2019 Janeway Series
Don’t pull your boat out of the water after Labor Day! Some of the year’s best sailing weather is in September. The month ends with the Janeway series at CSHBC, and it’s always worth making the trip. Good competition, a charming club atmosphere, and great hospitality from its members. This just in from George Lindsay:
The 2019 Ted Janeway Memorial Series will take place at Cold Spring Harbor Beach Club on September 28-29. Come enjoy some spectacular fall sailing and a warm, cozy (and sometimes rowdy) dinner at the Beach Club on Saturday night. We convene Saturday morning in Long Island Sound off Lloyd Point, generally get in two races (weather permitting), then repair to Cold Spring Harbor for the night. One more race on Sunday. Housing is available — but please let us know by the previous weekend so we can make arrangements.
Notice of Race Entry Form Sailing Instructions
Please send in your entry now -- questions, call George Lindsay at 516-509-7369, or Stephen Jay at 914-262-6586.
Posthumous award to Hank Mergenthaler
Last winter the Rules Committee chose to present the Annie Award for 2018 to Hank Mergenthaler, but he was away at the time of the annual dinner so it was decided to wait and present it instead during the 2019 Nationals. We missed our chance because, very sadly, Hank passed away on July 30.
Hank was a stalwart of the class and a great enthusiast, owning first A107, then A139. Over the years he had been a National Champion (in 1979) and served terms as Class Chairman and as Chairman of the Rules Committee. During the recent Nationals, Eric Mergenthaler received the Annie on his father’s behalf from Class Chairman Rob Coster.
The 91st Atlantic National Championship was held at Cedar Point Yacht Club from August 15 to 17. Clear winners in the fleet of 27 boats were David Peck, Tom Peck, Diane Peck Rothman and Bill Healy from Niantic Bay Yacht Club, aboard Miss April. They won four of the six races, throwing out a fifth! Second was Steve Benjamin in Cassidy, a constant threat as always, and third Rodrigo Meireles with Èlan. Conditions were almost as good as it gets on Long Island Sound, with light to moderate easterlies.
It must have been sweet for the Pecks, who have been narrowly beaten by Benjamin at recent Nationals, last year on a tie-breaker. This time Miss April seemed to have a little something extra in speed and pointing ability. Rodrigo Meireles, sailing his first Atlantic Nationals as skipper, was very consistent, as was Scott Reichhelm in Shucks who finished close behind in fourth. These were the first two of a big Cedar Point contingent, numbering 14 boats, the entire club fleet.
A memorable moment came when Tom Davidson, from Madison, arrived at CPYC the morning of the first race to find Magic had sunk overnight at the dock. The electric pump hose had been left hanging overboard with its end in the water, and a siphon effect had filled up the boat. After a slick lifting operation the boat was recovered, and Tom bounced back with a seventh in the first race the next day.
The photo of the fleet returning after racing was taken by John Kantor.
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.
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).