NY 30 #11 ORIOLE
the fleet history
ORIOLE
Owners: Michel Combes
& Jean Raby
Homeport: Hyeres, France

NY-11, Oriole, was built for Lyman Delano, but purchased by Samuel C. Pirie (of Sea Cliff, L.I.) in 1917, who raced her until he passed away in August 1938 at the end of a day's run of the NYYC Cruise returning to Newport, RI. In the 1950s she was bought by John Quincy Adams, who took part with her in the 50th anniversary celebrations of the NY-30. In 2003 she was bought by a consortium of American and French owners, who had her fully restored by boatbuilders William Cannell of Camden, ME exactly following Herreshoff's original plans (obtained from the Haffenreffer/Herreshoff collection at MIT), from the timber used, her rig and her interior to bronze fittings on the deck. She was relaunched in Boothbay Harbor in 2005, just in time to participate in the NY 30 centenary celebrations. She was then shiped across the Atlantic and has since then been an active participant of the Mediterranean classic regatta circuit. The classic events she participated in include, among others, Antibes, Cannes, Imperia, Monaco, Porquerolles and of course St. Tropez, and she has collected a number of trophies. In 2017 she was bought by Michel Combes and Jean Raby, who are perpetuating the tradition of elegant racing across the Mediterranean and with renewed dynamism and enthusiasm.

Sources:
Yachting Magazine, 3/55
WoodenBoat Magazine, 07+08/80
WoodenBoat Magazine, 05+06/05
Oriole Restoration Website