Recently, we had the chance to take the Marblehead High School Sailing Team for a sail on four CW Hood 32 Daysailers. This was the first time we have had four boats in the harbor at the same time since we began building them two years ago!
With the kids on board enjoying the afternoon (not much wind) I began thinking how many sailing teams have the opportunity to sail something different from their regimented training on their 420’s? Nick Burns, the MHS Sailing Coach wanted the team to experience something different while hopefully learning something.
Often when I was a youngster, I would look at just about every design and wonder how that particular boat performed. I suppose you can’t sail them all, but why not have the chance to sail as many as you can?
Marblehead has an incredible array of sailing designs moored here every summer. The range of age and designer is really incredible. There are wood boats that date back to the 50’s and early fiberglass boats that date back to the late 60’s. Ocean racers from the SORC days, a couple of old 12 meters, performance cruisers from my Uncle Ted’s design boards, designs by Bill Shaw, Augie Nielson, Ray Hunt, Olin Stephens, Charlie Morgan, Ted Irwin to name a few of the recent masters. And then there is the plethora of newer designs from the Johnstones, Bruce Farr, Dave Pedrick and neighbors Doug Zurn, Jim Taylor, Dieter Empacher, and many more. No harbor collection like it!
So how lucky are these kids to be sailing in Marblehead Harbor? Very lucky from a historical perspective. There is more recent sailing history here than can be taught in a year. Giving the team the exposure to try something different will hopefully give them a new perspective and a desire to know more about why one particular design is different from another.
And one important thing I did notice; their enthusiasm and happy thoughts about being on the water were infectious. I wish we could get more kids out for this kind of new experience.
Clearly the weather showed them that they could in fact make the best of the conditions. They had to be creative about thinking of ways to make a boat sail when there is only a breadth of air. Now that’s a challenge for anyone! You will see from the photos that they had lots of fun!
Thank you MHS sailors for coming aboard. We all enjoyed the day. Don’t be bashful. Stop by the yard for a visit and lets plan to go sailing again in the spring!