Stephen Rappaport

Atlantic National Championships Are Scheduled for Blue Hill Bay

Stephen Rappaport
There was plenty of wind when the Atlantic class held its national championship regatta at Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club on Blue Hill Bay in 2008. The Atlantics return next week for their 2012 Nationals.

BLUE HILL — The Olympics may be over, but championship sailboat racing will continue in Maine next week when the Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club hosts the Atlantic Class Association national championship regatta.

By last weekend, three dozen boats had been registered for the five-day event that begins with a lobster bake at the John Peters Inn Monday evening, Aug. 20, and wraps up after four scheduled days of racing on Friday, Aug. 23. Event organizers believe that, when the first race starts Tuesday morning, the fleet could number as many as 50 Atlantics, some from as far away as western Long Island Sound.

This is the second time that Kollegewidgwok has hosted the Atlantic nationals. Thirty-four boats came to the starting line for the 2008 regatta in Blue Hill, won by George Reichelm of the Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, Conn.

The race committee has planned a slate of seven races for the sloop sailors. Weather cooperating, six of them, two each on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, will count toward the championship.

On Thursday, again subject to August’s notoriously fickle weather, the fleet will race around Long Island in the middle of Blue Hill Bay. The 12-mile-plus circumnavigation should provide a different kind of test for sailors used to round-the-buoys racing.

Many boats are expected from the Connecticut and Long Island fleets, and Kollegewidgwok has arranged a detailed and elaborate launching and haul-out schedule at the Blue Hill town wharf for those boats that arrive on trailers. With the wharf accessible for only two hours on either side of high tide, the window for launching and hauling the deep-keeled sloops each day is tight.

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Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Waterfront Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Rappaport has lived in Maine for nearly 30 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats. [email protected]