H Class Championship
Article by Josh Legg

I have raced 12s in 7 Junior National Championships and 6 Seniors in 3 different boats.


     From a worn and rough wooden 12 named CHEERIO, a borrowed Doughdish called ANGEL, and finally in my mother's new boat, BUMBLE. Much of my childhood was spent gripping the tiller of N.G. Herreshoff's iconic Buzzards Bay Boys Boat.


     Since moving to California twelve years ago to attend USC, I've been unable to come home to sail actively in the H Class. Finally, this past summer I've been able to come home to sail BUMBLE again; first in the The Buzzards' Saturday races, and during 100th Anniversary Regatta. Being able to attend these events easily made this my favorite summer in years.


     My time sailing on the West Coast has exposed me to myriad high performance sailboats and all types of racing, from college regattas in dinghies, to years of racing in big boats. And yet my heart lies with the Doughdish. One of the easiest boats in the world to sail, and yet one of the most challenging to sail quickly. She's haunted my dreams and exerted an ever growing gravity pulling me back to Buzzards Bay.


I haven't moved back to Cape Cod yet, but when I do, it will be because I know BUMBLE is waiting for me.

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Edgartown, MA
Swamped with a Smile
Dona Bergin
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    Dona Bergin's Husband,  Jim Pugh, expressed some  "concerns" after her second swamping... However, she was 
very quick to point out,

"Other sailors in the fleet who sail once a week have been swamped. I sail well over 100 days a year. By comparison... I'm keeping dry!"


    Dona Bergin is one of the most active and skilled sailors in the Shelter Island, NY fleet, if not the entire H Class. She also teaches summer sailing courses including ladies only classes focused on building female participation within the fleet.


Photo Credit: Dona Bergin 

    This 2004 Doughdish has been recently thoroughly restored by Doughdish LLC. 

    All brightwork has been varnished on boat and on spars. Rigging and sails inspected, topsides compounded and waxed, and the bottom was sanded and painted. 


    Included in her sale is a 2004 Triad Trailer, spinnaker and gear, well maintained sails, and an upgraded storage system for the spinnaker pole and gear. 


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