Five Years of the ALDR? Already?
Where does the time go? While it is a cliché, there is a lot of truth to the saying that time flies when you’re having fun, especially when racing. It is the only explanation for how the Annapolis Labor Day Regatta (ALDR) has already reached its fifth anniversary. Happy 5th ALDR!
A joint effort between the Annapolis Yacht Club (AYC) and the Eastport Yacht Club (EYC), the event has regularly attracted 90-100 entries, thanks to its mix of a fixed-mark distance race and windward-leeward races.
In celebration of ALDR’s milestone, organizers note that they “plan to have some fun with the number 5.” What exactly that means remains to be seen.
The 2018 edition will continue to offer starts across a wide range of classes, and racers can be assured of two things: great racing on the Bay will be followed each day with fun, easy-going shoreside parties. This year, the Saturday party will be hosted by EYC (317 First Street), with AYC hosting the Sunday awards at their new clubhouse at 2 Compromise Street.
ALDR also offers a unique mix of perpetual awards: the Eleanor Ruth Willcox Trophy for the highest-finishing woman skipper; the SpinSheet Varsity Sailing Trophy to the entry sailing with junior competitors between the ages 13-18 and the Junior Varsity Trophy for sailors 12 and under; and the City of Annapolis Trophy to the first-place boat from the most competitive class.
Courtesy weather forecasting will again be made available to all competitors by Weather Routing, Inc. This will include the several days leading up to and including the regatta.
The Notice of Race has been posted, and registration is open at the ALDR 2018 web page.