Thanks to the Nonsuch® Yacht and to the people that sail them, the Chesapeake Bay Nonsuch Association (CBNA) was founded in 1987.
Back In 1987 a small group of Chesapeake Bay Nonsuchers gathered in Annapolis, Maryland, eager to learn more about their boats and how others handled this unique rig. The Chesapeake Bay fleet was led by Marvin Sussman (PHOENIX) from 1987 until 1988.
In the spring of 1989 Perry Henderson of Annapolis Sailyard, the local rep for Hinterholeller Yachts, took the reins. He wanted to get more Nonsuch owners and potential owners together. His first rendezvous was planned for September in Galesville, Maryland at the town dock.
Perry had over 10 boats signed up, and a number of interested buyers. But due to Hurricane Hugo's arrival that weekend only a few boats attended. He tried again in the Fall of 1990, back at Galesville. This time it was a huge success, It gave every one there the opportunity to discuss boat handling with that big main, and the opportunity to meet fellow Nonsuchers and potential owners. Everyone was so willing to share their experiences. All that attended wanted to do this again!
In the fall of 1991 Perry arranged his 3rd rendezvous, this time it was in Oxford, MD at Mears Marina. He called it the first meeting of the Chesapeake Bay Nonsuch Association (CBNA) and we were on our way. By 1994 we had our first elected Commodore, Dick Barton. In 1996 Dick Reynolds was our first secretary and he published our first CBNA newsletter.
On Friday evening before the fall rendezvous a few members got together, since they were headed in the same direction, and the following morning they sailed to the rendezvous. It turn out to be a friendly race and a lot of fun. More and more members were meeting on Friday. The two day rendezvous became the norm.
In 1996 CBNA hosted it's first spring rendezvous in Hampton, Virginia. In 1999 due to the small number participating in the southern bay, it was moved to the middle bay. The spring rendezvous is a nice way to kick off the sailing season.
In the beginning, we tried to hold racing events, but many had no interest in formal racing. Members wanted to sail together so on Saturday an informal sail and a raft-up was planned. It's always fun to sail as a group. Being on the water, being with friends and good food. Life doesn't get any better.
Dinning out on Saturday evening gives members that couldn't sail an opportunity to get together and it's a nice way to close the rendezvous.
That's how CBNA got its start. A lot of good times have happened since 1987 and a lot more are in sight.
Thanks to the Nonsuch yacht and our members, we now have 36 boats in our registry.
CBNA information, please contact:
Ed Cook - Commodore
420 W. James St.
Phil Wagner - Newsletter editor
Jim Cosgrove - Treasureremail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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