News from the Back Bay Skippers


Sun and Wind for the First Score Day

        Wind at twelve mph, bright sunshine and temperatures in the seventies.  What more could you ask for the first day of scoring in the 2017 season? This year, we will have three series of six regattas — spring, summer and fall, plus the season championship.

  • Solings launch for the regatta

It’s in the Box

          In an effort to prevent jams at the start, we now use two sets of start marks, creating a box. The idea is to avoid blocking of boats approaching on a starboard tack with the right of way by those who slide the line.  With only a few boats it’s not a problem, but when the number hovers around twenty — which is normal – it becomes an issue. The box seems to be a good solution.

US12 Regatta a Mystery

          We know there were five US12’s that sailed on May 11, but no other information was shared. We look forward to future news of  Thursday regattas with John McClun accepting the responsibility of reporter.

Out on the Water

        The season’s first official regatta brought out eighteen Solings to begin the challenge for season title. A great crowd of spectators was on hand for the competition.

        A strong showing by Rick Lalley led all skippers for this week’s regatta, followed by Al Posnack in second place and Don Cundy in third for the Master Class. The Sailor Class had Ed Johnson in the lead over Paul McBride, second, and the team of Jim Friedrichs and Doug Barnard, third.

        It’s always great to see new faces. This week, it was Jim Friedrichs, who showed up after a long hiatus, bringing his friend Doug Barnard. They shared our loaner boat and jumped right into the fray, smiles all around. Norm Rautenberg said he’s in the process of getting his boat ready for racing, so we hope to see him soon as well.

Join the Fun

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.



2015 Back Bay Skippers Video