July is the middle of sailing season in New England and so far we have been very happy in our new home at the Sandy Bay Yacht Club in Rockport MA. While the weather has not always cooperated (thanks Elsa), we have been welcomed into the club and are now sailing 1 or 2 days per week.
SBYC is a lovely little club with an amazing view and great amenities. The race course is a 10 minute sail from the dock and is usually in flat waters with 8-12 knots of wind. Perfect 2.4 meter sailing conditions.
We are in with 3 other fleets (Flying Scotts, Rhodes 19s and Bullseyes), and get multiple starts per race day. The courses are usually 4 leg windward leeward so we get plenty of starts and roundings. The fleet as a whole is improving with finishers all crossing within seconds.
The group recently purchased new sails and are psyched for the rest of the summer in Rockport followed by fall and winter in Florida. We have been working on expanding our owners pool and now have 5 committed owners for our fleet. Just this past weekend we welcomed Arthur Bronstein to our fleet. Arthur was heard to say that the 2.4 meter was “the most fine I have ever had in a sailboat.”
Our upcoming schedule includes sending fleet members to Chicago for the Independence Cup and then next month the whole fleet will be sailing in the Thomas Claggett Regatta in Newport. We are also hoping that visiting 2.4 meter sailors will come to Rockport to sail against us.