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 Incorporated
The Atlantic Round Incorporated was formed in April, 1977 “To operate exclusively for the fostering of international amateur sports competition. . . and more specifically to promote and encourage amateur participation and competition in international yachting.” At the time The Atlantic Round Incorporated was founded, its focus was on organizing and sponsoring a series of ocean races in and across the Atlantic. These events were co-sponsored by the NAS and other yacht clubs, including but by no means limited to, the Home Clubs of the NAS. In recent years, The Atlantic Round incorporated has been involved in supporting the annual Atlantic Round Regatta, held every third year in the U.S., and in other years at the Home Clubs in rotation, and in supporting the 5 Club Regatta. The Atlantic Round Incorporated has been qualified since 1978 as a tax exempt publicly supported charity, supported and funded with contributions from the public interested in promotion of its goals and activities.
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 2013
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.