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1999 Chatham Yacht Club Annual Regatta, North Chatham, MA
One-Design Regatta Award
The One-Design Regatta Award is given in recognition of excellence in development, promotion, and management by the organizers and sponsors of the year's outstanding multi-class regional regatta. This year, the honor was presented to the Chatham Yacht Club of Chatham, MA, whose Annual Regatta has been held annually since 1921. Pennie Hare accepted the award on behalf of the club.
The Chatham Yacht Club Regatta, originally a one-day affair, has grown to two days of festivities, including a sailing school picnic, the Commodore's Buffet, and a post-race awards lunch. An added benefit of the club's racing season centerpiece, racing takes place in front of the club, the action visible to spectators both shoreside and tucked in the clubhouse. The regatta is free, open to all competitors without charge, according to Roy L. Terwilliger in his nomination. "This is CYC's way of contributing to the community." In 1999, over 100 boats in the Opti, Sunfish, Beetle Cat, 420, Day Sailor, and catboat classes competed.