the new traditionalists

It’s been an active Spirit-of-Tradition yacht building season here in Maine, with many builders launching many interesting boats. There’s a pair of modern-classic yacht tenders, just launched at Hodgdon’s in Boothbay Harbor, that look like they’ve somehow motored in from Venice’s Grand Canal. And then over at Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, there’s Sindbad, a classic Norwegian Trawler getting a 21st-century refit.

But what’s piqued the most interest in some sailing circles, is a controversial new 55-footer, currently coming together at Brooklin Boat Yard, in Brooklin Maine. This daysailer/racer is designed by Botin Partners, who work out of a sea town called Santander, on the north coast of Spain.

And this modern sloop has been labeled by the yard as a Spirit-of-Tradition racer — labeled the BP-320 — reveals new challenges as Spirit-of-Tradition design gets explored and goes global.

Racers First. Modern Classics Second. Read on.

Title inspiration thanks to Devo.