Read the News Feature on 2022 race results in the Castine Patriot from August 11, 2022.
The 23rd annual Castine Classic 19.6nm race to Camden, sponsored by the Castine Yacht Club, was sailed on August 4, 2022, on Penobscot Bay.
The race was the first of a three-race series, followed by the Camden to Brooklin feeder race and the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta. The thirty-five yacht fleet beat down the sparkling waters of Penobscot Bay in a brisk and steady south to southwest breeze, rounded Robinson Rock south of Islesboro and had a spinnaker run to the finish off Curtis Island in Camden.
Siren, a 45' New York 32 designed by Sparkman & Stephens built in 1936, skippered by Peter Cassidy, took Classic A honors. Siren was awarded the Ames Cup as overall winner of the Classic A, B and C fleets.
The Ames Cup is given in memory of the Ames family which hailed from Castine. Their two sons were lost off the Grand Banks in an unsuccessful effort to save their father who was washed overboard in the 1935 Newport to Bergen, Norway race. Siren also won the Sparkman & Stephens trophy as top S&S yacht in the fleet.
Classic B honors went to Bijou II, a 40' Reimers design built in 1972, skippered by Chris Bouzaid.
Chance, a 34' Herreshoff design built in 1934 and sailed by John Blodgett, took top spot in Classic C. Classic C included four Concordia yachts. Phalarope, a Concoria 39 skippered by Castine Yacht Club Commodore Tom Ashton, won the Phalarope trophy awarded to the top Concordia yacht.
The Spirit of Tradition fleet was led by Outlier, skippered by Harvey Jones. Outlier is a 55' Botin design built in 2019.
The pictures below are by Kathy Mansfield, noted British yachting photojournalist.
(Photos credit Kathy Mansfield.)
Classic A Start
Outlier and Blackfish
Siren - Ames Cup Winner
The Race Committee (L to R): David Bicks, Kevin Coady, George Murnaghan, Cam Brien and John Bicks.