This new Brooklin Boat Yard-built, 50-foot, Jim Taylor-designed, racing / cruising sloop draws its lineage directly from previous Jim Taylor 49-footers DREADNOUGHT and BLACKFISH. RASCAL has enough in the way of evolutionary design changes and direction of sailing focus to warrant placing RASCAL in its own species, genus, and name within the sailing world.
While evolutionary changes and sailing focus of BLACKFISH were to make her more dedicated to straight-up racing than her predecessor DREADNOUGHT, for RASCAL the evolutionary coin has been flipped with a return to — and even more focus on — ease of sail, comfort, and “cruisability.”
Probably the biggest and most notable evolutionary design change is the addition of 2 inches of topside freeboard and subsequent 1.5-inch addition to the height of the deck house.
From the outside these changes aren’t immediately evident as RASCAL’s graceful lines, dark green hull, and varnished mahogany house sides, cockpit coamings, and toe rails keep the exterior appearance very similar and visually near to the proportions of her older sisters.
Where these extra inches really come to the forefront is down below with additional overall space, comfort, and headroom, the latter of which is greatly appreciated by RASCAL’s owner and his family who all tend (through their own human evolution) towards the tallish side.
To make RASCAL easy to handle, she has a well laid out cockpit with all sail control lines close at hand, all powered winches, electrically powered traveler, and a Bamar mainsail in-boom furling system. The spar and rig package is from Offshore Spars and the sail package is by North Sails.
Brooklin Boat Yard launched RASCAL on July 29, 2020.
Usually when Brooklin Boat Yard launches a boat, the waterfront is so crowded that folks feel like half of Downeast Maine has shown up to see the new boat hit the water, wish the new owner well and maybe have a beer or two. But in these times of Covid-19, the launching of RASCAL was a bit more subdued. The crowd was limited to just the BBY crew and some very close friends of the new owner so everybody could conform to social distancing protocols.
The crew at BBY refused to let a pandemic stand in the way of a good launching. Mid-morning on July 29, the small group made speeches, smashed a bottle of champagne on the keel, and — with a mask-muffled round of cheers and applause — lowered RASCAL into the waters of Center Harbor.
The work on RASCAL went at a blistering pace prior to the launch date to make the informal deadline of the annual Eggemoggin Reach Regatta. Even after she hit the water, the crew and her owner had a scant three days to get her fully commissioned, sea-trialed, tuned and race-ready for the race on Saturday, August 1.
All these elements came together in time for RASCAL to be on the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta starting line raring to go against a very hotly contested Spirit of Tradition Class. RASCAL got a good start by avoiding a hole that developed about mid-line to the committee-boat end and proceeded to increase her lead from there. The boats that took a little longer getting going at the start were treated to a great tacking duel between RASCAL and the BBY-built 55-foot OUTLIER as they made their way out the Reach. Everyone on the water was impressed at how well RASCAL was holding her own against the Botin Partners-designed racing machine.
At the end of the day it was RASCAL who took first place in the Spirit of Tradition Class on corrected time besting a ten-boat fleet of which nine had been built by Brooklin Boat Yard.
The entire crew of Brooklin Boat Yard extends its congratulations to RASCAL, her owner and her crew on the race. Their appreciation extends to RASCAL’s owner for a great launching party — and for doing Brooklin Boat Yard proud out on the race course.
Principle Dimensions & Specifications
Designer: Jim Taylor
Builder: Brooklin Boat Yard
Launched: July 2020
Displacement: 16,500 lbs.
Ballast: 6,830 lbs.
Working Sail Area: 973 sq. ft.