Steve Uhl

Steve Uhl of Fleet 5

By Fred Brehob

So you’re wondering how that mild mannered guy with the winning smile plopped down in our midst and immediately began jumping over the competitive buildings with a single bound. Well friends, Fleet Five members and others, your days of wondering are over. Now it can be told. Fleet Five Captain Steve Uhl has an immense sailing pedigree.

His dad, Bill Uhl, with Steve’s mom as crew, cut a swath in the Lightning Class during the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. The highlight of their competitions was a second place at the International Lightning Class Worlds in 1958. Steve was born in 1962 when they were still tearing up the waters of Great Peconic Bay, so there is little doubt that his introduction to the sport was in utero. This is certainly a more comfortable and safe platform than an Opti.


We don’t want to trigger an investigation, but the word is that after Steve’s 1962 launching, mom and dad would solve the late or missing third crew problem by strapping in their prize forward of the centerboard trunk where he got his introduction to sail trim, and weaned himself on belaying pins used to secure the Lightning’s halyards. Steve’s earliest memories are of trailing the boat to various regattas around the country to places like Milwaukee, Schenectady, Red Bank, Quantico, Buffalo, etc. from their Port Washington, New York home.

Upon reaching the ripe old age of nine, he found himself in a more formal setting, the junior sailing program at the Cold Springs Harbor Beach Club on Long Island. There, he began his formal training in Blue Jays. At eleven, he won the last Long Island Sound Novice Open Championship in this boat. Subsequently, he moved up to Lasers. If all of the preceding weren’t enough, his sailing touch was further polished when he began flying lessons in 1980. This second hobby continues to the present out of Beverly Airport.

At college decision time, there was only one choice, MIT. The academics in Aeronautics and Astronautics were his prime interest, but the real clincher was the sailing program under the inspirational leadership of Hatch Brown. It was great fun to finish classes each weekday at four and then beat it down to the Institute’s Charles River boathouse for two and a half hours of intense sailing competition.

Steve’s parents moved to New Hampshire. There, he spent a summer as a sailing coach at Sunapee Yacht Club. After graduating from MIT, he accepted a position with Pratt and Whitney at Hartford, Connecticut where he enjoyed frostbiting in Lasers and a brief stint distance racing. In 1987, he enrolled at Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck business school and after graduating, moved to San Francisco. While establishing himself in consulting work, he let sailing slide.

UhlThorntonA 1992 opportunity to move back east with his company was a godsend with Marblehead as a magnet. There he met wife Jennifer, a non-sailing college dance professor. Their romance survived a January Interclub Dinghy dunking at Essex, Connecticut and they became parents to two delightful sons,Thornton and Clark who at 7 and 6 are continuing the Uhl sailing tradition by crewing.

Steve’s interest in the Rhodes 19 as an affordable, more forgiving, family friendly Marblehead class with an active racing fleet blossomed in 1999. And thanks to Bill and Kera Dalton and Kim Pandapas he found the good ship Woodstock. In addition to his challenging Fleet 5 Captain’s duties of finding and welcoming new members, he is chairing the 2003 National Regatta Committee.

For those keeping score, he has endured a 29 year regatta championship drought. So look out for him in August if the rest of the committee can shoulder enough of the Regatta planning load to allow him to think a little about the actual competition.

CB Rhodes 19 For Sale – $4200

I have a Rhodes 19 that I have been restoring for almost a year now. I have sailed it 3 times and decided its too small. This boat is in great condition, handles well, and is a solid boat.
I have done the following to the boat:
2 coats of new bottom paint
multiple coats of new topside paint on the whole boat new interior painted
3 new sets of ribs
painted/ epoxy all ribs
fiber glassed strengthened centerboard trunk mahogany mast step plank re-faired center board with layers of epoxy and bottom paint new coaming boards with endless layers of varnish new floorboards and painted shelves new plywood transom fiber glassed in and panted new full rudder and pivot rudder newer rigging from Stewart marine

The following come with the boat:
All rigging needed including ropes
Very nice jib
main sail with battens
motor mount with air lift
boom tent
And of course the boat itself
The trailer is extra if you want it

This boat is priced low compared to any Rhodes 19s out there in its condition. I can assist with delivery and deliver within a certain distance. Let me know if you have any questions or want to see the boat.

Contact Ryan at

Fairfield CT


CB Rhodes 19 For Sale

Boat needs ribs and floors. Otherwise almost everything else is there. Sails crisp and fairly new. Needs a stay on the rig. Chainplates solid. Centerboard free. Rudder warped. Tilt trailer rolls, solid… May be some paperwork available. I brought it in my shop and my knees and back immediately started a protest, boat has to go. $700. Call Al 607 592 3530 Located Finger Lakes NY

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Boat Cover

Rhodes 19 mooring/trailering cover with attached trailering cover skirt. Like New , put on boat once. Bought from Stuart Marine August 2015. Fits like a glove. Quality canvas. $800. Shipped Conus ”
call 305 394 0901 ask for Lou

O’Day Rhodes 19 C/B

Good shape. Trailer in excellent condition. Set up for racing. Doyle sails good condition. motor mount. Long shaft motor available.$5500 OBO.Contact: joel clark  marshfield hills, MA

Our 1989 Rhodes 19 keel boat and trailer are for sale

Priced to sell and will consider a good offer. It is a wonderful, family day sailer that can be enjoyed for recreational sailing or rigged for competitive racing. The hull and topsides are in very good condition. The keel is also in good shape…a racer will want to spend time sanding and fairing. The rub rail is intact with no mold. The bright work is sanded and oiled and looks very pretty. The chain plates, shrouds and spars are all in good shape. The boat comes with one set of Doyle sails in excellent condition. There is no spinnaker. The rudder and tiller are mahogany and replaced last year–purchased from Stuart Marine. We have a cockpit cover that is new (blue canvas)–but needs fastenings on the deck to be added to tether it down. The trailer is functional but not great for long trips on the highway–it has a nice pressure treated wooden cradle for winter storage bolted to the trailer. Super deal on this boat at this point…eager to sell before winter. Please call for any other specific questions. The boat can be viewed at Squeteague Sailmakers boat yard in Cataumet, MA.

For Sale and ready to win in 2015! Rhodes 19 O\’Day Sail# 1228


racing condition. Fixed keel reset; keel, hull and rudder faired by Chris
Small in 2011. Mast and king plank renovated and mast tuned by Harvey
Rigging in same year. Very competitive boat, East Coasts in 2011 when she
placed 8th. Galvanized Triad trailer also in top condition. Two mainsails,
two jibes and a spinnaker in good condition, Rudder cover; full safety gear,
anchor lines and more. Located in Marblehead asking $10,500. Contact:, tel:617-283-6811 (mobile).

For sale Oday Rhodes 19 keel #2463 (REDUCED $8000)

Fully optimised for racing. Minimum weight, ribs done, gelcoat bottom, Keel faired, Rudder by Phils Foils Stern traveler, fully adjustable jib leads, Fracolater,Twings – plus much more New Doyle Sails for 2014 Nationals. New white gelcot 2014 . Cradleride trailer with storage box & spare.
Proven fast boat with many high finishes in nationals and 1st overall ECC. Lying SEMA Will deliver east coast. Ask 8,000 Call 508 642 0584 or email

Looking for Mainsail

i’m looking for a mainsail, I own #64 1960 Rhodes 19 and #1509 a 1967 Rhodes 19 both centerboard boats. I sail on the great south bay. Sayville L.I.

geoffrey baldanza
11 vine street
centereach, NY 11720