Classic 12 Meter Sailing
12/US 6 is Onawa, originally built in 1928, and apparently the oldest US 12 still afloat. She was designed by W. Starling Burgess and built by Abeking & Rasmussen of Germany as part of a group of boats commissioned for members of the New York Yacht Club.
There also were a group of 10 Meters designed by Burgess and built by Abeking & Rasmussen for NYYC members around the same time. They basically looked exactly like this, only a little smaller; around 60 feet long versus the 70-foot length of an early-era 12. 10/US 3 was Hiliaria. Built in 1927, she was still sailing in the 1960s, when my father owned her and raced her out of San Diego. She was the boat on which I learned to sail.
Side note: If I’d been on Onawa when that picture was taken, I would not have been able to relax until I’d rigged a boom vang. Once a racer, always a racer.
Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/45880971597.