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Welcome to the Home of the Marblehead Town Class Association


The MTCA sails out of the historic and scenic Marblehead Harbor.  The  Town Class has the distinction of being the oldest continuously raced  fleet in Marblehead.  The group is made up of sailors of all ages  and backgrounds.  We have sailors who "race to sail" and those that "sail to race".  All enjoy the tactile experience of sailing and  racing this classic lapstrake dory.  In 2016 we celebrated 80 years of Town Class Racing.  The MTCA is one of three active Town Class  fleets.  The other fleets are located in Nahant, MA and Touisett, RI.   If you are interested in joining a great group filled with great people  look no farther than the MTCA.  We have some sailors who have  sailed the boat for over 50 years and others who are still learning the  nuances of the boat.

The Town Class


Town class sailboats are 16 1/2 ft long (5.0 m) lap strake one-design  dories, constructed in either wood or fiberglass.  The Town Class  was designed as an affordable boat for the townspeople, hence its name.

The first Town Class sailboat was designed and built (in wood only) in 1932 by Marcus C. Lowell in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Marcus' son, Percival  M. "Pert" Lowell, later took over the business and relocated to Newbury  Massachusetts. In 1936, the Town Class sailboat was adopted as a  one-design class boat, and quickly became a popular racing boat from  Maine to Florida.  In the late 1960s, fiberglass models became available.  Currently, more  than two thousand wood and fiberglass "Townies" have been built to date. The Pert Lowell Company, which is now operated by "Pert" Lowell's  son-in-law, Ralph Johnson, continues to construct these boats today.

The National Town Class Association was formed in 1962, also marking the first year of the Town Class National Regatta (an annual two-day racing event) which took place in Nahant, Massachusetts. The Town Class  Nationals have also been held in Marblehead, Wakefield, Sharon, and  Newburyport, Massachusetts; as well as Touisett Point, Rhode Island and  Spofford Lake, New Hampshire.



The MTCA racing season starts in June and runs thru September. We have one  of the best racing schedules amongst local One Design Fleets. You can  choose to participate in our Thursday Twilight Series, our Sunday  Morning Series, our MRA (Marblehead Racing Association) Saturday Races,  Marblehead Race Week (National Offshore One Design "NOOD") Regatta, the  annual Town Class Nationals Regatta. Usually every week during the  season offers at least 3 days of competitive One Desing racing.

For sailors participating in any of the racing series, please refer to the  appropriate series tab to view series race information, starting  sequence information and race results.