News from the Back Bay Skippers

Model Yachting News

March 2017

Progress Has Been Made

After seven weekly workshops at the museum’s barn, the 2017 Model Yachting boat building program has been reduced to individual instruction for finishing touches on Solings. Soon, the boats will be ready for trials and summer competition.

Warren Pond, Paul Wallace, Larry Urda, Dax Rivera, Joel Nelson and John Brucker worked diligently under the guidance of master builders Anthony Quinn, Bill Quayle and Mark Whitehead. Bob Brennan popped in for the final session to assist Dax Rivera, and Ann Hunt stopped by for a little updating of her boat. All in all, this year’s class was a rousing success.

(Building class picture)


We have lost track of the count, but we are well over one hundred and forty boats built over the past eight years – quite impressive!

At last report, the Ned Lakeman US12 workshop has advanced to its final stages, with Bob Thurston, Paul Wallace and Tim Wright proud owners of new US12’s. The US12 fleet has grown to twenty-six from its beginning in 2014.

Permits Approved

At the March 8 Wolfeboro Selectmen’s meeting, all our sailing permits were approved. We now are officially ready for action as we wait for Mother Nature to clear Back Bay.

The Dock Extension

Paul Wallace has shifted his work to the Tuftonboro Fire Boat but will have the dock ready to go when it’s time for dock-in.

For the Younger Skippers

Beth Fox made a generous donation of two eighteen-inch R/C sailboats to the cause. We will add them to our loaner fleet of free-sailing footies available to youngsters as we give our thanks and appreciation to Beth.

(Picture of Beth Fox’s sailboats)

Look for us on Back Bay after ice-out!


2015 Back Bay Skippers Video