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October 2015 MAINE COASTAL NEWS Page 21. COLUMBIA Wins Gloucester Schooner Race in Style! Continued from Page 1.

FAME, and THOMAS LANNON, built by Harold Burnham. T e competitors were vying for the

Esperanto Cup. T is Cup can be traced back to the fi rst International Fishermen’s Race off Halifax, NS in 1920. T e winner would win the Halifax Herald Perpetual Trophy, but another trophy was given as a keeper, donated by Colonial Fisheries, Ltd. T e 1920 race pitted the American schooner ESPE- RANTO, Capt. Marty Welch of Gloucester, against the Canadian entry DELAWANNA and the American schooner won the event by winning the fi rst two races. He returned with the keeper trophy and aſt er his death, the owners of ESPERANTO, Gorton’s pur- chased the cup. T ey researched the com- pany on the Cup and found no record of its existence. T ey also asked the old timers and they could not remember a company of that name. T ey later discovered that the Cup had been given by a group of businessmen that did not want to be known. T e trophy was renamed the Esperanto Cup and now resides at Maritime Gloucester, on loan by Gortons. Once on board AMERICAN EAGLE Capt. Foss gave us our required safety speech

and we got to meet the crew, sailing guests and day guests (a couple of which had some in-depth knowledge of the Gloucester fi sh- ing schooners). Race day starts with a sail around the

harbor, which is lined with hundreds and hundreds of people. T ere is also a very large spectator fl eet, both lining the parade route and out following the racers around the course. We sailed around the parade course and then made our way out the harbor to where the starting area was. We passed by the U. S. S. FORT MCHENRY, a Whidby Island Class Dock Landing Ship, built at Lock- heed Shipbuilding Corp., Seattle, WA and launched in 1986. She is 609-feet 7 inches in length, 84-foot beam, 19-feet 2-inch draſt and crews a crew of 22 offi cers, 391 sailors and 402+ Marines. She is powered with four Colt Industries PC2 5V 16 cylinder diesels, connected to two shaſt s creating 33,000 SHP. She cruises at 20 plus knots. Her homeport is Little Creek, VA. We had some time to kill when we got

outside the harbor and sailed back and forth while also keeping an eye on our main com- petitor COLUMBIA. It was obvious that she was quick and we all wondered if we could keep up with her. As the starting time neared

The Newport Boat Show

The start with COLUMBIA making her way up over everyone.


Continued from Page 5. Rockport Marine brought two beauties, this is NASHUA, which turned many heads.

Predominately T ursday and Friday

have been the days you see less attendees, but those that come are normally the true buyers. T is year that was still the case, however, I talked to very serious people on both Saturday and Sunday about new boat construction. I also talked with people who have a Maine built boat, such as Back Cove, David Nutt, H&H Marine, Hinckley, Holland, Northern Bay, RP Boats, SW Boat- works, Sabre, Wesmac, West Bay and Young Brothers. None of them had a complaint, some had questions and if I could not answer it, I tried to steer them in the right direction. I also talked with one couple who are having a Lowell 43 fi nished off at Farrin’s Boat Shop in Walpole. T ey were running around looking for things for the boat. I even had one person try and stump me with a question about Fred Bates of Walpole, who was a marine designer for Harvey Gamage in South Bristol. There were two extremely serious

people looking for a Downeast boat who were ready to buy. One wanted a Holland 32, which would be fi nished by a mid-coast yard and another was looking for a Duff y 37. Hopefully both of these boats will be built this winter. Maine boatbuilders received a couple

of awards at a ceremony on Friday morning. Rockport Marine won for the “Best New Sailboat 30’ and Over,” with ARABESQUE. I had people come up to our booth saying that this was the best looking boat at the show. T e Hinckley Company took home the “Peo- ple’s Choice Award,” with their Bermuda 50. Always the big question is about the

Downeast lobster boat hull. More lobster boatbuilders need to be here to show off what they can do, but for whatever reason they opt not to attend. A Downeast hull is one of the best hulls out there and would easily compete with the run of the mill Tupperware boats. Who would pay $1.4 million for a 42- foot Boston Whaler center console, when you could have a Downeast hull fi nished off the way you want it for a fraction of the cost? Presently the boatbuilders are going

through the good times, with several build- ers booked well into the future. History will tell us that this will last for a while, but that at some point the economy will turn for the worse and we need to be prepared. Some builders are taking advantage of what others can do to help them. SW Boatworks is booked through 2017 and their newest design, the Calvin Beal 42, has just 8 slots leſt for next year. T ey are having Front Street Shipyard in Belfast build the mould and lay up the 42s. T ey are also thinking they may have them do other models. Not part of this show is the Brokerage

Show over at the Newport Shipyard at the entrance to Goat Island. T is show is also worth the time going through, especially if you are looking to buy a used boat. As an exhibitor I thought that this year’s

show was very good and will defi nitely be go- ing back next year. If you have not attended this show put it on next year’s calendar and I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Make it a weekend, stay local, visit the show, take in a couple of the mansions, and eat at the fancy restaurants. It is well worth it.

we were back from the line a ways when the gun went off , and COLUMBIA came fl ying by and away she went. T is was a six leg race, each leg about 2.5 miles, and already many of our competitors were in front. T ese were all reaching legs and we began making our way through those in front of us. By the time we rounded the fi rst leg we were in second, but COLUMBIA was running away from us. We did all we could, tweaking this and that, but she still continued to extend her lead. When we rounded the mark for the fi ſt h leg, COLUMBIA was crossing the line, beating

us by almost two legs. We got second and could only tip our hats to the victor. I was very glad to sail this day. I got to

see just what a 1920s Gloucester schooner looked and sailed liked. It gives one a much better appreciation of what it was like, minus the romantic aspect, to work on board one of these vessels. So many men went to sea and never returned, and COLUMBIA was certainly an example of this as when she was lost there were no surv ivors.

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