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Yacht race marks anniversary of Concordia Yawl

The Castine Yacht Club, in cooperation with the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta, is sponsoring the 14th annual Classic Yacht Race Aug. 1 from Castine, Maine, to Camden, Maine.

The event is just one of several the club has planned to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Concordia Yawl. The 19.6-nm race will be the first of three day races, which will culminate in the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta on Aug. 3.

The race is open to all monohull Classic and Spirit of Tradition yachts at least 28 feet LOA with a valid CRF rating certificate. Organizers said each yacht must tow a proper dinghy; failure to do so will result in time penalty and disqualification from winning any prize.

A fleet of Concordias will rendezvous in Castine to start a month-long celebration marking the 75th anniversary of the famed 39-foot, 10-inch to 41-foot classic yachts. They were designed by C. Raymond Hunt with the assistance of Waldo Howland, and the Concordia Co. commissioned 103 yachts of this class from 1938 to 1966. All but four of them were built at the Abeking and Rasmussen shipyard in Germany.

With their extraordinary success as offshore racers and cruisers, the Concordias became the biggest class of large wooden sailboats ever constructed. On July 31, notable examples will be on exhibition at the Castine Town Dock. At 4 p.m. the Concordia yachts will be honored at a symposium in Delano Auditorium at the Maine Maritime Academy.

The symposium will review the design, construction and sailing qualities of the historic yachts. John Eide, editor of The Concordian and skipper of hull 65 Golondrina, will chair the discussion among the panel of restorers, historians and sailors of Concordia yachts.

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