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January 2023 Mainsheet
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Spring 2022 Mainsheet
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Read the December 2021 Mainsheet here.
Article in Small Boats Magazine
Thank you to Matt Murphy for sharing this article about the Rhodes 19 – just appeared in Small Boats Magazine
2021 Nationals Results
Congratulations to Steve Clancy and Marty Gallagher for winning the 2021 Rhodes 19 Nationals. They prevailed over a deep competitive 31 boat fleet. They also took home the “Wet Bottom” trophy for best finish by a wetsailed boat and the “Jensen” trophy (best finish for skipper over 60).
Second was Joe Fava and Elise Nash, who also won the “Norm Cressy” perpetual (2nd place) and the “Don Quixote” (best finish by sailor never before in the top 5).
Third were Will and Tom Dailey, who also won the “Novice” trophy (best finish for a 1st time nationals competitor).
Fourth were Nat and Jim Taylor, fifth were Kim and Christina Pandapas.
Travel Trophy – Tim Maye
Corinthian – Bridget Hickey
Fleet – Fleet 5
Congratulations to all.
full results at 2021.rhodes19.org
May 2021 Mainsheet
The May 2021 Mainsheet is available here.
Announcing the 2021 Rhodes 19 National Championship
August 16-20, 2021
Organizing Authority – Rhodes 19 Fleet 5. Hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club
Find the NOR here
R19 Annual General Meeting Update
On January 13, 2021, we held the 2020 Rhodes 19 Annual Class Meeting. It was very well attended and we had a great discussion on several of the proposals detailed below. The minutes from this meeting have been posted to the class web site (http://rhodes19.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/2020-Rhodes-19-Annual-National-Class-Meeting-Minutes-1.pdf) for your review.
We received votes from 95 members. Since this vote was taken without proxies, these results accurately represent the class.
Voting Results –
- Approval of 2019 class meeting minutes – Approved
- Proposed Class Officers – Approved
- 2020 Annual Dues $0 – Approved
- 2021 Annual Dues $35, or $0 if no regattas are held – Approved
- $75 per boat stipend, with a minimum of $1,500 total for the 2021 National Championship – Approved
- By Law Changes
- Change B 12.00.02 – Approved
- 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.
- Following B 12.00.03, add: – Approved
- 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.
- Change B 12.02 – Not Approved
- 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.
Since the proposed change to by-law B 12.02 did not pass, and given the robust discussion on this topic, we have drafted an alternative proposal for your consideration. Per class rules, after you have had 30 days to review and consider these proposed changes, we will conduct an electronic vote.
- B 12.02 – The minimum total crew complement per boat shall be three for all races.
- B 12.03 – The names of the crew on each boat, including Helmsman, shall be specified in the regatta registration form. Any substitutions beyond those names require the written consent of the judges.
- B 12.02 – The total crew complement per boat, including Helmsman, shall be no less than two for all races.
- B 12.03 – The total crew complement shall be declared at registration, shall apply for all races, and shall not be increased or decreased for any reason.
- B 12.04 – The names of the crew on each boat, including Helmsman, shall be specified at registration. Any substitutions will require the written consent of the judges.
– Mike Lane, Rhodes 19 Class Association President
Southport, ME – Fleet Resurgence
Fleet 33 is back in action! 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