Cedar Point Regatta: Sounds Like Fun!

Unless you’re an avid sailor — or you read “06880” closely — you’d never know that this weekend, Cedar Point Yacht Club hosted a national event.

Nearly 500 sailors on 83 boats competed in the OneDesign regatta. It was the second-largest regatta ever in Westport.

CPYC - 2 - Richard Gordon

The photo above shows some of the action.

But unless you’re a sailor, that shot — gorgeous as it is — means little.

So, in an effort to go behind the scenes — as “06880” always tries to do — here are a few photos a non-sailor would never see.

Or even think about.

Yet these scenes too were all part of another wonderful Westport weekend.

Race officials monitor the action, away from the sometimes wet weather.

Race officials monitor the action, away from the sometimes wet weather.

Intense action, mid-race.

Monitoring the wind and the competition, mid-race.

The regatta seems to be going well for this guy.

This guy enjoys every moment of the weekend.

Making sure everything is ship-shape.

Making sure everything is ship-shape.

Sailors don't have to shower after races.

Sailors don’t have to shower after races.

Part of the attraction of a regatta is what happens after a regatta. (All photos/Courtesy of Richard Gordon, T2PTV and Cedar Point Yacht Club

Part of the attraction of a regatta is what happens after a regatta. (All photos/Courtesy of Richard Gordon, T2PTV and Cedar Point Yacht Club)

 

6 responses to “Cedar Point Regatta: Sounds Like Fun!

  1. William Adler

    Thanks for covering this, Dan. I was at this event and it was a special weekend. Cedar Point Yacht Club is one of Westport’s great institutions, with history dating to 1887 but also vibrant today. Congratulations to John Cooke, Dick Thackaberry, Rich Gold, Samantha Parisi, Bob Karpel and everyone who contributed. BTW, the people watching the video must be from North Sails, the event’s title sponsor, and I believe in the foreground that’s my friend Ched Proctor from Southport, who came in first in the Etchell class with his son Charlie. Ched is married to the former Judy Chapman, who was in Staples circa your era. : – )

  2. Danny! Big weekend for all of us CPYC’er.s Very proud to host such an event. And also great to see our new outdoor furniture in our newly constructed Lanai outside. With commerative plaques. Like the two to my folks…Jack Bailin and Harriett Bailin. On the planters that greet you when you enter. Honored to be a member of CPYC since around 1958. OK..I was only 6!!!! But who’s counting?

  3. Jon Friedwald

    Dan,

    Cedar Point One Design is my favorite regatta of the year! The atmosphere of camaraderie is second to none.

    CPYC, thanks for hosting another great event!

    Dan, If next year you want to come out and do some on the water reporting, let me know! We can get you out there, on a boat, racing and in the middle of the action!

  4. Linda Stern

    Hi Dan, Great picture of the J70 fleet. The lead boat (#404) managed to maintain their lead (through all sorts of weather and wind shifts) and won first place for the J70’s in this exciting regatta.

    Victura (#404) is owned and sailed by Allan Stern from Westport and Bill Walker from Easton. Not only are they local guys but I thought you might remember Allan — dad of Brian Stern and Peter Stern. I am, of course, the proud wife and I love reading 06880! What fun to wake up to this picture! First thing I did was forward it to Brian and Peter and tell them their dad was #1.

    Come say hi and grab a bite to eat on June 30th. We will be at the Minute Man Yacht club serving dinner to the police working at the fireworks.

    Have a great summer. Best regards, Linda

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  5. Many of us wondered what was up with all the sail boats on Sat. Michele Sorensen led a kayak excursion for CT Trails Day, and one pic included geese on the shore, kayaks just off, and, looking way out in the distance, what I now know was Cedar Point’s Regatta. You can see the pic here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153645903276918&set=a.10153645903236918.1073741831.734726917&type=3&theater