PRETTY BOATS

INDEPENDENCE LOOKING AT COURAGEOUS
INDEPENDENCE LOOKING AT COURAGEOUS
COURAGEOUS BEGINNINGS
COURAGEOUS BEGINNINGS
ALMOST BLACK AND WHITE
ALMOST BLACK AND WHITE
CLASSICS RUNNING
CLASSICS RUNNING
NORTHERN LIGHT AND ONAWA
NORTHERN LIGHT AND ONAWA
VANITY
VANITY
COURAGEOUS TO WINDWARD
COURAGEOUS TO WINDWARD
COURAGEOUS WITH NEFERITTI
COURAGEOUS WITH NEFERITTI
INTREPID AND COURAGEOUS
INTREPID AND COURAGEOUS
EASTERNER
EASTERNER

Twelve meters are elegant yachts. It is practically impossible to photograph them poorly. I had a long relationship with the 12 meter class; having lofted and built “Courageous” and having sailed on “American Eagle”, Weatherly, “Easterner” and “Intrepid” in the sixties and seventies.

They are still eight knots boats and after the last America”s Cup we will never be satisfied with anything that does not foil and sails at less than thirty knots.

THE QUIET MAN

TED AND TEDDY
TED AND TEDDY
MARBLEHEAD COLD AND RICK HOOD
MARBLEHEAD COLD AND RICK HOOD
STILL COLD
STILL COLD
TED HOOD ON INDEPENDENCE
TED HOOD ON INDEPENDENCE
LOOKING FROM OFF THE BOAT
LOOKING FROM OFF THE BOAT
COURAGEOUS 1974
COURAGEOUS 1974

Ted Hood passed away this summer. I was traveling and did not have access to me archive of photographs. For me he will always be the quiet man; after nearly a year of sailing on the same boat we only ever exchanged a handful of words. He was a clever man that mostly saw the whole picture and must have have exceptional three dimensional vision. He could make a boat go fast, however, I believe match racing did not fit his personality.

wire sheets

When I started sailing rope sheets and guys were normal. The rope was not very sophisticated, it stretched quite a lot. As the boats became more evolved wire sheets and guys became normal. It was 7×19 galvanized, because it was more flexible. It rusted quickly and broke down just as fast. Your hands were constantly torn by the meathooks.

In the photo at the right, we are sailing Independence off Marblehead in March. It is cold. Ted Hood would just keep sailing in a straight line; often we would not return until after dark. For amusement, we would spray the wire on the drum just before casting off. It would flame, from the friction of the wire slipping on the drum in the tack.