Expanding the BHYC Regatta to include classic racing yachts requires understanding of what a classic yacht is. Essentially, a classic yacht is a wooden boat built at least 50 years ago, and for sailing aficionados, the name Nathanael G. Herreshoff is synonymous with classic yachts, yachting and the America’s Cup.
The Herreshoff Manufacturing Company (1878–1945) was most notable for producing sailing yachts, including eight America's Cup defenders, as well as steam-powered vessels. Perhaps his greatest feat was designing yachts that successfully defended the America’s Cup six times.
Among Nat Herreshoff’s many accomplishments is the design of 3 One Design classes for New York Yacht Club members, the NY 30, NY40 and NY50 — the number denoting the length of each vessel’s water line. One of the four surviving NY40s is Marilee, designed and built by Herreshoff in 1926 and owned by local Southport couple Ken and Ginny Colburn.
Marilee competes in yachting events throughout the northeast. Last month she raced in Newport where she won the Herreshoff Marine Museum’s Jubilee trophy at the Tiedemann Classics Regatta. She also finished 2nd in the Vintage division.
NY40 Marilee’s overall length is 59’ with a 40’ waterline and 14.5’ beam. She has the unique ability to be rigged with either a gaff or Marconi rig (shown in the picture). She recently underwent a two-year re-fit at French & Webb in Belfast, Maine.
Marilee is sure to make a picture-perfect presentation as she competes with other large classics as part of the Vintage Classic category in the BHYC Regatta later this month.
See you there! July 25, 10 a.m. — Inner harbor parade of BHYC Regatta Shipyard Cup Classic Challenge racing boats — parade route east side to west — Announcer heard at Whale Park, Coastal Prime, or on VHF channel 72. FMI contact Andy Mutch 410-353-3861.