MARILEE Film Release

After three terrific screenings in Maine and Rhode Island, I am pleased to announce the release of the documentary, NY40 MARILEE: Restoration of a Herreshoff Classic

Over the course of two years, I followed the meticulous restoration of MARILEE, the Herreshoff classic New York 40 racing yacht, at French & Webb in Belfast, Maine. Along with documenting her restoration and racing program, we dove into the Hart Nautical Collections at the MIT Musuem to explore her extraordinary history and place in the legacy of Captain Nat Herreshoff and the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. The result is an amazing story and stunning imagery that we are thrilled to release to the world. 

This film has been made available to the public due to the generosity of the current custodian of MARILEE. We are pleased to be able to share this story of the genius yacht designer and the preservation of a piece of American history.  


Alison Langley
"NY40 MARILEE: Restoration of a Herreshoff Classic" Film Premier

Last weekend at IYRS in Newport, RI, we premiered the film, "NY40 MARILEE: Restoration of a Herreshoff Classic". A huge THANK YOU to everyone who was in attendance! Special thanks to (pictured L-R in group photo) Dennis Gunderson; Todd French of French and Webb; Kurt Hasselbach of the Hart Nautical Collections at the MIT MuseumPaul W. Waring of Stephens Waring Yacht DesignEvelyn Ansel of the Herreshoff Marine Museum/America's Cup Hall of Fame and the MIT Museum; film editor Pedr Seymour; and Bill Lynn, president/executive director of the Herreshoff Marine Museum and president of the Classic Yacht Owner's Association. Their involvement in this film - both on screen and behind the scenes - was instrumental in its success. I look forward to sharing the film at more venues this summer, and details will be announced soon! Photo credits: Jane Kurko. 

Alison Langley
Yachting World Magazine

For over two years, I followed the meticulous restoration of MARILEE, the Herreshoff Classic New York 40 racing yacht at French & Webb in Belfast, Maine. Documenting her restoration and racing program, in both stills and video, has resulted in an amazing story and stunning imagery. Check out the April issue of YACHTING WORLD which features highlights of the restoration. Thanks to Dennis Gunderson, Todd French of French & Webb, John Snyder, and members of the MARILEE racing team for their contributions to the story. The documentary film will be screened at various yacht clubs and events, and will later be released for public viewing online.

Alison Langley
NY40 MARILEE Trailer

For the past two years, I have been photographing and filming the restoration of the iconic Nathanael Herreshoff-designed New York 40, MARILEE. In October, 2015, MARILEE was brought to French and Webb in Belfast, Maine for what was going to be a minor rebuild. It was soon discovered that a major restoration was in order.  

This two-year restoration was tremendously successful due to the collaborative effort of many artisans, engineers, curators and crew whose passion and commitment to the project were beyond compare. This was not your ‘typical’ restoration of a wooden classic. Modern innovations and engineering were combined with meticulous and artistic craftsmanship.  With access to the original Herreshoff Manufacturing Company’s building plans, documents and images archived at MIT’s Hart Nautical Collections and the Herreshoff Marine Museum, this restoration turned out an amazing yacht with an equally amazing story. Along with my fabulous team of creative collaborators, I am excited to announce the upcoming documentary film on the history and restoration of MARILEE. I invite you to view the official trailer below. 

THE FIGHTING FORTIES — In 1916 the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company of Bristol, Rhode Island introduced the New York 40, a new one-design class for the New York Yacht Club. Nathanael Herreshoff’s objective was to design a competitive racer that was seaworthy enough for ocean racing as well as provide accommodations for coastal cruising. The design of the NY40 initially came under criticism for its wide beam and high freeboard—a major design shift from Herreshoff’s earlier class racers. “Flying saucer” became its moniker of the day, but it was not long before the boat’s performance was proven on the racecourse and the “flying saucers” soon became known as the “Fighting Forties.” Only four of the NY40s still remain:  MARILEE and her sistership RUGOSA II (the last two NY40s built in 1926), along with ROWDY and CHINOOK. MARILEE is back to fighting in her true spirit with many recent notable regatta wins and awards, and her team looks forward to joining the other historic Fighting Forties on the racecourse soon.

The full forty minute documentary will be premiered June 2nd at the International Yacht Restoration School (IRYS) and following venues along the New England coast over the summer.

The restoration was as much an effort to extend Marilee’s future years of racing as it was to turn her into a museum piece. Marilee has been restored to absolute perfection according to her original design, and her structural integrity will last another 100 years. - Dennis Gunderson

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2017 Eggemoggin Reach Regatta

In 1994, I photographed my first ERR. To this day, I continue to be mesmerized by the scenic coastline, the beautiful collection of wooden boats, and especially the people. A rich and diverse crowd of people flock to this event for a long weekend of sailing and socializing. It was the ERR that inspired me to become a resident of Maine.

Although I did not photograph the race on Saturday, I was able to make some images on the feeder races that brought out that quintessential part of Maine – fog. The fog this year provided me with a different way of creating images, adding another layer in the landscape to work with, snd creating a different mood.

To all my friends out there on the race course, thank you for maintaining and sailing these beautiful boats. Without your beautiful boats, I would not be able to create these images.

See you on the water again soon….

Alison Langley
2016 Eggemoggin Reach Regatta

On assignment with NY40 Marilee this summer at the 2016 Eggemoggin Reach Regatta, with feeder races from Castine to Camden on Thursday, Camden to Brooklin on Friday, and the ERR on Saturday. So many great boats and so many variations in the weather and the clouds. 

The ERR has been an amazing annual event (much more than just a regatta) since 1985. There's nothing like the camaraderie that exists amongst the wooden boat community here in Maine - and the addition of friends from around the world to these races makes it a weekend everyone remembers and looks forward to, over and over again.





Alison Langley
US Sailing's Olympic Development Program Video

I just wrapped up a fabulous project with US SAILING's Olympic Development Program! This past spring, I traveled to Miami to shoot video of the extremely impressive and inspiring young sailors participating in the program. I edited the entire video, featuring my footage along with drone photography by Nick Bowers of Kettle Cinema. Please take a look, enjoy, and consider supporting ODP and our next generation of competitive sailors. Special thanks to Georgia McDonald, Managing Director of US Sailing Foundation, for her support and assistance.