Preview: W. Starling Burgess’ Schooners with Randy Peffer & Wayne Ettel

July 28, 2020

Avatar Maynard Bray

Although he lived only 67 years and was orphaned at age 13, W. Starling Burgess, like his father Edward before him, left an indelible mark on yachting. He’s best known for his three America’s Cup winners, ENTERPRISE, RAINBOW, and RANGER, but he also designed a series of one-design racers including Atlantics, a class of 8, 10 and 12-meter sloops, along with several legendary schooners. A mathematical genius who was experienced at aerodynamics as well as naval architecture, he was purely poetic when it came to creating signature beauty on the water.

In the video that follows, sailor/writer/historian Randy Peffer and master shipwright Wayne Ettel discuss a variety of aspects of Burgess’s work focusing much of it on the schooners ROSE OF SHARON and the legendary NIÑA.

Speaking of Wayne (whose task here is to encourage Randy to talk), you should know that he is one of the best boatbuilders I’ve ever met and has kept the southern California wooden-hulled fleet going for many years and more recently has produced some first-class videos of processes and projects. He also heads up the Maritime Institute Trust.

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And be sure to check out Wayne’s restoration of the S&S yawl CHUBASCO:

2017 Chubasco Rebuild Part 1

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