We'll take credit for perfecting the formula followed by so many of today's multiclass, weekend events. When Sailing World's first National Offshore One-Design Regatta was introduced 25 years ago, with Audi as presenting sponsor, my predecessors took a leap of faith launching an ambitious regatta scheme: three days of racing off Newport, R.I., for one-design and level-classes only, and an onshore spectacle the likes of which no one had ever seen. Every race day and party was sponsored, and the sailors were treated to seminars led by the likes of Tom Blackhaller and a kid named Ken Read. They pulled the sailing industry into the fray as well, creating a veritable boatshow under the party tent, where competitors could engage with reps from hardware, electronics, and rope manufacturers alike. Rowdy parties fueled by the big brands of the day—Mount Gay, Guinness, Bass Ale, and Kahlua—were loud and unrivaled. On the water there were 750 sailors spread across 85 boats, from J/24s to Three-Quarter Tonners. Stories from this inaugural event bubble with superb sailing conditions and close racing, even in the level fleets. By all accounts it went off without a hitch, and from that one weekend 25 years ago an unrivaled national regatta series was born.