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 less than sparkling 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.
Drone video by Gordon Henderson
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.”
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Cedar Point One-Design Regatta
The 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 Ron Marsilio third in Patriot.
Class Dinner and Annual Meeting
The Atlantic Class Association Annual Meeting and the Awards Dinner were held on January 25 at the New Haven Lawn Club.
Another successful year was reported by Class Chairman Rob Coster. As Rob noted, the recently announced Rolex US Yachtsman of the Year, Peter Duncan, is an Atlantic sailor, having twice recently won the Nationals crewing for Bill Barton. He won this Rolex award for a dominating performance in a 162-boat fleet at the 2017 J/70 Worlds in Italy. That makes two, as our current National Champion Steve Benjamin won the Rolex title in 2015 (and was runner-up this year), which says something about the level of racing in our class these days.
As guest speaker, Benj didn't reveal all his winning secrets, but drew a few gasps when he showed the comprehensive spreadsheet that records every Atlantic race he has ever done, with notes on rigging settings, sails used and so on. As another possible clue to his success, he showed photos illustrating the high level of physical effort that his young crew puts in on the racecourse. We need to hike more!
The Rules Committee reported on a rule change that's in the works. This is a update to the way that jibs and spinnakers are measured, to bring us in line with the standard methods as used by other classes. You'll be hearing more about it.
Finally, trophies were presented for the Nationals and other awards. Ann Luskey (pictured) received, appropriately enough, the Annie Award for her fine work in organizing the 2017 Nationals at Blue Hill.
Dick Morris took some photos of the evening which can be viewed here.
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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.
2017 Janeway Series
At the end of September the Janeway Memorial Regatta at CSHBC finished off the 2017 season. With only seven boats, this year was not as well attended as usual, a victim of unlucky timing. Still the ever-hospitable host club members went out of their way to make all welcome.
It was breezy on Saturday, with a good 15-18 knots of wind, but by Sunday morning this had totally died away. The wind blew fitfully from almost every direction in the last race, never more than a couple of knots, and the final weather leg was completed running under spinnaker.
Overall winner was Guy Gurney sailing A16 Savvy, crewed by John Withington, Bill Stout and Holly Spezzano. Tom Carroll of CSHBC started well by winning the first race in A56 Tara, and ended up second on points. Third, and surely the most impressive, were Stephen Jay and Mark Feck who raced the series with only the two of them aboard A148 Alliance.
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.
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