The 2014 sailing season will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding
of the Chesapeake Bay Alberg 30 One-Design Association—the A30s.
The association's charter is to promote family participation in both
racing and cruising; the dual sailing pursuits being unique to the
association and unequaled by any other one-design club in the Annapolis
area today. Some of our racers today are third generation Albergers.
The association was formed in 1964 when 10 local Annapolitans made a
group-purchase of 10 Albergs. Delivery of the boats began early in
1965 and got the Association's first active season underway. In 1966,
The Baltimore Sun stated: "The Albergs pioneered large boat one-design
racing on the Chesapeake" in the Sunday edition of the newspaper. In
addition to the racing, the club began its cruising legacy when 8 of
these new boats, with families, headed up to coast to attend the New
York World's Fair.
Thus began a 50 year love affair with the pursuit
of all that sailing offers, magically choreographed by the allure of
our Chesapeake Bay. Today membership stands at 250 member-families
with Annapolis being the center of activity. The Alberg 30 truly has
a unique place in Annapolis's nautical history.
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