Y29 Westward Ho enjoyed a visit on Lake Champlain from Y19 Dawn’s Cleveland owners Charlie Steigerwald and his daughter Betsy Yingling last week. Two families each with a Yankee for generations.

Y19 DAWN's owners Charlie Steigerwald and his daughter Betsy Yingling admire 29 WESTWARD HO.

What fun for two families to meet who have both owned Yankees for over half a century! The Steigerwalds began sailing Y19 Dawn in Cleveland in the 1950s. They recently visited the Pages in Vermont who have sailed Y29 Westward Ho on Lake Champlain since 1960.

Two generations of Y19 DAWN sailors, Charlie Steigerwald and Betsy Yingling, in the cockpit of Y29 WESTWARD HO

Charlie Steigerwald, his daughter Betsy Yingling, and third generation Johannes Page traded stories aboard the Westward Ho.

Charlie Steigerwald of Y19 DAWN and third generation Johannes Page of Y29 WESTWARD HO, in the cockpit of WESTWARD HO.

Imagine how many wonderful days the families have spent on the water for over 130 years combined in a boat that is such a joy to sail, low and close to the water, quick to heal over and accelerate, slicing smoothly through the water with only a light touch in the balanced helm.

Y29 WESTWARD HO at anchor, varnished brightwork shining in the sun

Reflect, too, on how many frames, floors and garboards have been replaced and gallons of paint and varnish brushed on.

Each generation stewards the boat and hopes the next one will take over when the time comes.

Charlie Steigerwald and his daughter Betsy Yingling of Y19 DAWN, visiting Y29 WESTWARD HO at Lake Champlain.
Y19 DAWN owner Betsy Yingling standing on the deck of 29 HESTWARD HO