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.
We went to a Windjammers lecture to hear Bill Seifert and I was impressed enough to buy
the book on the spot. I've heard a lot of people talk about ways to improve a boat, but
I've never heard one person suggest so many good ideas that I hadn't considered. Part
of the charm is the specificity of the suggestions. Everyone says you should secure your
floorboards, hatchboards and batteries. Bill shows good suggestions on how to do so.
The suggestions are very practical for the do-it-yourselfer, too. Many show how to
make or adapt inexpensive solutions. Tip #12 on closing the deck blower vents is one
that will pay off for me without ever going offshore. I'll implement that one to
stop the wintertime storms from finding their way belowdecks.
Besides modifications, the book also includes advice for operating offshore, cooking,
boat selection, dealing with bureaucracy, and more.
Bill Seifert has worked at Tartan, TPI, and Alden Yachts. He's a veteran of many
Marion-Bermuda races and now runs his own yacht management company. His tips are
born of experience--not of book-learning--and it shows. He obviously knows his