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C.W. Hood 32s are Getting into the Spirit of Yacht Racing

Now that our C.W. Hood 32 fleet has grown to 38 and still growing, we have seen more of our owners getting into the spirit by taking part in racing.

The Hood 32 “Dream” , hull #1, participated in the Corinthian Classic Regatta this year in the Spirit of Tradition fleet. We were pleased to see the Hood 32 in the 24th running of the Corinthian Classic Regatta, held this past August 13 and 14, as this event is a testament to the beauty of traditional and modern classic racing yachts and offers a chance to look back at the yachting legacy in Marblehead and look forward to the future. This year’s regatta featured 31 vessels in six divisions ranging from the 115-year-old Herreshoff design to Contemporary Classics like the CW Hood 32.

Hosted by the Corinthian Yacht Club and sponsored by Doyle Sailmakers, Hinckley Yachts and other marine companies, the Corinthian Classic is a two-day pursuit race divided into six divisions ranging from vintage to contemporary classic, according to an article written by Laurie Fullerton in SAIL Magazine.

The Corinthian Classic Regatta has evolved over many years and is about celebrating yachting –whether those traditions began a century ago or in the 1970s and 80s. The 13-modern classics division marked the opportunity to see boats like the Ted-Hood-built Little Harbor 37 Sea Robin, the Hinckley 41 Black Magic and the Concordia 41 yawl Grace, the latter of which placed third in the Vintage yacht division.

"This is a unique event for us," said Principal Race Officer and former commodore of the Corinthian Yacht Club Ken Adam. "I think it is in part for the pageantry of it, and the finish line is always amazing. We know these boats don’t always race for time; they race for the beauty of it. It has also morphed beyond the early 20th century yachts and has long recognized the fiberglass boats from the 1960s, 70s and 80s as modern classics."

Any boat designed after 1950 and built before 1980 with rudders separated from the trailing edge of the keel is considered a Modern Classic. The fleet also included nine International One Designs, and Chris and Andrea Morse on board the CW Hood 32 Dream, the very first Hood 32 built and considered to be a Contemporary or Spirit of Tradition classic. Additionally, the Hood 32 has a PHRF rating of 147, so competitive sailors can enjoy fleet racing comparable to any other modern-day design.

We are pleased that this summer not only saw the Corinthian Classic Regatta but also the 1st Annual "Hood3" race on July 24, 2022, in Greenwich, CT, organized by three Hood 32 owners in the area. The race featured the Hood 32’s “Switchback”, “Puritan” and “Uccello III” with perfect sailing weather with “Switchback” placing first in the event. The second annual sail and dinner is scheduled for June 23 to 25, 2023 in Greenwich.

If you want to go sailing in classic comfort yet experience state-of-the art high performance, the CW Hood 32 is truly the only boat of its kind.

"Hood3" 1st annual race, Greenwich, CT

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