High Rig & Low Rig Champion I-LYA 1933

From July 9th -15th, 1933, Put-In-Bay was speckled with yachts participating in week-long festivities and races. Amongst the fleet were a few “S” Class, High & Low-Rig yachts. The vessels are nearly identical to one another except for the mast heights. The mast of the High-Rig is over thirty feet tall, and the mast of the Low-Rig is over twenty feet. The “S” Class is a twenty-eight foot long boat with a curved main mast designed by Captain Nat Herreshoff. Between 1919 and 1940, approximately 100 of these vessels were built nationwide and about sixty are still sailing today. Similar to the Star Class boats, featured in a previous post, the “S” Class is a “One Design” yacht. The “S” Class is the only remaining “One Design” vessel to be built by wood, never switching to fiberglass.

The “S” Class races took place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday of the regatta, with High-Rig races beginning at 9:20 a.m and the Low-Rig races following at 9:25 a.m. The two races followed the same short course, with the start and finish lines at Put-In-Bay. Competitors advanced toward marked buoys, the first at the east end of Middle Bass Island, rounding toward the midpoint of South Bass Island and Rattlesnake Island, then back toward Put-In-Bay for a grand total of 33 miles. At the end of the regatta on July 15th, the winners of the High & Low-Rig races earned their commemorative flags and trophies. The High-Rigs earned the J.W. Koehrman Trophy and the Low-Rigs earned the J.A. Tallman Trophy.

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