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The Concordian

Issue #44, Fall 2007

 

SAVE THE DATE!!!

August 9, 2008

August 9, 2008 weekend is now confirmed as the date for the Concordia Yawl 70th Anniversary and Regatta, based at the New Bedford Yacht Club. This date appears to avoid most local and regional sailing conflicts and is convenient for the NBYC.

20 years ago we were delighted that approximately 50 yawls (and a few sloops) participated in the regatta and perhaps 10 owners of boats from far away attended without boats and sailed with other owners. Lets see if we can top those figures in 2008!

We will plan to provide ongoing updates on the 70th Anniversary Plans in links off our home page (www.concordiaboats.com). Also, contact Brodie with any questions @ [email protected].

The events will be similar to the successful 50th Anniversary and Regatta, also based at NBYC, adjacent to the former home of Concordia Company, Padanaram Harbor, South Dartmouth, MA.

Preliminary schedule:
Friday
8 August
Saturday
9 August
Sunday
10 August
  Morning
  • Registration
  • Skippers Meeting
Morning
  • Skippers Meeting
  Afternoon
  • Sailing in 3 classes
    • Racing (spinnaker)
    • Racing (non-spinnaker)
    • Sail in company
Noon
  • Sail by & Disband
Evening
  • Registration and Cocktails
Evening
  • Cocktails and Dinner
 

The Concordia Company

One benchmark for moving Concordia Boatyard was the date of July 31st when we had to have everything off the South Wharf property. Then next benchmark was when boats started coming to 300 Gulf Road for fall storage. To date, we have hauled 8 yawls, and we have several more to come.

Much effort has been put into setting up our workspaces and systems. Some highlights are as follows.

  1. Our Carpentry Shop - We have set up our space in the middle of our new shed (formerly leased to Hunt Boatbuilders). Essentially, all of our equipment and benches are movable which means we can truck project boats straight into our Shop. We can move tools and benches around each project boat and work in a highly efficient manner.
  2. The Mechanics Shop - It is larger than our previous one. Substantial bench space and room for all of our equipment make the shop perfect for all of the work we do. Double doors out the side of the Shop allow us to load up trucks or vans when heading to the waterfront.
  3. Wooden spar storage space is clean and is heated. This will allow us more time and flexibility for servicing and varnishing spars which we previously had to do before the end of the fall.
  4. Plans have been made for a new indoor, dirt floor "Yawl Storage Shed." It will hold 8-10 yawls and it will be ready for the 2008-2009 storage season.

Weatherly (ex Sunda) #33

Paul Castaldi and Sharon Delucca of Bristol, RI have purchased #33 from Concordia, and are completing the restoration here with additional guidance from surveyor Mike Collyer. The interior accommodations and motor have been removed in order to access the hull structure. At the point, broken frames (35 pairs) and floors (12) have been replaced and we are beginning to replace planks as required (approximately 10 each side).

Plans call for a new marine ply sub-deck and a Teak Decking Systems teak deck, a re-covered (dynel/epoxy) cabin top, new covering boards and toe rails etc. We will be installing a CNG galley stove and cabin heater as well as a Garmin GPS/radar/instruments package.

This work represents the final phase of an extended restoration process and we all look forward to having a fully restored #33 rejoin her sisters next spring.

Abaco #102

Jonathan & Dorothy Goldweitz, Stamford, CT

After an early launch in April and some great cruising between Long Island Sound and Nantucket this season, we are now decommissioning Abaco a bit early and already varnishing various boat parts at home.

Last winter we finally built the electric refrigeration system we had only thought about for the past few years. John Leonard and his crew at Cove Landing Marine did a superb job of dismantling the old ice box, building a new box with triple the prior insulation, and fabricating a custom made fiberglass liner that was painted with white Awlgrip and trimmed with mahogany. We were able to refinish and re-use the original interior bulkhead by extending its vertical dimension, as well as the original folding cover. Dorothy researched the various refrigeration options, obtained designs and quotes from several marine refrigeration vendors, and finally selected a custom built system from Sea Frost. This consisted of two cold plates on opposite walls of an aft freezer section with an adjustable vent to cool a larger forward refrigerator compartment. The compressor and digital control panel were mounted below the bridge deck, just aft of the companionway ladder and enclosed in a beautiful custom mahogany box crafted by Rick Persson at CLM. Two vertical ice trays supplied the evening ice cube requirements for all our weekends and cruises once the system had been turned on for about 12 hours. Energy (battery) consumption was closely monitored all summer, but only a concern when we spent more than three nights on the hook at a time. After the first season of use (with 58 nights aboard), our only complaint was that we should have installed this years ago!

While in the CLM shed last winter we had another of our periodic full surveys by Paul Haley. He again found Abaco in excellent condition, but did recommend refastening the hood ends along the stem from the ballast keel forward to the waterline as well as an area on the starboard side of the lower transom plank, and the CLM crew had this accomplished the following week. We also finished wooding and refinishing the cockpit coaming bright work and built up more coats on the cabin sides and toerails that had been wooded the previous winter. Dorothy and I stripped and refinished both main and mizzen booms, and somehow even got all the hardware refastened without losing any pieces. Hopefully this will last another 40 years!

We took several cruises over the summer, including joining several Concordias on the IYRS Classic Yacht Cruise from Nantucket to Newport. It was great to sail in company (and even race) once again with some of our longtime Concordia friends.

We have no definite winter projects planned, and hopefully none will appear once we haul.

Irian #70

Darrow Lebovici and Meg Twohey, South Freeport, MA

Irian continues to be maintained by Rockport Marine in Rockport, Maine as she has for over twenty years. Her home port during the summer is South Freeport, Maine in the Harraseeket River.

We have been spared any major renovation projects for the last few years. But we've certainly made our Concordia more comfortable for cruising. We installed an Ideal windlass on the foredeck and a salt water washdown pump. The anchor line (30 feet of 5/8" chain and 250 feet of 3/4" nylon rode) is stored under a canvas cover on the traditional Concordia grate next to the mast. The chain is stored in a small canvas bucket and shackled to our 45lb CQR plough just before use. A simple, foolproof system and a great relief from mud and torn shoulder muscles.

Three years ago, we did substantial maintenance to our faithful 22 year old Westerbeke 27 diesel engine. This year we installed a Xantrax battery monitoring system to manage the increasing demands on our batteries from electronics and the windlass.

While the engine was out, we took the opportunity to inspect the frames under the engine and the fuel tank and to take a look at the icebox. We found no insulation (replaced), dust and an old apple that must have been left there by a workman at Abeking and Rasmussen when Irian was built. A wit from Rockport Marine installed the apple in an equally hidden spot on the Godspeed replica they were building for Jamestown's 400th anniversary celebration.

In 2005 & 2006, we cruised the Saint John River in New Brunswick and highly recommend it. We survived Reversing Falls, made good friends and so enjoyed the wonderful world of the Saint John River where it feels like the 1950's - with ospreys, eagles, cows and lovely green fields and marshes. We also stopped at Eastport, St. Andrews and Passamaquoddy Bay - much less intimidating than described in cruising guides.

This year, we spent 5 weeks in Nova Scotia. We had great sailing on both outbound and return offshore passages before bad weather hit. After rounding Cape Sable in the fog, the only sound we could hear was listening to the fisherman lowering their gear. We turned into Shelburne for shelter after hearing a weather forecast of 45 knot winds which proved to be accurate. Shelburne is a lovely town and the Shelburne Harbor Yacht Club has to be one of the friendliest, most hospitable places on any coast. Port Mouton is a beautiful harbor on the way east from Shelburne.

We loved Lunenburg; a very special seaport struggling with the demise of the fishing industry and determined not to lose their working maritime tradition. We spent several weeks in Mahone & St. Margaret Bays. When the weather turned bad, we left Irian at the Lunenburg Yacht Club (around the corner from Lunenberg past the First and Second Peninsulas, home of the legendary Stevens schooners). We rented a car for a week to tour Cape Breton Island and the Cabot Trail - a magical country with such interesting history, severe coastline and very few people. We chose not to sail to Halifax because of time, but many people continue past Mahone Bay to sail to the Bras D'Or Lake and Newfoundland. We're thinking it's a long trip - though we know many sister Concordias have done it. So we're not sure whether we'll undertake it in Irian or charter in the lake. But we'll be back.

When we returned to Maine, after our usual rest in Northeast Harbor, we felt like we'd come home. We think next year's cruise will most likely be in Maine. Downeast Maine remains the largest, most spectacular cruising ground we know. But the Canadian Maritimes are wonderful, and the people are so friendly.

We are sad to report that our good friend, George Welch, died this year of cancer. Geo was then the youngest member of the CCA, a graduate of Harvard, managed Manchester Marine in Massachusetts and moved to Maine six years ago where he was recognized as one of the premier wooden boat marine surveyors on the coast. Most of Irian's major projects for the twenty-seven years she has been in our care benefited from Geo's wise counsel. Irian will miss him and so will we.

Golondrina #65

John Eide, Portland, ME

Golondrina was back in the water this summer. When I returned from the Caribbean in June of 2003, I discovered that the horn timber needed replacement. That seemed easy enough but I got totally wrapped up in Bruce Schwab's Vendee Globe campaign so Golondrina was out for a total of three summers, not the planned one.

This was also the summer of "pay back" on Bruce's part for the two summers I spent helping him get his boat ready. The big "pay back" was signing him on as crew for the Camden Feeder race and the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta. In addition to Bruce, I lured my regular crew back so I had an experienced group aboard.

We did well. First Concordia on Friday and first in Class B plus first Concordia on Saturday.

Obviously Bruce Schwab brought something to these races. What it is, is that he is constantly on. The moment he steps aboard, Bruce is checking sail trim, tweaking lines, spotting shifts and knowing intuitively what the competitors are thinking. He's always working to keep the crew sharp and focused on the only job important, which to him is winning. In addition, he's a natural teacher so it's explaining, not just prodding. That makes all of us better sailors in the end.

Once we got to Egg Rock, the fog socked in with visibility limited to about two boat lengths. With an incoming current, I called for us heading to the Swans Island shore but Bruce wanted to stay out. I insisted. As a result, we kept getting lifted as we went down the SI shore. We cleared SI, the small island at the end, but not the ledges off the island. Short tack out, then down to Hallibut Rock. Spotted the Rock on the radar and tacked for it.

I went forward to spot stuff, was just about to tell Bruce to bear off when I noticed the ledges to the SW of Halibut. At the same time, I noticed a Q Boat emerging from the fog behind us, healing at a much greater angle. We had to stay up for the ledges, but the Q Boat's upper spreader was aimed squarely for my port jumper stay. Fortunately, they hit a lull and popped upright, just clearing my stay. The rest of the race was a nice foggy downhill ride back to the finish with just a bit of beating the last hundred yard to the line.

After dinner, Bruce made a quick trip out to Golondrina. On his return, as he passed the boat house, Steve White stepped out. "Bruce. Tell me about the race."

So, with his total recall of any race he's ever been in, he took Steve trough the race from start to finish: hitting the line with clear air; having a battle on the first leg with Katrina and Otter, the two 41s; our argument over going in to SI or or going out; the Q Boat; and an unfriendly passing situation near the end. "Why do you ask?" says Bruce.

"Well, you finished one hour and twenty-two minutes ahead of the next boat."

I wondered what was up since we had stripped the racing gear, had the sail covers on and were on our second post-race beer when Snow Star and Kristin, the hot-shots of Class B came in.

And that's how I spent my summer vacation.

Irene #103

Douglas Cole, Bellingham, WA

After a winter in the shed wooding and renewing brightwork, the summer season was pretty tame due to lack of time off. But at least Irene is back to looking her best. It has been gratifying to see Vintage coming back to life at the helm of new owners Richard and Eleanor Baxendale and at the competent hands of the crew of Haven Boatworks in Port Townsend. She has been transformed from a orphan to a deserving princess.

Since 2008 will be the 70th Concordia anniversary, I was thinking it would be a good idea to organize a gathering of the six Pacific Northwest Concordias. It's been since 1987 since we've had a fleet raftup. Doug Adkins has suggested a rendezvous point at his place at West Sound on Orcas, then moving on to Stuart Island. How does June 27-29 look to you? Drop me an email at [email protected] for comments.

Off Call #58

Peter Castner, South Freeport, ME

Hello All,

It was great weather and another tremendous Season sailing in the Penobscot Bay. We enjoyed some fantastic weeklong cruises, pretty much free of fog or rain. We continued our traditional sailing, gunkholing in and around; Vinalhaven, Hurricane Island Sound, and Merchants Row. We are still enamored, and fascinated by the all of the small bays and areas to explore both by inflatable and by foot once ashore. We discovered yet another new anchorage spot. This one is totally killer it lies nestled between some small spruce covered, smooth granite shored Islands. It is protected from all winds, in tight to shore. Not much swinging room and with very little water beneath the keel which had the local Lobsterman muttering to each other. As my two boys get older and busier with their own schedules that is presently how we spend our quality time on the "Beloved".

Not a lot of day sails at present which I'm cool with, and the Cruising never grows old. It is nice now that both Sons are (over) 21 to sprawl out and relax in the cockpit at the end of the day and watch the sun set . We enjoy a "medicinal cocktail", unwind and plan the next days Journey. The music cranks and time seems to stand still ... by dusk the BBQ is hot and supper is served ...

I guess this winter we will dive into a few of the more $ (costly) Yard projects this that I've been putting off. We have been somewhat spoiled the past 4 or so years with just doing; basic/ routine maintenance paint and varnish. Guess these projects are all part of the "pride in ownership" deal. Everyone tells me she looks great so I guess all the expenditure of $ pays off. It is funny though things we restored a few? Years back are either wearing out or need to be refinished again!

Off Call

I know that when I look at her beautiful lines, gleaming paint and varnish, I still think what I lucky guy I am!

Happy Sailing!

Peter & Crew

Vintage #51

Richard and Eleanore Baxendale, Seattle, WA

When we bought Vintage in early January she was a special needs boat that was going to require a lot of work. We duly put her in the care of Haven Boatworks in Port Townsend. The yard's initial assignment was to first take on the structural issues identified in lurid detail by surveyor Kenneth Rorison of Sidney, BC, known to local wooden boat brokers as "Dr. Death". (As an interesting side note in the small world department, Kenneth grew up in Scotland with Brodie McGregor and were childhood friends before each emigrated).

Floors, frames, engine bed, and various planks were dealt with in due course through the spring. The head was completely refurbished, a new engine installed and spars repaired and varnished. However, in a classic example of mission creep, it became clear that the tatty cockpit, deck and house all had to be rebuilt. That work occupied the summer and is still ongoing with a launch date now estimated to be late November.

The project manager at Haven, Stephen Gale, warned me early that when an item has been dealt with, say varnishing the doors to the head or forward cabin, they will scream out that the surrounding paneling and sole need urgent attention. In this way we have built a new and very beautiful teak sole, a jewel box engine enclosure, wooded and varnished the cabin table, torn out the cockpit, house sides and front and replaced them with new and wonderfully matched planks of African mahogany from Edensaw Woods of Port Townsend. Everything needing rechroming has been rechromed.

At the date of writing (early October) the deck and house have been rebuilt and the cockpit is almost finished. A new diesel heater has been installed and an Origo alcohol stove will follow shortly. (BTW, if anyone is in the market for an original and perfectly fine Concordia solid fuel heating stove, please advise). The top and bottom sides will be painted later this month and then instruments installed. (We are going with a full array of Tacktick wireless instruments in addition to chart plotter, radar, VHF with remote, and a tiller autopilot).

What has the experience taught us? First, the quality of wooden boat work in Port Townsend is exceptional. Second, the extensive work we have undertaken on Vintage over what will have been the best part of a year, is naturally very expensive - unquestionably well beyond the market value of the boat. But third, we are looking forward to our completely repaired, rebuilt and updated Concordia, which, with proper maintenance, should long outlive us and preserve yet another example of this famous marque.

In May I said half jokingly that we were testing the thesis of whether it is better to buy a Concordia in excellent condition rather than one that needs restoration. The answer is clearly yes - if you can find one. We couldn't, so we did the next best thing.

Sonnet #63

James Brown, Syosset, NY

Sonnet's summer was fairly slow with only a few day sails being made when I could find available crew. But things picked up in a hurry mid August when we sailed the vessel up to Nantucket to join the IYRS Cruise. On board were my ex-wife, my third born son, and his 9 year old daughter, who had never spent more than a day or two on the boat. We kept her busy learning things including nautical time for her special log and this kept her happily busy. The trip was uneventful except for the Saturday when we went from Vineyard Haven in 25-30 knot winds from the NW. Partially unrolled jib alone and we were making 7.5 knots and more when surfing. The young crew member had a blast.

Once there we were joined by at least six other Concordias and the fun began. Two incidents deserve special mention. First was the welcome provided by the city of New Bedford, MA. Laurie Bullard on CAPTIVA had buttonholed the mayor to arranged for a special treatment for the IYRS fleet if it stopped there and they certainly did. We were met at the harbor entrance by the harbor police boat, guided to our FREE moorings and dock spaces, presented with goodie bags overflowing with six caps, six tee shirts many neat doobies and all the free ice we needed. Launch service to the town dock was gratis. A splendid cocktail/canape reception and a wonderful sit down, real cloth napkin dinner at the Whaling Museum with sea chanteys, etc. The next day saw guided tours of many places in town such as the Museum, the Aboud factory making fancy men's apparel, a high end fish packing plant and finally visits to three different kinds of fishing vessels. This last stop set up the scene for a Concordia extravaganza. I heartily recommend sailors to visit New Bedford as it has many fascinating aspects and is not the frenzy of Nantucket, Edgartown or Newport.

The extravaganza was set up by the visit of some of our captains visiting the fishing boats. The last was a scalloper which had just returned from sea. After the tour one of our captains inquired as to our ability to buy some fresh scallops. The fishing captain declared they generally went to his wholesaler but how many do you want. Another captain said one pound, another said two pounds and a third said TEN pounds. At which the fisherman went below and came back with a basket ball sized plastic bag of ten pounds of fresh sea scallops. No charge, he said. Enjoy them!!

Upon returning to our vessels, the Concordats slipped moorings and headed for Outthink. Unable to get room inside in the dense fog, we rafted up. Then the fun began. Each vessel, for the most part, took some of the scallops to prepare in their favorite way. In the meantime the local raw seafood boat stopped by and we took on at least six platters of oysters and clams on the half shell. Dark and Stormeys flowed like torrents and as the merriment increased scallops appeared from all over in various forms. Much gaiety. This lasted until way past midnight and resulted in some slow moving crew the next morning. Plus no one wanting to see another scallop for at least a week. The trip ended with a small formal diner at the IYRS facility with excellent food and music. Co-arrangers of the Cruise Dom Champa and Laurie Bullard presided with just the correct words. It just couldn't have been better.

The rest of SONNET's September and October was spent participating in a local Classic Yacht series of races every Saturday. About seven classic boats including CAPER. CLIO, ALERA. SAPHAEDRA, NOR'easter do a 15-mile course. SONNET is the only Concordia racing. So far we are second overall and it is a great pleasure to beat the larger, classy, well crewed bigger boats. No way will I be tempted by a Fife, Cronenshiels, S & S.

On last plea: On the trip from the Vineyard to Nantucket the brave IYRS burgee at the top of the mast destroyed both my wind direction and wind speed indicators. It's an old B & G Hornet and I can't get replacement parts. Also, some rogue wave or flotsam knocked off my port running light situated just below the deck level. I can't seem to find sources for any of this stuff. Any hints will be rewarded with finder's fees.

Yankee #37

James Cosgrove, Liverpool, NY

Reflections: Our 8th season owning, cherishing, showing off, and sailing YANKEE. By entering her in the annual International Antique and Classic Boat Show in Clayton, N.Y., we were compelled to make her sparkle "Bristol" fashion. Result: YANKEE won 1st prize in the sail category. That was summer's highlight. Not much cruising...much daysailing...some racing. The season got off to a rocky start when water flooded her Westerbeke 40 while she was "making up" in slings after initial launching on Memorial Day weekend. (Float on shore-powered sump pump stuck under a beam!) But, after repeated oil changes, no problems.

Yankee

We hauled her out at Sodus Bay in mid-September. We're excited about our new main and mizzen just ordered from Tom Braisted of Hood Sailmakers.

See you on the slopes!
Jim Cosgrove

Boats for Sale

#NamePriceSellerPhone
3 Halcyon $48,000 Sparkman & Stephens (877) 242-3563
8 Never Again $125,000 Bartram & Brakenhoff (401) 846-7355
35 Memory $35,000 Cannell, Payne & Page (207) 236-2383
43 Raka $75,000 East Coast Yacht Sales (207) 846-4545
44 Lacerta   Concordia Company (508) 999-1381
71 Polaris $110,000 Commonwealth Yachts (866) 401-4190
78 Matinicus $145,000 Cannell, Payne & Page (207) 236-2383
86 Dame of Sark $285,000 Dodson Boat Yard (888) 258-2957

Sarah #27

Margo Geer, St. Augustine, FL

If the sound of angels singing awoke you October 27th, it was coming from St. Augustine. After greater than seven years, much work, many trials and tribulations, and a lot of help from her friends, SARAH was heading to the water.

In the short two miles between the warehouse and St. Augustine Marine, a downpour started and since I had neglected to close the companionway (who knew?), when we launched we had as much or more water coming in from the top as we had from the bottom.

Sarah

Once the rain stopped and we could see what was going on, it was obvious that she was not taking on much water. We moved her out of the slings and to a slip for a proper celebration.

This seems like the perfect time to thank everyone in the Concordia and wooden boat communities for all of the help and support that Sarah and I received these past seven years. There is no way that this project would have been possible without the encouragement, advice, and in some cases actual physical help of dozens of people. From the beginning and including a frantic call to Brodie the day before launch to determine the proper inclination of the engine vent cover on the mizzen deck, the folks at Concordia have been wonderful. John Arruda in the parts room produced several vital items including a rudder pintel and a rudder head loaned from another boat, when they realized they didn't have any in stock.

We have a lot of work ahead of us, especially if we're going to make it back north for the 70th anniversary, but I have so many wonderful people helping me that it seems like anything is possible.

There are many kind words, additional photos of the launch, and a link to a video and a St. Augustine Record article at: http://www.woodenboatvb.com/vbulletin/upload/showthread.php?t=71410.

Winnie of Borne #11

Peter Gallant, Newington, NH

The big news with "Winne of Bourne" is that she is for sale. I spent most of last winter preparing her for an extended trip to the Bahamas, but life has a way of changing. I bought a house in Crested Butte, Colorado, and I'll be skiing instead of sailing. She is in fantastic condition and fully outfitted for some extensive cruising.

We cruised to Maine this summer and participated in the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta. We won the first feeder race, got lost in the fog the second, and made a bad decision on Saturday. John Eide on Golondrina smoked the whole fleet that day, and is to be commended for a race well sailed.

I used US Paint Awlspar one-part varnish this past year, and I have to report that after a sunny season of use in New England, it looks fresh and glossy. It's also very flexible, which I believe is important. This product is vastly superior to Zspar or Epiphanes. I'm only going to refresh the horizontal surfaces and leave the verticals for next year. This could be a maintenance windfall, as I have always varnished annually. If the boat doesn't sell, I'll give you all an update next year.

Peter Gallant

Raka #43

Bob Stuart, Hingham, MA

Well, I've gone and done it. I came to the realization that my cruising days were over, and so, after 25 great years, I have sold RAKA. Fortunately, she is very lucky. She has a new owner, Greg Crockett, of Essex Mass. Who is planning to maintain her in the manner which Concordias deserve. And, best of all, the work will be done or guided by Dick Zimmerman, owner of #28 SAFARI. As you may recall, Dick and Lisa earned the Phoenix award for bringing Safari back from her death bed at the 50th reunion. So I am very pleased that she will be well taken care of.

I myself have been accused of having the "wooden boat disease," and it is true. After a long search, including consideration of "plastic" boats, I bought another old wooden boat. A racer, daysailor, weekender designed to the seven meter rule. My friends say that it is not much of a change. Wood, of course, 37 feet vs 39, built in 1951 vs 1956, but a sloop vs a yawl and about half the displacement. Very simple and basic down below. Lovely long classic lines, but not as beautiful as a Concordia. (You may still be able to see her on yachtworld.com as a Braidwood seven meter design.) It is a different sailing experience, much more tender and responsive, but also quite fast. I hope to bring her to the Eggemmoggin Reach Regatta next year.

I look forward to keeping in touch with old Concordia friends.

Bob Stuart

Important Things

Mark your calendars for the Concordia 70th Anniversary August 8-10th . Check with Concordia Company at 508-999-1381 or www.concordiaboats.com for additional information.

Doug Cole / Irene #103 is organizing a get together for the West Coast Concordias. Please see page 9 for information.

www.concordiaboats.com has been updated and includes list of boats and owners. If you go to the home page you will see a Concordias link toward the upper right. PLEASE take a moment to update your information and upload a picture of your boat. I also recommend you register in the Forum section of the website.

I have approximately 6 Concordia burgees left. They are $40.00 each (includes shipping).

Newsletter subscriptions are $20.00 per year, and your support is appreciated.

Deadline for the spring newsletter = April 15, 2008. Please E-mail all articles and pictures to: [email protected]

Miscellaneous News & Notes

Congratulations to Jim Cosgrove and #37 YANKEE, who received 1st place in the Sail with Auxiliary category at the Clayton Antique Boat Show.

Robert Keifer has completed a significant amount of work on #19 OTTER and will be out sailing this summer.

The Herreshoff Classic Yacht Symposium will be held April 4-6, 2008 in Bristol, RI. The symposium is sponsored by the Herreshoff Museum and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. Topics include classic yacht design, restoration of both power and sailing vessels, and adaptation of classic designs to modern materials. The abstract that I submitted on SARAH's restoration was accepted, and I recently received word that my paper had been selected for presentation. I hope all Concordia owners in the area will attend. If you plan on doing so, please e-mail me. We could get together for dinner Friday, April 4th, have a Concordia table at the symposium dinner Saturday evening, or both.

Registration information and an event schedule will be posted at www.herreshoff.org in the near future.