Annual Races and Regattas
For: All dinghy sailors of all abilities (Opti, Sunfish, Laser etc.)
For: Junior dinghy sailors of all abilities (Opti, 420, Sunfish, Laser etc.)
From the 1960's through the early 1990's the BIC sailing fleet consisted primarily of club owned and private Sunfish and 420's. For decades, club Sunfish races were held on Saturday mornings and 420 races on Sunday afternoons. In the mid-1980's the sailing staff decided to hold a more formal Sunfish regatta toward the end of the summer and dubbed it the "Sunfish Challenge." After a few years, the Board of Governors, seeking a suitable way to honor the service to the club of Ruth and Carl Kaufmann, established the Kaufmann Cup Regatta, so the Sunfish Challenge evolved into the Kaufmann Cup. The Board commissioned an attractive permanent trophy in 1992. In 1993, the club acquired a fleet of JY 15's, and the race was sailed in those until the club began using its current fleet of Optis and 420's. The late Ruth Kaufmann was the wife of President Emeritus and extraordinary club volunteer, Carl Kaufmann. For many years, Ruth, a former math teacher, did all the financial work for the club as bookkeeper and treasurer. At that time, the club did not have a professional accountant or bookkeeper on retainer to prepare tax returns or payroll. Ruth did it all, putting in, at peak times, about 20 hours a week as an unpaid volunteer. Every bill for lessons or memberships came from her pen, including all those reminder letters in December to members who forget to pay. Ruth undertook all of this work with warmth, patience and a sense of humor as she dealt with everyone from college student staff with short attention spans, to board members with questions, to vendors. Additionally, she was an avid BIC tennis player and, years before, crewed Thistles that she and Carl raced competitively.