The Mid-Atlantic Boat & Sports Club was founded in 1946. In the early stages, the club consisted of a one room club house and ten wooden boats that were mostly built by the sailors themselves in their backyards.
Some of the founding members consisted of the Late ‘Drake’ Laws, Elsworth Lovell, Lawrence Hendrickson Sr. and Edward ‘Gates’ Smith. Gates Smith who is now in his seventies, still occasionally gets onto the race course making him one of the oldest active members in the class.
On August 11th 1963, Mid-Atlantic experienced a strange twist of fate. A day which began as a warm Sunday morning quickly deteriorated with gusts increasing to reach over 100 M.P.H as Hurricane Arlene swept throughout the island. By the time Arlene had completed her visit, among the aftermath of her devastation was the total demolition of the Mid-Atlantic club house and all ten Comets. It wasn’t until a number of years later that the boats and the club could be rebuilt and today we are known to you as Fleet #161, Territory 9. We consider ourselves to be a young fleet and what we lack in experience, we make up for in ambition. It is our contention that this positive attitude combined with a promising junior programme will soon make us a force to be reckoned with.
On behalf of the Commodore and Vice Commodore, I would like to welcome all of the visitors to Bermuda. We hope everyone will sail hard, fast and safely; but look out for the sailors of M.A.B.S.C., we’ll be coming on strong!