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Pics Of The Day #777

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.

(Photo copyright Stephen R. Cloutier)

(Photo copyright Stephen R. Cloutier)

Aerial view of Cedar Point Yacht Club (Photo copyright Stephen R. Cloutier)

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)

 

Cedar Point’s National Showcase Regatta

Unless you’re actually out on the Sound, most Westporters’ knowledge of regattas is limited to watching far-off boats, and hearing an occasional horn.

So most of us don’t know that Cedar Point Yacht Club is hosting a major race this month. The OneDesign series draws J/70 and Lightning class sailors from Maine to Minnesota, and abroad.

It’s gotten so large that this year it’s split into 2 parts. The races for sport boats under 26 feet were held earlier. This weekend (May 30-31), the club hosts larger boats.

Conditions were challenging in mid-May: a light rain, swirling fog, little breeze. But 170 sailors waited out the rain and fog, finally competing in a national showcase for Westport sailboat racing.

Long Island Sound can get crowded with racers. (Photo/Richard Gordon)

Long Island Sound can get crowded with racers. (Photo/Richard Gordon)

This crew is based in Africa. (Photo/Richard Gordon)

This crew is based in Africa. (Photo/Richard Gordon)

Bodo and Nick van der Wense, in Turbo  Duck. (Photo/Richard Gordon)

Bodo and Nick van der Wense, in Turbo Duck. (Photo/Richard Gordon)

Sometimes you race. Sometimes you wait. (Photo/Richard Gordon)

Sometimes you race. Sometimes you wait. (Photo/Richard Gordon)

Bill Walker and Allan Stern of Westport in the lead. They finished 10th in the J/70 race. (Photo/Hank Sykes)

Bill Walker and Allan Stern of Westport in the lead. They finished 10th in the J/70 race. (Photo/Hank Sykes)