Crocker Memorial Race 2012

TYRONE leading in the 2012 Crocker Memorial Race. With sixty four entries, including the 12 meter VALIANT, the race included the usual challenges of light air and tidal current (to schooners but not to VALIANT.) But we all got around the course in good time with close finishes in all eight classes.

Harold Simms, Matt Sutphin, TYRONE's owner and Skip Crocker, great grandson of TYRONE's designer. Harold was 14 when the boat was built at his family's yard in 1939. He had a hand in building her and recalled many very interesting details of her construction. Harold has fond memories of Sam Crocker from the times he supervised projects at Simm's Bros.

TYRONE under construction in 1939 at Simms Brothers in Dorchester, Massacusetts.

The featured Crocker boats at this year's race were TYRONE and Rick Martell's ketch LANDS END, built in 1935 at Britt Bros. in West Lynn, Massachusetts. In LANDS END's cockpit,flanking Al Bezanson, Tom Belknap on the right and Ted Romanoski to the left. Ted is an ASA member and owner of the Crocker-designed Tancook whaler GOOD FORTUNE. The Manchester Yacht Club hosted the awards ceremony and provided space at the float for TYRONE for the weekend.

Skip Crocker cleared his floats to make space for visiting participants, then hosted a barbecue right out on the floats following the race awards ceremony. Here are LANDS END and GREEN DRAGON at Crocker's.

The Crocker Race committee organized a splendid event and their many years' experience dealing with boats of all flavors resulted in nary a complaint. Next year the goal is to have more classic wooden boats and I would wager that with another schooner or two they might establish a schooner class.

Al Bezanson