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ADVENTURER - 1926 Alden Schooner PDF Print


AdventurerLOA: 52' 4"

LWL: 39'9"
Beam: 11' 4"  Draft: 8'
Class/Type: Wooden Malabar VI schooner
Builder: Franklin Post & Son, Mystic, CT
Designer: John Alden
Launch Date: 1926
Owner/Skipper: Mark E. Faulstick
Home Port: Norwalk, CT

ADVENTURER is a John Alden Malabar VI with a traditional gaff fore and main. Formerly known as FREYA, she was built and launched in Mystic, CT, for Dr. Albert Whitney, she was commissioned in 1926, and continuously sailed and raced by six previous owners. Mark Faulstick, her current owner for more than 20 years, had her extensively rebuilt in 1992, and has been a participant in the GCBSR nearly every year since 1995. She has claimed six firsts, the last in 2011, three seconds and one third in class B, and one overall in 2001. Well-maintained and still in top condition, she continues actively sailing and competing in schooner races along the Atlantic East coast and the Caribbean.

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BULL & BEAR - Replica 1860s "Sandbaggers" PDF Print


bullbeardoc-thmbLOA: 55' (28' LOD)
Class/Type: Sandbagger
Independence Seaport Museum Workshop
Designer: Tom Brady
Launch Date: 1995 & 1996
Various Volunteer Skippers

Sandbagger sloops were popular work boats in the 19th century which were also sailed for pleasure. A decendant of shoal-draft sloops used in oyster fishing the shallow waters of New York Bay, they ranged anywhere from 20 to 30 feet in in length, but had sail areas that were significantly disproprortionate to their size. They were the extreme sailboats of their day, with a sailplan that was twice as long as their hull length. Because they were so shallow, all sandbaggers have very large centerboards which can be raised and lowered.

bullbearmusic-thmbWhile working, crews of 10 or more men would use their catch as ballast, moving it from one side to the other when tacking. It has been said that the first boat to get their catch to market got the best price, so a race ensued daily. People at the dock started placing bets on which boat would get home first. This evolved into sport, and instead of bags filled with oysters they used bags of sand, thus the name, sandbaggers. Actually it is said they used gravel so that the bags would not retain too much water.

From the 1860s to the 1890s sandbagger racing was a very popular sport from New York down the Atlantic coast and up to New Orleans, and also on the West coast in San Francisco. The exciting challenges would have watermen and amateur sailors racing for crowds of betting spectators. With few rules, sandbagger racing was always exciting. Stories have been told of sandbagger crews throwing extra sandbags into the water in light air to gain a bit more speed, along with the occassional extra crewmember!

BULL and BEAR are modern reproductions of sandbaggers based on ANNIE, a sandbagger with a winning history launched in 1880 and raced in Georgia, Florida and Long Island Sound. Over 130 years later, ANNIE is still around, on display at Mystic Seaport Museum.

BULL and BEAR feature shorter spars with less sail area than the original in order to increase stability, so they can be comfortably used for a variety of community, group and educational sails by NSHOF. Watertight compartments and other features further increase their safety. While the hulls are wood fastened with bronze, the spars are made of carbon fiber wrapped in wood, which significantly reduces weight aloft while maintaining authenticity. 

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DONNYBROOK - 80' Custom Racing Sloop PDF Print


donnybrook-rolex-regatta-2012LOA: 80' (LWL 70.6')
Class/Type: Custom Racing Sloop 72
Builder: Launched by Dencho Marine
Designer: Unknown
Launch Date: Unknown
Skipper: James Muldoon

DONNYBROOK is a custom-built maxi racing sloop designed to get the job done...fast. Raced from New England to the Caribbean, she features a centerline daggerboard ahead of a canting keel. Retractable sprit also raises and rotates aft for running. Her hull, spars and systems are the result of several cutting-edge technologies.

When available, DONNYBROOK sails out of NSHOF with a crew of youth to help enter children into the sport of sailing.

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LACERTA - Concordia 39' Yawl PDF Print


Lacerta - Concordia yawlLOA: 39.83'
Class/Type: Concordia 39 yawl
Builder: Abeking & Rasmussen
Designer: Ray Hunt
Launch Date: 1956
Skipper: Mark Walter

LACERTA is hull #44 of 103 Concordia yawls built between 1938 and 1966. It is believed that all 103 of these boats are still in use or in refit for use. LACERTA has been owned by the Walter family since 2009. She participates in many Chesapeake Bay races and CTSA events, and has sailed as far North as Labrador. She resides in Annapolis.

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MUSTANG - Camper & Nicholson 83' maxi yacht PDF Print


MUSTANG-atanchorLOA: 83'
Class/Type: Maxi
Southern Ocean Shipyard
Camper & Nicholson
Launch Date: 1987

MUSTANG-sailingA vintage Whitbread Ocean Race yacht, MUSTANGhas been around the world six times. A rare combination of a Maxi ocean racing hull, first class fitting and traditional teak interior by Camper & Nicholson. MUSTANG's performance is outstanding in light air and exhilarating in a breeze.

She visits NSHOF to assist with our STEM Learning Math & Science through Sailing program for high school students.

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