And they’re off…
The Classic Yacht Regatta, an early September tradition, was founded in 1980 by New England yachtsmen to raise awareness of the many glorious classic yachts (by some of the greatest American boat designers, i.e. Herreshoff and Trumpy) in need of repair and TLC. Not incoincidentally, we are spectators on the 85′ Enticer, one in a fleet of antique wooden boats restored by McMillen Yachts.
Our day starts at the New York Yacht Club, looking out on a harbor that is arguably one of the best ports for cruising and racing in the world. It helps one appreciate why Newport’s cache’ and fortunes have been inextricably linked with the cold waters that surround our island home.
Regattas, races, cups, trials — they all take place here in Newport.
We’ve had so many happy times on Enticer, including a photo shoot for a chapter in my new book, Living Newport: Houses, People, Style. Take a peek at some pages…
After a quick barefoot stroll around the Enticer’s deck, it’s easy to see why “timeless” and “classic,” words associated with Newport, just as well describe this luscious wooden yacht on which we are guests
The all-mohagony surfaces on Enticer are varnished to such a state of reflection that “a lady need not pull out her mirror to put on lipstick,” a friend opined.
A look back at some other good times on Enticer…
How perfect to have a book signing on Enticer! Thank you, Bill McLaughlin.
And if the partying gets too hardy, you can always slip down to one of the staterooms below (here’s my cozy favorite.)
Here, Enticer and her fleet mate, 104′ Freedom, proving that nothing says Newport more than antique wooden boats.
Cheers to the Classic Yacht Regatta!