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Rhodes 19 Class Association

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Membership in the R19 Class Association is just $35 and is essential to supporting and maintaining the Class.  If you haven't joined through your local fleet please take the opportunity to join now.  The Class will contact you within a day or two to confirm your membership.

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Thanks for visiting the Rhodes 19 Class Association Website. Our mission is to promote Rhodes 19 racing by encouraging and supporting local fleet development nationally, and by working to maintain the one-design integrity of the boat. Our class is currently comprised of 15 active fleets located in the northeast, gulf coast and great lakes, and we’re always on the lookout for folks interested in joining us. If there is not an established fleet near by, we’re pleased to work with individuals to help them get new fleets started.

The R19 is a unique boat, as well suited to an evening sail as it is to competitive one-design racing. The boat is very stable and perfect for family racing. Husbands and wives, fathers and sons, brothers and sisters, and granddads and grandchildren are just a few of the family combinations that have crossed our starting lines this year.

If you would like to learn more about the boat, about any of the fleets or about the class association, this web site has a wealth of information and links. Our fleets and fleet locations are listed in this site, along with the fleet captains' names. Please feel free to contact our Class President, Steve Uhl, at R19 Class Association.


Let Us Hear From You

If you have pictures, articles, anecdotes, results or comments, please send them to: R19 Class Association.





April 14, 2016

 Rhodes 19 Sailors,

Below link is your invitation to attend the R-19 National Regatta in Chicago in August. Make your plans now and also sign-up to attend the many social events and extra sailing activities. I hope to see you all there. No fleet has as much fun as the R-19ers!


Rick McGregor
R-19 Class President

Rhodes 19 Nationals

March 20, 2016

Registration for East Coasts is now open.  You can get it at or from calendar at


March 13, 2016

Winter 2016 Mainsheet

The Winter mainsheet is now available - click here

December 07, 2015

 Hello Fleet Captains and Fleet Representatives,

A waiver request from SBYC, fleet 36 has gone the rounds of the Executive committee to encourage juniors participation in locally sanctioned events (e.g. East Coast Championship) and is now approved. In a nutshell, the waiver clarifies and reduces some of the requirements of juniors for participation in local and district sanctioned events in 2016. In addition local fleet options are explained. Note that the requirements of the juniors to participate in the 2016 Nationals is still provided for under current Bylaws (on Rhodes 19 website).

Thanks to Richard Brown and Kevin Lane of fleet 36 for bringing forward this opportunity to involve more R19 youth sailing. It is an opportunity for all fleets to look at local junior sailors with a goal for greater involvement.

Waiver approved by majority of Executive Committee:

• For Junior sailors (age 14-17) participation in all local and district Rhodes 19 sanctioned (except Nationals) events, the requirements of Article XII B 12.00 (01 and 02) are waived for calendar year 2016
• All fees, expenses and fleet membership requirements of the Juniors for the above events are at the discretion of the local fleets and local race committees, with one exception,
• All Juniors participating as helmsman or PIC for sanctioned races are to be members of the National Association at an Associate Member level ($15 fee), as a minimum to be eligible for any sanctioned (including Nationals) regattas
• This waiver does not extend to Nationals races which will be addressed under a separate waiver (if any) and/or change in Association Bylaws.

December 02, 2015

Fall 2015 Mainsheet

The Fall mainsheet is now available - click here

October 28, 2015

Survey for R19 2016 Nationals and Beyond

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you better for the upcoming Nationals in Chicago in 2016 and future events. Help us to understand what will bring out more participants and make for the most enjoyable experience by taking an estimated 5 minutes to answer the survey questions.

Click here to take the survey

You may include your name or be anonymous. If you know that you are not attending, your answers are still very important. We appreciate your time and opinions.

In case that you did not see the welcome packet from the most recent Nationals in Marblehead, one can be viewed here   Chicago is also planning a welcome packet.

Cheers, Rick McGregor & the R19 Fleet Class Officers

October 16, 2015

Rhodes 19
2016 - East Coast Championship Regatta

Fleet 36 and Sandy Bay Yacht Club
June 17, 18, 19
More information coming soon

August 23, 2015

Rhodes 19 Nationals Complete - Congratulations to Dave Nelson, Frank Hart and Colin Hart in winning the 2015 R19 Nationals in Marblehead, Massachusetts. 10 races were held over 3 days, and the Nelson/Hart team prevailed against stiff competition. Full results are available at
Perpetual trophy award winners included

Nat Taylor - Cressy (2nd place) trophy

Matt Hooks - Novice Trophy and Don Quixote Trophy

Seamus Hourihan - Bob Jensen (60+) Trophy

Grant Adam - Corinthian (under 25) trophy

Tom Carville - Travel trophy

Charlie Pendleton - Presidents trophy

Thanks to everyone for a great regatta!

August 11, 2015

Passing of Bill Lampe, Former Class President

 Bill Lampe, 69, passed away in his home on May 31, 2015, of complications from diabetes. Bill was the owner of Rhodes 19, PAX, a brand new Stuart Rhodes. He was fleet captain of our Fleet 12, chaired the Nationals here at CCYC in 1993 and was class president from 1999 through 2001. He went to every Nationals he could and in Rodney Dangerfield fashion took pride in having the longest streak of finishing last in the Nationals. Participation, not winning was his thing.
He sold his boat in 2000 and moved to Colorado with his wife, Mary, whom he had married in 1984. He was a jack of all trades, especially enjoying photography and cooking. He loved to make people laugh and laugh with them.

August 04, 2015

Summer 2015 Mainsheet

The Summer mainsheet is now available - click here

July 01, 2015

2015 Nationals Registration and Information

For more information and to register click here

June 16, 2015

 Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee recommends the following slate for Election as Rhodes 19 Class Association officers.
President – Rick McGregor
Treasurer – Ed Zalewski
Secretary – Jeff Shoreman

The Nominating Committee certifies the selection of Regional VPs as follows:

East– Jim Lidington
Midwest– Dick Watson
Gulf Coast– Tommy Taggart

Submitted by Nominating Committee
Mike Hebert, Marc Culler, Tom Carville

May 01, 2015

Spring 2015 Mainsheet

The Spring mainsheet is now available - click here

April 07, 2015

2015 East Coasts

For more information and to register click here

February 07, 2015

Winter 2015 Mainsheet

The Winter mainsheet is now available - click here

February 01, 2015

Nationals Fees Waived for Juniors

The National Class Association will cover the entry fee for any junior skipper (Corinthian as described on class website) at R19 National Regatta in 2015.  

Note that the skipper must meet the other regular eligibility requirements (see class rules)

January 14, 2015

 Regatta Dates

East Coast Championships at Manchester, MA June 12-14.

Nationals Marblehead, MA Aug 21-23 (tune-up Aug 20)

October 01, 2014

Fall 2014 Mainsheet

The Fall mainsheet is now available - click here

July 01, 2014

Summer 2014 Mainsheet

The Summer mainsheet is now available - click here

May 21, 2014

Spring 2014 Mainsheet

The Spring mainsheet is now available - click here

May 14, 2014

2014 Nationals NOR and Regatta/Registration Site

Nationals NOR Available Now - click here

Nationals Regatta Site - click here

May 14, 2014

 Online Measurement Database

Measurement data for Rhodes 19 are now being posted online.  The link to the records database can be found on the Mainsheet page.  The database is very incomplete at this point so if you have records or know of records that can be added, please let the President know.

May 11, 2014

East Coast NOR

East Coasts NOR Available Now - click here

February 25, 2014

Winter 2014 Mainsheet

The Winter mainsheet is now available - click here

December 07, 2013

Fall 2013 Mainsheet

The Fall mainsheet is now available - click here

December 01, 2013

Keel Vote Complete

Keel Voting period is over. Proposal #1 passed with 77% of the vote. Proposal #2 passed with 62% of the vote.

For those interested in such things, a total of 9 fleets were represented in the voting. Of the 9 fleets, 5 had a majority in favor, 1 was split 50/50, and 3 had a majority against Proposal #2. Nor was any single fleet decisive. Excluding the most pro-keel fleet (5), Proposal #2 would still have passed (albeit narrowly at 51%).

In any case, it’s time to move on. I personally believe that the keel rule change will be neither as beneficial as its proponents claim nor as devastating as its opponents believe. As always, fleet and class health is determined by the work and energy of volunteers and participants at the local level.  That energy has infused the class for 50+ years and I'm sure it will continue to in the future.

November 20, 2013

 Keel Presentation

Marc Hambley of the Technical Committee recently put together a very thorough presentation documenting all the ins-and-outs of the proposed keel rule change that will be voted on.  Thank you to him for sharing this here.

November 19, 2013

 2013 National

Congratulations to Charlie Pendleton, Renee Heffernan, and Elise Mazareas on winning the 2013 Nationals hosted by Southern Yacht Club!

Results can be found at:


Travel Trophy - Brian Bones

Fleet Trophy - Fleet 7

Don Quixote - Mike Hebert

Novice - Dwight LeBlanc

Cressy - Benz Faget

Jensen - Bob Bernstein

Corinthian - Not Awarded


October 26, 2013

 Letter From Fred Brehob

October 16, 2013

 Rules Proposal (Keel) - Voting Open

The pending Rules Amendment is now open for voting. Voting will remain open until the end of November.

Voting Procedure:
1) The text of the proposed rule change is on the class web site,, under the 'Technical Committee' page
2) You can vote Yes or No each of the two proposals. Note that the second proposal can only be approved if the first proposal is approved
3) Voting is open to Active Members of the Association as defined in the Class Rules
4) You may vote by email or regular mail. In either case, please include a) your Full Name, b) your Boat # or Fleet # if available, c) your vote Yes/No on Part 1, d) your vote Yes/No on Part 2
5) I will CONFIRM receipt of your vote. It is your responsibility to ensure that you receive confirmation that I have received your ballot, to ensure nothing is lost in cyberspace
6) Passage of the rule change requires a majority affirmative vote of all ballots received.
7) A very good and thorough background document on the rule change proposal, prepared by Marc Hambley of the Technical Committee, is available on the message board of the Class Web Site.

Send your ballots to Steve Uhl at
If mailing in paper, the address is 160 Front Street, Marblehead, MA 01945

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. Also our outgoing Treasurer and I have worked hard to ensure this email list is complete but feel free to forward to ensure that all members vote.

Steve Uhl

October 10, 2013


We are looking for Rhodes to join us in frostbiting starting November third thru the middle of December at Cottage park Yacht Club in Winthrop, Ma. Contact Theresa Herbert 6175390283 for more information

September 05, 2013

Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee recommends the following slate for Election as Rhodes 19 Class Association officers.
President – Stephen Uhl
Treasurer – Ed Zalewski
Secretary – Jeff Shoreman

Submitted by Nominating Committee
Mike Hebert, Mike Lane, Mary Kovats

September 05, 2013

Email Distribution Lists

If you are a class member but not receiving Class Association emails, please contact Steve Uhl

July 29, 2013

Summer 2013 Mainsheet

The Summer mainsheet is now available - click here

July 23, 2013

National NOR and Registration now available...

June 14, 2013

East Coasts Registration -

It's in 2 weeks.  If you haven't registered please do asap....

Click here

April 27, 2013

Spring 2013 Mainsheet

The Spring mainsheet is now available - click here

January 28, 2013

Winter 2013 Mainsheet

The Winter mainsheet is now available - click here

November 01, 2012

Fall Mainsheet

The Fall mainsheet is now available - click here

August 24, 2012

2012 Nationals Completed

The Rhodes 19 Nationals 2012 are now complete!  Congratulations to Ben Richardson and crew who won with a great performance over nine races held at New Bedford Yacht Club.  Ben held off a very tough competitive fleet, including several previous National Champions as well as newcomer Frank McNamara who sailed a great regatta to place second.

Many thanks to New Bedford Yacht Club and Fleet 9 for hosting an outstanding event.  Fleet Captain Tom Moniz as well as event organizers Geoff Marshall and Ray Hunt and PRO Mary Ellen DeFrias and all the other volunteers organized an outstanding regatta - once again.  Many thanks to all who helped put it together.

Tom Despres was recognized for his three year term as Class President by being awarded the President's Trophy.  This trophy is but a small acknowledgment of the time and dedication that Tom put into support of the class.

Perpetual trophy winners included:
Rookie - Frank McNamara
Corinthian (under 25) - Evan Cooke
Jensen Trophy (60+) - Dick Hitchcock
Don Quixote - Chris Murray
Travel - Benz Faget
Cressy (2nd Place ) - Frank McNamara
Fleet - Fleet 5

On the practice day Jud Smith of Doyle Sails took many pictures of the fleet tuning up and provided much useful advise after racing.  We appreciate Jud's devotion to support the Class (and hope he'll be back at a future nationals as a competitor).  A link to the photos will be posted shortly on the National Class site

If this link doesn't work, please email steve uhl - and he will forward you a working link.

Lastly - the Class voted to award the 2013 Nationals to New Orleans and the Southern Yacht Club (Fleet 7).  We look forward to seeing everyone there next October.

Steve Uhl

July 22, 2012

Summer Mainsheet

The Summer mainsheet is now available - click here

July 13, 2012

Technical Committee Interpretation

The Technical Committee has issued an interpretation regarding the fittings used for spinnaker halyard restrictors.  Details can be found in the Rule Book.

June 07, 2012

Register for Nationals!

Make plans to attend the Nationals in August in New Bedford.  Registration now available -- click here

May 05, 2012

Spring Mainsheet

The Spring mainsheet is now available - click here

February 08, 2012

Winter Mainsheet

The Winter mainsheet is now available - click here

January 01, 2012

2012 Events

Happy New Year!  Save the dates for the following regattas:  National Championships at Padanarum, August 21-24th.  Dates for other regattas are posted on the 2012 calendar under Racing/Schedule

November 15, 2011

Rules Vote Results

Apologies for the delayed posting of the rules votes that were due Oct 1.  The results are as follows:

1) Stuart Rib Rule passed by a margin of 92% in favor 8% opposed

2) Prohibition of Digital Compass failed by a margin of 67% against to 33% in favor.  Therefore the current rules regarding digital compasses as published in the current rulebook and technical committee interpretation remains in force.

October 10, 2011

Fall Mainsheet

The Fall Mainsheet is now available - click here: The Mainsheet, Fall 2011

September 26, 2011

Rules Vote Deadline

Reminder - Rules votes due on 2 pending rules proposals; send your votes to Peter Meissner at

August 12, 2011

Rhodes 19 Nationals ~ Results

Congratulations to Peter Sladovich and crew, the 2011 R19 National Champions! See Complete results.

July 21, 2011

The R19 Forum is open and protected. Comments welcome. Log in with username mainsheet and password jibsheet.

July 20, 2011

The Summer Mainsheet is now online.

July 13, 2011

Gulf Coast Regional Championship

Rob Adams, Stuart Adams and Alex Donald are the 2011 Gulf Coast Champions. Congratulations on a great regatta! See the Results.

June 26, 2011

East Coast Regatta

Congratulations to the 2011 East Coast Regatta champions Charlie Pendleton, Sarah Schneider and Jim Raisides. Check here for complete results.

March 27, 2011

Welcome to our newest Fleet

Fleet 51, a centerboard fleet, is forming with plans to sail on Lewis Bay off West Yarmouth, MA. The CB version of the Rhodes highlights the boat's versatility when sailing in shoal draft waters. 

The initial members of the fleet, Michael Spillane, Matthew Thompson and John Palmer, are looking forward to building the fleet and a racing program. For additional information and to join the fleet, please contact Michael Spillane at mjspillane at yahoo dot com.

Welcome Aboard!