers. If you use any of these pictures from our site, please give him appropriate credit. If you would like prints, they can be ordered from his website.
By the way, if you would like to while away some time in the cold (or even warm) weather season, go to his website and scroll through his galleries. He has some spectacular shoots of PHRF yachts and big boat Herreshoff classics racing in the Upper Narraganset Bay.
SEA SPRITE RACING PICTURES FROM NORM GRANT. Single click on photo for full size screen.