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    Default Mary Rose nearly lost her fore mast in Antiqua

    On practice day in Antigua this year the 76' Herreshoff Schooner "Mary Rose" nearly lost her foremast during the pre race practice trials day at the Antiqua Classic Race 2017. My friend John Burke was in the thick of it and watched the mast drop nearly nine inches when the step failed. Here is John's letter to me. Jay

    Jay,

    Here is a link to the Panerai Antigua Classic Regatta page. You can see various photos from each of the 4 days to get some idea of what it was like!

    I will send various photos by a second email, but the biggest story is the day before the racing started we were practicing when all of a sudden while working one of the winches on the foremast there was a loud "clunk" noise after which the foremast dropped about 8-9 inches down into the boat! Turns out the angle iron which supports the 4 inch thick mahogany on which the mast is stepped had fully corroded and bent into a "u" shape instead of being straight as it once was. Fortunately the swells were kind to us and the mast did not come down despite our having to motor back with seas hitting on the starboard forward quarter causing some quite concerning back and forth sway.


    We had to locate a crane operator, I went aloft to disconnect the Triatic stay, we pulled the mast (yes there is a 1926 Liberty head dollar underneath), and located a metal worker to fabricate new steel angle iron and support. We missed Friday's races.


    We had the new steel installed by 8:15 Friday night (it was really hard drilling 3/8 inch holes through the original metal frames - Herreshoff used some very hard steel!). On Saturday morning the mast was still laying on the dock, but by 8:30 we had lifted it back in place and, Ashley, the local rigger, went to work. Once the mast was in, we began putting all sails and running rigging in place. Incredibly, and to much fanfare, we left the dock just before 10:00a.m. and made made the 11o'clock start for our class. We went on to finish first in our class and fourth in fleet that day!


    We again finished 1st in fleet on Sunday, both days beating Mariette of 1915 (another Herreshoff) and on Monday we missed first place by on 2 minutes 10 seconds after a 3 1/2 hour race! Another great adventure aboard the SY Mary Rose!






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    Default Re: Mary Rose nearly lost her fore mast in Antiqua

    Not the kind of excitement you look for in a Classics race! Glad the damage was contained and hope this prompts a thorough inspection.

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    Default Re: Mary Rose nearly lost her fore mast in Antiqua

    Thanks Hugh, It does speak well for the ingenuity of her crew! It was fortunate that the stick didn't punch a hole through the bottom!
    Jay

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