Annual DF95 Regatta

A rather cloudy start to the morning with the sun breaking through and an adequate breeze from the southwest provided good conditions for our postponed regatta. The temperature was in the low seventies and the tide had been at a high at 09.38 and was going out so there was restricted beach space at the start. Ten members brought their boats to the cove and others including me were there to help or spectate, Judy David did a wonderful job keeping score. Many thanks, Judy.

We missed some “regulars” who had other commitments, Al Sampson, David Vigeant, and Rich Field come to mind. Connie Sampson and Shelly Northup came to help as did Jim Pascalides and Jim Kelly, Thank you all.

We held eight races in all today as the course was quite long, four before lunch and four after. Rob set the course with all marks taken to starboard. From the line south to a new orange and white mark, then west around the red and green striped mark, downwind to the green and white mark, then do it all again and back to the line.

.After lunch the tide had moved out and the course was changed. South to the repositioned orange and white mark, out to the blue, onto the green and white and, you guessed it, do it all again. By this time the breeze had kicked into a higher gear which led to more fun.

Paul won the first two races and went on to win two more. Rob won three races. The only other winner today was Nick Bailey but Henry appeared in the top three 4 times, Kim twice, and Bill David once. Bill had the only big event of the day when he had a problem and Rob rowed out some distance to get Bill’s boat. Pat also had a control problem and didn’t race the last three races.

It was good to see sail number 92 on the water again. This is the boat that Will had donated to the club. It was refurbished by Rob and purchased by Wilkie. Bill Northup and Albert joined in the fun on this good and enjoyable occasion.

Paul was the regatta winner, by just one point over Rob and Henry was third. These three gentlemen received their prizes while we were having after-race beers and soft drinks.

A good day!

The full results, as always, are on our website mhbmyc.org

So that ends the competitive season, but sailing will continue on Tuesdays with Thursday being a weather day. Bring any boat and have fun!

Stay safe and have fun,
Derek

MHBMYC Annual Awards Banquet

A large and merry group of around 23 consisting of members, their wives, husbands, and friends gathered in the Great Room at the Village clubhouse at 6 pm this evening to enjoy the company and see who had won the awards.

After a delicious meal provided by the members, and a toast to departed friends, especially thinking of Will Plante, Rob Hill presented the awards:

Soling Championship:  1. Bill David

                                      2. Paul Mercer

                                      3. Jim Kelly

DF95 Championship:     1. Paul Mercer

                                       2. Bill David

                                       3. Rich Field

Soling Regatta:               1. Paul Mercer

                                        2. Kim Hanna

                                        3. Pat Donovan

Derek presented the Corinthian Trophy which this year goes to Kim Hanna. Very well deserved. Thanks for everything, Kim.

The postponed DF95 Regatta will be held next Tuesday, September 27th when the tide will be going out from a high at 09.38. There’s a good weather forecast so come along to race, help, or spectate. Prizes to the top three after the event.  Bring lunch and a chair. The club will provide soft drinks and water with beer at the end of the proceedings.

The Championship results in full are attached.

Everybody had a good time at the banquet (I think). Special thanks go to Pat Hanna and Kathy Melven for their efforts in making the evening so successful.

Racing will continue in some form for fun until the weather and water temperature win.

Have a wonderful Autumn and Winter.

Keep in touch via mhbmyc.org

See you all in the Spring.

Derek

Soling Regatta

Autumn temperatures and a weak breeze didn’t deter 6 members from bringing their boats to the cove this morning to take part in the season-ending regatta. The weak breeze didn’t last long and became a really nice steady breeze from the north.

Unfortunately, Rob wasn’t there, and neither were usually strong competitors, Bill Raposa, Bill David, and Jim Kelly. 

In Rob’s absence, Paul set the course. The start line was between the blue/white ball and the inshore pin. The boats headed north taking the green mark to port, then south to the blue mark taken to port, towards the shore taking the blue/white ball to port, and out to the green mark again but this time taken to starboard., Then downwind to the line. We were fortunate that Al and Connie Sampson came along to spectate but were soon persuaded to become Race Director and Scorer. They did a magnificent job, Thank you both very much.

David Vigeant also came to spectate for a while.

Twelve races were held with Danny McHugh being the first victor. It wasn’t to last as Danny had a rudder problem that was unsolvable on the shore. Paul won 9 races so no marks for guessing that he was our overall winner today. Kim and Pat each won one race. Kim was second in 6 races and Pat was second in 2 giving Kim second and Pat third today.

It was good to see John Perkins racing today, at least for the first 8 races. Kim had a mast collapse during the first race but made a repair to a shroud using some line that Paul had. Well done Kim and all the other racers.

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

The next planned event is the DF95 REGATTA next Thursday. (Low tide at 11.38).

However, the weather forecast is for more thunderstorms.  The weather date will be the following day, Friday,September 23rd (low tide at 12.22).

Notification will be on Wednesday afternoon

Next Sunday is our Banquet, 6.00 pmin the Village Clubhouse. Please let me know what food you will bring if you haven’t already done so.

Finally please join me in wishing a speedy recovery to Peter Hill, Rob and Janet’s son,

Judy David and Ed Haddad.

Get well soon.

Take care,

Derek

Jake Rowland with his old girl Betty. Always at the cove with us, it seems.

Regatta Week

Next week is Regatta Week.

Solings on Tuesday, September 20th when the tide will be coming in from a low at 09.48.

DF95s on Thursday, September 22nd when the tide will turn at a low at 11.38.

6 races before lunch and 6 races after lunch. Bring lunch and chairs. Water and soft drinks will be provided by the club with a beer at the end of the day.

Sunday, September 25th is our annual awards pot-luck banquet in the Village Clubhouse.

Please let me know what dish you are bringing if you haven’t already done so.

Have fun,

Derek

DF95 Racing: ’Twas not to be.

It was a cool, sunny, but very breezy morning, just right for racing DF95s with C rigs on freshwater ponds!  9 members with boats were at the cove hoping to race. Connie Sampson and I were also there.

Member, Henry DiPietro is now the AMYA Region 1 Director for DF95s. Congratulations, Henry. 

I will forward Henry’s email with notes from his first directors’ meeting. I would draw your attention to The DF95 AMYA National Championship to be held in Stuart, FL on December 2-4. Region 1 has 5 spots allocated so, if you’re interested please contact Henry.

Best wishes to Judy David for a speedy recovery.

DF95 #17

Mild temperatures and a brisk wind from the northeast encouraged 9 members to bring their boats to do battle, in a friendly way, of course. 

Connie Sampson kept score and started the races. Thank you very much, Connie.

The line was between the pin and the new blue buoy, quite a long line, and from there the boats headed north and rounded the red buoy to port, then south to the new blue buoy taken to port, east to the white/black mark, also taken to port. Then do it all again to the finish. 

There were six of these complex races today and the wind added to the complexity, a tough challenge.

Rob was first overall today with 3 wins and 3 third places. Just 2 points behind was Paul who had 1 win, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds. In third place came Henry, 3 points behind Paul. Henry had 2 wins and 1 second.

Rich and Kim were next in line, but the thoughts of the group were with Nick Bailey who lost control of his boat, the “failsafe” didn’t work and it was last seen north of Commonfence Point heading towards the Bristol shore. Please let us know what happened, Nick.

David, Al, and Albert also joined in the challenging fun.  Well done everybody.

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

Next Tuesday, September 13th is the day of our Soling Regatta, so bring lunch and a chair.

Racing will start promptly at 11.00.

At present, the forecast doesn’t look at all good, but this is New England so it will change.

It’s high tide right at the start of this event so that will be fun. Be there, Soling Sailors!

DF95s race again next Thursday, September 15th when the tide will be coming in to a high at 12.34

Reminder: The Awards Banquet will be on Sunday, September 25th at 6.00 pm in the Village Clubhouse.

Please let me know what dish you will be bringing if you haven’t already done so.

Have a good and safe weekend,

Derek

Soling 1M #16

It was 80F with a 12 mph breeze from the south-southwest, Ideal conditions to check if the leak in my boat has been solved but I was really under the weather and didn’t make it to the cove but 6 members did. Ready to race and have some fun. Which they did.

Paul won three races, Bill Raposa won two and Bill David won one and that was the order for the day.

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

DF95s do battle next Thursday, September 1st when the high tide will be at 12.19.

Solings race again next Tuesday, September 6th when the tide will be coming in from a low at 10.05.

And please make a note of the revised date for the Soling Regatta, Tuesday, September 13th

Stay safe and well,
Derek

Club meeting 8/25

The meeting was held after a delicious lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs prepared by Kathy Melven and Marge Fuller. Coleslaw was prepared by Pat Hanna. Many, many thanks, ladies. They received a well-deserved round of applause.

The members attending were Bill David, Henry DiPietro, Jim Fuller, Kim Hanna, Rob Hill, Jim Kelly, Wilkie Marvel, Dick Mahoney, Danny McHugh, Paul Mercer, Bill and Shelley Northup, Will Plante, Bill Raposa, Al Sampson, David Vigeant and me. Also invited were Judy David, Connie Sampson and Mary Anne Plante.

Apologies for absence had been received from Nick Bailey, Pat Donovan, Rich Field, Ed Haddad, Al Meyer and Ned Popovic.

Derek welcomed those attending. It was a good turnout and we were especially happy to see Will Plante. We thanked Will for donating his DF95 (Sail number 92) to the club.

Kim gave the treasurer’s report and said that paid membership stood at 23 and that, before paying for the lunch, our treasure chest contained $3,064.

Soling Fleet Captain, Bill Raposa said that it is a crazy year for weather disruptions and generally only 4 to 8 Solings have been racing. So, more Solings, please.

Rob Hill gave the report as DF95 Fleet Captain and said that there was generally a good DF95 turnout, typically 10 to 12.  The lack of wind this morning was disappointing and maybe we should switch to afternoon racing if the morning wind forecast looks bad, We agreed to give it a trial.

Alerts will be posted on our website mhbmyc.org

Paul proposed that we acquire more buoys so that we can put them in our racing area such that we can configure appropriate courses whatever the wind conditions  and can leave them in position for the entire season. We approved this idea. The current marks were purchased from Hamilton Marine. Rob will decide what we need and Wilkie will collect them from Hamilton as he intends to be in this area. 

Al flagged up that there is a hole in the rescue boat that needs to be repaired. Rob volunteered to add this to his list of boat projects.

Rob led the discussion on the format of the regattas. He proposed that we run six races in the morning with a short break after three and do the same in the afternoon. No entry forms and no entry fee. Just turn up. Bring your own lunch. Soft drinks will be provided by the club, possibly beer after the last race.  The low scoring method will be used with prizes for the top three places. Rob will be the Race Director for the Soling Regatta and Derek for the DF95 event.

The Soling Regatta was originally planned for September 20th, but Bill Raposa will be out of the country then. It’s unthinkable that we could hold the Soling Regatta without our Fleet Captain so we all agreed to bring it forward to Tuesday September 13th

The DF95 Regatta will be held as originally planned on Thursday, September 22nd.

Derek led the discussion concerning the Annual Awards Banquet to be held in the Village Clubhouse on Sunday, September 25th at 6.00 pm. This is a potluck event with husbands and wives of members invited. Emails to me please of what you intend to bring and Kathy will make sense of it all. Bill Raposa has been a stalwart in the preparation of the banquet, but he’ll be away so Kim and I will take on the task. The club will prepare the room and provide beer, wine, soft drinks and water.

It was decided that the existing club officers will continue in their roles at least until our kick-off meeting next spring.

Under “any other business” , Derek suggested that he bring the boards in the clubhouse lobby up to date. They run up to the date when we started to run two classes of boats, 2019. This was agreed.

Rob said that the Soling in the lobby also wanted some attention and he agreed to add it to his projects list. He was also asked if he could scrutinise Will’s boat before the club puts it up for sale. He added it to his project list!

At this point, the meeting was declared over. I think everyone left happy.

Keep smiling,

Derek

DF95 Series #15

We abandoned all attempts to race today as there was very little wind. 

Let’s try with the Solings next Tuesday, August 30th when the tide will be at a high at 10.48.

Then it’s into September with the DF95s. Thursday, September 1st when the tide will be coming in to a high at 12.19.

Report of today’s club meeting to follow.

Have a great weekend,

Derek

DF95 Series #14

Very brisk west wind near B rig initially. Significant waves and incoming tide as well. By the last race, we were down to 6 boats attesting to the wind strength.

Today was Henry DiPietro’s day with 4 wins and a third place finish. Henry quickly figured out the course and dominated with several of his wins significantly ahead of the fleet. Rich Field had a good day as well finishing second overall. Rich had 1 win and 4 second place finishes. Bill David grabbed the last win and had 2 seconds and a third.

Others who finished the day included Al Sampson, Kim Hanna and guest Trevor Perkins in that order.

There were several breakdowns and drop outs as well as tight sailing at the windward mark at the south end of the course. We chose to run the course twice around giving us two long windward legs.

With temperatures in the mid-seventies, low humidity, and strong winds from the west, it was no surprise that 12 members brought their boats to the cove this morning. Judy, once again, started and scored the races in her usual flawless way.  Many thanks, Judy.  As I had sold my boat, I brought binoculars and helped where I could. Connie Sampson was there to give a cheer to number 44 and Village resident Don Fraser came down to see what we got up to on Thursday mornings.  We welcomed Trevor, the son of member, John Perkins racing number 83.

Rob set the course: Starboard around the orange mark, the downwind to the green mark, taken to starboard, twice around and back to the line. 

I thought of calling this write-up, “Tales of Attrition”. You’ll see why.

During the warm-up sail before the start, Rob’s boat had a breakage of the line guide at the rear of the boat and couldn’t race. so he took on the role of Race Director, called the starting infringements, acted as line judge, called the finishers, helped members with tuning details and, to cap it all, gave everybody the secrets of successfully negotiating this course. Well done, Rob.

So then there were 11

In the first race, Pat failed to finish and didn’t race again today

So then there were 10 and so on down to the surviving six at the end of the six races.

Here’s what Rob wrote: (paraphrased a little) “Very brisk west wind, significant waves, and incoming tide meant competing in fabulous but challenging conditions. Today was Henry DiPietro’s day with 4 wins and a third place finish. Henry quickly figured out the course and dominated with several of his wins significantly ahead of the fleet. Rich Field had a good day as well with one win and 4 second place finishes to finish second overall today. Bill David grabbed the only other win and had 2 seconds and a third”.  Thanks, Rob.

Al Sampson, Kim Hanna, and Trevor Perkins had the only other boats afloat at the end of racing. They finished 4th 5th and 7th, with David Vigeant in 6th place. He had the only rescue of the day when his boat tangled with, as he put it, “heavy seaweed”

Paul Mercer, Jim Kelly, Al Meyer, and Pat Donovan all had problems and retired.

The full results are on our website mhbmyc.org

Solings take their turn next Tuesday, August 23rd when the tide will be at its lowest just about start time. 

DF95s will dazzle again next Thursday, August 25th when the tide will be low and turning at 12.41.

Stay safe, and well, and have a great weekend,

Derek