New Improved DF95 Sail Winch

At long last, there is a new class approved Sailwinch for the DF95. The drum winch was designed for use in the 95 and the 65 using different drums (both drums come with the unit). Available from the boat supplier,

I have not spoken to anyone who has it yet but will likely see it this winter. I’ll let you know what I hear.

Rob Hill

Brenton Cove DF95 Regatta

RSVP for Saturday, Sunday or Both to both Henry and me. 

NOVEMBER 13-14. The Brenton Cove Invitational / Intergalactic DF 95 Championship! Registration is up! $10 entry. BYOB for after race beers. (Bring to cooler prior to launching boat to get your beer/ wine/ beverages cold for after racing.)We are looking to have racing for 2-3 hours per day and will target 1100-1400 for racing time each day. (If there is a huge reason to move earlier in the day due to weather, we will adjust accordingly)As many races as is practical per day with one drop for every 10 races. Please register ASAP so we have an idea of numbers so we can plan on how to actually run the thing! Thanks all! This will be a blast! 

Bradford S. Read
Executive Director

Sail Newport
72 Fort Adams Dr. 
Newport, RI 02840

Fun sailing 10/14

Gorgeous day at the cove on Thursday. Only 5 skippers came to play. Still, it was fun to sail in a brisk NW breeze with challenging chop (especially for a US 1 Meter). Rob’s IOM easily out sailed Paul’s US1M mostly because of the sea conditions. Boat speeds seemed equal, but the IOM out pointed the US1M and easily tacked while the US1M with its light weight and skinny hull had difficulty with tacking smoothly. IMPRESSIVE yacht Rob!

Thursday 10/14

Weather looks to be fabulous for our fun sailing. Some sailors will be at the cove as early as 10AM (Wilkie and Paul). Join us whenever you can and bring any boat you may prefer. Rob will have his IOM and Paul will have his US 1 Meter. Should be fun to see which of these boats competes better.


Next Thursday (10/14), Rob and Paul will be at the cove racing fast 1 meter yachts. Rob will have his exotic IOM (International One Meter) and Paul will have his US1Meter. Bring any boat and join them. Their boats will start each race after all the other boats.
Might be the last sailing of the season. Let’s have one last fling before the buoys are pulled out.

Paul Mercer’s US 1 Meter
BritPop IOM

MHBMYC Post Season Racing Today

It was obviously “post season” at the cove this morning as only three turned up: Kim, Pat and me.We spent about 30 minutes in the water and then thunder and lightning stopped play.I guess there will be more DF95s on Thursday when the tide will be midway coming in.It was still fun!Derek

DF95 Regatta

It is the first full day of Autumn, but it’s clinging on to summer, hot and humid, We were expecting a  strong breeze from the SSE at about 14 mph, but what we got was very different.  We got gusts then calm, and many changes of direction. A very challenging day for racing but 11 members and 1 guest arrived with their boats for the skippers’ briefing which was given by Race Director, Rob Hill. Rob set the course in a normal anti-clockwise direction: South then north both taken to port.  Sometimes once around, sometimes with half a loop, and sometimes twice around. Just to add to the challenge of the wind. We had 12 races with our worst two scores thrown out.Our distinguished guest, Don Ouimette, showed us how it’s done and won 11 races!  Paul won the one that Don didn’t. (Don was third). So our 2021 DF95 Regatta Champion is Don, with Paul second with five second places and four thirds.In third place was Kim with four second places and one third. Well done all.The full results are on our website
The Soling Regatta was remarkable for the fact that eight boats started and eight boats finished.With the DF95 Regatta, twelve boats started but only seven were still running at the end. There were a number of reasons but the most dramatic event was during race 6 when Jim Kelly lost control of his boat and off it sailed on a perfect course across the Sakonnet River.  Jim went for a little drive and recovered it, but too late to resume racing. It was good to see new member, Sam Morgan come down to spectate and to see the arrival of the Paul Mercer fan club. Rob kept score until Wilkie stopped racing and took over the scorekeeping. Thank you very much. We all had a good time today. Well done everybody. And special thanks to Rob who organized the event to such good effectNext Tuesday, weather permitting, we’ll start our post-season fun races. Mainly for Solings, but we’ll be pleased to see any boat.  High tide about 2 pm.Stay safe, well, and happy,

Annual Soling Regatta

Just a perfect day to be at the cove with water up to your knees. The sun was shining and the wind was blowing generally from the southeast, but it was an odd wind, a sort of catch-me-if you -can wind. Race Director, Rob Hill laid out a course south, port rounding, then north with the line open, another port rounding then back to the line. For a couple of races, Rob added a loop-de-loop around the westerly starting mark, then around the north mark, and back to the line.Manny manned the starter, Wilkie kept score and we were delighted to have Ed Haddad stop by to view proceedings. Many thanks to you all.Eight Solings contested the regatta and we had some great and close racing with 6 different winners of the twelve races held.  Paul won 5 races, was second 5 times, and thus became our Regatta Champion for 2021.  Well raced, Paul.Bill Northup won the final three races and had one second place and three thirds to become our Regatta runner-up.This year’s Series Champion, Bill David was third today with one win, two seconds, and two thirds.Kim was fourth, also with a race win and Jim Kelly was fifth.The other race winners today were Danny who was sixth and me who quickly made up for that error by finishing last in 4 races.  Ahead of me was Pat.  The full results story can be found on our website mhbmyc.orgWe all had a great time this morning and hope that the DF95 Regatta will be just as much fun.
The forecast for Thursday has improved somewhat but Rob will make the final weather call tomorrow.If we go ahead on Thursday, the high tide is at 10.25.  Don’t forget to bring lunch and a chairIf we delay until next Tuesday, the tide will be coming in at the start with a high at 1.54 pmStay safe and always be on the lookout for fun,


A recap of the Series Awards presented at last night’s banquet.

The racing calendar contained 18 possible racing days. However, the weather severely limited the actual racing activity.  The Solings raced 10 days. DF95 raced 11 days.  The Best 6 scores were used to tabulate the results for both classes. To qualify for a Series score, competitors needed a minimum of 6 racing days, and the Best 6 were used to calculate the results.

For the Soling fleet, there were a total of 11 Participants throughout the season. 6 achieved the minimum of 6 scores. First place went  to Bill David with a “Best 6” score of 6. Second went to Paul Mercer with a score of 9. Kim Hanna took third with a score of 15. Other qualifiers were Bill Raposa, Derek Melven and Pat Donovan in that order.

The DF95 fleet had a total of 19 Participants with 6 qualifying for a series score (3 additional racers had 5 scores). Paul Mercer took first place with a “Best 6” score of 10. One point behind Paul, Rob Hill and Rich Field were tied for second. The tie breaker went to Rob with 3 first place days while Rich, awarded 3rd, had only 2.  Other qualifiers were Bill David, Kim Hanna and Pat Donovan in that order. The competition in the 95 fleet was quite stiff with 5 different skippers winning race days, Rob and Don Ouimette 3 each, Paul and Rich Field 2, Henry DiPietro 1.

Congratulations to all. A challenging season but always fun.

Remember – Soling Regatta tomorrow. Skippers meeting 10:45.

DF95 Regatta Thursday, same time. Rain date Tuesday Sept 28.

Rob Hill

829 Division Rd
Westport, MA. 02790


Just a reminder that our Annual Banquet is this Sunday, September 19th in the Great Room of the clubhouse of The Village on Mount Hope Bay.  The festivities start promptly at 6.30 pm.
Our postponed regattas will now be held next Tuesday for Solings and next Thursday for DF95sSkippers’ briefings at 10.45 by Race Director, Rob Hill.Don’t forget to bring your lunch and a chair.
Stay safe and well and have fun,