The Roton Point Sailing Association in Rowayton, CT is hosting the 56th Annual Roton Point Multihull Regatta on September 18-20, 2015. An open regatta sanctioned by the New England Catamaran Sailing Association, the event is sponsored by Gosling Brothers, Ltd. of Bermuda and their world famous Black Seal Rum.
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“The 2015 Regatta is open to all ‘beach’ catamarans measuring less than 22 feet,” said RPSA Vice Commodore Lou Killeffer. “We run separate starts for sufficient class registrations for one-design classes, plus an Open Class using Portsmouth handicap numbers. We also run a separate one-design class for Hobie Getaways, of which Roton Point has its own fleet for member use. We typically have entrants from among the following classes: F20s, F18s, A-Class, Hobie 21s, Hobie 18s, Hobie 16s, Hobie Getaways, and ‘Other’.”
“Long known as the ‘prettiest park on Long Island Sound,’ Roton Point’s greatest asset is its remarkable, 12-acre waterfront location,” Killeffer continued. “Our sailing bay is one of the best small-boat harbors on the Sound, with a wooden ramp and motorized winch above a sandy beach protected by two breakwaters. As those who’ve raced at Roton Point before know, we’ve plenty of space to store boats overnight, and ample parking for cars, trailers,and RVs. Tent camping is permitted free of charge in our beautiful Grove overlooking the Sound. In addition, this year, many Club members will open their homes to visiting competitors. And there are several nearby hotels for those who prefer their own accommodations. Our Bathhouse has showers for men and women, with plenty of hot water, and the ‘Hotel’ clubhouse has a large covered porch for our off-water festivities. Breakfast is served to racers on Saturday and Sunday mornings, with a variety of bag lunches and drinks available to take on board.”
Registration opens at noon on Friday, September 18, with hors d’ouerves and an open Gosling’s Rum and beer bar at 2:00. Racing starts on Saturday, followed by a beach party with live music, a steak dinner and open bar. Sunday’s racing precedes the All Hands awards ceremony, corn chowder and another open bar.
“There’s nothing like the Roton Point Multihull Regatta,” said RPSA Commodore Charlie Janson.” Sailors, catamarans, fair winds, great food, entertainment and multihull history* – it all comes together at Roton Point every September. We hope you’ll join us this year!” More information, Notice of Race, and online registration may be found at rpmr.org.
* The Roton Point Sailing Association hosted the International Catamaran Challenge Trophy, a match race series for 25-foot C-Class cats better known as the Little America’s Cup, in 1977, 1980, ’82 and ’85.