Classic Wooden Sailboat Rendezvous & Race to Feature Historical Australian 18-foot Skiffs

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Registration Now Open for the 8th Annual "Classic"

Annapolis, MD (March 30, 2017) - The National Sailing Hall of Fame, together with the Chesapeake Traditional Sailboat Association, will host the 8th Annual Classic Wooden Sailboat Rendezvous & Race the weekend of September 15 – 17, 2017. 

Owners of wooden-hulled sailboats new and old built with designs drawn prior to 1970 are invited to register their boats now at Registrants may also call the National Sailing Hall of Fame at 410-295-3022 to obtain a mail-in entry form. New this year — wooden sailboats designed on or after 1970 may also be eligible if they meet the spirit of the event. 

Designed to showcase the history and elegance of American sailing, the "Classic" is a unique race and a fun gathering of classic wooden sailboats. With the boats on display at the National Sailing Hall of Fame's public docks, it features on-shore activities open to the general public in addition to the race, which can be watched from City Dock and several other places on-shore. 

The "Classic" is an informal opportunity for boats of all different sizes and designs to compete together in a low-key race against other wooden vessels. The event has grown each year, with boats ranging in size from 8-feet to 65-feet and traveling from as far away as Canada to participate. That record will be broken this year, when sailors from the Sydney Flying Squadron, Australia's oldest open boat sailing club, will be visiting Annapolis to participate using their own fleet of historical 18-foot skiffs, which they are shipping here from Australia specifically for this event. 

18-foot skiffs, considered by many to be the fastest class of sailing skiffs, began racing on Australia's Sydney Harbor in 1892 and later in New Zealand. Called "Aussie 18s" by their owners, the skiffs will be dockside for public viewing on Friday and Saturday, September 15-16, along with the many other participating classic boats. 

"We are very excited to have the 18-footers from Australia here for the Classic Race," said Maria Museler, the event's volunteer organizer. "Anyone who loves wooden sailboats won't want to miss this great opportunity to meet with wooden sailboat owners, take part in a fun race, and show off your classically designed sailboat for everyone in Annapolis, Maryland."

Registration is only $30 for those who register by the Early Bird deadline of August 30, after which the fee is $50. Registrations close on September 16 at 5:00 pm. 

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About The National Sailing Hall of Fame 
The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) promotes sailing by preserving America's sailing legacy and engages the next generation by sharing the benefits, excitement and beauty of sailing. This is done by recognizing its heroes; highlighting sailing's contribution to the American culture and experience; and demonstrating its value as a hands-on tool for teaching math and science. NSHOF's facility provides a home for sailing and a place where people can participate in on-the-water. We believe what you see on the water will change the way you see life on land. We believe people who don’t sail are missing something. We believe we can change that. Join us.

About The Chesapeake Traditional Sailboat Association 
The Chesapeake Traditional Sailboat Association (CTSA) was founded in 1977 to foster participation in the preservation and operation of traditional sailing craft. Today, CTSA continues its mission through social events both on shore and on-the-water, including coordinated sailing in company (what others might call races).

About the Historical 18 Footers
The class has a long history beginning with races on Sydney Harbour, Australia in 1892 and later in New Zealand. The boat has changed significantly since the early days, bringing in new technology as it became available. Because of the need of strength, agility and skill, the class is considered to be the top level of small boat sailing.

The National Sailing Hall of Fame  •  69 Prince George Street  •  Annapolis, Maryland 21401  • 410-295-3022

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 April 2017 )