Castleberry Robertson History
and comments on the Regatta

The Castleberry Robertson is a big part of the history of the Augusta Sailing Club and is a regatta that was 56 years old as of 2010. The first two years it was won by Judge William Harden in an A Scow that was called "The Syndicate". It was originally a wooden A-Scow but Judge Harden had 5 feet taken off each end to make it easier to sail on our lake. Judge Harden is remembered at our club with the naming of the cove to the east of our clubhouse point as “Harden Cove”. A large stone with a bronze plaque stands overlooking that cove to this day. Martha Harden and Flo Harden (McClure) were active sailors and members of the social scene at the club for many years following the untimely passing of Judge Harden.

This regatta was named after Clem Castleberry. Caslteberry Foods was the second largest packer of cooked meats in the world. Mr. Castleberry donated the trophy, a solid sterling silver bowl and wood base that is quite magnificent. He co-named the trophy after Jim Robertson, his dearest friend and the club member who thought of having a club handicap event. For the first twenty years, Mr. Castleberry would drive to the club on the lake in his large motorized cabin cruiser to award the trophy himself to the winner of the regatta.

In 2003 the scow classes made up 17 boats event with 10 scows. 3 C-Scows and 7 MC's were in the field. This also was the year that the Castleberry came back to its roots with only Portsmouth rated centerboard boats vying for the coveted Castleberry Robertson Trophy.

Club members are encouraged to get their hands on a one design centerboard boat and participate. In 2010 the Commodore’s Trophy was added to the event to honor and promote the participation of the smaller board-boats and one designs under 15 feet in length. The Commodore’s fleet would sail a shorter course to make their participation more fun for them. The first winner of this trophy was Jim Holder in a JY-15. It was awarded on May 30th by Commodore Richard F. Mayne.