2017 Nationals

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Steve Benjamin, representing Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, has won the 88th National Championship held by Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club at Blue Hill, Maine. With his crew of Chris Larson, Ian Liberty and Brooks Daley aboard A128 Cassidy, Benj posted scores of 6,1,5,4,4,9. Second was Mark Foster from Cedar Point YC in A140 Thistle; third A135 Rascal, Peter Smith of KYC.

It was a fine week for weather, though at times the wind was baffling for the visitors, and local knowledge played a part. Some likened it to lake sailing, with winds coming from directions that were hard to predict. Still, the cream soon came to the top as usual.

Maestro Race Officer Ken Legler set his usual accurate courses within the confines of picturesque Blue Hill Bay, and after two days several yachts were close on points, all with a chance of winning. These included those of Dave Peck, Scott Reichhelm and Mark Foster, members of three families that continue the great tradition of Atlantics being passed down through generations: each skipper’s father was a multiple previous class champion.

In fact, at least 10 of the 33 competing boats had more than one family member in the crew. And for the first time since 1996 a Nationals race was won by a female skipper: Lindsay Doyle, a member of the University of Vermont sailing team, steered A102 Rival with her father Jim crewing.

When it came down to the last championship race, Benj was the most consistent skipper, having finished no lower than sixth place so far. By winning Races 4 and 5 David Peck had a slightly better score after the discard, but had a 16th from the first race that he now needed to lose. No such luck. Benj hunted down Miss April from the start and pushed her down the fleet, the Pecks eventually finishing in 19th place, clinching the title for Cassidy. Mark Foster and Peter Smith followed very close on points, both having a strong last race.

KYC normally has a short midsummer club racing season offering little opportunity for experience in holding big events, but they did a magnificent job with this one. It was a very good week.

Results

2016 Nationals

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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.

2015 Nationals

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

2014 Nationals

2014 Atlantic Nationals were hosted by Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, CT, on August 21-23. Six races were completed for the series, with 26 yachts competing from 5 yacht clubs. Steve Benjamin, sailing A128 for Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, scored five aces (after one discard) to win the championship handily. Mark Foster (A140) placed second and Scott Reichhelm (A142) was third, both from Cedar Point Yacht Club. It is worth noting that both Mark and Scott are "second generation" Atlantic sailors -- their fathers have won a total of 14 championships between them.

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2013 Nationals

Congratulations to Bill Barton and his crew (Tom Blackwell, Pete Duncan and Peter Smith) on winning 2013 Atlantic Nationals. Congratulations to all sailors but Scott Reichhelm (A142) on 2nd, Jeff Shay (A147) on 3rd, Norm Peck III (A137) on 4th, Norm Peck JR (A130) on 5th, Chris Wittstock (A25) on 6th, Mark Foster (A140) on 7th, Rory Coster (A133) on 8th, Guy Gurney (A128) on 9th and Ian Evans (A44) on 10th. And a huge thank you to everyone at MBC for producing a super Nationals on and off the water.

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2011 Nationals

They are being hosted by Niantic Bay YC on September 9th, 10th and 11th (Racing is on Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Entries are due by August 24th.

2011 Nationals Shirts and Hats: Orders were due by August 24th. Diane Peck Rothman will have some extra merchandise at Nationals but none will be shipped.

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Congratulations to Ian Evans and crew for winning! Stephen Jay and crew for 2nd place and Norm Peck III and crew for 3rd place. Thank you Diane Peck Rothman and Dick Morris for a fantastic Nationals. See you all at KYC in August 2012 (week of August 20th)

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