Lit­tle Boats that Could

Soundings - - Dispatches - — Pim Van Hem­men

Rough tidal con­di­tions and stiff winds did not de­ter the wood­en­boat sailors at the 46th Opera House Cup Re­gatta off Nan­tucket, Mass­a­chu­setts. A heavy chop and winds of 18 knots kept some com­peti­tors at the dock, but six 26-foot Ale­rion Class Sloops joined 35 larger boats—and then swept the top five spots. It took the Ale­ri­ons three hours or more to get around the 19.8-mile course, mak­ing them slower than most other boats but fast enough to win on cor­rected time. It was a good day for San­ford Boat Com­pany of Nan­tucket, which re­vived the Ale­rion Class in the late 1970s and ear­lier this year li­censed build­ing rights to Brook­lin Boat Yard in Brook­lin, Maine. Don­ald Tofias’ 76-foot W-Class, Wild Horses, had the best elapsed time, fin­ish­ing in 2 hours, 9 min­utes, 39 sec­onds.

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