Soling Match Racing

First of all, please join me in saying a big “Thank You” to Wilkie for running this very enjoyable event and to Rob for preparing the roster.
> Sue and Steve had to withdraw from racing today because of a tummy bug Sue had.  Get better very soon, Sue. My boat had control problems early on so everyone racing me had a bye or a win.
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>  That left seven boats to compete today.  The breeze was from a southerly direction so the boats headed south to the black/white mark to take to port, then downwind to the northern mark with the line closed, take it to starboard, and back to the line.
> Every boat raced every other boat, and at the end of racing, Wilkie added up the wins and byes for each boat to get some provisional results.
> When I got home and while enjoying a cup of tea, I went over the sheets very carefully, and here are the final results
> 1st     Bill David               8 wins/byes
> 2nd    Paul Mercer           6
> 3rd     Kim Hanna            5           equal with
>           Pat Donovan         5
> 5th     Bill Northup           4            equal with
>           Bill Raposa           4
> 7th     Bruce Collemer    3  

> Some very close racing and usually we would have had run-offs for third and fifth places, but rain started during the very last race.  It didn’t last long, but most people had started to pack up.    

> A good time was had by all and now for the DF95 Match Races on Thursday. The tide will be going out with a low at 1.48 pm and a super wind is forecast, So with eleven boats in the water, it should be a lot of fun.
> Jim Pascalides will be running the event so don’t forget to thank Jim and Rob for preparing the roster.  Please bring lunch and a chair and please hang around after the races because there may well be some runoffs.
> Stay well and safe and happy,
> Derek

First Annual DF95 Regatta

What a great day yesterday.  There were 17 entrants so we had to divide into three fleets.we ran 15 races so each fleet had 10 races each.There were a few casualties, but everyone still had a great time.Unfortunately, the AFleet software could not cope with a three fleet situation.  AFleet really means A or one…..not three.So we had to resort to a computer-assisted manual approach and the full results are attached.We welcomed four members of the Newport DF95 group.Our DF95 Fleet Captain, Jim Pascalides was first overall. One of our guests, Brad Read, finished in second placeAnd in third place was our Vice Commodore, Rob Hill Bill David was fourth and Dick Mahoney was in the final award-winning position.Well done all competitors and special thanks to our scorekeepers, Manny and Shelley. That was not an easy job.Thanks to everyone who attended for making our first annual DF95 Regatta such an enjoyable event.
Stay safe, well and happy,
PS  I did take a few photographs and I’ll send them out over the weekend.

MHBMYC 12th Soling Regatta

It was a chilly start to the morning, but the water was still quite warm. We were all disappointed to hear that Bill Raposa was the victim of an over-enthusiastic ‘flu shot and would probably not make it down to the cove today.  Recover very soon, Bill. We also heard that Bill David wouldn’t be with us today as his wife, Judy was in the hospital.  We heard later that she was OK and Bill was taking her home. Full recovery soon, Judy.So we lost two of our fiercest competitors and we started racing with only six boats in the water.Wilkie kept score (many thanks to Wilkie), Will, Pat, Ned, and I, and later Manny formed the cheering crowd.  We also welcomed Mike Troy, a friend of Paul’s to the cove.The wind was from the northwest and quite strong and Race Director, Rob Hill explained the course to the six racers starting today.  The diagram of the course is attached. From the start line head to the white mark 1, taken to starboard then towards shore and round the red mark 1 also taken to starboard then sail south to take red marks 2 and 3 to starboard and back to the line.  The first 5 races followed this course, but for the 6th and last race of the morning, Rob added an additional link.  After rounding the first mark the boats returned to the start area, rounded the yellow pin, and then back to white 1 to follow the original course.The six morning races resulted in five wins for Paul and one for Dick Mahoney. Dick was second in three and Paul was second in the one he didn’t win.  Kim and Jim Kelly were the other second place finishers and they each had one third place.  Bill Northup had three third place finishes.The session ended with drama: Bruce’s boat drifted off out of control, so Bruce rowed out a long way to rescue it.  I asked Bruce if he was exhausted, but he replied, “No, but I’m ready for lunch”.  It turned out that Bruce’s boat had stripped a servo gear and he retired.  After lunch, the wind had shifted to come more from the west, so Rob adjusted the start line and we went back to the original course.  Just for the eighth race, Rob again added a link, this time from white 1, back to the start line and around the white pin taken to starboard then back out to white1 and the original course. Bill Northup’s boat also had a problem and was out for the afternoon which left only 4 boats sailing.After the first two races of the afternoon, the wind died and we decided to end the regatta after ten races in total and allow two throw-outs.  By the end of the contest, there were only three boats in the water!  Wilkie also rowed out to rescue Jim’s boat in the ninth race. Paul won three of the four races and Dick won the other. Dick was second twice as was Kim and it was no surprise that the survivors were the top three finishers today.
Regatta Winner          Paul Mercer
Runner-up                  Dick Mahoney
Third Place                 Kim Hanna
Fourth Place               Bill Northup
Fifth Place                  Jim Kelly
Rob made the awards to the top five and, despite the low entry and the 50% attrition we all had a good time.  We expect at least double the entry in the DF95 regatta.
In other news, Ned Popovic told Rob and me that he intends to concentrate on DF95 racing and will donate his Soling to the club.  That’s very generous of you, Ned and we accept with many thanks.
I took some photographs today and,as soon as I sort them out, I’ll send some out.  Probably tomorrow.  As always, these days, Paul has posted the results to our website

The next event is the First DF95 Regatta just two days away on Thursday, Sept. 17th. Just get there by 10:45 to enter and don’t forget to bring lunch and chairs.  Awards will be made soon after the end of the last race, so stick around for a while.

The next Soling event is Match Racing on Tuesday, Sept. 22nd.  Tide will be coming in with a high around 1 pm.  This will be limited to 12 entrants, first come first served.  Please let me know if you wish to enter before 5 pm on the day before, Monday, Sept. 21st  Rob Hill has offered to run proceedings.
See many of you on Thursday.
Stay safe and well.

DF95 Series Championship

No racing today, but we did complete 5 days of racing this season.  Thursday weather has not been great for us, but we had some good days and a lot of fun and camaraderie.So the regular season is over and the 2020 DF95 champion is…………………………
Champion        Rob Hill     just one point ahead of
Runner-up          Paul Mercer
Third place        Bill David
Fourth place       Jim Kelly  who was one point ahead of
Fifth place           Jim Pascalides
Next for DF95s is the First Annual Regatta next Thursday…..more to come on this.
Thanks to all who participated as racers or helpers for this series.The history of the five days is attached.Take care, have fun, stay well and stay safe,Derek

Soling Regatta #9

Another near-perfect summer day although we could have done with a little more wind.  Soling Fleet Captain, Bill Raposa, laid out the course which was our usual course for low wind conditions.For the wind vaguely from the south, Bill had the start line vaguely east-west.  South from the start line around the south mark, then downwind to the north mark and back to the finish.  All to starboard.  Paul Mercer kindly offered to coach once again.  Seven members raced six races today, but a number of other members visited without boats.  Manny did his usual fine job of scoring and it was good to see Bill and Shelley Northup. Will, Pat, Dick Mahoney, and I cheered on the competitors. We had four different winners today.  Bill David and Jim Kelly won two each yet neither finished in the top three today.  In Bill David’s case, he had a problem with his rudder and finished last in race 4 and was out for the last two races.  In Jim’s case, he didn’t start in the first two races as he spent that time helping someone else. Typical Jim!Our two other winners today were Sue (with some assistance from Paul) and Bill Raposa.  Bill also had two second and two third place finishes to be our overall winner today.Bruce also had two second and two third place finishes to finish second this morning.  Kim had two second place finishes and one third to capture third place overall  The only other finisher in the top three in any race today was Steve Walsh.The only problem we had today, apart from Bill David’s loss of steering, was Sue’s failure to start race 4.  The cause was a plastic bag wrapped around the rudder.Paul has posted today’s results to our webpage mhbmyc.orgEverybody had a really good time, not only today but for the whole nine day series.
And our Soling Champion of 2020 is……………………………………………..
Champion   Bill David
Runner-up   Paul Mercer
Third place   Bill Raposa
Fourth place    Kim Hanna
Fifth place       Bruce Collemer
The full history of the Soling Championship is attached.
As if that wasn’t enough excitement, next Tuesday we have our Twelfth Annual Regatta for Solings.  Just turn up before 10.45 to enter.  No entry fee.  Just bring your boat, lunch, a chair, and friends and family to cheer you on. Awards for the Regatta and the Soling Championship will be made following the Regatta.  Low tide around noon so let’s hope for a perfect breeze.
Before all that we have the sixth and final day of DF95 racing on this Thursday, Sept.10th, weather permitting.
See you at one or all these events.Stay happy, healthy and safe,Derek

Important Racing Update

Last Thursday amid the confusion of “to race or not to race”, nine or ten members went down to the cove and we spent some time discussing the remainder of the season.We decided:1. We will run the race days as planned so the final race day for Solings is next Tuesday, Sept 8th and for DF95s next Thursday, Sept 10th
2.  We will hold the Annual Regattas as planned with Solings on Tuesday, Sept 15th and DF95s on Thursday, Sept 17th.  The good news is that there is no entry fee this year. Just turn up before 10.45 when the skippers’ briefing will be held. The not so good news is that we have to provide our own lunches.  More details to come.
3.  Regrettably, there will be no Awards Banquet this year.  Awards and recognition will be made immediately following each Regatta.
4.  We will hold a match race for Solings on Tuesday, Sept 22nd and for DF95s on Thursday, Sept 24th.  As usual for match racing, you will need to bring your own lunch and we will need to know entries in advance.
5.  A  revised schedule is attached showing an extension until mid-October, but the intention is to continue racing until either the weather or our cold feet and legs make it prudent to stop.

Soling Regatta #8

For once there were no shouts of “Double Zero” or “Sixteen” as either Bill David or Paul Mercer cross the line highly placed.  These two fine gentlemen decided not to race today, but to come along to help and coach others. The weather was a mix of sun and clouds with a light wind vaguely from the south.  The wind was best described by Dick Mahoney as “crazy” as it came and went and redirected itself on a whim. Soling Fleet captain, Bill Raposa set a straightforward course: from the east-west line to the southerly black/white mark then north to the northerly black/white mark and back to the line.  Both marks were taken to starboard.  There were seven boats for seven races and four different winners.  Kim won two and had four second place finishes to propel him to overall victory today.  Well done, Kim.  Jim Kelly had one win today but also finished second three times and third once which was just enough to give him second overall today by just one point over Bill Raposa.  Bill had two wins and three third places. Bruce, who made a habit of just missing the finishing line from high scoring positions, finished fourth today but he did have two wins and one third.  Sue, who finished third in the first race to widespread applause, finished in fifth place overall.Sue’s husband, Steve, broke a shroud wire and missed races 2 and 3 while he made a temporary repair which lasted until the final race of the day.  Dick Mahoney was less fortunate in that his rudder stopped working at the start of racing today and despite several tries, he didn’t complete a race.We had a visitor today, Scott who had met Paul at a race in Needham and got hooked on DF95s to such an extent that he bought one and may even bring it on Thursday.Members who were at the cove without boats were Wilkie, who did a great job keeping score, Will, Pat, Ned, and me. Paul has already posted the full results for today’s racing on our website mhbmyc.orgLots of close racing and fun today and thanks to Paul and Bill D for the coaching and to Wilkie for scorekeeping. 

The next club racing day is next Thursday, Sept. 3rd for the DF95 fleet when the tide will be going out from a high at 09.41.

Race Day 9 for Solings is next Tuesday, September 8th.  This is the final day of our regular season when the tide will be quite high and coming in with a high at 12.48.
The following week we have end of season Regattas planned.  Please give some thought as to what we might do.  Regrettably, we won’t be holding our usual Awards Banquet this year.  Should we do something else?  If so, what?
Stay safe and well,Derek