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NOTE: This seminar is being held on a Thursday (all others are on Wednesdays) and takes place post-Castine Classic Regatta and pre-Camden Classic Regatta, in which hundreds of classic wooden yachts participate (many of which will be in Camden Harbor). Marilee will be dockside at the Camden Yacht Club.
This 40-minute documentary follows the story of Marilee’s meticulous and unique restoration by French & Webb in Belfast, Maine, as well as Marilee’s ambitious and successful racing program throughout New England. Following the film will be a discussion with Alison Langley, filmmaker, Todd French, boat builder, Dennis Gunderson, project manager for Marilee, and Paul Waring, yacht designer.
In 1916, the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company of Bristol, Rhode Island introduced the New York 40, a new one-design class for the New York Yacht Club. Nathanael Herreshoff’s objective was to design a competitive racer seaworthy enough for ocean racing as well as provide accommodations for coastal cruising. The NY40 class was quickly interrupted by entry of the United States into World War I in 1917, when all class racing was ceased. But it was not long after the war ended that the boat’s performance was proven on the racecourse and the class soon became known as the “Fighting Forties.” Only four of the NY40s still remain: Marilee and her sistership Rugosa II (the last two NY40s built in 1926), along with Rowdy and Chinook, currently active in Europe.
In 2014, Marilee came under new ownership and a complete restoration was soon on the table. At French & Webb, modern innovations and engineering were combined with meticulous and artistic craftsmanship. With access to the original Herreshoff Manufacturing Company’s building plans, documents and images archived at MIT Museum’s Hart Nautical Collections, and the Herreshoff Marine Museum, the crew at French & Webb brought Marilee back to perfection. This included interchangeable Gaff and Bermudian rigs, a breathtaking and uniquely designed interior, and more.
Alison Langley is a nautical photographer and filmmaker living in Camden, Maine. Alison’s nautical images artfully express the essence of sailing as she captures moments of breathtaking beauty when wind, water and sails meet. After studying film at NYU and photography at RISD, Alison moved to Australia, where she learned to sail. She then spent several years sailing around the world, honing her craft and embracing a passion for the sea. Combining her artist’s eye and an intimate knowledge of classic yachts, Alison has earned recognition for her exquisite fine art and commercial photography worldwide.
This presentation is the 5th in a series of 8 hosted by the Camden Yacht Club and is free of charge and open to the public. Donations at the door will be gratefully accepted, to benefit the non-profit Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program (CAYSP). For more information, please contact the CYC office at 207-236-7033 or visit our web site: camdenyachtclub.org.