On behalf of the Atlantic Class Rules Committee, we would like to extend our gratitude to all those who took part in the 88th Annual Atlantic Nationals hosted by Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club in Blue Hill, Maine. Our gratitude not only encompasses those who participated in this year’s event but to those who supported past and present events as well as those who paved the way with their loyalty to the Atlantic Class over the years. We would like to thank Norm Peck Jr. and John Foster who have shown unparalleled dedication to the Atlantic Class over the years and continue to support the efforts this year shown by their participation. Though he was unable to attend this year’s regatta, a special thank you to long time advocate George Reichhelm.
To the Commodore of Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club (KYC) Bob Shepley, Vice Commodore & Regatta Chair Ann Luskey and all the great staff of KYC, our deepest thank you. Without the support shown by KYC this year's event would not have been possible. We would like to thank Bill Barton for traveling from California in his efforts to defend his 2016 victory. To the victor, who returned home from a previous sailing engagement on the west coast, Steve Benjamin, congratulations! A fine display of sailing was shown by second place aboard Mark Foster's A140 Thistle, third place aboard Peter Smith's A135 Rascal, fourth place aboard David Peck's A130 Miss April and fifth place aboard Scott Reichhelm's A142 Shucks.
The Atlantic Class continues to exemplify fierce competition. There are families who compete in a multi-generational fashion which holds the core of the Atlantic Class strong. All of the sailors from near and far who display unconditional support for our beloved Class, you are the bloodline which keeps the Atlantic Class alive and well.
Respectfully, Dick Morris
Atlantic Class Rules Committee Chairman