Monday, September 1, 2014

The fox is a killer of sheep and poultry...

New England Fox Hunt, 1970. Photo from our personal archives.


“The fox is a killer of sheep and poultry, and hunting him has - perhaps ironically - given birth to one of the most scenic of all equestrian sports.... 

To the anti-blood-sports activists it is an abhorrence.  To those who follow it assiduously, however, it is more than a sport, it is practically a way of life.... 

How can one convey the fascination of fox hunting in words?  One has to experience personally the thrill of the chase with its speed and risks, the natural beauty of the countryside viewed from horseback in this unique circumstances, the incredible efficiency and enthusiasm of a good pack of hounds, the unforgettable panorama of it all.  Only then can one understand why so much of our finest sporting art and sculpture has depicted fox hunting, why much of the wisest and wittiest equestrian literature is concerned with it, why so many famous horsemen throughout history have been obsessed by this exhilarating, spectacular sport, so glorified and so maligned.” 

-  William C. Steinkraus, M. A. Stoneridge,    The Horse in Sport (Amazon Link)


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Newport's Classic Yacht Regatta, 2014

Adam Langerman on the left, Halsey C. Herreshoff  in the middle, and Heath Moldveen on the right on the 1926 NY 40 RUGOSA, designed by Halsey Herreshoff's grandfather, Nathaniel Greene Herreshoff.

A perfect way to spend this beautiful Saturday was sharing Narragansett Bay with the Museum of Yachting's Classic Yacht Regatta (See our earlier visit to IYRS here).  Participants included SPARTAN, BLACK WATCH, NORTHERN LIGHT, RUGOSA AND GLEAM, designed by naval architects such as Sparkman & Stephens, Herreshoff and Crane.

We took a few pictures.

The extraordinary 1912/1913 Herreshoff SPARTAN

SPARTAN






















RUGOSA





TICONDEROGA OF GREENWICH





Committee Boat










BLACK WATCH















WINDIGO

CHINA CLIPPER

NORTHERN LIGHT























GLEAM








SALTY









TREE OF LIFE

90-foot wood/epoxy TEMPUS FUGIT, Humphreys Yacht Design, built by Arkin Pruva Yachts, launched 2013, Turkey
























































































RUGOSA










A friend kindly allowed me to use his photo (below) taken from the same spot, somewhere between 1905 and 1920.