NYYC Rendezvous 2010
The Summer of 2010 in Review……..
It's been quite the summer here in Camden! Unlike last year where June left us with 29 days of rain and fog, this year nearly every day we found ourselves with bright sun and perfect breezes. We made lots of new friends this year at Wayfarer, both transient customers and service work customers.
The biggest event of the summer was clearly the visit by the New York Yacht Club in August. The NYYC chose Camden as their beginning and ending point for the 154th Annual Maine Cruise, and it was spectacular to say the least. On August 7, nearly 115 boats of all shapes and sizes descended upon Camden to begin their annual event. The cruise assembled all of their flag committee members on the dock. The members represented some very impressive yachts, including:
Sumurun, a 94’ Fife built in 1914 that is no stranger to Wayfarer Marine and Camden.
White Hawk, a 105’ Bruce King designed ketch.
Sonny, a 53’ Sparkman Stephens classic.
Enticer, a 85’ Trumpy built in 1935.
Bella PITA, a 75’ a Maxi Dolphin by Bill Tripp.
There were also several Club Swan 42s including Blazer and Daring, and another crowd favorite, Pugwash - a J122 which had several tenders including a 90’ Lyman Morse powerboat, Tumblehome, Verve - an Eastbay 49, and a brand new Hinckley 29 Talaria. – a very impressive fleet to say the least!
After getting all of the NYYC members settled into their respective berths and moorings, the party commenced at 5:00 pm and went well into the night. It was quite an impressive sight to have 500 people at the boatyard to celebrate yachting traditions and the beginning of the annual cruise.
We also had members of several other clubs join us for their annual rendezvous including the Blue Water Sailing Club, The Red Brook Harbor Yacht Club, The Kadey Krogen Cruising Club and members of the Ocean Cruising Club. We are quite happy to help in the planning and logistics of your yacht club’s events and would highly encourage the use of our facilities to do so. If you have any questions about holding an event here, please contact me directly.
Some of our team members at Wayfarer have also been waging battle out in the bay for various regattas onboard Shane Flynn’s J-124, War Bride. Members of various departments in the yard have been sharpening their racing skills this summer and look forward to more match racing next season.
We had a fantastic summer that brought back a lot of old friends and some new ones. Some of the more notable new guests this summer were:
Copasetic, a 141’ a true expedition yacht with a range of 7500 nautical miles at 10 knots.
VITA, a 150’ Trinity that is the tender to the 130’ J-Class yacht Ranger.
Bystander, a 42’ boat built in 1929 as the original tender, launch and tow boat for the 1930 America’s Cup. She towed several of the J-Class yachts around including Ranger, Rainbow, and Enterprise. She was originally built for Michael Vanderbilt.
The Wayfarer service yard has remained busy this summer with lots of transient repairs and several project boats including:
Whimsy, a custom built 85’ Vaudrey-Miller for hull and spar paint, and various other engineering projects.
Gulliver, a Farr 72 for a haul out and various repairs.
Lone Fox, a 65’ ketch built in 1957 by Alexander Robertson & Sons Sandbank, Scotland for a haul out, hull repairs and keel work.
Fantastic Voyage, a recently restored 1984 Bertram 54 for a haul out, electronic and mechanical updates.
Beyond all of the above, I’ve been quite busy attending various events, including The Shipyard Cup in Boothbay where I was invited to crew onboard Sumurun (the 1914, 94’ Fife that will be spending the winter here and has been a customer for 20 years) for the two day regatta. Unfortunately, the rating system wasn’t in our favor, but we all had a great time and some beautiful sailing was had by all boats involved - Windcrest, Tenacious, Available, White Hawk, and Bella PITA.
I also recently attended the Newport International Boat Show to represent Wayfarer Marine. It was a great place to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Newport is a very interesting city with deep seeded yachting roots. When you’re in Newport, I highly recommend staying at the Poplar Guest House, located off America’s Cup Boulevard. Walter Kopec, the owner and host has a wealth of knowledge about the area and is just a great guy to spend time with and visit. Not only is the Poplar Guest House one of the less expensive places to stay in town, but its accommodations are just as luxurious as the rest.
We’re grateful to have had such a fantastic summer here in Camden and we’re looking forward to a successful fall and winter.