An annual vintage yacht regatta is held at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island. Most of the regatta participants are classic Herreshoff designs built in our town in the glory days of the storied Herreshoff Mfg. Company. Captain Nat Herreshoff was and is a legendary yacht designer and was light years ahead of his time. The Friday night feeder race from Newport, Rhode Island was followed by a display of classic and storied boats on the museum waterfront.
My Zeiss Super Ikonta was loaded with Ilford FP4, making an appropriate tool for capturing the glorious vessels. My Zeiss Super Ikonta 533/16 model was CLA’d recently. It is rangefinder coupled (and accurate) with a working but inaccurate light meter. There is a positive frame stop for film winding, a welcome feature. Despite the CLA the shutter speeds are randomly slow so compensation is required (a stop, maybe two). Another niggle is frame overlap, apparently a function of the camera being designed for thicker emulsions and/or paper. I have read of a few workarounds (winding on extra paper for instance). Here is a discussion link: https://www.flickr.com/groups/574362@N21/discuss/72157607529307666/
The Zeiss 2.8 Tessar lens is full of character and sharp but not overly so. The folded camera slips easily into a very small camera bag. The camera is all about precision build.
FP4 is a wonderful and consistent film, and the images were developed in Rodinal using the semi-stand method recommended by Simon King on this site, leading to pronounced grain. This camera comes highly recommended for light carry
Here are five images from that day, a cloudy one with looming rain.
For the fleet’s “filler race” a run down Narragansett Bay was used, led by Weatherly, the 1962 America’s Cup winner (not a Herreshoff design). On days two and three she was raced against Nefertiti (not a Herreshoff design), another 1962 American entrant vanquished in the trials by Weatherly. Dorade (not a Herreshoff design) lies beside her.
This the bow of Gamecock, an impeccably restored boat. I spent some time astride her listening to the owner’s description of her history and learning about her restoration. She took first place in class in the feeder race but fell back over the next two days. Her crew had uniforms and at dockside, she wore a flag bearing her name. She is definitely a big boy toy.
I received a second roll shot that day. It was made using Kodak Portra using Sunny 16 at 200. Some of the images are repetitive, but the camera delivers well using color film. The film overlap issue is evident from these images. In the prior ones, I cropped down.
I hope you enjoyed this capture of sailing’s memory lane. I can be found sailing Narragansett Bay aboard my Alerion 28 sailboat “Victoria”, and on my blog also bearing my late daughter’s name here: victoriaslight.blog
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