Open plan interior:
Starting forward is a collision bulkhead with chain locker & sail stowage. A second (and new) collision bulkhead was added recently. Moving aft is a large sail stowage area that has been modified to have a large berth off to port. This is removable if desired, but makes this large space into a great cabin for cruising. It has a very big centerline opening hatch that lets in lots of light, but also makes it easy to get sails in and out.
Immediately aft to port is an enclosed head with wash basin & hand-held shower. Tool storage & wet gear locker opposite to starboard.
Moving aft into the main salon, port forward is the galley. A large counter space behind the sinks has 2 leaves that lift up to enlarge the dining area. There are 2 pairs of adjustable upper and lower berths in the main salon with lee cloths; seat to starboard forward. Moving aft, opposite the companionway, port and starboard are 2 seats for donning wet gear etc. with bins behind. Opposite the navigation area port and starboard are 2 upper and lower pipe berths. All the way aft are 2 additional pipe berths and a third collision bulkhead.
2 Deep s/s sinks
Gimballed propane stove, solenoid shut-off switch (2 bottles in special cockpit locker)
Seafrost cold plate engine-driven refrigerator/freezer
Storage lockers, work surfaces
Allcraft 6 gal. s/s water heater off engine
ELECTRONICS & NAVIGATION:
ICOM M502 VHF radio
ICOM M802 SSB radio
Furuno 1833c radar w/internal WAAS GPS & compass
New Raymarine Evolution EV-400 auto pilot, 2 P-70 displays
2 GPS (Northstar DGPS 951X, Trimble Navtrac XL)
B&G Sailing Instrumentation w/5 MFDs, 4 20/20s (full system in process of replacement by owner)
Additional Horizon depth
Vetus Meteoliner barometer
SeaTel wave call sat phone
4 Danforth on-deck mounted magnetic compasses (3 rebuilt 2015)
12V DC ships power
5 Batteries (4 8D house in 2 banks, 1 4D engine start)
Control panel w/ammeters & voltmeters at chart table
Individual circuits controlled by clearly marked circuit breaker switches for over current protection
HULL & DECKS:
Epoxy-coated cold-molded 3/8” cedar & meranti woods, with airex foam core using “balanced panel” construction such that the inner skin & outer skins are the same thickness. S-Glass fiberglass skin on exterior of hull
Deck & house built with Divinycell foam core, S-Glass fiberglass with West System epoxy & vacuum bagged
Lead external keel bolted to aluminum-grid frame w/chain plates connected to frame
Carbon fiber rudder & stock
Both aluminum & s/s pulpit & stern rails (2 sets - 1 at approx 24" tall aluminum for racing, the other s/s at approx 36" tall for cruising & currently installed)
Fixed port holes in cabin trunk
5 Opening ports in cockpit sides
Self draining, shallow cockpit
SAILS & RIGGING:
2008 Sobstad Vectran main (day sail)
2003 North 3dl genoa
2005 Sobstad Genesis blade
2007 Sobstad Genesis jib top
2004 Sobstad Panel Solent staysail
2004 Sobstad Code O
Masthead asymmetric spinnakers and Code 0
Fractional symmetric spinnakers
Large inventory of North racing sails includes mains, genoas, blades, jib top, blast reachers, genoa staysail, spin staysails, .5 VMG spins, .5 & .75 runners, .6 ap reacher, as well as storm jibs built in the ‘90s (list available upon request)
2004 GMT carbon mast stepped on keel
In-line spreader fractional rig, 3 spreaders and inline jumpers with Kevlar runners and check stays (2008)
Harken deck hardware
Navtec hydraulic boom vang
#32 Barient mainsheet
3-speed Lewmar secondaries
#52 Harken backstay
#48 Lewmar electric halyard/utility
#27 Barient halyard
Barient model 839 primaries with pedestal
ENGINE & MECHANICAL:
Yanmar 88 HP salt-water cooled diesel inboard (power take off on front of engine drives alternator, refrigeration & water maker)
Martec 2-blade folding prop
Twin aluminum wheels (steering system is chain & cable connecting to quadrant on rudder stock)
Head w/26 gal. holding tank & available overboard discharge
Remote Halon fire extinguisher in engine compartment
Portable dry chemical fire extinguishers
12V Electric & manual bilge pumps
2012 RFD Beaford 8-man A Pack life raft, MOM 8, life sling, companionway hatch dodgers, Bruce-style 65 lb anchor w/chain, Fortress FX37 anchor w/rode & 3/8" chain in container, Danforth 12H anchor w/chain & rode, cradle, 20' storage container for sails & gear
MODIFICATIONS & CHANGES BY YEAR:
New equipment since August 2012:
Raymarine Evolution auto pilot EV-400 sail system & second P70 control in nav station
Harken Mk IV jib furler and new rod forestay
Garmin 4208 8 1/2" GPS and new remote mike
Dodger with side and aft handrails
RFD Beauford 8 man A pack life raft
2 8D GEL batteries
Xantrex Battery charger
26 gal holding tank under forward bunk
Re-covered interior cushions with Sunbrella material
Shifter and throttle cables
Engine throttle pump
Dutchman system on main
Yanmar engine mounts, shaft alignment
Vetus one lever shifter
Teak and holly vinyl laminate on top of lightweight engineered cabin sole panels.
Winch covers & winch handle holders
8 Interior dome lights with LEDs
Custom anchor roller
Pullman style 2 person bunk forward port side
Collision bulkhead forward
Cabin port lights
Seafrost compressor for refrigerator
New SS pulpits & lifelines 36", kept 24" for spare
Major maintenance since August 2012:
stripped, sanded and epoxied bottom, applied 2 coats of bottom paint
new bottom paint each spring
sanded, primed and repainted non skid with AlwGrip products
sanded, epoxied and repainted lazarette
flushed and cleaned 4 fuel tanks and 2 water tanks, added new returns for water tanks
sanded and repainted / varnished most of the interior
- First 1992 Northern Ocean Racing Trophy
- First 1994 Northern Ocean Racing Trophy
- First 1992 Vineyard Race
- First 1993 Fastnet Race
- First 1994 NYYC Fall Regatta
- Second 1993 Transatlantic Race
- Second 1993 Miami - Montego Bay Race
- Second 1994 Newport - Bermuda Race
- Third 1992 Newport - Bermuda Race
As - “MOL HUNGARIA”:
- 1st Overall to finish and 2nd on handicap 1996/97 Hong Kong Challenge (Round the World)
As - “FLYWAY II”:
- First 1998 Gearbuster
- First 1999 Gearbuster
- First 2004 LHYC
- First 2005 SYC Overnight
- First 2005 CIYC Day Race
- First 2006 RYC Stratford Shoal
- First 2006 CIYC Distance Race
- First 2008 LHYC
- Second 2002 Gearbuster
Aurora hits the race course again!
Below is a story by the Brooklin Boat Yard team after racing on Aurora in one of Maine's most prestigious regattas.
You Can’t Get There From Here
Photo by Andrew Sims.
Mainers have a saying for tourists who ask for directions: “You can’t get there from here.” Last weekend when Sailing Anarchy’s editor tried to journey to Brooklin, Maine, from San Diego, had flight delay issues that wouldn’t allow him to make the event.
The plan was to race AURORA (a Bill Tripp-designed 55-foot cold-molded racing boat built by Brooklin Boat Yard) in the famed Eggemoggin Reach Regatta and its two feeders, August 4-6, 2016. The ERR attracts more than 100 wooden boats from around the world annually, including some yachts more than a century old. The only entry requirement is that the boat is built substantially of wood. AURORA, built in 1992, is a racing machine that has done Transats, Fastnets, and Bermuda Races and taken home trophies for more than two decades. Her hull is cold molded, her decks are S-glass with foam core and her spar is carbon. For ERR racing purposes, she’s classified as a “Spirit of Tradition” boat (though some purists have a hard time spotting the tradition in her).
Last Thursday AURORA and her crew took to Penobscot Bay for the first feeder race spanning 19.6 miles of Maine waters from Castine to Camden. The SSW breeze was on, averaging 17 mph at the start and reaching over 20 steady by the finish. AURORA and her fiercest competitor, the 69-foot ISOBEL (also built by Brooklin Boat Yard), both sailed to the front of the fleet early on. This was an upwind race for almost the entire sail, finishing with a reaching leg from the last mark to the finish. ISOBEL rounded that mark a half-mile ahead of AURORA, launched her chute and made for the finish line in dramatic fashion. While the Stephens & Waring-designed sloop owed every boat in the fleet considerable time, she still came out on top at the end of the day.
Photo by Andrew Sims.
By Friday AURORA was intent on pushing past ISOBEL at least on corrected, if not on elapsed time. At the start of the 26-mile course from Camden to Brooklin, Maine, the SSW breeze was beginning to build again. At the first gun, the wind was 14 mph and built up to 20 again by the finish. When the starting gun fired, AURORA and several other aggressive boats found themselves on the wrong side of the line, but given the conditions and the number of irreplaceable classic yachts in the fleet, the RC asked all OCS boats to take a penalty instead of restarting. Undaunted, AURORA raced ISOBEL once again to front of the fleet, beating to the first marks and then launching spinnakers through a narrow passage in the fishing town of Stonington. While the lobstermen shook their fists at the 53 boats sailing past their mooring field, AURORA tried to close the distance between them and ISOBEL, who was a dozen boat-lengths ahead. Behind them the schooner AMERICA, a 1995-built replica of the first AMERICA’s Cup winner, was a remarkable site as she bore down under full sail through the thoroughfare. Nearing the end ISOBEL broached in dramatic form, acting as a warning to the AURORA crew of an upcoming wind-shift. ISOBEL crossed the finish line 11 minutes ahead of AUORA, but both AURORA and VORTEX (a cold-molded, customized Swede 55 also built by Brooklin Boat Yard and owned by Steve White, president of BBY) both corrected over her in first and second places, respectively.
Saturday was the official Eggemoggin Reach Regatta with a 105-boat fleet and a 15-mile course that has been unchanged for the race’s 32-year history. While early forecasts had the wind over 20 mph all day, racers sailed to the start in a dying, squirrelly breeze. The wind entirely dissipated as the first gun blew for the Spirit of Tradition Class, about a half-hour after the first class had started. Boats were spotting the start line pointing in the same direction with their sails on different tacks. Just up the course ripples on the water indicated a breeze slowly making its way down to the racers. It reached the boats on the left side of the line first, including ISOBEL, launching them up the course while frustrated racers on the right watched the ripples continue to creep across the line toward them. With the early lack of breeze, much of the fleet seemed to start from the same place, forcing the bigger, faster boats to dive and dodge the classic and vintage boats clustered just past the start line. The wind filled in nicely as racers made their way toward the first mark. Several boats from earlier starting classes had put a lot of distance between themselves and the rest of the fleet that had been stuck in the hole at the start line. After rounding the first mark, the breeze began to back off and shift directions, creating a large hole between the first and second marks. Once again boats found themselves drifting on different tacks, pointing away from the second mark. The boats at the front of the fleet were struggling to round the second mark, while the second wave of boats was trying to find the zephyrs that would get them moving. The breeze filled in for the second wave first, narrowing the gap in the fleet. AURORA rounded the mark and launched the spinnaker, sending them down a long leg on a beam reach toward the finish. ISOBEL was once again at the front of the fleet, just ahead of famous vintage and classic yachts like DORADE, the recently refitted MARILEE, SONNY and TICONDEROGA. As the breeze built, AURORA steamed down the course passing everyone but ISOBEL, and reaching speeds over 15 mph by the finish line.
Final results put ISOBEL, AURORA and DREADNOUGHT (a Brooklin Boat Yard-built 49-foot custom boat) in the top three spots in Spirit of Tradition B for the ERR. ISOBEL took home fasted elapsed and corrected times in the entire 105-boat fleet. Brooklin Boat Yard, one of the hosts of the regatta, was proud to have built 14 of the 21 competitors in the Spirit of Tradition class, as well as having serviced or restored many of the other yachts on the course.
With some of the best racing and cruising in the world, Maine’s 3,000+ miles of coastline and thousands of islands make it a tough place to get to from anywhere. But well worth the trip.
Here are the results from the August 3-5 racing
Castin Classic Yacht Race - 2nd
Camden Classic Yacht Regatta - 1st
Eggemoggin Reach Regatta - 2
Handicap was CRF Classic Rating Formula
The Eggemoggin race had 105 boats.