The Dixie was roarin' good time! Thanks for coming.
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2020 weren’t no fun
With all regatta plans undone
But we’re on GO for ’21. . .
The Dixie’s back and we hope you’ll come!
May 29-30, 2021
Memorial Day Weekend
Atlanta Yacht Club
AYC and Thistle Fleet 48 are excited to invite you back to the Dixie Regatta after waaaay too long a vacation from this and all regattas. But we have not made this decision lightly, and we want to reassure you with the precautions we are taking to create a COVID-friendly environment.
To begin with, we will minimize contact when you arrive by encouraging online payment. There will be a generous supply of hand sanitizer, extra soap in the bathrooms, and masks provided for anyone who wants or needs one. The Clubhouse will be sanitized to the max a day or two before you arrive, and even our ceiling fans will be reversed, to pull the inside air up instead of down.
To maximize space, we have planned an outside/inside event, with fewer dining tables, further apart, and with clubhouse doors opening out to the deck, the fire pit area, the lower level, and especially to our two beautiful new “twin top” 20 x 30 tents right outside the Adult Lounge. We also have a number of new high-top tables set up outside to encourage smaller groups and less confined seating. Dinner will be served at several stations indoors, spaced apart, allowing everyone to move about freely and situate themselves wherever they are comfortable.
Our appetizer/margarita party this year will be playing the shifts too, offering a spread of single-serve packaged treats or grab-and-go goodies that you can carry away with you instead of hovering over the app table. A team of Fleet 48’s creative cooks will still provide, so don’t expect to be bored! And our damn-good mixologists will have your libations ready for take-out, rather than having a line backed up at the bar.
The bottom line? We’re doing what we can to plan a responsible event. Obviously people will want to hang together, but for those who want to engage in social distancing there will be plenty of space to do so. We hope you will be comfortable with our arrangements and will come out of hiding to join us for our reinvented Dixie!
And now for the real website. . . .
Welcome back to the All-That-Jazz Age,
when flappers, suffragettes, gangsters and sheiks
crowded the speakeasies and raised the bar on shocking behavior.
Would any of them be capable of sailing a Thistle?
Hmmm, we’ll never know — but who cares?
One thing’s for sure — they could party like Gatsby, so we’ll stick with that for the most ritzy event of our decade:
The ROARING 20s DIXIE!
Us cancel this year? Bunkum and balderdash!
In the indomitable spirit of last century, the Dixie is going full speed ahead, so it’s time to start making plans to rejoin the Lost Generation!
Recruit your accomplices, dust the pollen off your yacht,
hitch your rig to your Rolls or your Model A,
and head to Hot-lanta for first-class twentieth-century competition
and a roaring good time that will last for another hundred years.
You only live once, but once is enough!
ROARING JUNIORS DIXIE
8:30 a.m., Saturday, May 29
FUN, FRIENDLY AND FREE
Come try a Thistle!
• Open to all Juniors through age 18
• Crew team can include one adult crew (skipper must be a Junior)
• Trophies for first three places
If you need help with borrowing a boat, finding junior crew and/or a senior crew, or even if you just want a crew spot, please get in touch with one of our Junior Syndicate recruiters and we will help place everyone who wants to participate:
Mark Sherry (firstname.lastname@example.org 678-646-7476)
Mindy Sherry: (email@example.com 770-842-2760)
Going wild with a mob of Thistles? It doesn’t get any better!
More good news. . .
CORAL REEF IS BACK!
Can you blame us if we play the Roaring 20s Dixie theme to the hilt?
Bring on the SWAG!
Coral Reef is under new ownership, with creative new marketing.
They are using our official Dixie design and artwork,
but instead of bringing their truck full of shirts, hats and gear,
they’re offering an online order site PRIOR to the Dixie
so that you can shop ahead and pick up your items at registration.
You can also order items DURING and AFTER the regatta,
and your merchandise will be mailed to you.
To peruse the wares and place an order, click on
Note that in order to have your Stuff waiting for you at registration,
you need to have your order in no later than Thursday, May 20.
Registration -- $50 (includes $3 for SESS dues)
Saturday brunch -- $5
Children's dinner -- $6
Adult dinner -- $16
Sunday lunch -- $7
ROARING 20s DIXIE SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, MAY 28
Arriving guests report to the AYC hideaway
Knock three times for bathtub beer (on the sly of course)
7:00 ’til whenever
Late-night spaghetti supper, on the house for freeloaders (hosts ante up)
Registration and check-in
SATURDAY, MAY 29
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Roaring Juniors Dixie registration at the Point
Junior competitors meet at the Point
1st race warning signal for Juniors
2nd and 3rd races to follow
9:00 a.m. - noon
Dixie registration inside the hideaway
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Rita’s brunch lives on!
Competitors report to Point
Spectator boat passengers meet at the Point (BYO life jackets)
1st race warning signal
2nd race to follow
Chow time for underage flappers and dappers
Regroup outside the Hideaway to help repeal Prohibition
Knock three times for giggle water and a dizzy display of snacks-to-go
No snitches allowed!
Games in the yard, to deflect attention from the juice joint in case of a raid
Dress code? Flout the rules and glam the glitz! For the snappy flapper, below-knee drop-waist dresses, or shockingly short ones with faux beads and pearls; bright red lipstick, bobbed hair with feather headbands or cloche hats. (Google galoshes and rouging the knees!) For the nattily dressed sheik, golf knickers and argyles, or white trousers and sweater vests. Pomade your hair, slick it down with a part smack down the center, and top it with a newsboy cap or a bowler. And oh, if you happen to have a 3-piece suit or a full-length raccoon coat, you are sure to be the cat’s meow. Nothing is taboo!
Dinner is served — Inside/Outside/Wherever
Decadent desserts to rob us of all our senses
8:31 p.m. till we drop
The jazz club is open — unleash the inhibitions!
Limber up for the Lindy hop, the turkey trot, the black bottom and the shimmy. Say what, you say?? Well, at least give the Charleston a shot!
SUNDAY, MAY 30
Caffeine and calories in the hideaway before heading back to the water
3rd race warning signal
(No warning signal will be made after 1:00 for Flight 1.
Flight 2 may have a warning signal after 1:00.)
Lunch and awards
One more ROAR for the 2021 Dixie winners!
MONDAY, MAY 31
No more Thistling, but on-the-water fun continues with
the MEMORIAL DAY REGATTAfor Lasers and Optis.
Check it out under “Memorial Day Regatta” on the last page of this website.
Three races are scheduled, two on Saturday and one on Sunday, weather depending. Boats registered will be split into four sub-fleets (Black, Orange, Yellow and Blue), to be announced at the Competitors’ meeting and designated by corresponding colors of pennants attached to the sail.
There will be two starts for each of the three races. Each start will include two of the subgroups, rotated after every race, so that if all races are completed each group will have competed against all three of the others during the course of the regatta.
When we host a large fleet,the four-division format allows all boats to compete against the entire Dixie fleet without setting an impossible starting line. This always adds fun and intrigue to the races, where top finishes are a premium and even those looking strong on Saturday’s scoreboard aren't always quite sure who the regatta winner is until the last race is completed and competitors are back to shore comparing notes. Just another fun dimension to our one-of-a-kind Dixie and our already challenging lake!
Trophies will be awarded to the top five skippers and crew .
AYC is the place to be!
Atlanta Yacht Club
7120 Yacht Club Drive
Acworth, GA 30102
Nearby Motels . . .
Hampton Inn (678)505-4870
Comfort Inn (770)975-9920
Days Inn (770)988-6148
Holiday Inn Express (678)574-4222
Best Western (across I-75) (770)974-0116
Camping . . .
Camping is available on club grounds,
with use of clubhouse bathrooms and showers.
For questions contact George Willis (617)595-2509
Child care. . .
For help with lining up a sitter, contact Stacey Mitchell (404)333-9905
and PLEASE don't forget!
Tracy Tumlin Allardice (a.k.a “Dollface”)
Roaring Regatta Chairs:
Steve & Stacey Mitchell
firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Steve cell: (770)826-2827
Stacey cell: (404)333-9905
Thistle Fleet Boss of All Bosses:
Junior Syndicate Organizers:
Mark & Mindy Sherry
firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Mark cell: 678-646-7476
Mindy cell: 770-842-2760