Page 18. MAINE COASTAL NEWS September 2013 62nd Maine Retired Skippers Race The 62nd running of the Maine Retired
Skipper’s Race took place off Castine Har- bor on 17 August. The skipper’s meeting took place at 0900 and we given the ins-and- outs of the race. About noon the racers began heading out to the race course, which would begin at the buoy at the entrance to Cas- tine Harbor. The committee boat followed shortly thereafter and both found that what little wind there was inside, there was not a breath out on Eastern Penobscot Bay. As the race committee neared the time to begin the starting sequence for the race it was obvious that they needed to postpone the start. This was done in ten minute increments and as the afternoon began to wear away there seemed to be little hope of getting this race run. Several racers said that they had seen enough and retired from the event. At about 2:30 a slight nor’west breeze was felt on the committee boat and looking down the Bay
they could see that it was fi lling in too. The questions was which direction was the wind coming from down the Bay? Even before the race committee knew the direction they decided to run the race down to Islesboro Ledge and back. Normally the race consists of fi ve legs and even when shortened at least three. However, no one on the committee boat felt comfortable that the wind would stay around that long. Just after 3 the starting sequence was started, new start times calcu- lated and racing got underway. By 1553 all sixteen remaining racers were on the course to the buoy off Islesboro Ledge. The wind started at just a few knots
PASSED OVER THE BAR: Leamon Chipman and Ted Hood Continued from Page 8.
grew up in Danvers and Marblehead. For years he competed with other young sailors competing in one-design sailboats, such as Brutal Beasts. He attended Marblehead High School and went on to Wentworth In- stitute. During World War II he served this country in the U. S. Navy. In 1955 he opened his sail loft in the rear of Maddie’s Bar in Marblehead. He later moved his operation to Little Harbor and with the assistance of his father learned how to weave his own sail- cloth and increase the fabrics strength and durability. In less than two decades he had created a number of service and production lofts around the world. During this time he opened Hood Yacht Systems, which built spars, hardware and developed the Gemini grooved headstay for racing, Seafurl and Stoway Mast roller reefi ng systems. After racing one designs as a boy in Marblehead he would later design and build a number of racers, all named ROBIN. Peo- ple took notice of Ted when he competed in the New York Yacht Club Annual Cruise in his fi rst ROBIN. Over the years he won many of the major yacht races, including Mallory Cup in 1956; Marblehead-Halifax Race in 1961 and 1971; Newport-Bermuda Race in 1968; and the SORC in 1974. Over his career as a naval architect he designed approximately 1,600 designs, two of which were 12 meter races, NEFERTITI and INDEPENDENCE, which competed as trial horses in the America’s Cup. His sails were on the defending Cup boats from 1958 until 1977.
He competed in the America’s Cup and in 1974 he successfully defended the America’s Cup in 1974 skippering the Olin
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out of the nor’west, but as the boats were reaching down the bay, they found them- selves needing to tack into a strengthening sou’westerly. All boats rounded the buoy off Islesboro Ledge without incident. The return leg was a knuckle biter as everyone did their best to make the down-wind run while catching that boat in front of them and all the while holding off the boats behind! In the end, all the boats fi nished the 4.6 nautical mile course within less than 22minutes of one another.
Stephens designed COURAGEOUS against the Australian challenger SOUTHERN CROSS in four straight races. In 1977 he made another attempt to defend the Ameri- ca’s Cup this time with his own design, IN- DEPENDENCE. He was also campaigning COURAGEOUS, which he had redesigned. At the helm of COURAGEOUS was Ted Turner with tactician Gary Jobson, who went on to defend the Cup. After this campaign Ted’s focus turned to building cruising yachts, known by the name Little Harbor. He built yachts from 38 to 78 feet in length and approximately 1,500 yachts were built to his design.
For all these years his operation had been at Little Harbor, Marblehead, but in 1986 he moved all this to Portsmouth, RI. He converted a World War II navy site and created a large service and building yard, which also housed his design and brokerage businesses. Later he would purchase Black Watch, a line of power express cruisers and later developed his own line of Little Har- bor power boats. In 1999 he sold his entire operation to the owners of The Hinckley Company of Southwest Harbor, Maine. Over the years Ted distinguished him- self as a great sailor, naval architect, yacht builder and sailmaker. He was a member of the Corinthian, Eastern and Boston Yacht Clubs in Marblehead, the New York Yacht Club, the Cruising Club of America, Storm Trysail Club and Blue Water Sailing Club. In 1974 Ted was named Yachtsman of the Year, inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame and in 2010 Ted Hood was inducted into the fi rst class of the National Sailing Hall of Fame. Ted was a quiet man, but his accomplishments spoke volumes about him.
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fi nish the race: BETTY MINSON THE CAPTAIN LEROY H. GREEN-
After putting the boats away, 50 skip- pers, owners and crew met at the MMA Boathouse for libation, a fi ne meal by Jeff’s Catering, and great conversation! Awards were handed out to the deserving skippers by the youngest members of Dr. Pierce’s crew, Evan and Fiona. The oldest skipper in the race walked off with a pile of the silver. Admiral Ted Rodgers took the Henry Whitney Challenge Cup, the MRSR Race Committee Trophy, and the Senior Captain Leslie L. Black Trophy.
AWARDS THE HENRY WHITNEY CHAL-
LENGE CUP, donated by the family of Francis W. Hatch, goes to the fi rst place captain: ADM. TED RODGERS THE GITINA/DAY TROPHY, do- nated by Captain Ernest Burt in honour of John Day, goes to the fi rst place yacht owner: MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY THE PRESIDENT’S CUP, donated
by J. B. Waters, goes to the second place captain: JOHN GARDNER THE PHILO AND SARAH BLAIS-
DELL MEMORIAL CUP, donated by the family of George F. Bryant goes to the second place yacht owner: BOB SCOTT THE PHILIP BUXTON TROPHY, donated by the family of Philip Buxton, goes to the third place captain: BUTCH MINSON THE CAPTAIN PHILIP HAS-
KELL MEMORIAL CUP, donated by the family of Captain Haskell, goes to the fourth place captain: ALAN KRULISCH THE CAPTAIN WILLIAM AB- BOTT TROPHY: First woman skipper to
LAW MEMORIAL TROPHY, donated by the family of Lawrence P. Greenlaw, is awarded to the captain who fi nishes fi rst in the lower half of the fl eet (determined by ratings) provided he has not won another prize: BILL PICKFORD
THE ELIZABETH MERRIMAN
CUP, donated by Mrs. Anne Kraut and friends, is awarded to the yacht club that fi nishes fi rst with three or more entrants: CASTINE YACHT CLUB THE MACE EATON TROPHY is
fi nanced by subscription and is awarded to the captain of the fi rst planked wooden boat to fi nish: FALCON, JOHN GARDNER THE RETIRED SKIPPERS RACE COMMITTEE TROPHY, awarded to the Captain of the fastest boat in the race, handicap not withstanding and presented in honour of Captain Jack Kenneday: ADM. TED RODGERS
THE DOWNEAST PILOT TRO-
PHY, goes to the third place skipper in the lower half of the fl eet: SANDY TRAUB THE SENIOR CAPTAIN LESLIE
L. BLACK TROPHY, donated by the family of Leslie L. Black, is awarded to the fi rst Captain from the 80 years and over age group to fi nish in accordance with the race rules who has not won in the last three years. Example - Skipper wins award in 2000, the next time he is eligible would be 2004. If there are not fi ve 80 year olds, then the age limit is dropped down a year to include the 79ers, and so on until there is a total of fi ve or more skippers in the race: ADM. TED RODGERS
THE CLAUDE RYDER MEMORI-
AL TROPHY goes to the fi rst place skipper qualifi ed under the old rules to fi nish the race: JOHN GARDNER THE CARL PATTON PERSEVER-
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