Cedar Point One Design Regatta 2017
The Atlantic Class is invited to race in the CPYC One Design Regatta on June 2-4, the weekend after Memorial Day. This is one of the largest one design keelboat regattas on Long Island Sound, and it would be great to see some visiting Atlantics joining the competitive local fleet for the weekend. Entry form and other details are here.
2017 Membership Dues
2017 Membership Dues notices were mailed out in January, but if you haven't already done so, you can renew your class membership online, by clicking here. Please join to support the class, and send us your contact updates, and any information about changes in boat ownership. Thank you!
What Old Atlantic Sailors Do
The 12-Meter yacht Freedom has been purchased by Charles Robertson, the 1993 Atlantic national champion. Back then his Atlantic, A142, set a new trend with his introduction of the now familiar, modern and efficient layout, and with a highly-organized approach he dominated the 1993 Nationals. Charlie plans to race Freedom in her home waters of Newport, RI, starting in June. He will participate in the International 12-Meter Class's recently-announced "Road to the Worlds" series that will culminate in the 2019 World Championship in Newport.
Designed by Sparkmen and Stephens and built at Minneford's on City Island, NY, Freedom was the last yacht to successfully defend the America's Cup for New York Yacht Club, by defeating Australia in 1980 in four out of five races. Currently she is at Pilot's Point Marina in Westbrook, CT, where she's undergoing restoration to her original 1980 appearance.
Historical Film Footage
If you haven't already done so, check out the video of Atlantic sailing in 1948 which turned up recently. Some great action from Larchmont Race Week, plus junior sailing at Pequot Yacht Club. There's a link in our Gallery section above, or click here.
New Class Officers elected
At the class Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner, held at the New Haven Lawn Club on January 26, Rob Coster was elevated to the position of Class Chairman. He replaces Tom Richardson who has worked faithfully for the good of the class for longer than anyone can remember. Stepping into Rob's shoes as Chairman of the Rules Committee is another familiar figure, that of Dick Morris from Niantic Bay Yacht Club. We're in good hands.
Bill Barton (pictured), 2016 National Champion, flew across from San Francisco to attend the dinner and receive his trophies. Photo by Caroline Gerry ("Gay Gay").
Ted Janeway Memorial Regatta
Ten boats competed in the final event of the year, the Ted Janeway Memorial Regatta at Cold Spring Harbor Beach Club, September 24-25. Conditions were Long Island Sound in its most challenging mood, with the light wind shifting hugely in direction, seemingly at random, and a lumpy sea. The only skipper who seemed to understand what was happening and deal with it well was Scott Reichhelm in A142 Shucks. With his crew of Paula Olson, Patrick Wyllie and Rob Fowler, he scored a very consistent 1,3,1 to dominate the series. Second was Charlie Langalis in A2 Bruté, third Guy Gurney in A16 Savvy.
For results click here.
Indian Harbor Classic Yacht Regatta
The IHYC Classic Yacht Regatta on Sept. 16-17 saw a small but enthusiastic group of Atlantics mixing it up with beautiful classic yachts of all shapes and sizes. After several late dropouts only three Atlantics turned up, all from Cedar Point Yacht Club, but all agreed the regatta was great fun, and certainly different from the racing we normally do. In sparkling conditions, we started in a mixed group with the Herreshoff S-Boat and Shields classes. Although Atlantics are known to be faster than both, it was pleasing to see how quickly all three of us steamed away from the Shields, a much newer design. Starling Burgess was a brilliant designer, ahead of his time.
First Atlantic was A16 Savvy, sailed by Guy Gurney, John Withington, and Samantha Parisi who did most of the steering. Second was A2 Bruté, Charlie Langalis, third Kerry Dawson in A146 Inspiration. Afterwards the three boats sailed the short distance over to Cold Spring Harbor for the Janeway regatta the following weekend. It's a very convenient arrangement, and we encourage more Atlantic skippers to try it next year.
Full results are here.
The 2016 Atlantic National Championship took place in July at Niantic Bay Yacht Club, who organized a fine regatta.
Starting on Thursday, 21 boats came to the line for two races in mostly light air. Scott Reichhelm in A142 Shucks emerged on top for the day with a second and third place, followed by Chris Wittstock, then Steve Benjamin. The second day, again conditions were light and tricky until a breeze arrived late in the day. Norm Peck III in A137 Nonesuch from the home club showed great consistency to take the overall lead by one point from Benj. Jeff Shay and Scott Reichhelm shared third spot.
Day 3: An excellent day's racing in a 15-knot westerly breeze and flat water. In a popular move, the Race Committee, led by Ken Legler, laid courses with more, shorter legs, to keep the fleet out of the strongest part of the tide.
Five boats went into the last race with a chance of winning the title, and the result couldn't have been closer. Bill Barton repeated his 2013 win in A141 One 4 All with his crew of Peter Smith, Peter Duncan and Tom Blackwell. Steve Benjamin in A128 Cassidy needed to win the last race but keep a boat between himself and Barton: the latter finished second to clinch the title when the tie was resolved. Third was Stephen Jay in A148 Alliance, fourth Norm Peck III.
RESULTS: click on Final Results
The Entry List with crew names is here.
Fran Grenon of Spectrum Photo was on the water photographing the event. Images may be viewed, and copies ordered, here.
WoodenBoat Features Atlantic Class
The May/June 2016 issue of Wooden Boat magazine contained 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 a good read.
Our Book Is Available
The Great Atlantic: the First 85 Years is 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.
Order your copy here (or click on the book cover picture).