Winter Harbor 21
|Main and Jib Sail Area||500 sq ft (46 m2).|
In 1906, Fredrick O. Spedden and George Dallas Dixon Jr., members of Maine's Winter Harbor Yacht Club commissioned Starling Burgess and his partner, Alpheus A. Packard to create a one-design racing sloop for the club. Their firm, Burgess & Packard, produced the Winter Harbor 21, a knockabout. Seven boats were built by Burgess & Packard and launched in 1907. Two more boats were built by George Lawley & Son in 1920 and 1924, bringing the total fleet to 9.
In 1979, Alan Goldstein, commodore of the Winter Harbor Yacht Club, decided while sailing on one of the two remaining boats that he wanted one of his own. It took him two years of diligent searching before he discovered the boat Cloverly in poor condition rotting in a barn. After extensive rebuilding there were three Winter Harbor 21s racing once more in Winter Harbor. It took ten more years before the remaining six sloops had been found, restored and returned to Winter Harbor.
It's thought that the Winter Harbor 21s are the oldest intact one-design racing sailboat fleet in the United States.
The Boats and Owners
Name - Year Built - color - owner
Mystery – 1907 - pink - Dexter Coffin family
Whippet – 1907 – white – Samuel Heffner - restored by Benjamin River Marine, Brooklyn, Maine
Cloverly – 1907 – maroon – Alan Goldstein
Riddle – 1907 – green – Chas Wiggins
Water Witch – 1907 – yellow - Dexter Coffin Family - restored by Redd's Pond Boatworks and Marblehead Trading Company, Marblehead, Massachusetts
Rambler II – 1907 – gray – Anthony Harwood
Sphinx – 1907 – red-orange - John Banes, et al.
Sole – 1922 – blue – Edith Dixon
El Fitz – 1924 – varnish – Hilary Dixon Miller