Photos are in short supply for this event as one of my usual photographers was busy studying for a test and her mother was busy preparing lunch for Moth Regatta competitors. But you've seen most of the boats already.
|Ten boats showed up to race. Three in the Gen II division and seven in Gen I. No vintage Moths raced this time.|
|We planned for the first signal to sound at 10:30am. But the bay still looked v. glassy at that point.|
|So we postponed for a half hour's time and mostly sat around on the porch.|
|More of the same.|
|Finally, around 11am, the sea breeze started rustling.|
|Well, I do have this shot of the Gen II winner, Joe Bousquet, holding the perpetual trophy. Note to self: next year avoid having the windows of the new clubhouse behind the peeps in the pix.|
|My son Erik won the Gen I award. I tied for 2nd but lost on the tie breaker. That's show business.|
We'll start off with that Cates-built, Cates-designed Moth Boat.
A period photo of Sandy Renna sailing Renegade, Nr 1999 at his home waters, Spray BeachYC.
|Sandy and his younger sister at the yacht club docks. Renegade is a word play based on his surname. These two photos date to the late 1950s or early 1960s|
Scroll forward a few years. Sandy, now finished with his education decided to go back to Spray Beach and take a look at the old family stomping grounds. As he drove by his former summer home he saw his old boat in the driveway! After stopping and talking with the current owner he discovered two things: (1). the boat was still more or less intact, missing only the standing rigging which the current owner pirated off the mast to fix a broken garage door lifting wire, and (2). the current owner was getting ready to donate the boat to a local open air museum. Sandy and the owner quickly came to terms and the boat returned to her first owner. Sandy moved the boat to his home in Massachusetts and contacted me asking questions about various repair issues. This was perhaps 20 years ago. Since then I had often wondered if Sandy had gotten the boat sailing again but hadn't heard from him until this spring when he told me he wanted to move his old friend on to someone who would actually fix the boat and get her sailing again. I agreed to take the project on. Since I was coming up to pick up sails and also attend the Wooden Boat show at the Mystic Seaport Museum we agreed to meet at one of the Museum's big parking lots.
|The boat had been stripped of her varnish and since the weather forecast seemed iffy, Sandy decided to wrap the boat in plastic sheeting.|
|After a bit of back and forth cell phone calling we found one another. We moved the hull from Sandy's Honda to my Volvo without incident.|
|The boat came with her original spars, blades and sails.|