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Herreshoff Ketch Landfall – Mystery Solved

Classic Yachting's Most Intriquing Mystery

Annapolis, MD, December 14, 2017 - Eighty-six years has passed since the magnificent 71’ Ketch, "Landfall" was secretly built in Lemwerder, Germany by Abeking &  Rasmussen for the famous Oyster Bay yachtsman and Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club member, Paul Hammond. Proclaimed “the World's Most Ingenious Yacht” when launched,” we now know “Landfall’s” fate.   [caption id="attachment_21991" align="alignnone" width="700"] Landfall in Palma de Majorca, 1992[/caption]   First, we wish to thank TheSailingChannel.TV, and ClassisSailboats.Org’s alliance of classic yacht owners, skippers, crews and preservationists throughout the world, and countless others who helped in our search. Your support made it possible for us to solve one of the classic yachting world’s most intriguing mysteries! After surviving clandestine missions during WWII for British Naval Intelligence, a sinking and a salvage, countless Pacific and Transatlantic crossings, with  memorable passages to New England, the UK, Mexico, the Caribbean, Med, Adriatic, Aegean, and Baltic Seas -- “Landfall”...
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Artison Boatworks – Herreshoff Yachts for Restoration


Three Great Herreshoff Restoration Candidates

Through the great response that Artison Boatworks received from the Bar Harbor 31 JOKER...restoration efforts have led to researching other similarly prestigious candidates. Here are three Herreshoff yachts that are available and too special to pass by:    


was launched in June of 1904, and at 56 ft. 5 in. on deck is notably larger than the New York 30s, Bar Harbor 30s, and Buzzards Bay 31s that were built around the same time. MARGARET and her twin sister COCK ROBIN II were not designed to fit a particular racing rule, and thus represent N. G. Herreshoff’s very best ideals for a combination of cruising and racing ability. In an article from WoodenBoat magazine, Maynard Bray points out that although her interior layout is similar to the aforementioned designs, “she’s much more sumptuous; having chests of drawers, glass-fronted lockers, pull-out settee/berths; boarding stanchions and a ladder; davits...
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SSL Finals – Photo finish

Photo finish decides 2017 Star Sailors League champions

With racing taking place in a balmy, near perfect 15 knots on Nassau’s Montagu Bay, the ‘take no prisoners’ shoot out on the last day of the Star Sailors League Final saw the fleet narrow to seven teams after the Quarter Finals and to four after the Semis. Finally this left the finals being contested by France’s Xavier Rohart/Pierre-Alexis Ponsot, Britain’s Paul Goodison sailing with German Frithjof Kleen, Brazil’s Robert Scheidt/Henry Boening and the USA’s Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih, the latter crew having ‘fast tracked’ straight through after decisively winning the qualifiers yesterday. In the final race, Mendelblatt/Fatih led off the line and all the boats heading out to the left. Goodison/Kleen benefitted on the right and coming into the weather mark just squeaked in ahead of the Americans. At the second top mark rounding the Anglo-German duo looked marginally more secure but with veins of breeze coming down the course, the outcome...
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SSL Finals – Bruni Squeaks Through to Gain Last Quarterfinals Berth

Live Racing

Day 4 - After three more races today on Nassau’s Montagu Bay, the full 11 Qualifier races of the SSL Finals were completed to determine which ten of the 25 teams would progress through to tomorrow’s final rounds, when the US$ 200,000 prize pot will be distributed. There was upset in the first race when another of the Star newbies won, beating the old hands of the former Olympic keelboat class. British Nacra 17 World Champion Ben Saxton, sailing with former Star World Champion Steve Mitchell, managed to hang on to their lead after winning the pin at the start and then fending off a persistent challenge from overall leaders the USA’s Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih. “We were one boat length ahead for the whole race,” said Saxton. “On the second beat we only crossed ahead of Mark and Brian by two metres – it was awesomely close racing. Then on the last run we had the...
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