Here we see the renowned Spartan yesterday, crossing the very hazy finish line in Great Cove before any other boat in the Annual Eggemoggin Reach Regatta. (Being first to cross, of course, doesn’t necessarily mean that she’ll be determined to be First or First in Class for this year, since boats start the 15-mile course at different times and their finishing times may be adjusted based on handicaps.)


The renovated Spartan sailed in the Regatta’s Vintage Class for good reason. She apparently is the last of the nine “New York 50s” commissioned by the New York Yacht Club and built in the winter of 1912-1913. Spartan was the sixth 50 built and still proudly flies a “NY 6” mainsail. As with her eight sisters, she’s 50 feet long at the water line (72 feet overall) and was designed by the famed naval architect Nathanael Greene Herreshoff, whose company built the boats.


Here we see some of Spartan’s competitors turning into Great Cove about a quarter of a mile from the finish flag:

(Brooklin, Maine)