Sandy Bay Yacht Club, Rockport, Massachusetts
The Sandy Bay Yacht Club is excited to host the 54th Bullseye Nationals. We first hosted the Nationals in 1969, and this will be our thirteenth time as hosts. We welcome you to a club that was established in 1885. The present clubhouse was built in 1931, and many of the current traditions were established in the 30s. Our inner harbor is quite protected, and the breakwater which forms the end of Bearskin Neck with its quaint shops is being rebuilt this winter.
To sail in Sandy Bay is to sail in a relatively protected bay because the outer breakwater, about three miles out, was built in around 1900 to create a harbor for Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet. Inside the outer breakwater, the current creates gentle swirls, a subject of constant debate. Racing outside the breakwater puts us in significant current and ocean swells, sometimes allowing us to race to Thacher Island (yes, a relative of our own Joan Thacher Tiffany) which sports restored lighthouses, keepers houses and opportunities for thousands of kayakers, campers and overnight guests throughout the summer. During the Nationals we will be racing in areas separate from the Club race courses. Weekends will see our racing classes Stars, Flying Scots, Rhodes 19s, 420s and Optimists out on the water.
Our club has all the simple amenities needed for an active sailing and social program –a snack bar, an outside grill area, shower facilities, ice, and a fabulous view from the rocking chairs on our porch. Our two hoists are essential to sailors; dropping your boat in the water is a simple procedure at any tide.
Rockport has a long history as an artists’ colony and a small walking town with many historic homes and interesting shops. It is increasingly well known as a music center, in part because of the opening of the Shalin Liu Performance Center five years ago. It is the home of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival (perhaps still running in late July) as well as jazz, folk, pop and world music concerts throughout the year.
Rockport is on the tip of Cape Ann about 40 miles north of Boston. You can read more about our club at http://www.sandybay.org
Chart 13279 covers our sailing area. We will be publishing the NOR in a News Flash and on the website in mid-March, but please email if you have any questions before then. Visitors will of course be staying at members’ homes.
We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones at the Nationals.
Laura Hallowell, Nationals Chair
2015 Bullseye Nationals Notice of Race
2015 Bullseye Nationals Registration Form
2015 Bullseye Nationals Waiver
2015 Bullseye Nationals Junior Medical Release
2015 Bullseye Nationals Sailing Instructions