The legendary Alera, a regular visitor to Great Cove, was here in July and is expected back tomorrow in the 33d annual Eggemoggin Reach Regatta. That highly-regarded race finishes its 15-mile course in the Cove. Last year, Alera won her class (Classic-A).

Launched in 1904, she’s also known as “NY 1” and “NY30#1” because she was the first of the New York Yacht Club’s 30-foot series designed by the renowned naval architect Nathanael Greene Herreshoff. Eighteen of her kind eventually were built. (Nat Herreshoff designed every winning defender of the America’s Cup from 1893 through 1920, among other accomplishments.)

The name Alera means Eagle in Latin.

(Brooklin, Maine)