Little Boats that Could

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Rough tidal conditions and stiff winds did not deter the wooden-boat sailors at the 46th Opera House Cup Regatta off Nantucket, Massachusetts. A heavy chop and winds of 18 knots kept some competitors at the dock, but six 26-foot Alerion Class Sloops joined 35 larger boats—and then swept the top five spots. It took the Alerions three hours or more to get around the 19.8-mile course, making them slower than most other boats but fast enough to win on corrected time. It was a good day for Sanford Boat Company of Nantucket, which revived the Alerion Class in the late 1970s and earlier this year licensed building rights to Brooklin Boat Yard in Brooklin, Maine. Donald Tofias’ 76-foot W-Class, Wild Horses, had the best elapsed time, finishing in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 39 seconds. —Pim Van Hemmen

This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue.