Atlantic Class National Championship
Published on August 18th, 2018
It was a close finish at the 2018 Atlantic Class National Championship when Steve Benjamin in Cassidy and Dave Peck in Miss April ended up tied on points, with Benj taking the title on countback. Dave’s brother Norm Peck III was third in Nonesuch, just one point behind. Twenty-seven teams competed in the 31-foot Starling Burgess design, with racing held August 16-18 in Madison, CT.
Things looked good for Scott Reichhelm in Shucks after the first day, when he took a first and a second. But a couple of less than sparkling results the next day allowed Benj and the Pecks to catch up. The racing was close throughout, with constant place-changing among the first few boats.
When it came to the last race, Peck had a one point advantage, so Benj, with his all-pro crew of Chris Larson, Brooks Daley and Jonny Goldsberry needed to win the last race. And that’s what they did. It was Steve Benjamin’s fourth Atlantic Nationals win as skipper.