Preview: Restoring SPARKLE

NOTE: Originally published as an article in Classic Boat magazine in March 2011, we’re happy to share the writing and photography of Elizabeth Becker of Seaport Photography in Port Townsend as an Off Center guest post.

Back in the 50s and 60s, SPARKLE was known as ‘the boat to beat’ in sailing circles in Southern California.

SPARKLE out front off the start in the Lipton Cup Race
SPARKLE out front off the start in the Lipton Cup Race

Nowadays, she’s the boat to beat in Port Townsend, Washington. But SPARKLE might not be sailing at all today were it not for an impulsive purchase by a young crew member of the Tall Ship Lady Washington on a trip along the California coast in 1997.

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    Bruce Cresser says:

    as a professional boat builder and long time sailor all I can say was this is wicked cool

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    byron manley says:

    Isn’t LIFE GRAND…………………………….

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    Warren A. Wheaton says:

    What a boat! What a crew! What a story!!

    Thanks, Arnie Wheaton

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    Adrian Gee says:

    What a great story. It was so nice the original owner and crew were able to be reunited with their boat. Thank you for the video and articles.

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    chris teague says:

    Love this Boat. Love its history. Loved the story it brought tears to my eyes.

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    Bill Walker says:

    It is great to see younger people taking an interest in restoring a great boat with a little history. Thanks for the video.