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Tag Archives: Cedar Point Yacht Club
Today, the New York Times published a photo quiz.
They posted one archival image from each state. Readers were given a clue, and invited to guess which state was represented.
Here’s Connecticut’s image:
The caption says:
The 1993 Thistle Atlantic Coast Championships, seen here, kicked off at the Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, Conn. Fifty Thistle sailboats — 17-foot-long, single-masted, centerboard crafts, normally crewed by three people at a time — participated. Thistles are well suited to the light-air sailing encountered on calm summer days along the Constitution State’s shore.
It’s great that Times editors chose this photo to showcase our state.
Personally, I would have chosen a throwback tollbooth.
(Click here to see the entire Times piece. Hat tip: Jeff Manchester)
Cedar Point Yacht Club’s OneDesign Regattas have gotten so big, there are now 2 of them.
The first of Westport’s big summer sailboat races was held this past weekend. The second event — for smaller boats — is set for late September.
CPYC hosted 450 sailors. They were supported by 100 volunteers.
Cedar Point Yacht Club was organized 132 years ago, in 1887. In 2019, it’s still going strong. It was just named US Sailing’s OneDesign Club of the Year.
Here’s some of this past weekend’s action.
What do 8 regattas, a bagpiper, live bands, a lip-sync competition, cornhole tournament, blender party and lobster clambake have in common?
They were all part of last year’s Cedar Point Yacht Club festivities.
And all helped earn the Saugatuck Shores organization the 2018 National One-Design Award from US Sailing. The sport’s national governing body honored CPYC in Jacksonville, Florida last month for advancing sailing in this area — thanks in part to efforts like those.
Bob Karpel — commodore of the 132-year-old club — accepted the award.
US Sailing cited specifically Cedar Point’s success in growing its fleet, and hosting regattas that draw sailors from around the nation. Last year those included a multi-class one-design race with 560 sailors, the 66-boat Thistle Nationals, and Connecticut Olympics.
The club also supports youth sailing, with events like the 142-boat JSA of Long Island Sound Race Week, and a 78-boat Opti area championship.
This summer, CPYC will host the Atlantic National Championships. In 2020: the Flying Scot Nationals.
Congrats to all. May the wind be always at your back!
Alert “06880” reader, native Westporter — and active Saugatuck Island resident — William Adler writes:
In recent days, the Saugatuck Island bridge project has been given the final touches. Traffic is once again busy to and from this neighborhood on Westport’s westerly shores.
The Saugatuck Island Special Taxing District arranged for whitewashing of the bridge railings, and has restored landscaping that had been disrupted by heavy construction equipment.
The new bridge replaces a quaint timber structure of wooden pilings and rustic railings originally built in the 1920s.
The old bridge was well past its intended lifespan in 2012, when it suffered structural damage in Superstorm Sandy.
The total cost of $2.1 million includes a $1.3 million FEMA grant. The town and SISTD split the remainder 50-50. Construction began last year.
The new bridge retains the feel of its predecessor, while providing greater safety, practicality and rock-solid durability. The single span of concrete deck sits on steel girders, with an asphalt surface. It is secured on 50-foot deep sheet pile abutments clad in concrete.
96 feet long and 20 feet wide, the bridge can hold 20 tons – more than sufficient to accommodate heavy emergency equipment, unlike its wooden predecessor. The bridge’s anticipated life span is 75 years.
The bridge completion comes as Saugatuck Island has been experiencing a housing boom. During the past 5 years, about 1/3 of the approximately 100 properties on the island have changed hands. Prices range from $700,000 to $9.8 million.
Others have been expanded, elevated or otherwise enhanced. New construction has increased the number of larger, higher-end luxury residences.
In addition to 400 Westport residents, the island is home to Cedar Point Yacht Club, established in 1887, and the Saugatuck Shores Club (1946).
SISTD was established in 1984 to tax island property owners for local community costs — mainly road maintenance.
As for Saugatuck Island itself: Near the end of the 19th century, the Army Corps of Engineers cut a canal between what is now Canal Road and Spriteview Avenue, to provide a faster, safer route for onion farmers to transport their goods to Norwalk.
The newly formed island was called “Greater Marsh Shores at Saugatuck.”
This year’s Cedar Point Yacht Club “One Design” Regatta was the biggest in history. A record 106 boats and 560 sailors participated.
One North American and 3 regional championships were contested. Yesterday began with little wind. In the afternoon, thunderstorms sparked things up quite a bit.
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.
(Hat tips: William Adler and Jeff Manchester)
Nearly 500 sailors on 83 boats competed in the OneDesign regatta. It was the second-largest regatta ever in Westport.
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.
There’s a lot going on here this weekend.
Tomorrow (Saturday, June 4) is Sunrise Rotary’s Great Duck Race (1-4 p.m., Parker Harding Plaza). There’s $10,000 in prizes (tickets are $20 each, available at the race). Plus plenty of free fun
Tomorrow is also Shred Day (bring up to 8 paper bags or 3 boxes of bills, tax returns, medical records, etc. to the Westport-Weston Health District, 180 Bayberry Lane, 9 a.m.-noon).
On Sunday (June 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Winslow Park), the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce celebrates our 1st annual Dog Festival ($10 per person, $25 per family; dogs go free!). UPDATE: The Dog Festival has been postponed to next Sunday, June 12.
Flying a bit below that radar are 2 very intriguing events. Dragone is sponsoring a spectacular classic automobile auction tomorrow (Saturday, June 4, 6:30 p.m., 176 Post Road West).
All weekend long, Cedar Point Yacht Club hosts a OneDesign Regatta.
Believe it or not, they’re related.
Dragone and Cedar Point are cross-promoting each other. (Folks who can afford classic cars tend to also enjoy things like sailboat racing.)
Both are driven by young people. The auction’s mastermind is 26-year-old Alex Dragone, the next generation of the famed family. Race director Samantha Parisi doubles as Staples High School’s varsity sailing coach. She brings youth and excitement to those 2 jobs.
And both events draw hundreds of people from around the world to Westport. 500 car collectors are expected to bid on 62 cars tomorrow night. Alfa Romeos, Bugattis, Corvettes, Rolls Royces and more — one dating back to 1904 — will attract bids as low as $20,000, and as high as $3 million.
Cedar Point, meanwhile, hosts more than 80 boats and 500 sailors. The schedule includes one national championship, and a Long Island Sound championship too.
“06880” will provide race photos after the final series. Meanwhile, here are a few shots from today’s sneak preview at Dragone.