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Sonar Fleet 23

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The Nyack Boat Club has an active fleet of Bruce Kirby-designed Sonars. Sonars are 23-foot-long high-performance keelboats designed with simple, efficient rigs to provide sparkling performance in reasonable comfort. These one-design sailboats can ghost along in light air, yet their deep keel and rudder make it equally comfortable when the wind pipes upand when it does, you'll be sitting on the "rail," very much aware there is no better boat to sail than a Sonar.

Our Sonar fleet (national fleet # 23) had a very successful, interesting, and very competitive 2022 season. We're all looking ahead to 2023 with enthusiasm. The fleet's primary activity is Sunday afternoon club races run by our volunteer race committee and race patrollers. Being a strict one-design class the races are very competitive, with every boat capable of "winning on any given Sunday," as they say. We race off our front porch literally, 15 minutes from porch to starting line on the beautiful and historic Hudson River.

The races themselves can be very exciting, and it's certainly a big part of the fleet's appeal. But it's just as much the camaraderie of the fleet members that brings us back week after week. Each afternoon before racing we get together on the patio for coffee and donuts and discuss the highlights of our past week. We then launch and haul our boats as a group effort since they are dry-sailed. After the races have concluded and the boats are hauled, we go back to the patio, open the fleet cooler and unload drinks and snacks, and finish the day by discussing boat speed, mark roundings, and our next Sunday outing. But it doesn't end there: Over the course of the year, we host several social functions ranging from BBQ's and lobster boils to axe-throwing outings to trips to museums. During the winter months, some members meet up to ski together in New York and Vermont. Anything fun is on the table.

In 2023, we look forward to having another great year with most every boat on the line. Perhaps you'd like to sail with us? If so, please contact Holly Cullen at You can learn more about Sonar itself at the Sonar Fleet Class Association website.

Click here for a list of current fleet members.

A big thanks to those who attended our 2023 Kick-Off and Planning party.

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Last updated 1:35pm on 25 March 2023

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