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!