Southport, ME – Fleet Resurgence

Fleet 33 has been resuscitated and is off its deathbed.  The fleet was created in the 1970s when six Rhodes 19s were racing in the summer on the Sheepscot Bay off Southport Island in the Mid-Coast of Maine.  During the 1980s and 1990s the fleet dropped down to three boats who raced actively in open class races with J-24s, Christmas Cove-21s, and various other types of boats using the Portsmouth Yardstick.  Fast forward to the summer of 2020 and the fleet is alive and kicking with seven Rhodes that were on the starting line.

Despite Covid, our Rhodes fleet participated in several open class races and also had a few Rhodes only races.  The first big race of the season was the annual Around Southport Island race co-hosted by Boothbay Harbor and Southport Yacht Clubs.  This is an open reverse handicap pursuit race in which the slower classes start first, the faster boats last, and if everybody sailed perfectly we would all finish at the same time.  Seven Rhodes from our fleet participated in a fleet of twenty boats.  Unfortunately for the Rhodes there was a wind hole halfway through the course and all the fast classes (the J-80s, J-24s, etc.) caught up to us way too soon.  Other weekend races saw a good Rhodes turnout.  A Rhodes 19, Rhodes Among Thorns, won the Southport Yacht Club end of season race, the Mark Island Trophy Race (actually, this year we got in three races in one afternoon), beating out five other Rhodes, a Soling, a J-24, a Sonar, and three other boats.

Perhaps due to Covid most of our Rhodes teams were family affairs (mom, dad, and the two kids or husband & wife or dad, son, and niece).  It was great to see families enjoying Rhodes 19s and sailing.  We hope to keep the momentum going and expand our Rhodes fleet next summer.

– Chris Jacobs

2021 Annual Meeting

2021 Notice of Annual Meeting is here

December 8, 2020
Notice of 2020 Rhodes 19 Class Association Annual Meeting
Conducted by Zoom Video Conference
You are cordially invited to virtually attend (by video or phone) the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Rhodes
19 Class Association on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 7:00PM (eastern time). In view of the COVID19
pandemic safety and health restrictions, the meeting will be conducted via videoconference using
ZOOM Video Conference technology. Members may virtually attend by joining on their computer using
the designated ZOOM meeting link below or on their phone by dialing in to their nearest ZOOM
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Proxy Process
To be valid, an annual meeting must be attended by Active Members, in person or by proxy, who
represent at least 1/3 of the Active Members in the Association. A proxy must be prepared by an Active
Member and received by the Rhodes 19 Class Association Secretary at least seven days before the
annual meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting, then please send an e-mail to the Class Secretary at
jshoreman@gmail.com. In that e-mail, please include your name, sail number and the person to whom
you are giving your proxy (for example: “I, NAME, sail number ####, give my proxy to Class Member
Name who will be attending the Annual Meeting of the Rhodes 19 Class Association”). This proxy is for
establishing a quorum for the meeting. Voting will be electronic and all members who qualify under
Article VII, C 7.00.01 of the Class Association constitution (each Rhodes 19 shall be entitled to only one
vote) will have an opportunity to vote regardless of whether or not they attend the annual class
meeting.
Agenda
• Call to order
• Verification of a quorum to hold the meeting
• Approval of minutes from last meeting – The minutes from the last meeting are available on the
class website (http://rhodes19.org/class-association/annual-meeting-2/) for review
• Reports of officers and committees:
o President
o Secretary
o Treasurer
• Setting of dues for the next year
• Unfinished business
• Proposed amendments to Constitution and/or By-Laws
• New business
• Election of class officers
• Adjournment
Setting of Dues for Next Fiscal Year
• Approve proposal to set the 2020 class dues at $0
• Approve proposal to set the 2021 class dues to $35, unless Covid restrictions prevent running
class sanctioned regattas, in which case set the 2021 class dues at $0
Proposed Amendments By-Laws
These require a 2/3 majority vote to pass (Article XIII, C 13.00.04) – Only class members may vote.
Proposed changes are in bold.
• By-Law ARTICLE XII –REGULATIONS THAT APPLY AT SANCTIONED EVENTS
o Change B 12.00.02
§ From – The Person in Charge either a) must have campaigned a Rhodes 19 either
during 25% of the current racing season within the territory of the fleet they
represent, b) have been a Member of the Rhodes 19 Class Association for two
consecutive years prior to the current year, or c) have been a past district or
national champion. If the Person in Charge is not the Helmsman, then the
Helmsman is subject to the same criteria.
§ To – The Person in Charge either a) must have campaigned a Rhodes 19 either
during 25% of the current racing season within the territory of the fleet they
represent as helmsman, b) have been a Member of the Rhodes 19 Class
Association for two consecutive years immediately prior to the current year, or
c) have been a past district or national champion as helmsman, or d) not yet
reached their 25th birthday by the first day of the regatta. If the Person in
Charge is not the Helmsman, then the Helmsman is subject to the same criteria.
o Following B 12.00.03, add:
§ Any ISAF Sailor Classification
(http://www.worldsailingywc.org/tools/documents/classificationcode-
%5B432%5D.pdf) Category 3 sailor participating in a class sanctioned event
either a) must have sailed a Rhodes 19 either during 25% of the current racing
season within the territory of the fleet they represent, b) have been a Member
of the Rhodes 19 Class Association for two consecutive years immediately
prior to the current year, or c) have been part of the winning team (helmsman
or crew) of a past Rhodes 19 district or national championship.
§ Neither helmsman nor crew shall accept a payment or fee specifically for
participating in a race.
o Change B 12.02
§ From – The minimum total crew complement per boat shall be three for all
races.
§ To – The minimum combined weight of all crew and helmsman shall be 425
pounds.
Proposed 2021 Officers
• President – Mike Lane, Fleet 5, Marblehead
• Treasurer – Tom Carville, Fleet 7, New Orleans
• Secretary – Tim Dittrich, Fleet 5, Marblehead
Registration
Due to the impact of Covid-19, all 2019 members have been renewed automatically for 2020. If you
were not a member in 2019, and would like to become a new member of the class, and vote at the 2020
Annual Class Meeting, then be sure to register at http://rhodes19.org/fleet-activity/join-us/ on the class
website or through https://www.regattaman.com/. Please encourage any of your fleet members that
might not already be a part of the class to also register. If you are not a 2020 member of the Rhodes 19
Class and do not qualify under Article VII, C 7.00.01 of the class constitution (each Rhodes 19 shall be
entitled to only one vote), then you cannot vote at the annual meeting.

 

2020 Nationals Postponed

Rhodes 19 Class members,

Greeting from your 2020 Rhodes 19 National Championship regatta committee!  As promised, our committee met on June 1st to assess the viability of holding the 2020 Nationals.  We have some bad news and some good news.

 

First the bad news.  We concluded that in the current environment, we would be unable to put on an event worthy of Nationals.  Reason are many, and at a high level include, 1) uncertainty around participation (particularly for travelers), 2) limitations on the ability to run a top notch regatta with limited RC resources (the CYC signal boat Pegasus is not even going in the water this season), and 3) the near certainty that shoreside events would be limited or perhaps not possible at all.  So regrettably, the 2020 Nationals is cancelled.

 

As to the good news, we have secured alternative dates for next year.  Mark August 17-20, 2021 in your calendars.  The 2021 Nationals regatta will again hosted by Fleet 5 and the Corinthian Yacht Club, and the entire 2020 regatta committee has agreed to stay on and finish the job we started.  So circle the dates, and we’ll look forward to seeing you next summer in Marblehead.

 

One final note – we understand that Class President Mike Lane and the class officers will plan to hold the 2020 Annual Meeting on Zoom.  So keep an eye out for details on that.

 

Please feel free to reach out to either of us if you have questions or comments.

 

All the best,

Kim Pandapas (kpandapas@comcast.net)

Elise Nash (elise.mazareas@gmail.com)

Rhodes 19 2020/2021 National Championship Co-chairs

Schreibers win 2019 National Champions

The 2019 Rhodes 19 National Championship wrapped up Saturday in Hull Bay, MA with the 36 boat fleet completing eight races in light to moderate conditions.  Chris, Debbie, and Christopher Schreiber won the regatta with a steady scoreline of 2-(7)-1-1-3-2-2-3 for 14 points.  Taking 2nd with 28 points was Dave Nelson who sailed with his son and daughter, and finishing 3rd was Nat and Jim Taylor sailing with Yati Harsono with 30 points.  Rounding out the top five was Hingham’s Joe Berkeley in 4th with 33 points and Wilson Kaznoski in 5th with 35 points.  It should be noted that of the top five boats, four were sailing with family crews!

 

Hosted jointly by Hingham and Hull Yacht Clubs (Rhodes Fleet 46), the first two days of the regatta were raced in light winds with the race committee doing well to get two races in each day.  The final day was a beautiful sunny 12-17 knot northeasterly that saw four good races completed.  The regatta saw five different boats winning races in the eight race series and clean racing with only one protest heard over the three day event.

 

Full results here: