Sonar Fleet 23
The Nyack Boat Club has an active and growing fleet of Sonars, a boat designed to have sparkling performance with reasonable comfort. This 23-foot day racer has a beautifully contoured sit-in cockpit that would suit a larger cruising boat, and when the wind gets up and you're sitting on the side deck, smiling, you will find that there is no better boat for casual sailing or club racing than the Sonar.
The Sonar, a modern 23' one design keelboat, is a high performance ISAF recognized racer and also a comfortable day sailor just right for getting the entire family and friends on the water together. With a large open cockpit, the Sonar has been the boat of choice for the Paralympics for the past six years. It features include cuddy cabin with two 7' 1/2 bunks, inboard rudder, crew of three or four, and a cockpit with seating for seven. As such, it is ideal for sailing on the river, sound, bay, or inshore ocean.
The club has an active and growing racing fleet with an average of five or six boats on the starting line each Sunday. Each year Fleet 23 sponsors the 'Tappan Zee Challenge' which is the first Sonar Class Association regatta of the spring season. Members also travel to regattas in venues such as Marblehead, MA; Long Island Sound; Newport, RI; Rochester, NY; and St. Petersburg, FL. Boat owners are always looking for crew and are generally willing to train those who are interested.
Sonar Fleet 23
Our primary activity is Sunday afternoon club races. Racing is on the Hudson River in front of our clubhouse from early May to late October. We average six boats "on the line" each Sunday. Racing evenly matched one-design sailboats, as our Sonars are, can be very exciting and intoxicating still it is the camaraderie between the fleet and the club members that brings us back each week. Lunch on the porch before we race, the racing itself, then after racing and hauling our boats it's back on the porch for few drinks to discuss all the mistakes made on the race course that day; what could be better?
We are not just “racers”; in the course of the season we hold several social functions. Some amongst ourselves such as our winter meeting/party, our Lobster/ steak cookout; some functions in- SONAR FLEET 23 volve the whole club such as our hosting of the club's closing ceremonies.
If you would like to join us we would love to have you. You do not have to own a Sonar to join us. Sonar crew is just as important and desired as boat owners. In fact, owners are always looking for crew and are more than willing to train those who are interested. Come to the Nyack Boat Club some Sunday and join us.
Our Signature Event
Sonar Fleet 23 traditionally opens the Sonar class's regatta season in mid-May with our annual Tappan Zee Challenge, named such as it is sailed in the shadow of the scenic Tappan Zee bridge.
The regatta draws boats from the tri-state area; all participants are eager to re-connect with old friends and get the summer sailing season started. It is a very competitive event, yet the club and fleet's warm hospitality make it very enjoyable.
In conjunction with The Tappan Zee Challenge Regatta, NBC and Fleet 23, working with the Helen Hayes Hospital, run a program promoting adapted sailing to people with disabilities, rehabilitation professionals and sailors.
The Sonar was designed by Bruce Kirby, designer of the Laser. Bruce was asked to design a keel boat against similar design objectives as his Laser objectives such as a high performance rig yet a simple and efficient rig. A boat that would be fast through the water. A comfortable boat. A strictly one-design boat, one that would be a challenge to tune and sail well yet fun to do so.
The result a boat that Is exciting to race but easy to handle by sailors of all ages, strengths and skill levels. It is a good day sailor, spacious and comfortable to sit in all day long. It is trailer able and easy to launch for wet or dry sailing or going on the very competitive regatta circuit.
A safe, well behaved training boat to help teach new sailors how to sail. The result, the Sonar, all of us, got every thing we wanted and more and the Sonar has been greeted with enthusiasm by individuals and clubs world wide.
Founded in 1980, the Sonar Class Association is the governing body for Sonar sailing worldwide. In 2000 the class obtained Recognized status with the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the international governing body of the sport. The class operates under a Constitution, By-laws and Class Rules that control the one design aspect of the boats and growth of the class. Sonars worldwide now number over 800 with fleets in over six countries. The Sonar was selected as the Paralympic Keelboat and will be sailed at the upcoming Paralympics championships Membership in SCA is open to all who own or love to sail on Sonars.
If we piqued you interest, if you have any questions, or if you would like to sail with us please contact me at:
Michael Lucas 917.856.4064