Westport’s Cedar Point Yacht Club (CPYC) has won the coveted 2018 National One-Design Award from US Sailing, the sport’s national governing body. CPYC and 13 other organizations from around the country were honored on January 31 for advancing sailing in their respective communities and areas of focus. US Sailing hosted the awards ceremony in Jacksonville, Florida, at the 2019 National Sailing Programs Symposium (NSPS).
Bob Karpel, Commodore of CPYC, accepted the award on behalf of Westport’s largest racing club. “This is truly a testament to all of CPYC’s outstanding member volunteers,” Karpel said.
CPYC was honored for its success in growing its fleet and hosting regattas that give Westport and area sailors the opportunity to test their skills against premier racing talent across the nation. CPYC is recognized nationally for the quality of its racing programs.
“In 2018, CPYC hosted eight separate regattas, including a multi-class one-design regatta with 560 sailors, the 66-boat Thistle Nationals and the annual Connecticut Special Olympics,” US Sailing said in making the award. “Regatta festivities included a bagpiper for the opening ceremonies, live bands, a lip sync competition, a corn-hole tournament, a blender party and a lobster clambake. The club also supports youth sailing. Last year it hosted the 142-boat JSA of Long Island Sound Race Week and a 78-boat Opti Area C Championship.”
In addition to its regular slate of regattas, CPYC will be hosting the Atlantic National Championships this summer and the Flying Scot Nationals in 2020. Cedar Point Yacht Club was organized in Westport in 1887 by a group of Fairfield County racing enthusiasts.
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Community Sailing, National One-Design Award Winners
Recognized at NSPS
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (January 31, 2019) – US Sailing is proud to announce the 2018 Community Sailing and National One-Design Award winners for their contributions to the sport of sailing in the United States. To celebrate the accomplishments of these individuals and organizations responsible for advancing sailing forward in their respective areas of focus and within their communities, US Sailing recognized these contributors on Thursday night, January 31, 2019, during an awards ceremony held at the 2019 National Sailing Programs Symposium (NSPS), hosted by the Florida Yacht Club.
- Cedar Point Yacht Club (Westport, Conn.) received the National One-Design Club Award recognizing administrative excellence, fleet growth, creative programming, regatta support and member contributions.
Cedar Point Yacht Club - National One-Design Club Award
In addition to running weekly racing for eight strong one-design fleets, the Cedar Point Yacht Club (CPYC) supports the development of new classes like the Aero and Waszp. In challenging times for one-design fleet growth, its Flying Scot and V15 fleets have experienced a resurgence.
In 2018, the club hosted eight separate regattas, including a multi-class one-design regatta with 560 sailors, the 66-boat Thistle Nationals and the annual Connecticut Special Olympics. Regatta festivities included a bagpiper for the opening ceremonies, live bands, a lip sync competition, a corn hole tournament, the “Mafia on the Beach” blender party and a lobster clambake.
The club also supports youth sailing. Last year it hosted the 142-boat JSA of Long Island Sound Race Week and a 78-boat Opti Area C Championship.