The owners took Spartan on the racing circuit last summer (2011) starting in Maine, where they participated in the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta. There, they led the Herreshoff Class fleet at the twelfth annual Castine Classic Yacht Race to Camden, and took honors in all three races that also included the Camden Feeder Regatta. After Maine, Spartan returned to Nantucket to compete in the 39th Opera House Cup Regatta where she had been dismasted 31 years before. She placed third in her division. Next winter Spartan’s owners plan to take her to the Med to race against the Fifes where she is certain to do well.
“There is scuttlebutt over the NY50s being the greatest one-design class ever built. I certainly agree with that statement,” said Spartan’s former captain, John Wenz. “I have never sailed anything quite like her. She responds like a nimble modern ocean racer but yet has a solid feel of a classic yacht. She is all thoroughbred and all business. She wants to go fast all the time.”