Bob Scribner at the 2022 Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Regatta and Shipyard Cup Classics Challenge – Sail World | Gmx Pharm

Bob Scribner at the 2022 Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Regatta and Shipyard Cup Classics Challenge

by David Schmidt Jul 20 8:00am PDT
22-24 July 2022

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Few places on the East Coast offer better sailing in the summer months than the state of Maine, aptly nicknamed “vacation country.” The heat and deciduous trees of southern New England generally give way to the evergreen forests and cooler breezes of the nation’s northeasternmost state, and Maine’s geography features myriad islands scattered along the rugged coastline like evergreen jewels.

Better still, the state regularly attracts many cruising and regatta sailors who come to enjoy the stunning scenery and compete in regattas including the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Regatta and the Shipyard Cup Classics Challenge organized by Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club (22. 24).

This event is open to a wide range of boats, from sporty One designs like the Viper 640s and J/80s to time honored classics designed by Sparkman & Stephens.

To say that the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Regatta and Shipyard Cup Classics Challenge has something for sailors of all persuasions seems as fitting as the slogan on Maine license plates. I emailed Bob Scribner, Co-Event Chair of the 2022 Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Regatta and Shipyard Cup Classics Challenge to learn more about this exciting Downeast regatta.



Can you please tell us a bit about the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Regatta and Shipyard Cup Classics Challenge, its history and culture, and the types of yachts and sailors to be expected here?

This is the 48th edition of the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Regatta, [making it] one of the longest running regattas in Maine.

From 2021 the Shipyard Cup Classics Challenge has been added to the regatta, following on from the successful Shipyard Cup superyacht regatta that ran for over a decade and ended in 2014.

With the increasing popularity of classic yacht racing in Maine and the Northeast, this was a great addition for both participants and community spectators.


What numbers and levels of interest are you seeing ahead of the 2022 regatta compared to previous editions?

We are in a similar location to this time last year with over 30 boats registered, [so we are] on our way to over 60 boats [on the water].


What kind of boats do you expect at the starting line(s)?

There will be PHRF divisions for both racing and cruising, with PHRF rated boats up to 45ft, CRF Classic divisions (Vintage, Classic and Spirit of Tradition) up to 76ft and fleets with one Design: J/80s, Vipers and Boothbay Harbor One Designs.

Some of the well-known classics that will participate are vintage classics sea ​​bream, shine (12 meters), Black watch (S&S), Marilee (NY 40) and traditional spirit Zemphira.

There will also be a few schooners, including the Alden schooner Blackbird.


What types of races on the water can participating skippers and crews look forward to? Are we talking mainly upwind leeward racing, or will you also race using the islands as turning marks?

Races for the larger boats are held on courses in outer Booth Bay using distinctive islands and navigation marks.

For the smaller one-design boats there will be a combination of WL and navigation courses closer to the inland port.


Are there any innovations or important changes to the 2022 regatta compared to previous editions?

The major change came in 2021 with the addition of the Shipyard Cup Classics Challenge.

This year an owner/skipper BBQ was added on Friday night at Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club, complementing the phenomenally successful reception held on Saturday night at Bristol Marine’s Boothbay Harbor dockyard. Bristol Marine’s venue is also home to many of the classics [while they are] docked.


Is it a challenge to organize an event that involves the change from wooden classics to modern GRP/carbon fiber yachts with asymmetric spinnakers? If yes, can you please tell us about these challenges and how you overcome them?

Yes, it is more complex to run a regatta under different rating systems for boats with different racing characteristics.

We found that through careful planning and top notch PRO talent (Hank Stuart returns this year to lead the line for the larger boats) it worked well. We separate the yachts by speed and rating system, which goes a long way in adapting to different types of boats.

CRF rated boats have separate subdivisions of PHRF boats and One Designs. The larger boats share the same start line and course alternatives so they have the same experience but don’t interfere much with each other as we follow the norm of faster fleets starting first.


What about entertainment on land? What can sailors look forward to when the last guns have fallen silent each day?

In addition to the skipper BBQ on Friday evening [and] the reception on Saturday evening after the race, there is the awards ceremony/reception at the BHYC after the race on Sunday afternoon.

Locally, some of our sponsors offer entertainment just a short walk away.


Can you please tell us about the efforts the club has made over the past year or two to make the regatta even greener and even more sustainable?

We are aware of the need to make racing more sustainable.

Last year we had water[bottle]-Gas stations to limit the use of disposable containers. The stations were provided by a sponsor called OpBox, [which] manufactures modular units from 100% recycled PET plastic. You will come back this year.

This year’s Skipper bags are multi-purpose bags (not single-use bags) that are also made from 100% recycled plastic.


Is there anything else you’d like to add, for the record?

The Boothbay Harbor area has a long tradition of yacht and ship building (hundreds of years of ship building history). Bringing classics to the circle of the long-running BHYC regatta helps connect with this maritime heritage.

We added a ‘Parade of Sail’ through the inner harbor last year which we will be repeating this year. This was popular with the community, and [it] helps spectators ashore to see the yachts up close.

We also help promote the New England Wooden Preservation Foundation, which strives to preserve boat building skills and help preserve classic wooden boat designs.

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