Soling 1M Series #13

Yet another hot and humid morning with a brisk wind from the southwest and a tide almost fully out, turning at 11.15 persuaded 6 members to “Get those boats in the water”. I was late and joined for race 3, but Paul had to drop out of racing this morning because the servo arm on his new Soling loosened and the tool to fix it was at home.  Judy David once more did a fine job of keeping score and starting the races. Thanks, Judy.

Bill Raposa set the course, starboard around the SW marks, downwind to the far red striped mark taken to port then a long run to the SW marks rounded to port, and downwind back to the line.

We held 7 races today but had only two winners, Bill David won 5 and Bill Raposa won 2. Bill David was second in the two races that Bill R won Bill R had two seconds and two thirds. 

Bill David was today’s champion with Bill Raposa runner-up. Third overall was Pat followed by Kim, just 1 point behind…………..  I was also there!

The full results, as always, are on our website

At the moment, the forecast for Thursday, August 11th when DF95s race again shows a possibility of showers and a very light breeze. This is New England, however, and we know how quickly things can change. The tide will be going out with a low at 1.15 pm. Watch out for emails and alerts on

The next chance for the Solings will be Tuesday, August 16thwhen the tide will be high at 12.19.

Bring out your Solings!

Have a wonderful weekend,


DF95 Series #12

DF 95 Series #12 today.

A very pleasant day, fantastic day actually. Generally South wind at 10 with relatively flat water. Mid tide. Our fleet numbered 11 boats with only a couple of minor breakdowns. The dinghy stayed dry and all 11 were in the water at the end.

Judy David joined us and skillfully scored. Thank you.

David Vigeant purchased Derek’s boat #35 and joined the fleet today. Henry DiPietro brought his beautiful  new boat for her first event. And Rob re-emerged from where ever he’s been for nearly 2 months.

The course was a triangle, rounding the two SW buoys to starboard, down to the green leeward mark to port, back to the two SW buoys to port, then home. This gave us two good windward legs and a challenging start as the initial port tack had to be hard on the wind to clear the first marks and minimize the crossing tack. 

Three skippers won races today, Henry had one, Rich Field took two and Rob won three. Some found the leeward green mark difficult to negotiate as it was hard to know when to turn to clear it.

The top 5 finishers were Kim Hanna at fifth with 21 pts including 1 second. Henry took fourth place with 19 pts including a first and a second. Paul Mercer was third with 15 pts including 3 second place finishes. Second went to Rich Field with 12 pts / 2 firsts. And Rob won the day with 8 pts, three firsts and a second.

Congratulations to all for a well sailed day.

Bad day for Solings

Hi All,

Today started out warm and humid with a good SW breeze, at least away from what little high tide beach there was.  6 sailors were ready to sail.  We had a stellar scoring team, consisting of Judy and two granddaughters, Sophie and Maggie, all of whom were there to celebrate a birthday with “gramps”, AKA Bill D.  

Bill R. set up the course with the usual start line that didn’t require the rowboat to set up (more on that later).  The course went around the two windward marks taken to starboard, then around the green mark to port, then around the windward marks to port (a long upwind leg) to cross the start/finish line downwind.  All went well until half way through the first race, when Paul had a problem with his new Soling that had him limp in half-way through the race.  The Bill R. won the race, followed by Dan and Kim.  Then came the second, and as it turned out tragically, final race of the day.  Jim K. joined that race and Kim and Bill D. got irretrievably hung up after rounding the two upwind marks.  The race finished with Pat D. winning, followed by Bill R. and Dan.

As soon as Bill R. finished the second race, he volunteered to take the rowboat out to get the two tangled boats, which were making great time toward Fall River.  It was a long row which will earn him extra beer from Kim and Bill D.  Bill D.’s boat was in tact, although in need of adjustment, while Kim’s had a broken main boom.  With now a long delay and few boats still seaworthy, we decided to call it a day and celebrate with Bill D. with cupcakes that Wilkie brought.