Written by Tim Wright, B.B. Wright, Mark Whitehead
Editing and Proofreading Kathleen Whitehead
Photos by Paul McBride, B.B. Wright, Mark Whitehead, Kathleen Whitehead
Layout & Photo Captions by Paul McBride, Ken Gerber
Games by Dave Perry
The Soling Challenge
As Soling skippers approached Back Bay on June 14, there was concern about wind reaching gusts of seventeen mph. When the countdown began, however, conditions settled for a great afternoon of sailing. Nineteen skippers launched for the challenging competition, twelve from the Sailor Class and seven Masters. Although the wind was swirling and inconsistent, the fleets completed ten fun races.
Out on the Water
The twelve Sailor Class skippers battled fearlessly for every position, with the competition very close in the entire fleet. Not having an officially scored win since 2019, Bruce Brown had three this week to top the leader board. It’s fantastic to see a skipper move up like that, so hearty congratulations go to Bruce! Arriving late, Tom Barstow participated in just enough races for his 50-percent requirement and pulled off second place this week. Although Anthony Quinn and John Russell sailed well, neither completed the required percentage of races to score. Third place was held by Jay Burns, fourth Al Stevens, and fifth Jerry Leach.
At the top of the Master Class was a new face. From beyond our eastern border, Howard Germon took top honers this week, scoring an impressive six wins. Only two tenths of a point behind was Tim Wright, earning the second spot. Snowbird Dan Masessa on his first 2022 regatta placed third, and always in contention was Steve Leker in fourth. In a tie for fifth were Paul McBride and Mark Whitehead.
The US12 Regatta
June 16th challenged everyone — with fickle winds, a variety of velocities, and extremely difficult inshore marks. The eight sailors got used to seeing boats traveling in the same direction on different tacks, or changing tacks without changing directions. Despite the wind, our sailors had a good time and managed to complete ten races.
Tim Wright won the day while Paul McBride sailed to a strong second place. John Simms topped Don Cundy for third by eleven hundredths. Fifth, sixth, and seventh places were all within three tenths of a point.
Bruce Wilhelm came back to join us this week, but had a breakdown before the first race. He used Tim’s backup boat, sailed with determination, and finished fifth for the day. Anthony Quinn finished close behind in sixth, and his new boat showed true moments of speed; it also displayed Anthony’s beautiful paint job. Jim Opie came in just behind in seventh place, and Paul Wallace finished in eighth place.
Our entire US12 fleet demonstrated determination, good sportsmanship, and a genuine love of sailing. It was a good day at Back Bay.
Sasquatch Footy Regatta
The blustery Sasquatch Regatta is now in the books. We were very concerned about the wind all week, listening to predictions of sixteen mph with gusts up to twenty-five that tend to overpower the small twelve-inch boats. Cancellation was considered, but having no real alternative, it was decided to run the regatta despite a feisty Mother Nature.
The event turned out to be quite successful with twelve skippers attending — seven from the Minuteman Club and five Back Bay Skippers. Twelve traditional races were completed, the leading skippers taking heed of warnings and making stronger high-wind sails.
Once the spray settled, it was Alain Jousse from the Minuteman Club who earned top honors and the coveted Big Foot Trophy. Only eight points behind was Back Bay Skipper Rick Gates in second. The remaining top five belonged to the Minuteman Club, with Cliff Martin, last year’s winner, finishing third; John Lamport fourth; and Herb Dreher fifth.
Much appreciation goes out to our hardworking volunteers. Don Cundy was the race director; Kathleen Whitehead handled registration and scoreboard tallies; Karen Enos and B. B. Wright kept score; and Tim Wright assisted with setup and cleanup.
Our Fuzzy Spectator
Sadly we marked the passing of a faithful spectator named Jeb. He now waits for Mark and Kathleen Whitehead at the Rainbow Bridge.
Videos and Photos
- Back Bay Skippers Video (WMUR NH Chronicles)
- Back Bay Skippers YouTube Channel
- Latest Videos: Solings, US12s, Lily Pond
- Latest Photos: Solings, US12s, Lily Pond
- Photo Gallery
- Sasquatch Regatta (Nor’easter Footy Series) 2021, 2019
- Sheila Ryan Memorial Footy Regatta 2021, 2020
- Awards for 2019 Season
- Tim Wright Wins CAN/AM Challenge 2019
- Lake Discovery Camp 2019
- US12 AMYA Region 1 Championship, Nashua
- Spring Skippers Party 2019
Sailing on Back Bay
The radio-controlled model yachts are on Back Bay in Wolfeboro from 1 PM to 3 PM weekly, the Solings on Tuesday and the US12s on Thursday, weather permitting. Wednesday serves as an alternate day should sailing conditions be poor.
Join the fun! We love to share so don’t be shy about asking to try your hand at the controls. Come watch the show or take a picture. It’s a sight to behold.
- Saturday June 18, 2022 Sasquatch Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series – Race Notice
- Tuesday June 21, 2022 NHBM Model Yacht Open House, 1PM-3PM During Regular Soling Sailing
- Saturday July 16. 2022 Scott Spacie Memorial Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series, Needham MA
- Saturday August 13, 2022 Sheila Ryan Memorial Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series, Lily Pond, Gilford NH
- Saturday October 1, 2022 Old Man of the Mountain Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series, Nashua NH
- Saturday October 22, 2022 Minuteman Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series, Needham MA
Links: American Model Yachting Association, MinuteMan Model Yacht Club, Nashua Model Yacht Club, Marblehead Model Yacht Club, Greater Worcester Model Yacht Club, Sarasota Model Yacht Club, Space Coast Model Sailing Club, Sun Coast Model Sailing Club, Stowe Yacht Club, USS Constitution Model Shipwright Guild, Vac-U-Soling, 3D Printed Radio Yachts, US Vintage Model Yacht Group, Raritan Yacht Club RC Laser Fleet, Racing Rules of Sailing 2021-2024