Get ready for the 2016 Nationals
Niantic Bay Yacht Club will be the host for this year's National Championship, to be held over the three days of July 21-23. This is your chance to challenge Niantic's own David Peck and crew, winners of last year's event. Niantic offers a friendly club and usually reliable winds. One of the best race officers in the business, Tufts sailing coach Ken Legler, will be PRO, so you know the races will be well run.
Limited housing will be available with club members, but July is a busy month, so those planning on staying in a hotel room should book sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment. Click here for a list of recommended local hotels.
2016 Nationals T-shirts and hats are now available. Click here for information and order form. Orders MUST be received by June 24 to ensure delivery at the Nationals on July 20!
Check back for more information and details as they become available. The Notice of Race will be posted here on or around June 1.
WoodenBoat Features Atlantic Class
Check out the May/June issue of WoodenBoat magazine for an 8-page feature on the Atlantic Class by John Rousmaniere. To suit the magazine's regular readers, emphasis naturally is on the wood-hulled early days of the class, but John describes nicely the transition into the modern fiberglass era. Some of the information is based on material to be found in his recent book (if you haven't already done so, click on the Great Atlantic book picture to order a copy!), but there are enough new stories and interesting tidbits about the class in the magazine article to make it well worth reading.
Steve Benjamin named Yachtsman of the Year
Congratulations to Steve Benjamin, who has been named 2015 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year by US Sailing. Benj, as we know him, has owned A-128 Cassidy for more than ten years. In that time he has won the Nationals four times, twice as skipper, twice as crew. We are proud and happy to have him as a staunch supporter of the class, and a great competitor. Full report here.
2016 Membership Dues
2016 Membership Dues notices were mailed out recently, but you can renew your class membership online -- by clicking here. Please join to support the class, and send us your contact updates.
Cedar Point One Design Regatta
This year for the first time Atlantics will be racing in the CPYC One Design Regatta on June 4th and 5th, the weekend after Memorial Day. This is one of the largest one design keelboat regattas on Long Island Sound. It's a great party, and there's usually plenty of wind in early June. We'd like to put a good number of boats on the line, so if you are interested in participating, please register here.
The 2015 Nationals at Cold Spring Harbor Beach Club were won by David Peck sailing A130 Miss April, from Niantic Bay Yacht Club, with his crew of John Moulthrop, Tom Peck and Diane Rothman. Close in second place was a very consistent Tim Britton with A49 Transit, and third Ian Evans with A44 Try Again. Boats from Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club in Blue Hill, Maine, took three of the first five places.
David Peck had steered to a Nationals win previously, back in 1987. Since then he has crewed for his father, Norm Peck Jr., calling tactics and helping gain multiple championship wins, but this year Dave took over as Dad watched from his powerboat.
26 boats from five fleets competed. The first day saw a light air start followed by a 90-degree windshift as the southerly came in, catching out a lot of good crews on the wrong side. Second day, a good southerly but just one race. On the last day a typical northerly with big shifts in strength and direction made for demanding conditions but three good races. As usual CSHBC put on a memorable event.
RESULTS: final scores
PHOTOS: many images here
David C. Noyes, Jr., 1921-2015
Sadly we report that David Noyes, our longest-surviving Atlantic skipper from the early days, has passed away after a heart attack. He was a fine sailor and a wonderful person, long regarded with great affection by Cold Spring Harbor Beach Club members. Starting when his father bought A-90 Sea Fever in the late 1930s, he had a successful Atlantic racing career culminating in his 1950 Nationals win, against strong competition that included Briggs Cunningham. Later he turned to bigger boats, enjoying great success with his Ohlson 38ft yawl Elixir, in the Newport Bermuda Race and other major East Coast events. JR adds: "He had many friends in many places who respected his considerable talents and enjoyed his invigorating company."
Click here to read Al Loomis's interview with David Noyes in the December 2009 Newsletter.
Our Book Is Available
The Great Atlantic: the First 85 Years is now available for purchase. Third-generation Atlantic sailor, yachting historian and award-winning author John Rousmaniere has written a fascinating history of the Atlantic. Starting with the birth of the class and its immediate success, John takes us through the years as the boat develops into the efficient fiberglass-hulled racing machine that we now enjoy. Each fleet has its own chapter, with anecdotes about some of the colorful characters that have populated the class. Fully illustrated with great images, from rare early Levicks and Rosenfelds to the color action photos and fun portraits of today.
At the Annual meeting held on March 9, 2016 it was announced that John Rousmaniere was to receive the Annie Award for his extraordinary service to the class in writing and producing this excellent book.
Order your copy here (or click on the book cover picture). If you haven't already done so, renew your class membership at the same time -- just add it to your cart.