Sailing White Rabbit
Always Showing Up!
White Rabbit #4200 during a frostbite regatta on the Upper Miles River, Maryland.
Notice the bend in her mast and how low in the water she appears compared to her competition.
The White Rabbit is a fictional character in Lewis Carroll's book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. He appears in chapter one, wearing a waistcoat and muttering "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!" Alice then follows him down his rabbit hole into Wonderland. Alice encounters him again when he mistakes her for his housemaid Mary Ann. Then Alice becomes trapped in his house after growing too large. The Rabbit appears again in the last few chapters, as a herald-like servant of the King and Queen of Hearts.
Sometime around 1955 my father, William Lowry Lane and his friend Barclay Trippe starting building wooden 8-10 twelve-foot dinghies, called Penguins in Barclay's home basement near Easton, Maryland. The two friends named one of their first (T-L) Trippe-Lane boats - White Rabbit with sail number 4200.
Then sailing his white hare creation in 1957, my father won the Penguin Atlantic Coast Championships. And the boat has been actively raced on or near the Chesapeake Bay for the next 55 years, mostly by my brother William L. Lane, Jr.
This 2013 photo shows the White Rabbit's faded image upon its starboard bow. Note the paint cracks appearing upon its over six-decade-old wooden hull.
AWhite Rabbit frostbite trophy
My brother Bill rigs the all black White Rabbit around 1964 at the Tred Avon Yacht Club
40 years later before a race on the Miles River near St. Michaels, Maryland, Bill Lane, Jr sits upon the 50-year old dual-colored floating hare's thwart.
The original Barclay H. Trippe - William Lowry Lane trailer built by the duo for the White Rabbit.