2007 Cedar Point Yacht Club, Westport, CT
Cedar Point Yacht Club, Westport, CT
| US SAILING President Jim Capron presents the One-Design Club Award
to Dave Marcelli of the Cedar Point Yacht Club
In 2007, Cedar Point Yacht Club (CPYC) had a very aggressive one design racing calendar. The Vanguard fleet also hosts the Special Olympics -- this was the 8th year hosting the event. The Vanguards also race on Thursday nights, completely run by volunteers, which attracts at least 10 to 20 boats every week. All of the special regattas were run without compromising our regular club one design racing schedule, which has five one design fleets on the water every Saturday, Atlantics, Stars, Thistles, Lightnings, and Flying Scots. On top of that, the club also runs a Sunday Summer PHRF Series (10 days) - 29 competitors, three divisions, and a Wednesday Night PHRF Series (15 days) - 53 competitors, three divisions. The book ends of the season are the Laser Frostbiting in the spring and fall, which boasts one of the biggest fleets on the East Coast. The Lasers supply their own race committees as well. The volunteer nature of the club is a significant part of the racing program. This year, through US SAILING, we held a two-day race management seminar, out of which, three members passed the regional certification exam, and 12 members became certified club race officers. The Race and Regatta Committee works diligently with each fleet throughout the year to make sure there is quality race management for every regatta. Also, all members are asked to volunteer for race committee at least one day for regular club racing during the season. This helps the more experienced PROs pass on their skills to the next generation. Our website is maintained by volunteers also, and is second to none when it comes to one design information for the fleets we host. In yet another testament to its one design focus, this year, Cedar Point sent eight sailors in three different classes to the Olympic Trials. Good sailors are attracted to the club’s quality racing program. Cedar Point has a summer Opti program for very young sailors, and our Junior Sailing program, with local high schools, has produced many future college sailors. In summary, Cedar Point Yacht Club this year had one of the most active one design schedules in recent memory. This is anchored by the volunteerism of the club’s members that help run each regatta. Cedar Point is always contemplating hosting the next “big” event at every individual fleet, and race and regatta meeting, as the members are comfortable that we have the knowledge, experience, and facilities to do so.