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Chesapeake 20 Racing Legends
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Elsie Wallis - First WRSC Female Commodore

Posted in: Racing Legends, 1980s, Pioneers
Article of January 24, 1988 of Elsie Wallis becoming the first commodore of West River Sailing Club.  Her grand father founded Hartge Yacht Yard in 1878 and her father, Oscar Hartge, build the yard.  Her uncle, Captain Dick Hartge, designed and built Chesapeake 20s at the yard.  She raced 20s as a little girl and participated in many Chesapeake 20 regattas over the years.

Photos of Spirit, Last Boat Built by Capt Dick Hartge

Posted in: Racing Legends, 1970s
Attached are pictures of Spirit which Captain Dick Hartge built when he was 83.  She is a 22 ft. double-ender and was trailer up to Galesville in 1976 or 77.  Captain Dick invited Bill Battenfield for a sail in Spirit in which time he took photos, dated August, 1979.  Bill said that she really handled beautifully and was a good representation of Capt. Dick Hartge's outstanding design and workmanship.  She was as fine a boat that he had ever built according to Bill Battenfield (Battenfield collection).  At 22 ft, she is not a Chesapeake 20 but has similar lines to his earlier double-ender designs.

Photos of Captain Dick Hartge

Posted in: Racing Legends, Pioneers, 1970s
Here are two pictures of Captain Dick Hartge at the Golden Regatta in 1976 with a birthday cake that has Chesapeake 20 icing.  Second picture is of Captain Dick Hartge in Galesville shortly before his last illness (Battenfield collection).  There is also a family photo from 1955 with Jane, Totch, Susanna and Maryland.

C-20 Pioneers at 1973 Golden Regatta

Posted in: Racing Legends, Pioneers, 1970s
Photo of Chesapeake 20 Pioneers at 1973 Golden Regatta in September on the lawn of West River Sailing Club.  It the last time that most of these pioneers got together and raced.  They are from left to right:  Dick Hartge, Hartge Fifer, Eric Steinlein, Bill Heintz, Dellart Zang, John Nairn, Bob Orme, Joe Blubaugh, Emile Hartge, Eldridge Zang, John Krame and Walter Lawson.

Dick Hartge Moves to Florida, 1961

Posted in: Racing Legends, 1960s
Washington Post article of August 29, 1961 by Aubrey Graves on the WRSC send off to Captain Dick Hartge, founder of the Chesapeake 20 class, as he moves to Florida.  West River Sailing Club had a crab dinner send off.  A picture of Dick and his wife Jane includes their siblings: Totch, Maryland, Susanne.

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