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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 spectators.    
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" in general.
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
Well 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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