Commodore's Welcome

Welcome to the Alberg 30 website in the year of the association's 50th anniversary.

Either you are a member already, you own an Alberg 30 and you are interested in joining this association or you are simply drawn to inquire about the Alberg 30 because you have fallen in love with her classic lines and would like to sail one yourself. In any way you are at the right address. Find out more about this beautiful sloop and a group of people who feel passionate about this seaworthy vessel, exciting racer and well built cruiser.

I invite you to browse through these pages. Are you interested in cruising, racing, maintenance, and/or the social aspect of our association? Please feel free to contact our Cruising Commodore, Racing Commodore, Vice Commodore or me if you have any questions.

The Highlight of this year will be the 50th Anniversary Parade in downtown Annapolis at 11:00am on August 9th and an Oldtimer's Race the following day. This event is hosted by the city of Annapolis and the National Sailing Hall of Fame. Please join us for this event, visit many of the boats and meet a fantastic group of sailors!

Offshore Sailing book cover Offshore Sailing by Bill Seifert with Daniel Spurr

We went to a Windjammers lecture to hear Bill Seifert and I was impressed enough to buy the book on the spot. I've heard a lot of people talk about ways to improve a boat, but I've never heard one person suggest so many good ideas that I hadn't considered. Part of the charm is the specificity of the suggestions. Everyone says you should secure your floorboards, hatchboards and batteries. Bill shows good suggestions on how to do so.

The suggestions are very practical for the do-it-yourselfer, too. Many show how to make or adapt inexpensive solutions. Tip #12 on closing the deck blower vents is one that will pay off for me without ever going offshore. I'll implement that one to stop the wintertime storms from finding their way belowdecks.

Besides modifications, the book also includes advice for operating offshore, cooking, boat selection, dealing with bureaucracy, and more.

Bill Seifert has worked at Tartan, TPI, and Alden Yachts. He's a veteran of many Marion-Bermuda races and now runs his own yacht management company. His tips are born of experience--not of book-learning--and it shows. He obviously knows his stuff.

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