Did You Miss The Regatta?

This weekend, Cedar Point Yacht Club hosted a OneDesign Regatta — the largest on Long Island Sound. More than 400 sailors on 67 boats competed in 6 classes.

A squall blew in Saturday, just to make things even more interesting.

If you couldn’t be on the Sound for all the action, check out the videos here:

Though competitors came from all over the country, several current and former Westporters made their hometown proud.

Scott Reichhelm — part of a longtime CPYC family — skippered an Atlantic-class sailboat to win his class. He did it with a Westport crew too: Tim Dexter, Julia Knowlton and Robert Wylie.

Ron Marsilio finished 4th in that class. In the 1950s — when Cedar Point was based at Compo Basin — Atlantics were the largest fleet in the club.

Jon Friedwald — Staples Class of 2001 — was mainsail trimmer on Whirlwind. It sails out of City Island in the Bronx, and won the 36.7 class.

Westproters George and Alex Wilbanks placed 2nd in the J105 class.

Team Victure of Westport came in 3rd in the J70s, while Josh Goldman took 12th.

Staples High School grad and former Westporter Greg Imbruce finished 10th in the J109 class.

A crew member scrambles in high winds. (Photo/T2PTV)

“Nevermore,” a speedy J88, in rough seas Saturday afternoon at the Cedar Point Yacht Club OneDesign Regatta. (Photo/ Richard Gordon)

(Hat tips: William Adler and Jeff Manchester)

6 responses to “Did You Miss The Regatta?

  1. Jon Friedwald


    I too competed in this regatta and am Staples Class of 01.

    My team, Whirlwind, won our division. The attached photo was from the first start on Saturday. Wild weekend of vet aggressive competition!

    I remember this time last year you posted a story on this regatta. If you’re interested, I’d love to try to get you out on a boat next time for some on the water reporting!

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Mary Schmerker, Staples 1958

    I loved watching this. I remember the Atlantic Class boats at Cedar Point from the 1950’s I volunteered as a plane spotter so I could view the Sound and races from the Cupola that was on top of the club at the time. I used to love to see the Spinnakers come out. I hold the Atlantic class close to my heart. Magnificent ships, works of art. A99 used to be moored close to the entrance . I thought that the class was closed at 125 ships but looking at the numbers I was either wrong or the class was opened to more …..Thank You!

    • Peter Barlow

      The Atlantic Class boats were designed by W. Starling Burgess and built in Germany in 1929 and originally intended to be a closed class of 99 boats. By the 1950s when some of the wooden boats were showing their age it was decided to open the class to fiberglass construction and higher numbers. It is still not a large class. Probably around 150 very beautiful boats.

      • Mary Cookman Schmerker

        Thank You for this information. Yes, they are really beautiful.

  3. Roger Perry

    Wow, what great footage, I felt like I was on one of the boats! Brings back many memories, as I remember when CPYC was newly built. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Barbara Wiederecht

    Fantastic! As a Cedar Point neighbor I have always enjoyed seeing the boats trailered past my house. Growing up on LI I raced one design boats out of Manhasset Bay for years. This brought it all back.