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|Sep 1, 2015
||I look upon the Chester Classics
quite differently from the rest of the divisions sailed in Chester Race
Week. The Classics are symbols of a rich and active, sometimes high
stake (“blood money”), past of sailboat racing in Chester. In fact they
represent the very essence of racing in Chester. It is likely there
would be no CYC without them. The series between Hayseed IV and
Windward, in which the loser was forfeited, is a prime example.
Fortunately for me, Hayseed won in the final seventh race by less than
30 seconds and my grandmother had the foresight to save her after she
had been discarded on Frieda’s beach by the winner who had lost all
interest in further sailboat racing. There followed a robust
competition among a large fleet of Universal Rule boats that lasted
until just a few years ago. In addition to Hayseed, names like
Atalanta, White Heather, Linnet, High Tide and more come to mind. Add
the locally designed and built Chester C Class and you can count a
dozen or more active participants in CYC racing. Of course some of
these boats have been lost, and a couple are not active, but others
like Seneca and Virginia have been added. SanRay has been refurbished
and will return. In the bad years only a couple of these old
girls were raced, but in good years the fleet got quite large. In
either case their presence in Chester waters was enjoyed by residents
and visitors alike. In fact they almost represent Chester’s calling
card. They seem to always turn up in literature and other media as Race
Week advertisement. It would be a shame to lose any more of the
precious boats to Europe or the “The States” like Linnet and High Tide,
or a tragic mistake if they were to be buried in an incompatible fleet
during Race Week festivities. Instead of minimizing the importance of
the Classic fleet the CYC Executive should be celebrating it and
encouraging its expansion. It is upon this reasoning that I recommend
to the Chester Yacht Club Executive that Classic yacht racing be exempt
from the five boat requirement to have a Race Week start, and, at
least, a portion of their race courses be set within sight of
|Aug 22, 2015
||Classic Fleet Racing is over. We
have had our CC party at Curt Winsor's home. Thank you Curt and Ann.
Only the presentation of the CC Gold cup remains. The smoke has cleared
and I feel compelled to remark on the condition of "Chester Classics"
Chester Classics is dying of atrophy!Three major players failed to register and only three IODs joined Rondo, Seneca, Star, and Virginia to race for the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Classic Cup this year. I counted only seven entrants. There was a Classic start during Race Week only after Bink Wurts was kind enough to register but not actually race Hayseed. It has been said that the Chester classic boats are anachronistic, doomed to disappear from the Chester racing scene by virtue of their and their owners’ advancing years. If this is so, let’s get on with it. Let’s abolish the Chester Classics. Let’s get rid of the albatross of funding and administering an obsolete fleet. On the other hand, maybe what we are witnessing is only an aberration, a temporary glitch that will disappear if Eclipse, Hayseed, and Ripple return next year. Maybe some new boats like SanRay and others unknown will join as others leave the fold. Names like Whim and Mistral come to mind. Anyway, if all but one of the great old classics remain in Chester waters it should be celebrated, paraded, and enjoyed by all who come to Chester.
|May 9, 2015
here we are folks. Its 85 degrees Fahrenheit here in Oak Ridge but
spring seems to be a bit recalcitrant up in Chester. Nevertheless "CC"
racing will soon be upon us, and I had better get our Web Page up to date. Please Please send me some pictures of last year's racing and of your social activities related to our "fleet".
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