Soling Regatta #7

The first thing to let you know is that member, David Cochran is planning to move from the area and has, most generously, given his Soling to our club.  So sail number 94 now appears on the scoresheet as “Club Boat” and is available for prospective members to sail or for members whose boat is out of commission for a while to use. Thank you very much, David.
Now to today’s racing. It was very hot once again and humid with a light wind, but thirteen members came down to the cove, nine of them with boats.  The members without boats were Wilkie who scored, Manny with the starter, Will, and me.  Soling Fleet Captain, Bill Raposa, set the course;  Off the East-West start line to the south mark, taken to starboard, then to the north mark with the line closed and finally back to the line. After the first three races, Bill adjusted the start line a little and changed the course: south mark taken to port, then north mark taken to starboard, back to the south mark and a downwind finish to the line.  The final four races were run on this course.We welcomed one of Kim’s neighbors, John, as a spectator along with his two granddaughters.Jim Kelly kindly gave up the first two races to let the little girls try their hands at sailing his boat.  Well done, Jim. But no extra points, I’m afraid.Bill David’s wife, Judy, was another guest today.  More than a guest, a lucky charm, as Bill won the first three races, was second in the third and then won the next two. I heard a rumor that he even had a hand in Pat’s victory in the final race.  He easily won first overall today.Paul was the only other race winner today, but he had five second places and one third to finish second overall today. With three third place finishes and three fourth places, Kim was third today followed by Pat in fourth and Bruce in fifth.Sue had some boat problems and only managed one race as did Bill Raposa whose main sheet snapped.  Jim Kelly and Steve finished sixth and seventh, but Jim scored big on Neighborliness Points., 
Lots of fun again todayAnd the fun continues on Thursday, August 27th with DF95 race day 6 when the tide will be coming in from a low at 08.55
Next occasion for Solings is race day 8 on Tuesday, September 1st when the tide will be going out from a high at 08.21
Stay safe and wellDerek

DF95 Regatta #5

Yet another beautiful day for model boat racing. 14 members made their way down to the cove this morning and at the start of racing there were 14 boats in the water including Kim’s new red hull. and including two guests, Henry DiPietro and Nick Bailey, both of the Newport DF95 group.  The two members not racing were Manny who had the very difficult task of scoring so many boats and Shelley who assisted Manny.  Thank you both very much.There was a very light wind vaguely from the northwest so DF95 Fleet Captain, Jim Pascalides set the course with the start/finish line running north-south, parallel with the beach.  From the line, the short course was north to the black and white mark taken to starboard and back to the line.The first four races were on this course and they were slow, so much so that the wind died completely at one point and it looked like we would have to abandon racing, but then the wind shifted and was now a good breeze coming vaguely from the south, so the line was changed to the more usual east-west line and the boats headed south to take the windward mark to starboard then sail north to take the blue and white mark to starboard and back to the line.  Three races were run on this course making seven races in all.  Jim Pascalides won four of them to become today clear winner. The only other race winners today were Bill David with two and relatively new member, Rich Field. .Rob Hill was second in one race and third in four and such consistency was enough to secure second place overall. In addition to his win, Rich was second once and third twice to establish himself in third place today.  Congratulations, RichOther second place finishers today included Kim who sailed his new red boat to second in the first race, but later had some sail control problems and had to retire eventually; Paul, whose two second place finishes propelled him into fourth place overall; Henry with one second place and a third led to a fifth place overall; and Pat who was later out for two races (cause unknown).Retirees today were Will, Dick, Kim, and me.  It was a most unusual race day, but still very enjoyable.
As usual Paul Mercer has put the full results on our website

The next Race Day will be for Solings on Tuesday, August 25th at 11.00when the tide will be coming in from a low at 06.30.  High tide will be at 2.12 pm.
The next time for the DF95s to go racing will be Thursday, August 27that 11.00 when the tide will be coming in from a low at 08.55.Lots of fun as usual today.Please stay safe and well,Derek

Soling Regatta #6

A damp and rainy early start to the day soon gave way to sunshine and an adequate breeze.  There were seven boats in the water at the start of racing today and quite a few members who came down to the cove without boats: Manny, who did a fine job keeping score, Bill Raposa who was the race director, Rob who was technical guru, Sue, Will and myself.  It was the usual course with the wind from the south.  Starboard around the windward mark, then head north to the black and white mark, take it to starboard then head towards shore take the blue and white mark to starboard, and back to the line.  The first two races were once around and the final four races were twice around with the line open.Bill David won the first race and three more to finish first overall today.  Paul won the second race and one more and, with three second places, that was enough to finish in second place just one point behind Bill. In third place with two second places and three third places was Dick Mahoney. Jim Kelly was fourth closely followed by Kim and Pat.  Steve didn’t finish the first two races and didn’t start the final four.  We hope the problem gets resolved soon.Albert Meyer again brought his (new to him) Soling to the cove for try-out.  He discovered a leak from the bow, but knows how to fix it.Paul has loaded the full results to our website We next race DF95s on Thursday this week at 11.00 as usual, when the tide will be going out from a high at 09.43.
Then, next Tuesday we’ll be racing Solings at 11.00 when the tide will be coming in from a low at 06.30 (high at 2.12 pm)
See you at either or both,Take care, stay safe and well,Derek

DF95 Regatta #4

The morning started hot and muggy as we’ve come to expect these days. There was quite a heavy local shower and it was still raining very lightly as the members started to assemble at around 10.30.  We had two guests today from the Newport group: Henry DiPietro who was here last week and Nick Bailey.  Both were welcomed, but only Nick raced as Henry had burned out a sail servo, unfortunately.

Nine boats raced today.  We used our usual course but started out by heading north and running the course clockwise with all marks taken to starboard, once around with the line closed.  After the first two races, the wind died.  We took a 10-minute break and a very light wind from the south reluctantly arrived so we had two short races: South to the southerly mark taken to starboard and back to the line. Painful!.  There was now no wind and we quit for the day.  Those present decided to count today as a race day as we had already abandoned racing for one day earlier in the year.

Kim had had our first DF95 cracked hull so, as I haven’t been racing and he has, he borrowed my boat.  I kept score assisted by Jim Kelly’s son, Chris, who had brought along a pair of binoculars.

Thanks, Chris. Soling Fleet Captain, Bill Raposa, also came down to the cove to see how exciting DF95 racing is.  Marginally better than watching paint dry today.

The slow-motion winners today were Paul twice and Bill David and Nick once each.  Bill D, Jim K, Wilkie, and Rob each had one second place and Nick, Paul, Rob, and Bill D..had one third place each.

So Paul was the overall winner today with Bill David second just one point behind.  Nick was third with Wilkie fourth and Kim fifth.

Paul has posted the full results to our website  

Paul’s wife, Laura also joined us today and brought her camera so we can expect some new DF95 pictures on our website. Thank you, Laura.

The next race day for DF95s will be Thursday, August 20th at 11.00 when the high tide will be at 09.43

But two days earlier on Tuesday, August 18th we’ll have Soling Race Day 6 at 11.00 when the tide will be going out from a high at 08,07

We still had some fun today, but of a slower, more relaxed kind.

Stay safe and well


Soling Regatta #5

The exceedingly high temperature coupled with high humidity must have contributed to the sparse number of participants this morning, but as things turned out it was not too bad given the cooling breeze that enabled us to hold seven races in good time.  The wind was from our south and we followed, what is now our usual course.  The southern mark was taken to port and the two northern marks to starboard.  Once around for the first two races and twice around for the last five.Only five boats competed.  In fact, there were as many members without boats. Bill Raposa had a problem with his boat today, but he was still a major participant as he laid out the course and acted as our starter.  Wilkie kept score and I helped.  Will and Jim Kelly cheered everyone on and Rob gave technical advice and much help….including sailing for a bit.  There were only two race winners today.  Bill David won four and Paul won three. They both finished on 9 points but Bill wins the day on more first places.  Kim took the lead for the final two races but finally got beaten by Paul.  Kim got two seconds and four thirds to finish in third place overall.  The other sailors were Pat and new member, Albert Meyer who sailed his new (to him) Soling.  Rob gave him a tutorial before racing commenced and help and advice during the competition. Welcome as a racer, Albert.Despite the conditions, everyone had an enjoyable time.  Paul has put the full results on our website Soling fun continues next Tuesday, August 18th at 11.00 when the tide will be going out from a high at 08.07
And, before that, next Thursday, August 13th at 11.00 we have DF95 Race Day 4 when the tide will be coming in from a low at 08.45
Our starter is missing.  Whoever has it, could you please bring it to our next race day on Thursday.  Thank you.Stay well and safe and have fun,Derek

DF95 Regatta #3

Race day 3 seems to have been a big success.  I couldn’t be there, but Paul has posted the results on our web site and he sent them to me.  You will notice a new name in the list of eleven who competed yesterday.  This is Henry DiPietro who was here as Fleet Captain of the Newport DF95 group. Welcome, Henry.  I hope you had fun yesterday.There were seven races of which Rob won 3 and finished first overall, Paul won 2 and had two seconds to finish in second place.  In third place was Jim Pascalides with 1 win and 2 second places.  Although the only other race winner was Jim Kelly, he finished in fifth place behind Bill David.  New member Rich Field finished in sixth place, just one point ahead of Will. 
The next Race Day for the DF95 Fleet will be next Thursday, August 13th when the tide will be coming in from a low at 08.45.  As usual start time is 11.00. But before that, we have Soling Race Day 5 on Tuesday, August 11th.at11.00. The tide will be coming in with a high at 2.18 pm
Stay safe and well Derek

Soling Regatta #4

Storm Isaias threatened, but this morning was rain-free so 13 members went down to the cove to race, score, help, or support. There were 8 boats in the water at the start time of 11 am.with the tide going out from a high around 09.30.  We ran what has become our “normal” course, south from the start and finish line. around the white and black mark taken to starboard, then to the northern mark also taken to starboard and finally starboard around the white and blue marker closest to shore and back to the line.  The final two races were twice around. A simple course made fiendish by the unpredictable wind which was constantly changing strength and direction.Wilkie kept score assisted by Manny, Will, and me.  Rob provided technical help and advice as needed.  Thanks to all.  As I wasn’t racing I took my camera and got the three shots attached.Bruce started off strong winning the first race, then second in the second race and third. in the third race. Bill David won the second race and was second in another three races  Paul, who had been third in the first two races, won the next four and earned first place overall. Bill David was second and Bruce third.The only other members to finish a race in the top three today were Jim Kelly who had one second and two thirds and Bill Raposa who had one second.  Jim was fourth and Bill was fifth. Sue got a cheer as she finished her first race ever.  Many more in the future, Sue..The two other participants, Steve and Pat both had boat problems unfortunately and only managed to finish one race each.  Prospective new members, Rich Field and Albert Meyer were also present today.  Rich has a DF95 and Albert is about to acquire a Soling so we look forward to them both racing with us.  Rich already raced last Thursday with us.  As is usual these days we had the day’s results before we left the cove thanks to Paul and his tablet with AFleet software.  Paul has posted the results to our website mhbmyc.orgA reminder:  If you haven’t yet joined or rejoined the club, the joining fee is $25 and the annual membership fee is also $25.  Checks payable to MHBMYC should be given or sent to our treasurer, Kim Hanna at 33 Watermark Drive, Tiverton, RI 02878.

The next Soling race day will be Tuesday, August 11th at 11 am when the tide will be coming in with a high just after 2 pm

But before that, we have DF95 race day 3 on Thursday, August 6th at 11 am which is just about high tide. Volunteers to keep score etc are appreciated.Lots of fun again today with some good races.Stay safe and well,Derek