Sailors prepare 100 year-old sailboats for South Shore races

Dozens of sailors prepared their boats Saturday for several races taking place around Moriches Bay.

News 12 Staff

Jul 24, 2021, 9:35 PM

Updated 993 days ago

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Dozens of sailors prepared their boats Saturday for several races taking place around Moriches Bay. 
For 112 years, the annual SS Class Association Championship has raced off of Long Island’s South Shore. Saturday marked the 113th.
"The SS is a very unique boat to this area. They were designed and built especially for these shallow bays,” says Robert Dudley, one of the sailors taking part in the races.
Originally designed and built in 1908, racers say only about 150 of these types of wooden sailboats were ever made. Today, only several dozen remain.
The competition consists of three races, and the boat that performs the best in those races is declared the winner.
The sailors say they enjoy the experience of being out on the water using their restored sailboats.


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