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A sailing race a thing of beauty is.  It’s graceful, regal, with no extraneous noise.  It’s slow . .  not to a swimmer but to the speeds “dinosaur fuel” propels us.  From left to right here, I think it’s America 2.0, Intrepid, Bernice, Black Watch, and  Pride of Baltimore II.

Black Watch (?)  takes Pride of Baltimore II’s stern as they both try to read the barely visible.

The beauty of a race like this is that it’s enjoyable even from some miles away, as

each rig differs a bit from the next and progress is about unhurried urgency . . . like “slow food.”

The hulls suggest  agelessness, although they benefit from a wealth of loving, skilled maintenance.

The Pride of Baltimore II always leaves me wondering, given that NYC is the place of the 99% AND the 1%, why the sixth boro and the supporting five can’t boast of a Pride of New York floating hither and yon around the globe.  What’s wrong here?

Gantry cranes are the early 21st century’s version of Walt Whitman’s “numberless  masts.”

Pride … , of course, does have an engine . . . two Cats, in fact, and it can

make a lot of noise if she chooses with her artillery.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

A yawl?  Know the name?

I can’t help with the name, but it looks fun and wet.  It raced today as part of the New York Classic.

The competition seemed fierce.

Slower, but more stately, it’s Pride of Baltimore 2, who’s gone east as far as Lunenburg and west as far as Duluth this summer.

Scarano’s Adirondack here

trails America 2.0.

K-Sea’s Maryland has enough house to qualify as sail.  Here Maryland meets Shearwater.

Clipper City is the larger sailing vessel here.

And Liberty Clipper . . . I don’t know her story.  She breezed in yesterday but was not in the race today . . . Saturday.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

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