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01/04/2018 This is a copy of the News Release which will be posted in the CYC News Letter to be puplished

Happy New Year from the Chester Classics Fleet!

See below how we are expanding Chester Classics Weekend and welcoming new participants in 2018!

First for a bit of classics context… The Chester Classic Fleet started as a home for and to encourage the preservation of local and Universal Rule and other Classic yachts in Chester. While we continue that part of our mission, we have tested a concept to expand Chester Classics Weekend (set for the weekend before CRW on August 10-12, 2018) in 2017 and look forward to continuing to expand this welcoming, family friendly, and fun format in 2018 - read on below to see what’s planned!

Chester Classics Weekend is now open to a broader group of boats with easy, Corinthian, family friendly, fun racing!

Our definition of classic for Chester Classics Weekend is now expanded (similar to that commonly used for classic cars) to include any boat designed over 25 years ago (pre: 1992). We will welcome handicap groups, smaller classics, and 25 years and older one design groups. The event is meant to be low key, fun, friendly, and inclusive especially to young and multi-generational crews.

Starting lines are inside the harbor for spectators, long, and with a land based fixed end RC. For this year we hope to use Debbie Winsor’s flag pole as one end and a large inflatable mid harbor and re-introduce guns for a “classic" feel. Small boats, like small classic day sailors, will sail “inside” courses and larger boats a combination of inside and outside legs from a modified CYC course card list. All boats will finish inside for a view for the spectators.

We are working on a charitable approach for this regatta as we think that this low key format to encourage a broader participation would make a wonderful basis for a Chester based charitable regatta similar to Leukemia Cups and other “cause oriented” events.

The entire goal of the event is to promote fun and easy racing and sailing and to celebrate the beauty of sail on a Classic Chester Weekend event! If you’d like more info on sailing or volunteering, please don’t hesitate to email.

All of the results from 2017 are posted on the Chester Classics website: However, we’d like to call out a few things here:

We’d like to thank Jay Hooper for years of support as PRO for Classics Weekend. Jay retired as PRO for Classics Weekend last year and we were also delighted that he was able to re-patriate his family heirloom miniature Gold Cup to Bermuda. The fleet will replace this overall series cup and transfer past winners to the new cup this year. Our 2017 overall high point winner for our Classics fleet was John Wurts and the crew on Virginia!

We’ve introduced a new overall cup for the IOD with the best combined score among IODs sailing in Classics Weekend and CRW. We’re calling this the R Cup in honor of Rick Thompson’s support of IODs in Chester Classics. In 2017, we were excited to have the support of two IODs sailing in the new test format for Classics Weekend: Squall, sailed by the Wickwire team, and Ted Murphy’s Restless fresh out of the shed. Squall and the Wickwire team are the IOD high point winners for Classics Weekend and CRW and will be engraved as the first winner of the R Cup!

We had three small boats sail in the test of the new all inside small boat course format for Classic’s Weekend. We hope to generate more interest from small day sailors for this year’s Classics Weekend! We’d like to specially recognize and thank the three boats that got it started in 2017 as we worked through teething troubles (for this year we’re working on how to properly rate these smaller boats). So a special shout out and thank you to:

Bonnie Lassie, William Pool’s Pisces (CW Paine adaptation of Herreshoff Fish)
Lookout, Mary and Todd Granzo's Herreshoff 12 1/2 #436
Frolic, Ann and Tony Merk's Herreshoff 12 1/2 #62:

We hope that folks will find our new more inclusive format for Chester Classics Weekend fun, accessible, and exciting and that you’ll help us to build this event into a family and youth friendly and Corinthian celebration of sail!

John and Topher Wurts

06/17/2018 by JWWJR
I have assigned a PHRF rating to your boats. This rating is only my best effort to rate your boats. You can apply to the CYC rator to get a CYC rating.
I think the IYC has a rater too  You can elect a Tiny Fleet representative to do this if you so desire. This act will start an official rating for your boat.

Remember you have to have insurance to race.

I have given Chester Classics a cup for the winner of Tiny Fleet racing It’s a perpetual cup The winner’s name will appear on the wooden base of the cup

Here's a picture   
Tiny Cup

The Chester Classic Series is scheduled for  Friday Aug 10th thru Sunday Aug 12 2018 has been appointed administrator of CC racing for 2018

Either click on the link above or enter the address on your browser to go to the site

then search for chester. You will find Chester Race week on the left and Chester Classics
on the right.

Once there you will find the official Notification of Race, Sailing Instructions, Registration Form.
Yacht Scoring will also accept your $50.00 entry fee. 
Announcements, race results, and all manner of other valuable information will appear on the Yacht Scoring page
as well.
If you need help using the page call me (902) 275 5008 or Topher at (610) 220 1241

The racing will be around the buoys, pursuit stile. (time allowance taken at the start. First over finish line wins)
This should add some nostalgia for those who sailed the Saturday "free for alls" of yesteryear!

The definition of Classic Boat has been expanded so lots more boats are eligible.

Two new cups one for the IODs and one for the Tiny boats ie Herreshoff 12 1/2 have been added.

Please join us for the 2018 Chester Classic Series and let your friends know about the event.

Best Regards John and Topher Wurts

07/28/201 8Email fromTopher Wurts
As we continue to evolve the event to make it meaningful, we’ve made some more changes for this year:

    - Administration is now via Yacht Scoring at:
        - The good news is that next year’s event will be up immediately after this years event as it will now be copy and paste!

    - All races are open to all keelboats - the theme being to “Come Sail with the Classics” and the idea that it’s an opportunity for all sailors to get close to the classic yachts under sail and to increase participation as the core group of classic yachts continues to be volatile

    - All races are pursuit style as I've observed how popular this format is at Charleston Race Week and it has several benefits for us/this event:
        - starting at a time is more amateur and family friendly
        - one design fleets can participate and get a one design start at their specific time and within the event and can be easily scored and awarded separately
        - courses can include some inside the harbor legs after the start so spectators get to see some maneuvers
        - boats should all come home closely together which means providing that iconic view of sails coming in at once
        - races can be timed for finishes to precede cocktail hour and included a parade if desirable to engage more shoreside spectators as boats finish vs watching a start and then having boats come home all different times
        - the whole pursuit approach is as “classic” a race format for Chester as it gets as it was the cornerstone of old

    - We have the “R Cubed" cup now which is awarded to the IOD with the best combined scores within the IOD group in this event and CRW.

    - We can have awards and prizes within this event for one design for IODs while also allowing them to be in the hunt for the Ondaatje Classics Cup with the other handicap classics

    - This event can provide a great “practice series” just before CRW for all types of boats and one design fleets

    - R/C will be upland on Debbie’s lawn with the line between Debbie’s giant flag pole and a large inflatable well out in the harbor which simplifies R/C allowing for more volunteer R/C help with less need for equipment and “on the water” staffing

    - The event will become a charity regatta and this year, I’m designating that Autism Nova Scotia will get all proceeds

I hope that you’ll consider encouraging the IOD fleet to support the event in this new format, which I think is very favorable for the IOD fleet in many respects.


PS Hey Topher don't forget the Tiny Classics

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