The Yankee One Design class was intended for interclub racing  — that’s when fleets travel to compete against each other. While occassionally fleets of Yankees did travel for regattas, making the trip from Buzzards Bay to Nantucket, for example, much of the fleet racing was intraclub competition: the Yankees of a single yacht club racing against each other.

In this first slideshow, you can see the fleets of the Nantucket, Beverly, and Cleveland yacht clubs racing.

 

Nantucket Fleet, sailing out the starting line

Y33 SARATOGA, LOTSWIFE
Y22 SUMMER GIRL

Nantucket Fleet, upwind leg

Y24 ARIEL
Y29 WESTWARD HO
Y33 REINDEER
Y1 YANKEE

Nantucket Fleet

Y24 ARIEL
Y33 SARATOGA, LOTSWIFE

Beverly Fleet

Y14 HONEY aka SNOW WHITE, GADFLY -- For Sale
Y33 SARATOGA, LOTSWIFE

Cleveland Fleet

Y30 RIGADOON
Y19 DAWN aka IWANNA
Y22 SUMMER GIRL

Y42 FLOTSAM charging toward the finish line to win a cup race.
Y36 VENTURE winning a PHRF race in 1962, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.

 

After the heyday of fleet racing, Yankees competed in PHRF races (Performance Handicap Racing Fleet).

During the 1950’s through the 1980’s, several Yankees raced in the San Francisco Bay:

Y34 FLAME
Y36 VENTURE
Y38 YANKEE CLIPPER
Y39 YANKEE DOODLE
Y40 TARFUN
Y42 FLOTSAM

Y42 FLOTSAM is still winning PHRF races in the Bay, competing against modern fiberglass designs. That’s over 50 years of heavy weather competition — without breaking a frame.

FLOTSAM was the last of the Yankees to be built by John Linderman: he used laminated frames and all bronze fastenings. FLOTSAM has been maintained with exceptional care, and has never required restoration.

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Y21 SIROCCO racing in Port Townsend, WA 2006

In the 1980’s several Yankees were shipped from San Fransico to Seattle, in an attempt to start a Pacific Northwest fleet:

Y36 VENTURE
Y38 YANKEE CLIPPER
Y39 YANKEE DOODLE
Y40 TARFUN

Y21 SIROCCO and Y22 SUMMER GIRL were shipped west from Cleveland to Port Townsend, about the same time (1981).

YOD fleet racing never caught on in the Pacific Northwest, but several of the boats competed in PHRF races for years. In particular, Y21 SIROCCO raced with the Port Townsend Sailing Association from 1998 to 2014. SIROCCO raced over 30 times a year with an initial PHRF rating of 185. When the carbon fiber bowsprit and masthead rig were added, the rating changed to 150. SIROCCO now races in France.