As the product of a landlocked place north of Italy with pretty but exhaustingly windless lakes, my clock ticks differently than it would had I grown up around Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay. Long before stories about Capt. Nathanael Greene Herreshoff and his sleek yachts seeped into my consciousness, cars designed by Ettore Bugatti topped my lust list. Maybe I just had too much fun letting his name roll off my tongue.As I learned about Capt. Nat and the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. on Burnside Street in Bristol, R.I., where he conceived, built and splashed his creations, I began to think of him and Ettore as soul mates.
"My goal is to win and bring home a gold medal." That's what quotes in press releases always say. So when one of them put those words next to Erika Reineke's name prior to the 2010 Laser Radial youth world championships in Largs, Scotland, I simply flushed it.
There's little I have done for as long as I have sailed. I'm well into my fourth decade. Still livin' it, still lovin' it. But me being me, I also think I know my stuff. Until someone comes along and politely tells me that, um, I don't.
These once-ridiculed vessels will be featured in the 2013 America's Cup and that pleases one pioneer
It was an indolent afternoon on New Year's Eve when the Twitterati breathlessly reported that San Francisco indeed will host the next America's Cup, the first one conceived for multihulls. How fitting, I thought, for Jim Brown to hear this. I just had finished his delightful memoir "Among the Multihulls: Volume One" that describes his journey from schooner boy to trimaran evangelist.
Rhode Island artist Will Sofrin makes prints of classic Herreshoff designs, Pearson Ensigns and more
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It's a simple lesson learned from spending time around boats and dedicated owners who sometimes speak of their vessel with the same deference as a famous work of art. And if boats can be art, why can't art depict these boats in an image these dedicated owners would want to hang on their walls?
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