Happy Winners of the 2015 Atlantic Round (photo courtesy of Rick Bannerot)
A race/cruise called The Atlantic Round was organized in 1978 and became a one-time event. In 1991, an effort to establish more contact with the Home Clubs resulted in the plans for an annual regatta to be held in America every third year and in the off years in one of the Scandinavian countries. This event was named The Atlantic Round in honor of the organizer of the first race/cruise. The first regatta was held in 1993 at the Stamford and Noroton Yacht Clubs. Since then “TAR”, as it has become affectionately known, has become a main stay of the summer season.
TAR was held in Stamford and NYC in 2015 (see below). KNS will host TAR in Oslo in 2016 and KSSS in Stockholm in 2017.
The Atlantic Round 2015 Results
The following article, written by KDY commodore Lars Ive, was published in KDY’s member magazine in December:
The Vikings ventured westward and cleared the trophy table
Article by KDY Commodore Lars Ive, originally published in Danish in the December issue of KDY’s member magazine
Mid-September, a contingent of KDY sailors traveled to Stamford in the U.S. The purpose was threefold. First, we were to meet with and compete against our Nordic sister clubs in the Atlantic Round, arranged by our joint representation in the U.S., North American Station. Then we were to meet our friendship club Stamford Yacht Club (SYC) in a match race which KDY had been challenged to. Finally, we were to participate in SYC’s 50th Valeur-Jensen Stamford Denmark Race (formerly known as the Stamford Denmark Friendship Race).
The Atlantic Round was sailed over three days in three different keel boats in two different locations. On the second day we sailed in J24s on the Hudson River, just off Ellis Island where in the past many Scandinavians first stepped onto American land. The Danish team, made out of Jonas Høgh, Henrik Andersen and Allan Larsen, ungraciously won all three days, even though it was a bit tight on the third day where we sailed in Ideal 18s in very light air. That wasn’t ideal for the Danish crew with a fighting weight of almost 300kg. But weight was overcome by ingenuity, with victory as the result.
For the following match race, the team was reinforced with Peter Kampmann, Henrik Asbjørn, and Commodore Lars Ive. The duel took place on the other side of Long Island Sound, across from Stamford and was sailed in SM40s – originally built for the worldwide Swedish Match series – 40 feet boats that look like smaller America’s Cup boats from back when the Cup was sailed in monohulls.
The assembled Danish team impolitely won the first four races. At that point it was decided to sail back across the Sound for some reconciliation beer in SYC’s beautiful club house. That evening, true to tradition, the Denmark Race gala dinner was held at SYC with gentlemen in blue blazers and white trousers and ladies in festive dresses.
On the last day we were to sail a short distance race. The Danes, now further reinforced with Steen and Bjørn Raagaard had been given an Xp44 to show the Danish colors on the race course. The crew did it so well and thoroughly that we won in both our class and overall. SYC’s Principal Race Officer, Ray Redniss concluded: “It would have been nice to tell you that someone else but the Danes won the last race – but that is not the case”.
We had some fantastic days filled with hospitality and great sailing. Big thanks to our friends in North American Station and SYC, including the many volunteer club members who provided accommodation and arranged a fantastic event for us.
I can only encourage other KDY members to experience the fun and challenge of friendly jousting on the water.
The Atlantic Round 2015 - September 8-12 @ Stamford CT & NYC!!
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UPDATE (July 15)
Update in a nutshell..
REGISTRATION FORM COMPLETED. The Dead line for Registration is July 31st. DO IT NOW!! :-)
We have Stamford YC rooms availabe (only 5) but Host families are awaiting for you. Great opportunity to make new friends!
We got OK to visit famous Ann Taylor/Loft design office on September 9th for the ladies. yey!!
Museum Tour date has been changed to Thursday (Sep.10)
The Atlantic Round Events:
DAY 1: September 8 (Tuesday) Registration & Kick-off Dinner
Fun Fun Kick-off Dinner
DAY 2: September 9 (Wednesday) SWOPE Trophy Race I in Vipers 640 at SYC & Clambake Dinner
DAY 3: September 10 (Thursday) Visit Metropolitan Museum then Race J-24 in NY Harbor at Manhattan YC in the afternoon & Dinner in NYC
J24 Race in NY Harbor
DAY 4: September 11 (Friday) Swope Trophy Race II in Vipers 640 & Awards ceremony.
In the evening: You have an option of attending Best of Royal Theatre performed by Danish Ballet Dancers and Opera Singers at Palace theatre, Stamford CT.
DAY 5: September 12 (Saturday) Lay day tour and option of attending evening Denmark Race "pre-race" Dinner at SYC Except KDY members and others participating in X-Yacht KDY vs. SYC Match Race
Lay day Tour: Visit to Chocolate factory and Brooklyn (with spouses)
They are distillers as well. They captured the aroma and flavor of Dark roasted chocolate in a bottle for the first time.
The Atlantic Round Fun Activities for your Partner
NOTE: In addition to scheduled locations, we will go to places by consensus.
DAY1: September 8 (Tuesday) Registration & Kick off Dinner
Day 2: September 9 (Wednesday): We Got OKwith American Brand "Ann Taylor/ Loft" Design office tour to see how high fashion maker works with trend. yey!! then we will go to the city such as High Line, Chelsea, Meat packing District area.
Day 3: September 10 (Thursday): Guided tour of Metropolitan Museum highlights by prominent art dealer Mr. David Tunick (with Spouses) and Watch your other half race OR Shopping - SOHO, NOLITA area
Day 4: September 11 (Friday): Simply, visit NYC and do more shopping.
Day 5: September 12 (Saturday): Chocolate Factory Tour & Brooklyn Shopping trip. (With Spouses)
Aside from Chocolates, they have chocolate soap!!
Home stay or Hotel. Home Stay is encouraged.
We have secured rooms (only 5 available) at Stamford YC. The reservation is first come first basis. Hurry to contact Hiro Nakajima at firstname.lastname@example.org
Host families are awaiting. It is a great chance to make a new American Friends!! Please concact Hiro Nakajima at above link.
Stamford Yacht Club
Pre-Atlantic Round Event and Post Atlantic Round Event
Incidentally, The Atlantic Round will be bookended with SYC (Stamford Yacht Club-hosting club) historical events
*The 81st annual Stamford YC’s Vineyard distance Race: Starts on September 4th expected finish September 6th
There will be a FUN party after the race on the evening of the 6th.
*The 50th annual Stamford YC’s Valeur-Jensen Stamford-Denmark Race(Day Race) Held on September 13th.
There will be Fun Party after the race.
If you are interested in participating, we will find you a crew position.
TAR was not held in 2014. TAR 2013 was hosted by NJK in Helsinki on August 8-11, with four clubs taking part: KNS, KSSS, NAS, and NJK. Sailing for the NAS were Henrik Andersen (helmsman), Allan Heyward, Ove Haxthausen, and Dan Colliander. Post Captain David Brown was the non-sailing Team Captain.