2016 Nationals: Final result
The 2016 Atlantic National Championship has taken place 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 is here.
Fran Grenon of Spectrum Photo was on the water photographing the event. Images may be viewed, and copies ordered, here.
Indian Harbor Classic Yacht Regatta
IHYC Classic Yacht Regatta will be held on Sept. 16-17, conveniently a week before the annual Janeway Regatta at Cold Spring Harbor. It’s a perfect arrangement: arrive in Greenwich, party on Friday, race and party again on Saturday, sail over to CSHBC on Sunday and leave your boat there ready for the Janeway the following weekend. This regatta is fun — ask anyone who was there last time — and together with the Janeway, a great way to end the season.
Friday: A Caribbean-style dock party for drinks to welcome the fleet as it arrives. Pack your favorite festive shirt and sandals, etc., and join in to the sounds of a steel band. Dinner is optional afterwards at the club’s annual Western night.
Saturday: A day of racing, followed by the awards party on the seawall, then dinner and dancing the night away to the band The Uninvited.
Registration will open on Tuesday, July 26th via this link so you can specify when you will arrive and depart, size of crew, dinner tickets, etc. Nearing September, more details will be posted on the IHYC website. If you’re not ready to register, but plan to attend, the club would like to hear from you — especially if you’ll be needing a limited availability, complimentary mooring.
See photos from the 2014 event.
Cedar Point One Design Regatta
This year for the first time Atlantics raced 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. Unusually for June the weather wasn't great -- very light wind on Saturday, and heavy rain on Sunday -- but the race committee managed a full program of racing. After a couple of late cancellations, the Atlantic Class was contested solely by Cedar Point fleet members, with Scott Reichhelm's A142 Shucks the winner of a close contest. Results are here.
WoodenBoat Features Atlantic Class
Check out the May/June 2016 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 A128 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 earlier this year, 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.
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 A90 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.