While conceived as a cruising boat, Curlew none the less has spent considerable time racing, and successfully as well. Through the historical archives of papers like the NY Times we have been able to get some sense of the races she participated in and her success. Here is a list of the available news articles on about her early race history;
- June 27, 1929 New London Gibson Island Yacht Race. Curlew raced in class “D” with notable schooners including Teregram and Yankee Girl 11.
- June 27 th 1930; 600 mile Newport to Bermuda Race which included Malabar x, John Alden’s own boat, Curlew; Rose of Sharon; Dorade Owen Stephens; Lions Whelp; Teregram; Dauntless.
- June 18 th 1931; 80 mile Rye NY to New London Ct Race with Dauntless; Sachem; Malabar 8; Valencia; Marita.
- June 17 & 18th 1932; 27.5 mile NYYC Glen Cove L.I Regatta in the Special Cruising Class, taking first to finish on day two, but losing on corrected time to Zaida.
- August 7th 1932; a NYYC Cruise from Glen Cove NY to New Haven Harbor Ct..
- June 21st 1934; an 80 mile American YC race, Rye NY to New London Ct, where Curlew finished first in the Cruising class.
- August 11, 1934; New London Ct to Newport R.I. with Curlew taking first in the Special Cruising Class!
- August 14th 1934; NYYC Annual cruise and race to Buzzards bay Curlew scored her 3rd victory in the l Cruising Class for schooners and ketches. The following day on the 15th, Curlew placed first again for her fourth successive win.
- June 19th 1935; 80 mile American YC Rye NY to New London Ct Race.
- June 20th 1935; a 170 Mile race, from New London CT to Marblehead Mass.
- August 11 1935; American YC Long Island Sound Regatta.