2016-17 Regional News
T34C 50th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday 5 October: Reception with Bar, Buffet Dinner and Guest speakers from Tartan Marine.
This fall, on 5 October, the first day of the Annapolis Sailboat Show, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the birth of our beloved Tartan 34 Classics.
This year marked the 50th anniversary of that T34C’s birth on the drawing boards at S&S. We now have T34 Classic members around the globe, many of who made the pilgrimage to Annapolis for the celebratory rendezvous. Throughout the afternoon of October 5, we were welcoming T34Classic owners aboard our boats so they could see either the work in progress or the finely finished products of the owners' labors.
The local vessels that had made it in were Mark McIver's Tamarind (Cambridge), David Bourdon's Celebration (Rock Hall) and Tim Dull's Skymark (Norfolk). We also watched the staff of Port Annapolis orchestrate the setup for our party in their Overlook Pavilion. The grounds are always impeccable anyway but they were still out there grooming it all in a fine frenzy of activity. By the evening, with the lighting and finery, it looked like a party for royalty...which of course we all feel like in our Classics.
The celebration included a reception with bar, and a fine buffet dinner catered by Creative Cuisine of Maryland. Desert was an ample sized cake with, of course, the Tartan burgee iced in. After some introductory remarks, Vice Commodore Tim Dull presented an award of appreciation to Deane Holt. Deane and is wife Grace have been tireless promoters of the boat and class and though they were unable to attend the Vice Commodore Tim Dull presents an award to Deane Holt (in absentia) for his role in founding the TCA 34 festivities, they were very much there in spirit. Our guest speaker was Tim Jacket the
co-owner of Tartan Legacy Custom Yachts, whose conversation covered their future and their focus on building yachts with not only good looks but also with good sailing and handling qualities, all based on the traditions from the earlier Tartan classics. Rob Fellows, co-owner of Tartan Yachts and Michael Tamulaites also from Tartan Yachts, and Mike Titgemeyer from Crusader Yachts in Annapolis all joined us in the celebration. The fifty or so guests, who had traveled from throughout the United States and Canada by land, sea, and air, spent much of the evening exchanging ideas and photos of projects in planning or completed on their vessels. There were no glass slippers lost, but a fine celebration was had by all!
Facility: Port Annapolis Marina, Overlook Pavilion, Arrangements were made for 10 slips at Port Annapolis for those guests arriving by sea!
The Boat: The Tartan 34 Classic, Sparkman & Stevens design #1904, is a special boat in many ways. It was just the second design commissioned by Douglass & McCleod (later to become Tartan Yachts) and one of their most popular. 525 boats were built from 1967 to 1978 and many of them ended up in the Chesapeake Bay. Today the Tartan 34 Classic Association tracks over 150 proud owners who are in various stages of maintenance and restoration of this graceful and sweet sailing classic. Dating from the heyday of true racer-cruiser design, the boat has been raced successfully since it’s first season in the
1968 SORC, continuing to do well in local PHRF competition in the modern era. But the majority of owners are oriented towards cruising and the boat has proven itself in both blue water passages and simply gunkholing around the Bay, where its centerboard design is a particularly attractive feature.
On July 27, 2003, Deane Holt announced the formation of the Tartan 34 Classics Association (TCA 34) to coordinate the sailing-based activities of Tartan 34 Classic yachts owners throughout the United States. At the time, the TCA 34 organization was established to conduct a variety of events for Tartan Classic owners including cruises, regattas and sailing seminars. It published and still maintains a directory of Tartan 34C owners and an on-line newsletter and web-site with information on a variety of subjects including restoration and maintenance projects, owners’ voyages, and Tartan yacht listings. Today we also communicate via the Tartan 34 Classic Facebook page where all of the above ideas plus up to the minute pictures and videos of our classic vessels can be viewed and enjoyed.
In 2007 the T34CA celebrated the 40th anniversary of the production start of our beloved classic sailing vessels. Events were scheduled throughout the T34CA Regions as part of the celebration.
Tim Dull, Vice Commodore of TCA34
Please visit the Photo Gallery for the latest event photos!
UPDATE on T34 Classic 50th Anniversary Celebration!!
The caterer for our event will be Creative Cuisine of Maryland and the cost per person is estimated to be $73. While a bit steep, this takes care of set-up, clean-up, taxes and tips, and may go down a bit if we get plenty of participants with reservations for the buffet. Please watch for the latest news and the registration form on this site and/or in your email inboxes! Your Association is providing funding for the venue set up so please come and enjoy your selves and take advantage of this opportunity to both kick off his year's Sailboat Show and meet some of your fellow Tartan Classic shipmates! All of the other facts and information contained in the news below is still good. Our cut-off for registration for the event will be the end of August and current T34CA members have first dibs on reservations. If you plan to come by boat give the Port Annapolis folks a call soonest as the 10 slips are filling up fast!
Vice Commodore Tim Dull
SV Skymark #270
Orbituary: William L. Beaver
One of our fellow member and T34C sailor, Mr. William Beaver, passed away on July 27, 2016 in Florida. He was actively racing his T34C Finesse and active in his boating community.
2017 T34 Classic 50th Anniversary Celebration and Rendezvous 5-8 October '17 UPDATE!!
Update on Tartan 34 Classic 50th Anniversary Celebration, Port Annapolis, MD, Fall 2017
OK Tartan Classic lovers and owners, here is your party! And also a chance to rub shoulders with fellow boaters before you head out to the sailboat show the next day to ogle some new craft or get a great deal on a dingy & motor!
Date: October 5, 2017. This date is locked in by Port Annapolis. THE 2017 Annapolis Sailboat Show is 5-9 October. OK, it's a Thursday, but the Sailboat Show already had Friday through Monday!
Time: 6 to 10 pm.
Facility: Port Annapolis Marina, Overlook Pavilion, Arrangement for 100 guests. Facility reservation date locked in.
Please contact your Regional Captains with your intentions (will be/ maybe there with boat/by car/in hotel. You can also info me at email@example.com. Contact information for slips and hotels is below. I strongly suggest you make the hotel reservations now if you even think you may be coming to the boat show next year! Food costs will be noted in the event applications coming your way early this winter. Forms to follow! Your T34CA funds will be providing the Pavilion fee so come enjoy it!
Program concept: Reception with Bar ( Wine, Beer, Soft Drinks and Water ) and Light eats, Buffet Dinner and Guest speakers from Tartan Marine.
Other Arrangements: 4 Caterers being contacted, obtaining quotes for a buffet dinner and bar. 4 area hotels contacted.
Caterers: Adams Ribs, Catering By The Bay, Creative Cuisine Maryland and Eleven Courses.
Hotels: Annapolis Waterfront Tel: 888-773-0786
Loews Annapolis Hotel Tel: 800-526-2593 or 410-263-7777
OCalaghan Annapolis Hotel Tel: 410-263-7700
Doubletree Hotel Tel: 800-266-7631 or 410- 2243150 Call 'em now!
Slips at Port Annapolis Marina, (410-269-1990, ask for Linda and indicate T34C Association Celebration) 10 Slips reserved. Cost is $2.75/Ft. includes Electricity, 30 amp, and Water. (This is way less per night than a hotel room for two!) Skymark #270 and two others are already on the list!
Transportation For those attending the Annapolis Boat Show on Friday, October 6, 2017
By Car Parking: Available at the Navy/Marine Corp. Stadium, Cost. $10.00, includes parking and bus shuttle to boat show and return.
From Port Annapolis Marina: Park and take the Water Taxi or the Marina Land Shuttle. Arrangements at Marina Supply Store.
Your 50th Anniversary Party Planner and fellow sailor CAPT Tim Dull, SV Skymark #270 (Arrangements by Flag Secretary David Bourdon, SV Celebration #416)
There are adventures of other Tartan clubs planned for the time frame of the '17 Sailboat Show, and we will be passing those events out to all as we hope to grow membership in all of the Tartan Associations through this event.
We planned around the '17 Boat Show weekend as we believe many T34C owners and Tartan lovers from outside the Chesapeake Bay will be in the area for the boat show anyway, (or can now plan to be!) All T34 Classic lovers from around the world are are invited! Details will be forthcoming, throughout this year and early next season, but get this on your calendars for 2017 now!
T34CA Regional Captains please provide me your member's level of interest in attending this grand event, from "will be there" to "possibly". (The Mid-Atlantic Region already has five will-be-theres with three boats and two more maybes signed up).
Tim J Dull
Co-Capt Mid-Atlantic Region
2016 T34 Classic Mid-Atlantic Rendezvous 24-25 September UPDATE!!
As many know, last year's rendezvous got a full page write up in Spinsheet! It is scheduled for 24-25 Sept and so far we have 6 to 8 boats coming plus a couple of car loads so as many as 10 boats' worth of couples altogether. For those who have said you are coming, please contact Spring Cove with your vessel information soon so they can get us moored close together. I have Dulls, Bourdons, Werth, Jones,Inmans, Watsons, Holts, McIvers, Clapsaddles, plus Smiths and Hughes as possibles.
I have 10 slips reserved at the Spring Cove Marina, which is next to the Comfort Inn, in case you would want to join us by land.
Dave Watson has arranged for a speaker from the Tartan Yachts to come chat with us and Lee Werth of Fayth fame will be talking about his adventures of sailing back from Bermuda single-handed this summer.
We will have the southern barbecue style picnic on the grounds of Spring Cove Marina on Saturday afternoon/ evening. All you need bring is your Tartans and a desert to share! The costs will be very low and close to what we paid per head last year, about $10 each if I remember well enough. The pool bar is open (and reasonable)and right next to the party.
Make your marina reservations at 410-326-2161 and mention your association so they can get us moored near each other. Please plan to drive in if you can not make it by sea! So far I have arranged for food for about 20 folks so Let Dave or I know if more of you are coming so we can arrange extra victuals.
Cap'm Tim SV Skymark #270
15 August 2015, Lake Champlain Regional Rendezvous
August 15, 2015 - For the second time, our little fleet was invited to Stave Island, located in the center of Lake Champlain. The north facing harbor offers good protection from the lake’s prevailing southwest winds and five T34Cs took up residence for the weekend.
Our fleet was made up of: Gustave 408 (Jose and Catherine), Island Gypsy 519 (Bob McGill sans Joyce this year), Indian Summer II 109 (Commodore Richard and Sylvie), Lucy III 243 (Marc and his daughter Sara) and Loon 518 (Averill and Joan). We spent some catching-up-time and of course the usual discussions of the T34C’s and their issues are always hot topics.
Mike Barker, Wingdam 432, and his partner, Sigi, were unfortunately not in attendance this year. Mike is, like so many, battling cancer. Mike is revered on the Lake for his knowledge of boats and his racing prowess. This was also the case when Wingdam and Mike sailed and raced on the Chesapeake. TCA Commodore Richard presented Mike, in absentia, with a plaque honoring Mike’s accomplishments. What a nice idea, Richard, thank you for thinking of it.
On Sunday morning, after a peaceful night and a yummy egg scramble on the BBQ we had another presentation – that of a Princeton Elm tree – to the Stave Island owners as a big thank you for being so generous to our group. I had learned of these elms and their ability to resist the deadly Dutch elm disease – let’s hope it thrives!
Here’s hoping for a good snowy ski season – one in which we may actually have a winter Rendezvous around the fire.
Stay warm everyone.
TCA Lake Champlain Regional Captain 2015
For Joan's colorful and unabridged report, click here Lake Champlain Region – T34C Rendezvous 2015.
17 December 2015, Lake Champlain Regional news
It is with sadness that I report the death of Mr Mike Barker.
28 October 2015, Mid-Atlantic Region
An idea was tossed around by one of our members following the Rendezvous. It involves assembling a group of us for a weekend to assist in the topside paint-out of one of the member's T34Cs. The idea being to bring together the expertise to prep and then paint out one of our boats where one of us would end up with a finished job which could normally take months getting done, and the helpers would gain a significant knowledge base for doing similar work themselves later on. There are a lot of moving parts to this, and I am just checking now to see what you all think of the concept?
SV Skymark #270
2015 Rendezvous Report - September 25-27
The Solomon Island rendezvous was a great success. Read Captain Tim Dull's report by clicking here.
2015 T34 Classic Two-Region Rendezvous 26-27 September
As many know, Skymark has been making a four to five week cruise up the Bay each fall for the past 12 years, and we have rendezvoused with Dave Watson's Northern region the past three years during the trip. Some in Dave's region again plan to make a long cruise down the Bay this year and we are making a rendezvous in the Solomon Islands, MD with his region and ours, and potentially members of the CBTSC. It is scheduled for 26-27 Sept and it would be great to get a couple of other Southern Bay T34Cs to come up with me. I have 10 slips reserved at the Spring Cove Marina, which is next to the Comfort Inn, in case you would want to join us by land. Dave has arranged for a speaker from the Calvert Marine Museum there to give a presentation on the region's history and we plan to have a southern barbecue style picnic on the grounds of Spring Cove Marina earlier that afternoon. All you all need bring is your Tartans and a desert to share! Dave will be posting a brief on the details of costs but we plan to keep it reasonable and easy! Make your marina reservations at 410-326-2161 and mention your association and they will try to get us moored near each other. Please plan to drive in if you can not make it by sea! Let Dave or I know you are coming so we can arrange enough victuals. Cap'm Tim SV Skymark #270
1 June, Mid-Atlantic Region - South
Two of us from NNSA joined a full marina of boats in Yorktown over Memorial weekend for a pleasant three days of dock and boat parties.
For the next rendezvous over the 4th of July weekend the marina at Cape Charles is nearly full! My Navy club, NNSA, has 11 vessels registered for that weekend and my other club, BBSA, has 20-some vessels attending. There may still be a slip or two left at Cape Charles Harbor, so give them a call if you think you may make it over or down the Bay.757-331-2357 is the Harbor Master's number there, and let me know if you may join us.
Finally, make sure you have 26-27 September marked on your schedules for our Tartan 34Classic North/South Bay Join-up in Solomon Island, MD, at Spring Cove Marina. See the details below! Dave Watkins is working for a guest tour and speaker for the Calvert Marina Museum there that weekend.
SV Skymark #270
21 March, Mid-Atlantic Region - South
An update for both Yorktown and Cape Charles: I have 4 of 4 reserved slips filled for the 23-25 May rendezvous of NNSA at Riverwalk, and 7 of 10 slips filled at Cape Charles Harbor for 3-4 July. There is still room at Cape Charles Harbor, and if anyone else wishes to join us at Riverwalk, drop me a note and I'll call to see if there is room. Or call and add yourselves to the NNSA group of slips. Harbormaster at Riverwalk Landing is 757-890-3854.
2 MARCH, '15 Mid-Atlantic Region - South
Wow, I don't know about you all but I am happy February is behind us! The following is the proposed schedule of rendezvous' for our region for this season. Our first rendezvous is scheduled over Memorial Weekend 23-25 May with location to be either Yorktown Riverwalk Landing, or a location TBD in Hampton Roads, each dependent on weather predictions. Rendezvous II will be at Cape Charles Town Harbor on 3-5 July, and rendezvous III will be in the East River of Mobjack Bay over Labor Day Weekend 5-7 Sept.
I. If I have some responses to the cruise to Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown over Memorial Weekend I will make resevations there for all of us. Either Watersides Marina in Norfolk or Hampton Town Docks are the heavy weather back ups.
II. I have reservations at Cape Charles Public Docks on 3-4 July. If you wish to join my wife Carole and I and SKYMARK there for the festivities and fireworks please give the Dock Master a call at 757-331-2357 to confirm you plan to join us. If you are unsure give them a call anyway, as they can always fill up the slips quickly later. BTW, I was able to get reservations last year even in March, but don't delay if you think you may wish to make it.
There is also a hotel and an Irish pub and a number of restaurants all within an easy stroll of the marina in Cape Charles. If you can't make it by sea then come on down by trail and join us for an evening or two.
2015 T34 Classic Two-Region Rendezvous 26-27 September
addition, as many know, I have been making a four to five week cruise up the
Bay each fall for the past 11 years, and have rendezvoused with Dave Watkin's Northern region the past three years during the trip. Some in Dave's region
again plan to make a long cruise down the Bay this year and we are making a
rendezvous in the Solomon Islands, MD with his region and ours, and potentially members of the CBTYC. It is
scheduled for 26-27 Sept and it would be great to get a couple of other
Southern Bay T34Cs to come up with me. I have 10 slips reserved at the
Spring Cove Marina, which is next to the Comfort Inn, in case you would
want to join us by land.
Oh by the way, I have Tartan 34 Classic burgees for those who show up at our regional events, whether by land or sea!
4 Nov, '14 Mid-Atlantic Region - South
You can read about my adventures on the Bay in hull # 270 this fall if you go to the Norfolk Naval Sailing Association web site. SKYMARK's next sail is scheduled for the weekend of 21-23 November when I head down to Waterside on a Friday. Running a 5K with my Daughter and Grand-Daughter on Saturday morning and then staying Saturday night to watch the lighting of downtown Norfolk. Drop by if you are in the area. Or better yet, join us there for the weekend! Waterside Marina can be contacted for reservations at 757-625-3625. Cheers! Cap'm Tim, SV Skymark
12 August, '14 Mid-Atlantic Region - South
Cap'm Tim SV SKYMARK
Lake Champlain Region
View the slide show here.
7/28/2014: What a superior weekend the Champlain Division had! July 19 and 20 were classic lake days. Water was a delightful 72 degrees and was enjoyed by many. Calm on Saturday which made for a pleasant evening and then Sunday supplied a good brisk breeze to get everyone home. After all boats were secured cold Vermont brews were popped, wine uncorked/unscrewed and a gourmet potluck spread was laid out and consumed with gusto. Festivities continued until about 9 when the mosquitoes decided it was their turn. Breakfast the next morning was another group activity with the men cooking up a batch of delicious scrambled eggs on the grill.
The list of 19 participants was varied. We had 4 Canadians, 4 Massachusians (is that a word?), 2 New Yorkers with one young guest from England, 6 Vermonters and of special interest was Commodore David Bourdon and his wife Mary Ina, treasurer of the Tartan 34C Owners Association from Maryland. They drove all the way up from Annapolis to participate and to hand over the Commodoreship to Richard Lariviere of Indian Summer I. The Bourdon’s visit truly made the 2014 Rendezvous a special occasion.
We missed a few T34Cs this year and hope they can make it next year. All told we have eleven, which we know of, on the Lake.
Many thanks and kudos to all 19 of us and especially to our rendezvous location -- Stave Island. - Joan Laundon
7/26/2014: All, I believe that we have just witnessed the finest Tartan Rendezvous this country has ever conducted. This rendezvous is certainly the finest example of a sailing cruise and rendezvous the Tartan 34 Classic Association has ever had. Looking over the fleet on beautiful Tartan 34s, I could not have felt more proud and honored to be a part of this great group of Americans and Canadians. The planning, organization, site selection, food and down to earth friendship was beyond words. Mary Ina and I will cherish the memory of your gracious hospitality. I could only wish that Celebration was there to relish such a wonderful time.
Thank you all so very much. You are the greatest. The food was terrific and the friendship will certainly be forever. - David and Mary Ina Bourdon
Mid-Atlantic Region - North
Regional Rendezvous are a wonderful event for Tartan 34 owners. This year, we, once again, combined two Regions on the Chesapeake Bay. Tartans rendezvoued at Solomons Island, Maryland at Spring Cove Marina ( 5 Boats ) and 17 Boats where represented for dinner at the Lighthouse Restaurant. Thanks to Joan Loundon, RC of the Lake Champlain Region, we presented them a beautiful TCA34 desk basket and a quiltlet of a Tartan 34. Tartan owners enjoyed meeting each other and sharing experiences. It was a wonderful weekend and some asked for more of these events. Many thanks to all that came to this rendezvous.
David and Mary Ina Bourdon, Commodore and RC.
Our” news in a few words: everybody healthy here,
- Maarten sold BRACER,
- LOON of FENWICK is on the market (Tom is very ill and has to give up sailing – I hope he is still alive, we did not hear from or about him since months),
- the mysterious Tartan 34C found carrying narcotics by the Cuxhaven port police was sold to my sailing friend Michael but someone came and offered him an enormous amount of money, therefore he sold it before it was lifted off the truck. I lost sight since and I hope that the new owner is a good guy and will join us someday (he has to do the probably biggest redoing project in the history of our TCA34 – or he was simply looking for other valuable things in hidden places?? But if this is so he cannot be a good guy and we will not want him in our association).
Rubicon will take part in the 2014 North Sea Week races and (of course) will also do the toughest part of it: the “Round Skagen Race”, which is 510 nm or 3-4 days of continuous offshore racing. It may surely sound familiar to you, but I am still so damn crazy about this great boat that I decided to make the first in this race. I sold one of my private retirement insurance contracts (only a small one…) to gain enough money for the latest hi-tech materials to upgrade Rubicon with a few carbon parts and deck hardware with the Harken logo on it (officially this is an amateur race but there are really strong partners behind some of my competitors), an aircraft insurance broker is advertising with his company logo on the fancy new carbon-fabric headsail he gave us (made by the best sailmakers in Europe) and my crew wants to give all the can to send our competitors to where they belong. - Jürgen Mohrmann
On a cold and windy January 25th, T34C members, former owners and guests shared a hot meal, conversation, and celebrated a birthday at M & M’s in Oriental, NC. Boat owners present received a stress reducing therapy sphere giveaway that doubles as a pocket flashlight. Discussed were some of the possibilities for future events as a region and to partake in other outside functions.
June 20, 2014 – Chilling and Grilling Raft-up for members at Kevin Bryan’s dock on Brown Creek in Merritt, NC. The Bryan’s dock is a short hop for the race the next day.
Carolinas (South and North) & Georgia
June 21, 2014. Summer Solstice Regatta, sponsored by the Sailing Club of Oriental (SCOO). Historically this has been an event that T34Cs have enjoyed and we look forward to a good representation at this year’s event. Any club members from other regions in transit, passing through, or who would like to participate should contact the RC for details.
SV Sea Wasp
“The days pass happily with me wherever my ship sails.” Joshua Slocum
6 March, 2014 Mid - Atlantic Southern Bay Sailors:
In February a couple of us Tartan Classic folks got together in Norfolk to look over our proposed schedule of rendezvous' for our region for this season. Our first rendezvous is scheduled over Memorial Weekend 24-26 May with location to be either the Ware River off Mobjack Bay, Cape Charles Harbor City Harbor or a location TBD in Hampton Roads, each dependent on weather predictions. Rendezvous II will be at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown on 3-4 July, and rendezvous III will be in the East River of Mobjack Bay over Labor Day Weekend 30 Aug - 1 Sept.
I. The rendezvous in Wilson Creek off Mobjack Bay last year was to be with PIPER at her owner's pier for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, but it was stormed out. If we can arrange that again that will be the plan with either Cape Charles Harbor or Hampton Roads as the heavy weather back ups.
II. I have reservations at Riverwalk Landing Marina in Yorktown on 3-4 July. If you wish to join my wife Carole and I and SKYMARK there for the festivities and fireworks please give the Dock Master a call at 757-890-3370757-890-3370 to confirm you plan to join us. If you are unsure give them a call anyway, as they can always fill up the slips quickly later. BTW, I was able to get reservations last year even in March, but don't delay if you think you may wish to make it.
The battlefield is just a short walk up a tobacco barrel trail and the Old-town shopping area is just two short blocks up the hill. There is a fine bramble of blueberry shrubs another short walk away and ice cream close at hand.
There is also a hotel and a pub and a number of restaurants all within an easy stroll of the marina. If you can't make it by sea then come on down by trail and join us for an evening or two.