Circa 1980s Bill Burtis Penguin in its element (a little chilly for everyone else).

Bristol, RI – A brilliant day of (frozen) champagne sailing with six Penguins on the line. Sub 25 degrees, 15-20 knots.

Bristol has the longest running Penguin frostbite fleet in the country (I guess in the world) sailing since the late 1960s. I recently wrote a piece about this 1933 Philip Rhodes design for Wooden Boat Magazine’s 2010 Small Boats issue that hit newsstands in December 2009.

The issue features trailerable boats to be rowed, sailed or powered or all the above and is definitely a dreamers issue where you can picture yourself and family camping amongst the islands of Maine or the Florida Keys, nestling into the coziest of coves and sleeping under a boom tent.

Today’s sailing saw six boats and though the class is doublehanded, the Bristol fleet are rouges, sail singlehanded and follow few of the class rules. And they don’t care, the bar is open after sailing and hot chowdah is on hand!

Wooden Boat Magazine's Annual Small Boat Issue