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Many of you may have already seen this, but I stumbled on it today with a casual Dickerson Owners’ search at sailboatdata.com
Dickerson Boatbuilders (USA)
1946 – 1987
Founded by Bill Dickerson who built of variety of different craft, most notably the ‘Simplissima’ 34, 32 and 26 line of hardchine strip planked ketches, as well as the DICKERSON 40 of a similar type. In 1967 the company was sold to Thomas Lucke who moved the company to La Trappe Creek in Trappe, Maryland. Lucke continued to build the popular 35′ strip planked mahogany ketches and the DICKERSON 40 ketch. The DICKERSON 36 was introduced in 1972 which featured a plywood hull with wooden deck and superstructure. By 1978, Ted Reed was running the company. Reed commisioned naval architect George Hazen to design a new boat which ultimately became the DICKERSON 37 which had a fiberglass hull. The DICKERSON 50 was introduced in 1982. In 1983 production began for the another DICKERSON 37, a Bruce Farr designed racer.
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The ninth Western Shore Round Up hosted by Randy and Barb Bruns on September 18-19, 2015 was a huge success with over 30 sailors in attendance and 8 Dickersons racing. Events started on a beautiful Friday with beverages and Cook -Out at the West River Sailing Club and included a competitive race on Saturday followed by a lively reception at the Club and dinner at Pirates Cove.
Eight Dickersons varying in length from 35 to 41 feet raced on Saturday in a light southeasterly breeze. A golf type handicap system was used to level out the playing field.
Congratulations to Jeff and Sandra Gray Pleasance II on their first Dickerson event. They finished second on overall time and won the 37 fleet trophy. Sandra Gray remarked they didn’t quite figure out the rabbit start and were a bit behind at the start. She now knows that it took most of our Dickerson sailors several years to get it straight.
It took eight years but the hosts Randy and Barbara Bruns Rhythms in Blue finally won the race and the skipper is the Sheriff of the Western Shore for this year. The main reasons for this unexpected outcome is the skipper didn’t screw up for a change and he had some very good sailors Mary and Dick Cusick of the Maryland Yacht Club as crew.
It was a good race for everyone; we mostly finished within about 10 minutes of each other. Previous Sheriffs; Joe Slavin, Irish Mist and John Freal Rainbow had their typical close duel and Parker Hallam Frigate Connie was there as usual and finished third.
Randy Bruns, Rhythms In Blue