DF95 Racing 7/11/2024

The early morning weather was dull and dismal, humid and horrible, and continued the same way most of the morning. Paul had suggested that we shouldn’t use the drone buoy owing to high winds so he arrived early to make other start-line arrangements. Kim and I joined him but he already had a starting mark in the water. Thanks and well done, Paul.

The weather dissuaded some members and only five turned up to race and so they did for six races.

 With a SSW wind, the course was south to the green mark, north to the blue, and back to the line. From the second race, the upwind leg was shortened to the orange mark, but twice around. All marks were taken to port. 

Henry won the first five races and was only prevented from having a clean sweep by John Reilly who won the final race and gathered enough points (three second places) to finish second overall today.

Kim was in third place after a tie-breaker with Paul despite having a DNF when his boat and Paul’s got tangled in the fifth race and then he couldn’t start the sixth. Paul rowed out to the rescue. The final place went to Nick who had borrowed his son’s boat, and ran into a problem in the second race. He had to row out to rescue the boat and couldn’t get it repaired until the fourth race.

Before racing started we welcomed new member Ross Hudson who will be using Paul’s boat, sail number 316, on loan. Welcome, Ross.

All the news and the full results may be seen on our website mhbmyc.org

The next opportunity to race DF95s will be next Thursday, July 18th when the tide will be at a low at 11.15

Have a great weekend,


DF95 racing June 27, 2024

The overnight rainstorm had cleared by 07.00 and was replaced by a mixture of sun and clouds with temperatures in the seventies and still quite humid. The wind was from the southwest and the tide was coming in towards a high shortly after 1 pm.

There were 10 boats in the water ready for this morning’s contest and Judy looked after starting and scoring. Thank you for another excellent job, Judy. Connie and Shelley were on the shore to support Al and Bill N.and Connie took some pictures.

The course was from the Drone Buoy and brown mark starting line, south to the green, then north to the blue, once around for the first race and twice around thereafter. All marks taken to port.

Nick won the first race but it was not his lucky day. He didn’t start the third race as his jib was hitting his mask, then, in the fourth race, his boat got tangled with Bill Northup’s and he had to row out to rescue them.

Kim won the next two races and had one third place to finish fourth overall. 

Races 4 and 5 were both won by John Reilly and that together with a second place and two third places was enough for him to become today’s champion, The sixth and final race was won by Jim Kelly who was also second in race five but missed the first two races. Good to see you back, Jim.

Unusually, Bill David didn’t win a race today but he did score enough points with two seconds and two thirds to finish second in today’s standings. In third place was Rich with one second and a third.

Paul did not have his winning ways today and neither did Henry, but well done to everyone for some close competitive racing and a lot of fun.

 As always, the full results are on our website mhbmyc.org

There will be no racing next Thursday as it happens to be July 4th.🇺🇸

The next racing will take place on Thursday, July 11th when the high tide will, once again be close to 1 pm.

And remember, the first of our three Soling Regattas is planned for July 16th.

Enjoy the coming weekend and the July 4th holiday,

DF95 #4. June 20, 2024

It was hot. It was humid. It was breezy. It was a day to get some cooling water in contact with feet.

Nine members agreed and brought boats to the cove. In addition, Connie was there to support Al. Judy supported Bill, started the races, and kept score—a big thank you. Paul’s wife, Laura was also there to cheer Paul on, but mainly to supervise two grandchildren, who seemed to be having a great time.

With the wind from the SSW, the course was set: From the east-west starting line, formed by the red mark and the drone buoy, head south and round the green mark to port, head north to take the blue mark to port and back to the line, twice around.

The tide was going out towards a low at around 12.30 which necessitated a move of the drone buoy, executed faultlessly by Paul after the second race.

With an important appointment to see the England vs. Denmark game in the Euro 24 soccer tournament, I left after the third race but Nick was in fine form having won those first three races. 

In the first race, Rob and Henry got tangled together and Rob had to get some rowing exercise to rescue them. Nick won that race with Paul and Bill second and third. The second race finished in the same order and Rob recovered from the first race setback to finish fourth. Al had finished fourth in the first race. Bill was second to Nick in the third race, with John third and Rob again fourth.

I wasn’t there for the fourth race but I have the scoresheet and see that Nick won again. This was his fourth and last win in the eight races run today. The other race winners were Bill, Rob, John, and Henry.  Overall the top four were Nick, Rob, Bill, and Paul.

Kim and David had some issues today but look for them to come back stronger next week. 

Well done, everyone. Lots of fun this morning.

The full results can be found on our website mhbmyc.org

DF95s race again next Thursday, June 27th when the tide will be coming in with the high at 1.18 pm

In the meantime, enjoy the weekend,


DF95 Racing – June 24, 2024

A gentle breeze, a sunny sky, and boats in the water. A recipe for competitive fun.

The beach was shrinking with the tide approaching a high at 12.47.

Paul, Rob, and Bill David couldn’t make it today so it was a chance to rack up some points over them. Henry DiPietro did arrive at the cove but decided the wind wouldn’t be favorable this morning so he left but the wind had increased enough to start racing at 11.00. We welcomed a new member, John Reilly to the club with his boat, sail number 56…..Remember that number!    Four other members brought boats to the cove this morning and enjoyed nine races on smooth water. Shelly and I were also there to deal with the starting and scoring. Only three boats finished the first race with Wilkie having some problems before the start and Bill Northup having issues during the race. John, sail number 56, won the first race and another six and was today’s champion. How’s that for a great introduction to the club? The only other winner this morning was Kim who won two and finished second overall. Al Sampson was third with Wilkie and Bill N following on as a result of their early troubles. 

A very enjoyable morning in the sun. Well done, everyone. Let’s hope we get back to a more normal competitive field on Thursday.

The full results can be found on our website mhbmyc.org

DF95s race again in just two days, on Thursday, June 13th when the tide will be midway with the high at around 2.25 pm and the weather forecast is just about perfect.

See you then,


Sunset for the Solings?

Say it ain’t so!

Only three members today so no sailing.

We had a nice chat though. We think we might pick two or three days when we would hold a day-long Soling Regatta, open to all, and abandon Tuesday Soling sailing unless we get sufficient demand from our members.

A sad time in the club’s history.

Comments, please.

Next Thursday we’ll try again with the DF95s. At the moment the weather is questionable, but we live in hope. Watch out for alerts nearer the time.

On Thursday the tide will be approaching a high at 2.32 pm.


DF95 Racing Today …..didn’t take place

The final score was: Weather Pessimists 1, Weather Optimists 0

The Weather Optimists team members were: Nick Bailey, Bill and Judy David, Henry Di Pietro. Kim Hanna, Wilkie Marvel, Paul Mercer, David Vigeant, and me.

It was good to see everyone and we did have a moment of triumph when Paul put the club’s Drone Buoy in the water and positioned it controlled by his phone. It held station through this morning’s thunderstorm.

As the sky darkened and the thunder and lightning arrived we broke up before we had a chance to discuss a date and time for a club meeting…..next time.

Next Tuesday, May 28th we’ll try again with the Solings. The tide will be coming in with a high at 12.39 pm. I won’t even look at a weather forecast.

Whatever you’re doing this weekend, have fun and enjoy it.


DF95 Kick-off and Other News

The DF95 fleet will take to the water for the first time this season on Thursday at 11 am. The weather should be on our side with winds from the SSW at 9 mph and a temperature around 70 degrees. The tide will be going out to a low at 1.39 pm. Let’s have a great turnout.

In other news, the club has purchased a Drone Buoy for the starting line. Paul has been putting it through its paces and there have been some teething problems. We hope to see it in the cove soon.

On Thursday I hope we have sufficient members present to discuss some immediate issues and to set a date, place, and time for a club meeting.

As you might have seen, Bill David offered his Soling for sale and I’m pleased to announce that it was bought by Bill Northup and so will stay in the club.

See you Thursday,