"Sachem", ( Commodore Frederick Adams) leads "Alcaea" and "Alert" across the startline at Larchmont Yacht Club, circa 1901.

The flagship of the Larchmont Yacht Club, "Sachem", owned by Commodore Frederick Adams, crosses the startline off Larchmont, closely followed by "Alcaea", next to the steamboat and "Alert". The wind is aft of the beam enabling "Sachem" to set her fisherman's staysail. "Alert", just astern of "Sachem", is in the process of hoisting a large "leader" (Genoas had not yet been designed, only full "leaders" for downwind sailing only).

The startline is between the oyster sloop, with the ball hoisted up the mast and the official startboat, the steamlaunch anchored in the foreground. Clouds cast shadows over the water in the foreground and the steamlaunch. The Larchmont Yacht Club can be seen in the left-hand backround with other yachts anchored nearby.

"Sachem" was launched from Lawley's Yard in 1886 to a design by Edward Burgess. She was built for Messrs. Metcalf and Owen of Providence, R I. She measured 103' LOA, 86' LWL, 23' Beam with 9'6" draft.
Frederick Adams was Commodore of Larchmont Yacht Club from 1901 to 1903.
Dimensions30" x 40"
MediaOil on canvas


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