The Association was founded in 1977 by Bermuda 40 owners on the Chesapeake Bay to share information and camaraderie with fellow sailors.
Membership in the Association is open to anyone who owns or has owned a Hinckley sailboat, usually the classic Bermuda 40.
Members do not need to live in the Chesapeake Bay area. The Association has members from all along the East Coast, several on the West Coast, and two from overseas.
The desire to become closely acquainted with other Bermuda 40 owners and their boats prompted Blair Thaw to invite 19 owners in the Chesapeake Bay area to a rendezvous in the Rhode River on Saturday, September 24, 1977. The names and addresses of the owners were graciously provided by Edward J. Downing, who had organized a race of Bermuda 40’s in Long Island Sound during the summer of 1977.
The first rendezvous was considered a great success. Eight B-40’s on the Chesapeake Bay attended, two yachts which were on their way south were hailed and invited, and one Pilot joined the fleet.
The first rendezvous included an additional event of interest – the christening of Rampage, which had undergone a “rebirth.” Her supply of champagne was enjoyed by all and led to an invitation for subsequent gatherings at the home of the owners William and Ann Winkler.
By the 1978 spring rendezvous, Ernie Jennes had prepared by-laws, which were reviewed and accepted by the six B-40 owners present. Since that date, three or more events per year have been held, which have proven instrumental in establishing a sense of camaraderie and friendship among members. The Association has provided a forum for the exchange of information for a better understanding of the Bermuda 40 and its systems, promoted and encouraged individual and group sailing ventures, and furnished a consolidated means for liaison between owners and The Hinckley Company.
Members initially were kept informed by a periodical newsletter, the Talarian. Today, this website is intended to serve as a central clearinghouse for information for the Association.
It is gratifying to realize that what started as a casual rendezvous in 1977 in the Rhode River was the genesis of the present organization. The Association has fulfilled many needs and provided satisfaction and enjoyment to the membership as it continues its sound and rewarding course.
Designed by Barbara Booth and adopted by the Association on May 20, 1978, the burgee design permits the reading of acronym CBB40A for the Chesapeake Bay Bermuda 40 Association.
Member at Large
Kristen Gantt Applin
Ernest May, Jr.
R. Samuel Jett
F. Albert Boersma