SOUTHERN SAILING CLUB RACING PROGRAM HISTORY
SSC initially raced only non-spinnaker boats. As more SSC skippers participated in other club's open events where spinnakers were used the need within the club for a spinnaker boats was recognized. At that time two racing fleets were established; the Racer-Cruiser Fleet for non-spinnaker boats and the High-Performance Fleet for spinnaker boats. This, of course, dictated the need for another set of trophies for each of the "series" races and the other single regattas. The original trophies are awarded to the Racer-Cruiser Fleet and a new set of trophies was established for the High-Performance Fleet.
The Nippert Series is named for Dr. Phil Nippert who was the inspiration for the Southern Sailing Club. This six-race series is sailed in Atlanta's beautiful spring months when the winds are warm and breezy. The Nippert Trophy was SSC's first perpetual trophy and its first recipient in 1977 was Dwight Totten, SSC's first Vice Commodore. Dr. Nippert donated the attractive bronze sailboat mounted on a wood base.
BILL SEARS SERIES
Club members decided in 1978 that they wanted another opportunity to enjoy the winds of Lake Lanier so they added what would then be known as the Frostbite Series to their agenda. This series is sailed in the fall, a glorious time of the year with the fall colors contrasting with the blue waters of Lake Lanier. Joe Stevens of Boats for Sail donated initial perpetual trophy. It has been "retired" because of damage and replaced with another beautiful trophy. In 2002, after the passing of long time member Bill Sears, the leadership decided to rename the series in his honor. Bill's widow, Connie Sears, was so moved by the gesture she donated a large and beautiful ship's wheel to serve as the club's perpetual trophy for the Racer Cruiser fleet. It remains one of the most coveted trophies in the club's inventory.
The Icebreaker Series, originated in 1979, is sailed during the winter months. SSC sailors generally face their stiffest challenges at this of the year with the onset of heavy winds and brisk temperature. But the inconveniences of weather are rewarded in the freedom of being able to sail around the lake without the usual armada of motor boats and jetskis. A bronze winch mounted on a walnut based carved to' represent the coaming on a sailboat commemorates this series. Tom Lathrop used his woodworking skills to carve the base. Bill NcNew of Outside America donated this exceptional trophy.
One of each of the four-race Solo Series is sailed in each quarter of the year to provide the solo skippers with a complete variety of wind and weather conditions. The Solo Series was instituted by then Racing Commodore Mo Metcalf in 1999.
The Lormand Cup Singlehander Regatta is named in honor of Ed Lormand, who sailed his Yankee 28 single-handed from Fernandina Beach, Florida to England in 1977. The first regatta held on November 21, 1982, and open to all sailors, had 30 boats participating. This popular race continues to draw large numbers. Another first for SSC is the fact that this was the first time the club opened a race to outside participants. The Lormand Cup itself is a beautiful silver bucket mounted on an apple wood base carved in the shape of a breaking ocean wave. Tom Lathrop, the Regatta's first chairman, created this trophy for the club. Ed Lormand declared that the bucket was an appropriate trophy for this event as it was the singlehander's best friend, serving many crucial and supportive needs!
The Firefly Race is SSC's only scheduled nighttime race. The race is usually a long-distance race that starts in the early evening and (for some skippers) doesn't finish until the wee hours of the morning.
The Couples Race is open to one man and one woman; either can be skipper. It usually is sailed in late spring or early fall when the winds are most agreeable and the temperature is just right.
The Raft-Up Regatta initially was established as a two-day race; one race on Saturday and one race on Sunday. It initially was scheduled for the Labor Day weekend but because of the many-fold increase in powerboat activity over the Labor Day weekend it is sometime scheduled a week or two before or after Labor Day. After the first day's race, the racers raft up together in a protected area and party.
The Holiday Regatta was instituted to fill the gap between the end of the Frostbite Series and the start of the Icebreaker Series. It is open to all sailors and usually is scheduled within a week of year's end.