News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, August 8, 2019
Silent Maid the overall winner in Castine Classic
Herreshoff designs celebrated

Setting sail in Castine

Four ships competing in the Castine Classic Yacht Race sail the open waters on August 1.

Photo courtesy of Geoff Huppe

by Monique Labbe

Silent Maid, a 39’ catboat captained by Peter Kellogg was the top finisher in the 20th annual Castine Classic Yacht race to Camden on Thursday, August 1. As the overall winner, Silent Maid received the Ames Cup, which honors the memory of Richard Glover Ames and Henry Russel Ames, who were lost at sea in 1935.

The event was sponsored by the Castine Yacht Club and kicked off three days of wooden boat racing, culminating in the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta on August 3.

Thirty-six boats sailed under clear skies and a dying northwest breeze to the southwest. The fleet set sail from the Castine bell buoy and finished off Curtis Island in Camden.

The day of sailing featured sailing across four categories of racing. In the Class A race, it was Isla, captained by Henry May, that came in first, followed by Neith, a boat built in 1907 captained by James Thieler. The Hawk, a 38’ Tripp design, built in 1968 and sailed by Olvind Lorentzen, finished third.

In the Class B race, Silent Maid was the top finisher, with Otter, captained by Robert Keefer, coming in second. Palawan, a 47.3’ Sparkman & Stephens yawl built in 1952, sailed by Scott Gazelle, took third place.

The top spot in the Class C race went to Alera, the first of the 43.5’ Herreshoff New York 30 class, built in 1904 and sailed by Claas van der Linde. Second place went to Finali, a 38.3’ S&S sloop built in 1949, sailed by Gregg Knighton. Thetis, a 26’ Herreshoff Alerion built in 2008 finished third, sailed by Alden Brewster.

In the Spirit of Tradition class, Vortex, a 52’, 55 square meter sloop skippered by Steve White, took honors, leading Blackfish, a Taylor 49 sailed by Ron Zarella in second place, and Outlier, a Botin 55 built in 2019, sailed by Harvey Jones, came in third.

The theme of this year’s race was the classic design of NG Herreshoff. The Castine Yacht Club hosted an exhibit of Herreshoff crafts at the Castine Town Dock the day before the race, and also a symposium at Maine Maritime Academy, which featured a panel of Herreshoff sailors and experts.