A Perfect Day for the Solings

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Fall days are popular for sailing. On September 12, the sun was out in full glory, winds played around at eight to nine miles per hour, and temperatures hovered in the mid-seventies. It doesn't get much better than that.

The fleet of  fifteen Soling skippers managed twelve races, and only one weed was called. Don Cundy's weed was carefully scrutinized, measured, weighed and cataloged by Larry Gil.

The weed harvester was out when as sailors arrived, scooping out the forest living just beneath the surface. It might not have been all milfoil, but the result was impressive in the sailing area. A big thank-you to the milfoil commission and divers who did the work.            

Finally, after several weeks, Al Posnack received his hard-earned third-place certificate for the spring series. With so many interruptions, no awards will be issued for the summer series, but the fall series looks promising.

Al Posnack receives Spring Series award
Larry Gil verifying Don Cundy's weed
Solings in action this week

US 12 Sailing

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Tim Wright reports that on September 7 the US12 sailors who showed up were treated to an exciting afternoon of sailing. The wind was quite brisk at times, and then at other times, skippers were wondering where it went. However, most of the time, they were treated to a relatively strong, but not overpowering, wind. It was perfect, but because there were only four participants, it was decided to just race and not keep score. Spirited competition followed, with races in quick succession. It was a very pleasant afternoon as Bob Brennan, John Simms, Jim Opie and Tim Wright enjoyed a perfect, early-fall day of sailing. Hopefully, more can join the fun next Thursday with their boats.

Then & Now

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Since our last update, August 1, there has been a lot of activity on Back Bay, starting with a visit from WMUR’s “Chronicle” on August 8. When the call went out for all hands on deck, they answered with a record fleet of twenty-seven Solings launching into the mix. Watch for the segment to be aired on September 19.

Eleven regattas were held, including the Sasquatch Footy Regatta, and varying wind velocities kept the skippers on their toes every week. This year’s leaders have demonstrated their skills as we close in on the end of the season with only three more scored regattas to go. Included in this week’s scores are the season total.

It's great to have space on the dock.
Commodore coverage, Tim Wright
Commodore coverage, Tim Wright
Score keeper Elen Koehler in action
Score keeper Elen Koehler in action
Commodore coverage, Don McBride
Commodore coverage, Don McBride

Soling Sailing

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In the Soling class, Tim Wright reports September 5 had a slightly humid feel and a light, variable wind. The shifts could be dramatic and changed the leader-board quickly. There were ten boats to start the day, and although we completed seven races, the last race had only four boats and won’t be included in the scoring. On a very bright note, milfoil didn’t affect any boats, although I must say that many people checked frequently just to make sure — myself included. Old habits die hard. It was good to see Rick Lalley back after weeks away with a broken ankle. As for the racing, Tim Wright led the way in the Master Class, with Rick right behind in second and Anthony Quinn in third. In the Sailor Class Paul McBride finished in the top spot, followed by the Jim Friedrichs-Doug Barnard team in second and Anne Hunt in third. Everyone who came down enjoyed not only the afternoon but also the ease of parking near the bike path. September is definitely here.

The solings not doing any better
Solings at the start, why is Don Opie headed North
Solings at the start, why is Don Opie headed North?

US 12 Sailing

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Tim Wright reports that last Thursday, August 31, the US 12 fleet was greeted by a very gusty wind. With only five boats total, and usually only three or fewer boats sailing, there was no scoring. Two boats that had “B” rigs, which is the same rig that a Soling uses, did better in the strong, persistent gusts, but the regular rigs had more speed throughout the rest of the time. If my memory serves me well, Don McBride, Bill Hagerup, Paul Wallace, Jim Opie, and Tim Wright put their boats in the water. Tim was the last boat afloat, so he was declared the unofficial winner for the day.   

I see an infraction coming with the US12s
Yup ! It’s a foul

Join The Fun

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The Solings sail on Tuesdays, the US12’s on Thursdays, both starting at 1 PM, weather permitting. If you prefer weekends, the Laconia club welcomes sailors on Lily Pond in Gilford Sunday mornings at 9 AM.

It’s a great show, so bring your camera. For those who’d like to try their hand at the helm, we love to share. The younger set also can give the sport a try, using boats we bring just for them to sail.