Brigantine Yacht Club got its start in 1945 when a group of families banded together and purchased an old gas station building and had it moved from the south end of the island to a lot at 10th Street South and Bayshore Avenue.
|The original BYC club house prior to the "new" addition of 1960. Photo credit: Kenn Claus.|
|Bill Gale and the Snipe. Photo credit: Bill Gale|
|Bill sailing SCRAPPY in the bay near the BYC club house. Photo credit: Bill Gale.|
Bill was very much a beginning racer when he first had SCRAPPY and he credits Merv Wescoat (who at age 84 still races Moth Boats) with mentoring him. Bill additionally recalls that John Walton, one of the early BYC members provided him with much guidance for both sailing and boat building. Bill now lives in Florida, not far from Gulfport and would have come over to watch us race back in February had he known about our regatta. I've put Bill in touch with Merv. Hopefully we'll get to meet Bill at next year's event.
It's interesting to me to learn about SCRAPPY since she's only three hull numbers older than my Dorr Willey-built Moth BLONDIE, Nr 807. There are obvious differences between these boats. SCRAPPY has a three stay rig (main stays only). BLONDIE, on the other hand, has the usual compliment of six stays for her standing rigging (three main stays and three baby stays). Additionally, SCRAPPY appears to lack the rub rails seen on BLONDIE and other Dorr Willey-built Moths. I know, I know, minutiae but for the devotee very interesting.
|Me sailing BLONDIE in 2006 during the CMBA National Championship Regatta held at Elizabeth City, NC . Photo Credit: Elisabeth Albaugh|