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  • WHERE WERE YOU JULY 20 1969?

     

    I was aboard “Carina” having finished the trans-atlantic race to Ireland, we were headed to Cowes for the Admiral’s Cup and Fastnet races. ( The US team won the Admiral’s Cup that year). I remember it being cold and foggy as we huddled around the radio at the nav station to listen the the BBC which stayed on beyond their usual sign-off time of mid-night to carry the news of the moon landing.

    I will add that when I returned to the US at the end of the season; my college roommate was coming to pick me up at the airport, when another college friend passed me and asked: “how was Woodstock?”. I replied: “what was Woodstock? I was probably the only one of my generation not to have gone, much less not to be aware of the event.fastnet log 1969 2384 fastnet log 1969 3385

    FASTNET ROCK, RICHARD S NYE, STEPHEN LIRAKIS
    FASTNET ROCK, RICHARD S NYE, STEPHEN LIRAKIS


  • EARLY CARINA YEARS

    FASTNET ROCK LOG 1969
    FASTNET ROCK LOG 1969

    BERMUDA RACE 1970
    BERMUDA RACE 1970

     

    ME CROSSING PROSPECT OF WHITBY
    ME CROSSING PROSPECT OF WHITBY
    DICK CARTER AND DICK NYE WITH THE ADMIRAL'S CUP 1969
    DICK CARTER AND DICK NYE WITH THE ADMIRAL’S CUP 1969
    JIM MC CURDY, BODIE RHODES AND FASTNET ROCK
    JIM MC CURDY, BODIE RHODES AND FASTNET ROCK
    JIM MC CURDY CHASING RAGAMUFFIN
    JIM MC CURDY CHASING RAGAMUFFIN
    FASTNET ROCK, DICK NYE, ME
    FASTNET ROCK, DICK NYE, ME
    TULITA HUME IN THE GALLEY
    TULITA HUME IN THE GALLEY
    SIR MAX ATKIN AND DICK NYE 1969
    SIR MAX ATKIN AND DICK NYE 1969
    DAUNT LIGHTSHIP 1969
    DAUNT LIGHTSHIP 1969
    AMERICA WINS THE ADMIRAL'S CUP 1969
    AMERICA WINS THE ADMIRAL’S CUP 1969
    FASTNET LOG 1971
    FASTNET LOG 1971
    TRANSATLANTIC RACE 1969
    TRANSATLANTIC RACE 1969
    BERMUDA RACE 1970
    BERMUDA RACE 1970

     

    No conversation about ocean racing should ignore “Carina” and the Nyes. Their contribution and  commitment are an indelible benchmark on the history of sailing. A corinthian crew through and through. The memories and stories are many, for those who sailed on the Carina and those who sailed against the Carina.

    For me, it was two transatlantic crossings and two Fastnet races, two Admiral’s Cups sandwiching a Bermuda Race win. The boat was designed at a time of change; the end of the CCA and RORC rating rules and the yet unknown IOR rule. Carina has proved to be a durable design.