Today we are pleased to present another guest post from America’s Cup winner, ESPN broadcaster, and Abbeville Press contributing author Gary Jobson, who has graciously agreed to regale our readers with his tales of the high seas.
A Classic Yacht Sail
On a recent blustery fall day I was invited to sail on a Fife-built boat named Adventuress. This is one of three remaining Fifes here in the United States. She was built in 1911. Soon after leaving our mooring at 0900 our crew of five, along with 24 guests, hauled the sails to the top of the mast. When the engine was shut off, the wind and waves filled our ears with the comforting sound of the yacht under sail. Within seconds we were sailing at 10 knots. The guests, many on their first sail, were silent and in awe. It was the first time they realized that a boat seemed to have a living soul.
Everyone wandered about the decks to find a comfortable spot. As for me, I enjoyed talking with everyone for a few minutes. On the foredeck there was silence. The boat easily rode over the waves off Newport, Rhode Island. Back aft the skipper used a quiet, confident manner to give orders; you could tell every day was a joy for him.
We were lucky to find a fleet of nine 12-meter yachts out preparing for a race. All of the 12s had competed for the America’s Cup, a tradition which dates back to 1851. The oldest 12-meter we saw that day was built in 1938 and the newest was built in 1986. In a word, they too were classics. As we sailed past, the crews of the 12s waved and we returned the salute. Everyone understood how special it was to be on the water on this magical day. To enjoy the sights and tales of classic yachts built by Fife of Scotland, take some time and read Classic Yachts. It is a book that you will return to often.