DF95 Series #11

A beautiful summer’s day and a good breeze greeted the10 members and 1 racing guest who made it down to the cove for the later start time of noon. The tide was low and coming in, and the wind was from the northwest. Rob prepared quite a simple course, Head in a northerly direction from the wide start line and take the blue mark to port (not nearly so simple as it sounds), then head south, through the gate formed by the red and green marks and back to the line.We were also visited by Cam Church and John Perkins, who had visited us on Tuesday when he saw no racing. That wasn’t true of today as we held 8 races, all of them close. Dick Mahoney had to leave after 30 minutes and only competed in the first three races. Jim Kelly, Albert Meyer, and Pat Donovan were the victims of intermittent problems with their boats, and Rob got his habitual rowing practice after race three when Jim Kelly’s boat stubbornly stopped working offshore. Rich won three races and had two seconds and one third to finish in first place overall today. There were three other race winners today: Rob won two, Paul won two and Bill David won one.Rob had two second places which got him to second place today. Paul had one second and two thirds and finished third . Bill David also had one second and two thirds and that took him to fourth place. Our guest from the Newport DF 95 group, Ben Hall was fifth with Kim sixth.Close racing and good fun today.  Well done everybody.
The full results can be found on our website mhbmyc.org

The next race day will be for Solings, next Tuesday, July 27th (High tide at 11.28), and the next DF95 day will be Thursday, July 29th (High tide1.08 pm)
Have a wonderful weekend,Derek

Start Times

The DF95 Series will be changing the start time in an attempt to have a better breeze for racing. Effective July 22nd, the start time will be noon instead of 11AM.

Soling Series #11

Five members with boats arrived at the shore in very hot, humid, and still conditions.There was insufficient wind to race so Bill David, Dan McHugh, Pat Donovan, Bill Raposa, me, and Manny, who had come down to help, discussed a few topics, solved most of the world’s problems, and then went home.One resolution we did make was that this club will never give up on Soling racing.  Loud cheers!We did have a little excitement when Bill David’s boat which had been floating idly in the water started turning circles.  Bill Raposa swam out and rescued it.  It appears that there was a receiver problem.So on to Thursday when it will be DF95 racing. The tide will be going out with a low at 12.12.The next Soling sailing will be in a week’s time when we’ll face a high tide at 11.28.
Stay safe, stay well and have fun,Derek

DF95 Series #10

DF95s at the cove today. Patiently, 8 skippers waited for a breeze to show up, and it finally did with a SW at about 7 kts. Typical course with that wind direction, Rob sent the fleet to the southerly red and green buoys, taken to port and then downwind to the northern red buoy taken to port and back to the finish line. All six races used this course. Good close racing by all. Paul Mercer prevailed with 3 wins, Bill David had 2 wins and Rob Hill had 1.
Ben Hall made a return visit to sail with us and competed well until he had to leave.
Rob suggested that we consider a later start time as a way to deal with the late arriving breeze. We may try delaying the start of racing until noon. Stay tuned……

Soling Series #10

Soling Series #10 at the cove today. We were short one Soling to make an official race fleet with 6 boats; however, a visitor from Philadelphia showed up with Mel Platte’s old Soling. Chuck Lage tried to get in the water but mechanical issues kept him from racing. He was willing to be scored as a DNS for each race, so that became our 6th boat.
Light winds from E and NE from our starting line, but SW out by the red buoy at the concrete wall. Mostly the starts went East to red mark and then to either blue or southerly red mark. Several course changes were made by Bill Raposa as fleet captain as the wind shifted. Good close racing with 4 different winners in 9 races. As always, Manny kept score and managed the start/finish line. Thanks Manny.
Once again, Bill David prevailed as the daily winner. Good racing Bill.
Derek Melven returns from England tomorrow. Welcome home Derek!
See scoring below:

DF95 Series #9

DF95’s at the cove today. Only 6 skippers showed to race in a very light breeze that came and went and rotated from SE to SW. After only 3 races, we decided to abandon the racing. No official scoring was done, although Manny was there to handle that.

Soling Series #9

Only 3 Solings came to the cove to race today. We can point to several reasons why, I guess.
Instead of a scored racing event, the 3 skippers ((Bill Raposa, Bill David, and Paul Mercer) decided to race for fun. Seven races in a good breeze saw each boat win, and there were several very very close finishes. It’s sad to think this class might be discontinued at MHBMYC. More on that later………….
Soon there will be a social event for all members and spouses. That would be a good place to consider and discuss what’s happening with the Solings. 🙂😉

July 6 Racing

Good Morning Soling Sailors
Given Thursday’s forecast, which does not sound promising, I have reconsidered the discussion regarding racing this Tuesday (tomorrow).  For those interested in racing, I will be at the beach at our usual time.
Sorry for the late notice due to the fact that I have had a houseful the last few days
Bill Raposa
Fleet Captain

DF Series #8

Mid tide and very light air prevailed for today as the rainy forecast threatened but did not materialize until late in the afternoon.
Seven boats appeared despite the questionable forecast. Paul set an abbreviated course originally intended to go WNW from the beach, and it worked well for the first race.  By the second race, some modest air began to fill in from our usual SW, and we switched the windward mark to our permanent Red/Green pair near the wall. Twice around, downwind finish. In total, 7 races were completed before the breeze disappeared around 1:30.
First place finishes we’re shared by Rob, Paul and Rich. Kim spent most of the day in the middle of the fleet. Dick and Jim sailed a few races. Our new member, Al Meyer, continued to work of tuning and showed consistent improvement.
Final order of finish had Rob in first place by two points over Paul. Rich finished the day in third with Kim in 4th place.
We discussed setting a date for Match Racing in late July/early August. 
Next Thursday DF Racing continues at the beach when we expect to see some of our late arrivals returning.

Rob

Rob