Over the years, Dan Noyes has received special recognition for his skill as a designer and boat builder. Here are some that have meant the most to him.
2009, September 4-6th Gloucester Schooner Festival
Dan Noyes and Joel Peck raced the Alpha Dory "Spear" in the traditional craft race Saturday, Sept 5th. They finished second in their class! Although the dying winds did not permit many boats to finish the race, Dan and Joel sailed her very well and earned their prize, a silver wall sculpture of a lighthouse. At the awards ceremony Sunday the 6th, they were told that the judging committee chose them as "committee's choice." People were particularly impressed that the Alpha Dory was one of the few small craft to participate in Sunday's Parade of Sail with the larger schooners.
2009, August 22nd Catboat Race, Pleasant Bay, Cape Cod
Dan's Alpha Dory "Spear" and Ipswich Bay 18 "Peggy Bliss" both made an appearance at the catboat race hosted by the Arey's Pond Boat Yard. The weather did not cooperate - once we got into Pleasant Bay, the wind died and fog billowed over the water ahead of a tropical storm. It looked like a morning in Maine! It was hardly possible to see other boats, much less the starting line for the race. The Alpha Dory was the first boat over the start line, but as the wind had died, all the boats simply ghosted at the start line for a while. Some boats did find some wind somewhere and completed the race, but most of us never saw them do it. Dan Noyes received special mention about his "pretty, pretty dory" Spear and the lovely Peggy Bliss.
___, 2009 Small Reach Regatta, Brooklin, ME
Dan Noyes and Joel Peck return to the Small Reach Regatta with their Alpha Dory "Spear." They had a great time, as always, and loved seeing all the regulars there this summer.
___, 2009 Essex River Race, Essex, MA
Dan Noyes and __ rowed the Alpha Dory "Spear" in the Essex River Race. Over ___ boats attended the rowing regatta this year! They started at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, rowed along the Essex river, around Conomo Point and back to the Shipbuilding Museum. What a race!
___, 2008 Small Reach Regatta, Brooklin, ME
Dan Noyes and Joel Peck worked long and hard to build the Alpha Dory "Spear" in time for the Small Reach Regatta at Wooden Boat headquarters in Maine. It took them about a month and a half. They brought the boat up to Maine as the paint finished drying, then launched her for the first time at the Small Reach Regatta! She sailed and rowed well all weekend. Also attending the Small Reach Regatta was the Ipswich Bay 18 "Peggy Bliss," Dan's design for Bill Richards.
August, 2008 Antique and Classic Boat Festival, Salem, MA
Dan brought the Alpha Dory "Spear" to the Antique and Classic Boat Festival for the first time in 2008. She was admired by all who walked by. We had a great time, especially at the party with live music at the House of Seven Gables! The Alpha Dory won the award for "Best Hand-Powered Boat:"
"Best Hand-Powered Boat S/V SPEAR 2008 Reproduction 1900s Alpha Beachcomber 21' Sailing Dory