Back in my sophomore year at the Naval Academy, I had the opportunity to take a special course "The Aerodynamics of Sail" that was taught by one of the aero engineering profs who was also a sailing buff. (As an aside, the textbook was Sailing Theory and Practice (1964 edition) by C. A. Marchaj--more on that later).I'd like to build back with the new style, as she's a handful down wind...
They actually have four of the old CGA Yawls: Arctic Tern, Blue Goose, Shear Water and Stormy Petrel. The last two are on the hard, although Shear Water will hopefully be back in the water next Spring. The boats are owned by NAS Patuxent River MWR, but operated by the Navy Patuxent Sailing Club (https://npsc.clubexpress.com/)The local Pax River MWR has two of the CGA yawls, I believe they acquired them to replace the 'retired' NA yawls Vigilant & Alert. One is Arctic Tern and one is Blue Goose. They usually race non-spin on Wed night beer cans, but one of them has been ramping up the crew for spin racing recently. It took them a long time to get it flying and I am sure it was not a pleasant upwind sail home, but it is good to see them doing some longer races. I can only guess the local MWR picked the CGA boats up because they were in better shape, but that is pure conjecture on my part.
Crash, thanks for the details on the newer CGA boats too.
Yep...we sure did...and we paid a visit to Santee Basin the day before Gov Cup.Will, not sure Vigilant's status. It is outside on a T-head and taken some damage from sitting. I know the marina owner, so I will ask. Anything is fixable of course..just depends how much work you want to do. On the CGA boats, they have 93xxx sail numbers on the working sails. They do not use the kite very often and frankly, our club isn't worried about chasing them down to declare/change something like that. I am going to guess that they are still using the CGA sails because that is what they have aboard. It would not surprise me if the 93xxx PHRF number they were assigned were on the same sails..they probably removed the CGA-X and installed the PHRF number. They did Governor's Cup this past weekend and won their class!!
Yeah, I just saw this posted on the Naval Academy sports forum on Rivals.com this morning. I remember when these were the "new boats." I hoped for several years to catch a ride on one when I was in Annapolis for a class reunion, but it never happened. Time flies.
Yes...they do sail like "battleships", but they're still fun to sail and race. Here's Artic Tern kicking Blue Goose's butt on the Xray to Kilo leg in an SMSA Wednesday evening race on the Patuxent River (the rest of the racing fleet is in front of us...as usual).
Too much cutaway in the forefoot, I believe, but could be wrong. Haven’t looked at one in decades.We've talked about so many of the old Luders 44s in this thread over the years that I can no longer remember which old boats are where.
So I'm looking to y'all to help me with a bit of a mystery.
This past weekend I was watching season 1 episode 4 of the Apple TV+ series Shining Girls. It's a weird sci-fi-ish mystery set in Chicago. As far as I can tell, they use Chicago outdoor sets.
Anyway, there was a scene set at an unnamed boatyard where a journalist was interviewing the boatyard supervisor. In the shot still below, I noticed an out-of-focus sailboat hull being moved via crane in the background:
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Tell me that I'm wrong, but that looks like a Luders 44 yawl in Naval Academy colors to me.
If so, what Luders 44 hull with these colors is somewhere in the Chicago waterfront area?