Buddy Hartge - Chesapeake 20 Pioneer

Posted in: Racing Legends, 1990s, Pioneers
An article in the Capital, September 15, 1994, describes Buddy Hartge at 73 winning the Annapolis to West River race in Endeavor #49.  Up from Florida, Buddy raced with an oxygen bottle under the stern.  Buddy Hartge won his first race at age 14 at the annual WRSC regatta in 1935.  He raced with long-time Chesapeake 20 competitor, Joe Atwell.  He said about Chesapeake 20s that "These are probably the best boats all around I ever raced.  There are three qualities you look for in a boat, looks, speed and comfort, and this has all three."  Also, attached is his obituary. He died October 8, 1995 and it notes that he was an owner of Hartge Yacht Yard where his family designed and built Chesapeake 20s. 

Photos of awards at Worlds ca 1989

Posted in: Pioneers, 1980s
Photos of awards ceremony at 1989 Worlds with Nelson Parks,Bill Gay, Vernon Gingell and Gary Parks

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.

1982 Hartge Cup Skippers

Posted in: 1980s, Pioneers
Attached is a picture of the Chesapeake 20 skippers of the 1982 Hartge Cup held on 9/25/82. 

Capt Dick's Film Debut

Posted in: Pioneers, 1980s
An article in the Annapolis Capitol, December 30, 1980 entitled "Cap'n Dick's film debut."  The Annapolis filmmaker, Bob Cole, produced the 15 minute film, "Chesapeake Album" about his father-in-law, Captain Dick Hartge.  The film is available from the Chesapeake 20 Association and the Annapolis Maritime Museum.  The file was made possible through a grant from the Citizens Program for the Chespeake Bay and arrived on the same day that Hartge died at the age of 84.  Cap'n Dick talks about his experience growing up on West River and includes vintage film of early Chesapeak 20 racing.