2019 Nationals NOR Now Online
The 91st Atlantic National Championship will take place at Cedar Point Yacht Club from Thursday, August 15 to Saturday, August 17, 2019, and the Notice of Race is now available here. There's also a dedicated Nationals website at atlanticnationals2019.org where you can find links to online registration forms and other information.
Skippers are encouraged to get entries in early to help the organizers in planning the event. We're all looking forward to a very competitive and fun series.
Annual Awards Dinner and Meeting
Our annual Awards Dinner was held in the Grill Room at Stamford Yacht Club, on January 24, with Class Chairman Rob Coster and Rules Committee Chairman Dick Morris presiding. Because of a slight misunderstanding in booking the venue (ahem) we had an open bar, which proved a popular feature. Some have expressed the hope that a similar misunderstanding will occur next year.
The annual meeting saw four rule changes approved. Of the two more important ones, the first removes the requirement to keep a boat in the water for at least 3 days before the start of the Nationals. Rob emphasized that this is not intended to invite dry-sailing, but eliminates a rule that has been consistently waived in recent years. The second significant rule change is to the method by which jibs are measured, bringing us into line with standard practice. The new method eliminates the guesswork and “fudging” previously necessary when using our old templates with modern jib designs.
Season prizes for 2018 were awarded, including two new trophies replacing those that were lost a couple of years ago. These were the Sewall Trophy for Race 2, and the Hinman for Race 5. In the first case, Dr. Sydney Sewall Jr., son of the original honoree, has generously replaced the lost trophy with an identical silver bowl. The Hinman has been replaced with the "Inflation" Trophy, a handsome silver ewer originally awarded in 1939 to CSHBC member Allan Klotz for finishing second at the Nationals, recently donated to the class.
Championship Trophy: Steve Benjamin
Founder’s Trophy (race 1): Scott Reichhelm
Sewall Trophy (race 2): Steve Benjamin
YRA East of Rye Trophy (race 3): Dave Peck
Curtis Trophy (race 4): Chris Wittstock
Inflation Trophy (race 5): Tim Britton
Goodwin Trophy (race 6): Steve Benjamin
Olson Trophy (first time skipper): Tom Davidson
Williams Trophy (season participation): Norm Peck III
Janeway Trophy: Guy Gurney
All Awards Dinner attendees received an etched glass commemorating the 90th edition of the Nationals in 2018. There are a few glasses left over: if you are a class member but couldn't attend the dinner, contact Scott Reichhelm and ask him for one.
2018 Ted Janeway Memorial Regatta
The Janeway Regatta was successfully completed at Cold Spring Harbor Beach Club over the weekend of September 29-30. A16 Savvy, sailed by Guy Gurney, Peter Coleman and Dimitrije Blagic, won all three races, though second-placed Stephen Jay in A148 Alliance was a constant threat. George Lindsay was third in A73 Ranee.
Conditions were light both days, and the Race Committee elected to hold Sunday’s race up inside the harbor, as the light easterly was predicted to die out on Long Island Sound. It made for a fluky race with huge shifts in wind direction, the leaders finishing just as the wind petered out completely.
The fleet was small as apparently some others were turned off by the forecast. The weather was challenging but it was still a really fun event, and CSHBC did its usual great job of organizing, including fine RC work on the water, excellent Saturday night food, and as usual, free accommodation in members’ homes. Hard to beat.
Results are here.
There was another close finish to the Atlantic Nationals this year, when Steve Benjamin in Cassidy and Dave Peck in Miss April ended up tied on points, Benj taking the title through a tiebreaker. Dave’s brother Norm Peck III was third in Nonesuch, just one point behind.
The event at Madison Beach Club was blessed with three days of 10-12 knot winds making for good, fair racing, although on the second day the fleet had to wait all morning until the breeze appeared. Seasoned race officer Peter Reggio made smart decisions throughout, and on the last day he managed three races to complete the series.
Things looked good for Scott Reichhelm in Shucks after the first day, when he took a first and a second. But a couple of middling results the next day allowed Benj and the Pecks to catch up. The racing was close throughout, with constant place-changing among the first few boats.
When it came to the last race, Peck had a one point advantage, so Benj, with his all-pro crew of Chris Larson, Brooks Daley and Jonny Goldsberry needed to win the last race. And that’s what they did. It was Steve Benjamin’s fourth Atlantic Nationals win as skipper.
Photos by Gary Price
Drone videos by Gordon Henderson: day 1, day 2
2018 Nationals poster
The very nice poster designed for the 2018 Nationals sold out quickly and is being reprinted.
From Sarah Davidson: “When we asked Matt Maguire, MBC member and graphic designer, to design a poster for the Atlantic Nationals, we had no idea he would create a masterful piece of art. The Nationals committee wants to share this vintage, retro, colorful poster with the Atlantic universe. Similar to the old collectible posters of Vail, Stowe, and the like, the Atlantic Nationals poster has that same emotional connection and beauty.”
Email email@example.com to order a copy: price $15, or $40 including shipping.
Cedar Point One-Design Regatta
The 2018 One Design Regatta, held over June 2 and 3, was certainly memorable. The first day, after a long, light-air race the day's racing was abandoned when a big, black storm moved in. The next day we were treated to a 20-knot easterly which kicked up a short, sharp sea—nice surfing conditions. New Atlantic owner Rodrigo Meireles in Èlan won narrowly from Scott Reichhelm’s Shucks, with Lindsay Doyle third in Rival.
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.
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).