The Sandy Bay Yacht Club is excited to host the 54th Bullseye Nationals.
We first hosted the Nationals in 1969, and this will be our thirteenth time
as hosts. We welcome you to a club that was established in 1885. The present
clubhouse was built in 1931, and many of the current traditions were
established in the 30s. Our inner harbor is quite protected, and the
breakwater which forms the end of Bearskin Neck with its quaint shops is
being rebuilt this winter.
To sail in Sandy Bay is to sail in a relatively protected bay because the
outer breakwater, about three miles out, was built in around 1900 to create
a harbor for Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet. Inside the outer
breakwater, the current creates gentle swirls, a subject of constant debate.
Racing outside the breakwater puts us in significant current and ocean
swells, sometimes allowing us to race to Thacher Island (yes, a relative of
our own Joan Thacher Tiffany) which sports restored lighthouses, keepers
houses and opportunities for thousands of kayakers, campers and overnight
guests throughout the summer. During the Nationals we will be racing in
areas separate from the Club race courses. Weekends will see our racing
classes Stars, Flying Scots, Rhodes 19s, 420s and Optimists out on the
Our club has all the simple amenities needed for an active sailing and
social program –a snack bar, an outside grill area, shower facilities, ice,
and a fabulous view from the rocking chairs on our porch. Our two hoists are
essential to sailors; dropping your boat in the water is a simple procedure
at any tide.
Rockport has a long history as an artists’ colony and a small walking town
with many historic homes and interesting shops. It is increasingly well
known as a music center, in part because of the opening of the Shalin Liu
Performance Center five years ago. It is the home of the Rockport Chamber
Music Festival (perhaps still running in late July) as well as jazz, folk,
pop and world music concerts throughout the year.
Rockport is on the tip of Cape Ann about 40 miles north of Boston. You can
read more about our club at http://www.sandybay.org/
Chart 13279 covers our sailing area. We
will be publishing the NOR in a News Flash and on the website in mid-March,
but please email if you have any questions before then. Visitors will of
course be staying at members’ homes.
We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones at the Nationals.
Laura Hallowell, Nationals Chair
2015 Bullseye Nationals Notice of Race
2015 Bullseye Nationals
2015 Bullseye Nationals Waiver
2015 Bullseye Nationals Junior
2015 Bullseye Nationals Sailing Instructions