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Schooner Nina 1928
Nina is a 1928 Schooner Built by Paul Hammond Designed by Starling Burgess Built at Biggalow Ship Yard
Rosemary Dyche
05/29/2010, Salinas, Ecuador

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Designer Starling Burgess Original Owner Paul Hammond
Built By Ruben Bigelow In 1928 On Monument Beach, Cape Cod, Mass. USA
Length Overall 70ft. Length at Waterline50ft. Beam14ft. Mainmast 85ft.
Length On Deck 59ft. Displacement 44tons Draft 9ft.7in. Foremast 65ft.
Niña first became famous in the 1928 race from New York to Santander, Spain, for which she was expressly built. She won the 3900 mile race in 24 days and was greeted by King Alfonso from his launch. As he came along side Niña, He waved his cap and shouted "Well sailed, Niña, I congratulate you! I am the King of Spain." Niña then went to England for the 600 mile Fastnet Race which takes place through the stormy waters of the English Channel and the Irish Sea. She became the first American yacht to win that race. Her overall time was 4 days, 12 hours, 48 minutes, 13 seconds. Niña had one more major win, the 1929 race from London to Gibson Island Chesapeake Bay. She was temporarily retired as owner, Paul Hammond, became involved in the 1930 Americas Cup race.
In 1934, New York banker, DeCoursey Fales bought Niña, and each year of his life he became more and more devoted to her. He would talk for hours about the "old girl". The rest of Niña's career was probably fore-ordained as she won the New York Yacht Club Astor Cup in 1939 and 1940. Just before WWII, she won for the first time an event that was to become her specialty, the 233 mile Stanford-Vineyard Race on Long Island Sound. Afterward, she was laid up for the duration of the war. Niña was not allowed to rot, however, and she came out after the war in better shape than ever for a three year stint as flag ship for the New York Yacht Club. Mr. Fales became the NYYC commodore in 1949, and Niña earned her honors by taking first place in ¾ of the yacht club's squadron races as well as winning the Cygnet Cup in 1949. She made such a habit of winning races that Commodore Fales put the trophies back in competition. It became almost a stock joke that Niña would proceed to win back her own trophies! In 1962 to thunderous cheers, Niña, became the oldest yacht at 34 years to win the Newport to Bermuda Race, under 72 year old Commodore Fales. In 1966, then 78 year old Commodore Fales passed away while his crew was attempting to repeat the Bermuda win. Niña had five owners after Fales, one being Kings Point Academy.
Niña is presently a private vessel owned since 1988 by Captain David A. Dyche, III. Under his ownership she has won the New York Mayors Cup in1989 and the Schooner class at Antigua in 1994. Captain Dyche has expanded Niña's horizons by cruising her to the Mediterranean Sea as far as Istanbul, Turkey and the Black Sea. And as far south as Granada in the Caribbean Sea. Niña new deck was completed in 1997, a three year labor of love by Capt. Dyche.
September 1,2008 Capt. Dyche, wife Rosemary, son David set off on their dream to circumnavigate.
To meet people learn about their culture and see the beauty of the world.
As a sailor once said, "Don't take time out of your life to sail but put time in your life and Do It!"
By Rosemary A. Dyche

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07/19/2010 | Rachel & John Leonard
Hi. My husband has lusted after this boat his entire life. As soon as I saw her in photos, I have as well. If ever you are looking for a new proper home, please think of us. WE are professional classic yacht restorers. We own a very small historical boatyard in Connecticut in the district of Hamburg in the town of Lyme.
07/27/2010 | Shelly & Drew
Hello Rosemary I met you in Panama at Shelter Bay Marina. You and Jose helped me with the necklace for Drew. I would like to have contact with you. Email me please.
09/08/2010 | Christopher Wolfe
Hello Rosemary, I sailed on Nina summer of 1974, fell in love with her and considered buying her from Hans VanNess. Tom Stackpole's dad Mathew is a friend and told me all about Tom's sailing to Panama with you. Good luck with your Circumnavigation, we will be thinking of you and the lovely lady Nina!
10/15/2010 | mauisurfer
I believe the date given for winning the Bermuda race is NOT correct, it was in fact 1960 (not 1962). I sailed in the race on Ondine, so I remember it well.
There was a tremendous storm, boats were dismasted, some returned to port, on one boat everyone on deck was swept over, hanging on by their lifelines while relief
crew waited for their watch below, finally someone figured it out and
no fatalities, but some broken ribs.
This was the sort of weather for which these schooners were built.
All the tupperware boats (as Capt Eddie Fink used to call them) could not handle it, as they were built to cheat the rules, not to sail the seas.
10/16/2010 | mauisurfer
02/02/2011 | Bjorn
Dear Rosemary,
I am currently collecting information on the classic American schooner yachts that are still existing to write a book that honors these last survivors of the American sailing heyday at the beginning of the last century. I would very much like to feature Nina in this book, especially given its historic relevance for US sailing.
I would be very grateful if you could send me a brief message to my email [email protected] so that I can send you the letter and project description.
Thank you and have a nice time in Ecuador!
07/22/2011 | Bill Lyman
Hey Guys! Where are you?
I am driving a 45' Gaff Ketch out of Key Largo.
09/03/2011 | Wim Lippens
Hi there, or still here in Bora Bora. Thanks again for that little encounter of third kind. the beginning of a dream, the beginning of a story, the beginning of a friendship. have a nice travel for the next years. I'll keep an eye on you. A small world, hope to see you soon somewhere, somehow... Bon vent... Wim Caterina and little Matt.
01/18/2012 | Lina Forsberg
Hi Rosemary and David! I sailed with you from Chania, Crete to English Harbour, Antigua - great memories! Great to hear about your circumnavigation, if you ever visit the Whitsundays, QLD, Australia let me know as it would be great to see you again.
07/08/2012 | Chris Wolfe
I crewed Nina summer 1974, Matthew Stackpole (Tom's dad) reports you have made it to the Orient, hope all is well and the "old girl" is doing nicely.
10/16/2012 | Bermuda Sloop Foundation Not-for-Profit
Are you coming back in 2014?

I write to spread the word that we are encouraging performance schooners SPIRIT OF TRADITION performance schooners and classics to compete in the 2014 Bermuda Race against SPIRIT OF BERMUDA, Bermuda's national (and fast) youth ship. 3,500 young Bermudians have experienced SPIRIT on a min 5 Day voyage and she has voyaged 40,000+ NM

Such a competition would be exciting beyond the now sloop centric Bermuda race fleet. Nina's participation would be a quantum addition as a popular winner and the last schooner.

The 2014 Newport-Bermuda Race Committee convene for their first meeting towards the end of October, 2012, and we are trying to gain a foothold on the agenda in that first meeting by encouraging expressions of 'interest in principle" by a number of noteworthy owners of performance schooners. Contact: "Fred Deichmann"

The only parameters at this point are a minimum LWL 45' and maximum LOD 100'; the rating is undetermined at this point. To this point, prospective schooners are SPIRIT OF BERMUDA, ROCK STEADY (66' Marco Polo type), BRILLIANT from Mystic Seaport, FARFARER (Irens 66), Black Watch, Ticonderoga, Bolero etc.


Malcolm Kirkland
Facebook- "Spirit of Bermuda"
12/21/2012 | David Danielson
I will appreciate details and photographs from Nina. My great-grandfather, Reuben Bigelow, built this historic 59' vessel with my grandfather, so I have heard many stories through the years and would like them to continue.
12/21/2012 | David Danielson
David Danielson email: [email protected]
03/20/2013 | Bob Boder
In the summer of 1964 I was selected to be a crew member on Nina to sail her from City Island, New York to Annapolis before the Bermuda race. He was a great supporter of Naval Academy sailing where I was a midshipman on the sailing team. This was great for me because I grew up on City Island's Pell St. which was across from the Minniford Yacht yard where he kept the boat. One of my best memories of that was watching him talk about sails with a rep. from Ratsey & Lapthorn at the yard. One of my PS17 grade school classmate's brother and a classmate worked for Ratsey. This was my last time on the island and every time I see the big picture of Nina it brings back the memories. He was a great gentleman as were the Captain and crew member. Those were the last days of the great boat yards and sail lofts on the island.
06/28/2013 | Scott
Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave, Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!
06/28/2013 | Abby Jenkins Boal
My love of wooden sailboats began when I was my early 20s. I sailed on the mighty ship Nina in a brutal storm, fastest time from New Bedford to Nantucket according to Hans Van Ness (on his 80s bday) I know how that old girl can ride and hang in there, she's a tough one. My thoughts and prayers are with Captain Dyche, his family and crew, may the good ship Nina get them safely home soon.
06/30/2013 | Jill Atkinson
For the 12 months you were berthed in Whangarei, I drove past you twice a day. On Sundays, after having a coffee at the Town Basin, we would often walk over and look at you and you classic lines. At Christmas you put on your finery and brought joy to a lot of children with your Xmas lights and a big red Santa sock. When you were leaving, we saw you motoring down through the channel to head off to places unknown. At that stage, we thought you had already left the country (and we now wished that you had), but we were unaware that you had engine problems and had gone to Opua. Now we can only guess where you are. My heart skipped when I saw that item in the newspaper that you were lost and I just wanted to cry for you and your crew. I hope and pray that they have somehow made it into a life raft, but I feel that you are lost. You were obviously a lovely vessel and were loved by all wo sailed you. Thank you Nina for the enjoyment and dreams you gave to those who looked you over while you were here. I am sad that New Zealand was your last port of call on a journey that lasted decades. My thoughts are with the family and friends of your crew. God Bless
07/09/2013 | Jim Deatsch
I hope for GoodSpeed for you, all of you, Rosemary, David, and David and crew.

I keep good thoughts.
01/12/2014 | Peter
Visiting Russell in the Nth Island in 2013 we had the good fortune to meet Rosemary Dyche at the Russell Ferry. She requested us to take her to the Russell Yacht Club as she did not have a vehicle. During the journey she told us all about the Nina, its history and races. She said a new motor was required and that the deck was up for replacement. We were told about the planned journey to the Australian east coast and we departed good friends. We were shocked to discover as late as December 2013 that the schooner Nina had been lost earlier in the year. Whilst hopes of a finding must be considered as substantially remote, it is the only option left for grieving families. We hope that this slim hope may yield evidence of what happened that fateful night.


NINA 1928 Schooner
Who: David, Rosemary & David N. Dyche
Port: Wilmington, DE
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