SIYC Herreshoff Fleet History Dec. 13, 2009
1972 H Class Association formed.
1973 First fiberglass H12 produced.
June 1974 Sam Hird sails fiberglass H12, #88 “Poppy”, to Shelter Island from Old Lyme, Ct. Sam served as H12 Fleet Captain from 1974 to 1996.
Apr. 1978 Andrew Fiske, who had sailed a wooden H12 as a child, bought a wooden boat and named her “Little Kitty”; later the same summer also bought the original “Little Kitty” (from the Suffolk Times article dated 7/16/81)
1978 According to SIYC History (pg.98), nine more H12’s joined the Club fleet
1980 According to SIYC History (Pg. 100), five H12’s joined the fleet. These are believed to be:
#205 “Kona” owned by Wallace Tiernan. “Kona” is still in the Tiernan family and is raced competitively by Carol and Chuck Tiernan
#190 “Turnabout” owned by Lloyd Gang and Dorothy Hassel. “Turnabout” was sold to Ward Murphy and Nancy Koltes and raced very competitively. Upon Ward’s death she was sold to Drew Carlsen and Darracott Vaughan and renamed “No Worries”. In 2013 she was sold to Susan Soros.
#216 “C.J.” owned by James Jenks. This boat was sold to Kathy and Peter Dinkel and is now named “Nebraska”.
#199 “The Rose” owned by Clifford Weir. She was sold to Maureen Mills and Heather Wolf.
#220 “Olive B.”, owned by Daniel Reich. This boat is now owned by Susan King and is named “Making Waves”.
1980 According to Steve Corkery, by the summer of 1980, 12 to 15 boats raced every week. Of these boats, 5 or 6 were wood, two were Cape Cod boats and the remainder were Harding fiberglass boats.
As of 1981two additional wooden boats in the SIYC fleet, belonging to Walter Brigham and Dennis Clark
Dennis Clark bought “Thistle” #101 on Cape Cod in 1981; he raced the boat successfully until 2005, when he sold her to a boatbuilder in Bristol, RI.
Walter Brigham bought “Timeless” #125, which he raced very successfully until he sold the boat to Paul Kofmehl and bought a fiberglass boat, “Less Time” #146.
1983 Annual Fleet Championship Trophy donated by Andrew Fiske and Samuel Hird to be presented to the skipper with the best overall record for the season.
1996 Dan Reich becomes H12 Fleet Captain
2000 At the suggestion of Dan Reich, the H Class Association presents a half model of the H12 to the Shelter Island Yacht Club to be used as a perpetual trophy for an annual H12 race
2003 Bruce Brewer becomes H12 Fleet Captain
Partial History of SIYC Boat Ownership
Sail # Owner Boat Name
15 Michael Martocci Tern
Ralph Kast/Mike Hagler Tern
Bruce Brewer Tern (bought 1992)
Juliane and Mark Hughes Tern (bought 1992)
Donated to the East End Classic Boat Society for restoration in 2011
71 Peg and Harry DiOrio Doughdish
This boat was previously owned by Bill Harding and was the original demonstrator boat for the design. She is hull #4.
88 Sam Hird Poppy
Ari Benacerraf Poppy
125 Walter Brigham Timeless
Paul Kofmehl Timeless
Joy and Ed Bausman Timeless
164 Walter Carucci Uncle Mills
Mary Walker Queen Mary
190 Lloyd Gang/Dorothy Hassel Turnabout
Ward Murphy Turnabout
Andrew Carlsen No Worries (bought 2010)
199 Lois and Cliff Weir The Rose
Maureen Mills & The Rose (bought in 2010)
205 Wallace Tiernan Kona
Carol and Chuck Tiernan Kona
211 Karen Kaier
Lynn and Ed King Big Red
216 James Jenks C.J.
Kathryn Peter Dinkel Nebraska
220 Dan Reich Olive B.
Susan King Making Waves
233 Harold Weaver
Alan Benasuli Aztec Eagle
Eliza Pile-Spellman Aztec Eagle (bought 2009)
241 William Weinstock
Pauline & Henry Goldberg Bitter Sweet
253 Osborne/Grinnell Afternoon Delight
Patti Schram Afternoon Delight
297 Andrew Sowers Restless
John Ricketson Restless (bought 2001)
355 Iqbal Mamdani Yume ( 1987 new from E&D)
440 Violet and Jack Romeril Violet
Lisa & Charles Modica Puffin
Joy & Ed Bausman Andante
474 Ed Dooley Puffin
505 Nancy & David Scudder Scud Cloud
Whitney & Ted McCarthy Wonderful Tonight (bought 2009)
571 Dr. David Zenker Edgartown
David Ruby Tip Not (purchased 2006)
601 Chester Peet Moo
Juliane Wallace Moo (bought 2008)
610 Brooks Hamblett Buzzards Bay (2008new E&D)
816 Thomas McGuane
Herbert Stein (bought 1989)
Bruce Brewer Spray (bought 1992)