WINDFALL's World Tour
We have just returned from our first trip with WINDFALL. Our goal was it introduce the Herreshoff 12 ½ Doughdish to a new area. She is Nathanael Herreshoff's most prolific design, and has enjoyed over 100 years of continuous class racing here in the northeast. However, those in the south are less familiar with the boat and there are no fleets. We took the opportunity of an early sailing season and headed to demonstrate WINDFALL to a new group of sailors. My husband and I, together with our two children, Minta (4) and Olin (16 mo), traveled over two weeks from Cape Cod, MA, to South Carolina and Georgia where we had appointments lined up at Yacht Clubs and Sailing Clubs for sailing demos on the water.
Windfall Tour dates - First Leg of World Tour:
• April 5-6 Palmetto Bluffs, SC
• April 7-8 Hilton Head, SC; South Carolina Yacht Club
• April 9-10 Savanah, GA
Here are some statistics from WINDFALL's first great adventure:
• 2 Adults, 2 children and 1 boat traveled 2716 miles through 11 different states.
• We sailed in 5 different harbors and stopped at 9 Yacht/ Sailing Clubs and one Horse Farm.
• 27 people sailed: Our visitors ranged in age from 4.5 years to retirement.
• 2 people chased us off the highway for more information.
• WINDFALL raced a fleet of 420s in Savannah and sailed through a fleet of Harbor 20s in Hilton Head.
• She sailed in conditions up to 30 knots of breeze and 3 knots of current, and loved every minute of it!
Minta watches Dad sail Doughdish at South Carolina Yacht Club
Olin watches WINDFALL get secured for the next leg of the trip
WINDFALL's World Tour - April, 2016
NOAA Weather (KFMH): 7-Day Forecast Latitude 41.64°N; Longitude -70.62°W
The WINDFALL crew would like to thank the friends and family who hosted us on this epic adventure. We would also like to thank Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina Yacht Club, Hogan's Marina, Savannah Yacht Club and Moss Creek Marina for helping us launch, demonstrate and haul. We had a wonderful time and look forward to doing it again! Hopefully we will be expanding to include Beaufort and Charleston, SC on our next trip south.
WINDFALL's next adventure will go north with stops in Nantucket and Maine this Summer. Possibly we will go west to Chicago this fall. Would you like to see her at your yacht club or harbor? Let us know and we will try to set it up!
A Brief History
In the Fall of 1914, members of the Beverly Yacht Club asked famed designer Nathanael Herreshoff to develop a new class of sailboat for their children. The boat was to be well suited for sail training on the rough waters of Buzzards Bay; easily handled, yet capable in an afternoon Sou'wester. The sloop N.G. Herreshoff produced not only fit the clubs requirements then, but has remained a foundation throughout New England's sailing community. The Buzzards Bay Class became known as the Herreshoff 12 1/2 and the first 19 boats were delivered in 1915. Fleets spread throughout the East Coast and racing continued through the early 1970s, but, by this time, many of the original boats were in need of major repair or restoration.
In 1973, William Harding - a long time Herreshoff 12 1/2 owner, accomplished competitor and sailmaker - recognized the need for a more economical alternative to costly restorations. In the hope of continuing the class, Harding earnestly replicated the wooden hulls in fiberglass with exacting standards in hull shape, weight, balance and sailing characteristics. After a season or two of trials, the new model, coined the Doughdish, was found to be an excellent match to her wooden sisters with competition results proving her equality. The Doughdish endures as the only H Class endorsed replication of N.G. Herreshoff's iconic 12 1/2. We have built more than 540 of these fiberglass and teak sloops, now sailing from ports around the globe.
Check back on this page and on Doughdish Facebook page for updates on WINDFALL's travel, you never know where she will be next!