A fun gathering of classic wooden sailboats to showcase their history and elegance and provide an informal opportunity to compete in a low-key race against similar vessels!
8th Annual Classic to Feature Historical Australian 18-foot Skiffs!
Registration Now Open
September 15-17, 2017 at NSHOF
Owners of wooden-hulled sailboats new and old built with designs drawn prior to 1970 are invited to register their boats now.
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.
Classes: Star , Dinghy , Day Boats , Cruising Class (single or multi-masted), Spirit of Tradition Class (vessels designed & built on or after 1970 that meet the spirit of the event).
2017 Schedule of Events:
Friday & Saturday, September 15 & 16
Arrival at NSHOF docks — preferred by 10:00 am Saturday!
Saturday, September 16
|10:00 am – 5:00 pm||Boat Display and viewing by the public|
|11:00 am – 4:00 pm||Demonstrations and talks about boats (open to the public)|
|4:00 pm||Dinghy rowing, RC sailing & paddling races!|
|6:00 pm||BBQ and Pot Luck Dinner at NSHOF!|
Sunday, September 17
|11:00 am||Warning Signal for Pursuit Race!|
Monday, September 18
|7:00 pm||Informal gathering and awards at Buddy’s Crabs and Ribs|
7th Annual (2016) Race Results:
|Woodwind 1||Spirit of Tradition||12:09:00||13:39:29||13:37:49||12||1|
|Woodwind 2||Spirit of Tradition||12:09:00||13:41:20||13:39:40||15||2|
|Joyce Elaine||Cruising 1||11:31:00||DNF||DNF||DNF||DNF|
Results & Photos from Past Classics
The 2015 6th Annual Rendezvous & Race
Thank you to Kate Gahs for these photos.
6th Annual (2015) Race Results:
Note: 24 Entries. 13 Finishers.
Class / Finish
|"Diesel 1" Class|
|1st Place||HOWARD BLACKBURN||1:20:20|
|"Diesel 2 " Class|
|3rd||LACERTA||1:06:35 * (0:44 Start Penalty)|
|"Jet Fuel" Class|
|1st Place||WOODWIND II||0:54:53|
The 2014 5th Annual Rendezvous & Race
Click here for 2014 photo gallery
Click here to read the blog entry by Schooner Woodwind's Captain Ken with photos.
CORRECTED TIME FINISH POSITIONS
|“Unleaded” Class (Centerboarders):|
- Acorn 10
|“Premium” Class (Dayboats):|
“Diesel” Class (Cruising):
35' Lawley Cutter
Alden Malabar VI
Wiley 36 Tankook Whaler
Diddikai Ketch 36
Concordia Yawl (mh)
Cutts and Case 47
Dickerson 41 Cutter
Laurent Giles Wanderer
Ralph Wiley 38
“Jet Fuel” Class (Spirit of Tradition):
First, Second, and Third Place finishers in each class received an awesome looking flag to show off at future events.
Thanks to all everyone for making this a Classic Wooden Sailboat Rendezvous & Race an event to remember.
The 2013 4th Annual Rendezvous & Race
4th Annual Race Results
Classic Wooden Sailboat Regatta
September 21, 2013 (Pursuit start - time at finish):
|1st||EXOTIC MATERIALS -Albacore||Time: 13:16:07|
List of Boats Participating in the 4th Annual Race (2013):
Owner or Skipper
|Spellbound||44'||Edmund Cutts, Jr.|
|Surf Bird||48'||Richard Hall|
|Exotic Material||15'||Barney Harris|
|Grizzly Bear||33'||John Hedger|
|Howard Blackburn||57'||Mark Roesner|
|Howard Thorklson||57'||Howard Thorklson|
Watch a video with photos from the Classic Rendezvous & Race
Sponsored by the NSHOF and