Model Yachting News • Week Ending July 31, 2021

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Written by Tim Wright, Mark Whitehead
Editing Kathleen Whitehead
Photos by Paul McBride, B.B. Wright, Rick Gates
Layout & Photo Captions by Paul McBride
Games by Dave Perry

Spring Series Awards

Tim Wright, 1st Soling Master Class
Don Cundy, 2nd Soling Master Class
Dan Masessa, 3rd Soling Master Class
Joel Nelson, 1st Soling Sailor Class
Karen Enos accepts award for her brother Steve Leker, 2nd Soling Sailor Class.
Paul McBride, 3rd Soling Sailor Class
B.B. Wright presents award to Tim Wright, 1st US12 Fleet.
John Simms, 2nd US12 Fleet
Don Cundy, 3rd US12 Fleet

Soling Fleet
A good crowd showed up for the July 27 Soling regatta, a gathering that included plenty of skippers and spectators. Twenty-three sailors launched for the first regatta of the summer series. The wind held and the fleet was able to complete nine races. Unfortunately, an abundance of weeds were floating about this week, resulting in ten weed calls. The ski club had been practicing off the jump, which probably cut loose more weeds than normal.

We used the one-minute start between classes – a challenge for our dedicated scorekeeper Karen Enos, who appreciated B. B. Wright’s assistance. Since keeping track of so many boats can be difficult, we’ll make some adjustments for less confusion. We certainly can’t thank our scorekeepers enough for the great job they do.

Commodore Mark Whitehead helps a couple boats get away from the shore.
Skippers get ready for a start.

Guest skipper Dennis Nichols participated in the Master Class and placed a respectable seventh place in that class. Howard Germon rejoined the fleet after a couple weeks of hosting the in-laws and outlaws. Howard is a good skipper and certainly challenges the rest of us.

Master Class prepares for a start.
Dennis Nichols 2747 First at the Line

Out on the Water
Joel Nelson seems to be making a habit of leading the Sailor Class. After a year’s layoff, he’s quickly getting back in form. Congratulations also to Ken Gerber, a new skipper with a new Soling who tied for the second spot with Paul McBride. Behind them were Tom Barstow in fourth and Al “the Maryland Menace” Stevens in fifth.

The Master Class was led by Dan Masessa this week, not an easy task. He has been hovering close to the top and finally earned his breakthrough moment. Tim Wright, always tough to beat because he reads the wind so well, finished in second. Returning this week and sailing into a strong third place was Howard Germon. Don Cundy glided into fourth, and Richard Laird’s yacht earned the fifth spot.

Jim Opie 130, Paul Wallace 227, Bruce Wilhelm 267

US12 Sailing
Thursday, July 29, turned out to be an okay day for sailing. The threat of a storm in the afternoon made the sailors wonder if we could sail until three o’clock. We could and we did. The wind was very soft and very fluky. The gray skies and the cooler temperatures made it more bearable than the hot humid weather we had a few weeks ago. Among our fans were Don Opie and Joanne Wilhelm. Don is a regular at the start/finish line, and Joanne helped out by ringing the bicycle bell to warn the sailors about riders sharing the path. It really helps us when we’re concentrating on our boats. As usual, B. B. Wright was our scorekeeper and kept us moving and making the most of our time.

On the course, Tim Wright got back to his winning ways with seven first-place finishes and two seconds for the nine races. Don Cundy only raced one race before electrical issues in his boat forced him to drop out. He started using Tim’s backup boat, coming in second with a number of second- and third-place finishes. Bill Hagerup had four second-place finishes but got caught in the doldrums. Still, he finished in third place.

John Simms 101
Paul McBride 223 takes a narrow win over Tim Wright 438, while leading the rest of the US12 fleet by 2 and 1/2 legs.

Paul McBride has had boat problems in recent weeks but not today. He had a first-place finish plus some thirds and fourths to put him in fourth place. John Simms won the first race then had a harder time with his boat. He did get a number of fourth-place finishes and came in fifth for the day. Bruce Wilhelm had his best day yet, with a second and two third places, finishing sixth overall. Jim Opie’s best finish was a third, but he was in the mix all afternoon, finishing in seventh place.

Paul Wallace had a third-place finish in the last race and took eighth. In ninth, Kurt Clason made his first appearance of the summer and had a fourth in one race. However, he came to sailing when he could have been working. At one point Kurt was on a business conference call while he was racing. What dedication! That might be a first. Still, he made it to sailing, and we loved having him back in the fleet.

The Spring Series awards were handed out. Tim Wright took home first place; John Simms was second and Don Cundy was third.

Paul Wallace 227, Bruce Wilhelm 267, Kurt Clason 86, Paul McBride 223
The US12 Fleet had a great day of sailing under threatening skies.
Join the Fun!

Join the Fun
The season is underway so folks are encouraged to stop by on Tuesday and Thursday at 1 PM to watch the action (weather permitting, of course), or Wednesday if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate on Tuesday or Thursday. Make sure you have your camera at the ready. And don’t forget Lily Pond in Gilford Sunday mornings at 9:00, weather permitting!

Thomas got a sailboat kit!
Canon did too!

Upcoming events:

  • August 14, 2021 Sheila Ryan Memorial Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series Race 4, 10AM Lily Pond, Gilford NH
  • September 4, 2021 Schooner, Sloop and Electric Boat Day, Nashua Model Yacht Club, Sandy Pond, Nashua NH

Model Yachting News • Week Ending July 24, 2021

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Written by Tim Wright, Mark Whitehead
Editing Kathleen Whitehead
Photos by Paul McBride, B.B. Wright
Layout & Photo Captions by Paul McBride
Games by Dave Perry

Spring Series
These guys are good! They’ve worked hard to improve their sailing skills and certainly have done that. Our regular season has two nine-race series. This week ended the spring series, and next week the summer series will begin. The skippers are required to participate in at least fifty percent of the regattas to be eligible for awards, which are given to the top three skippers from each class for each of the two series.

On the podium for the spring series this year were:

Soling Sailor Class

First Place       Joel Nelson
Second Place  Steve Leker
Third Place      Paul McBride

Soling Master Class

First Class       Tim Wright
Second Place  Don Cundy
Third Place      Dan Masessa

US12

First Place       Tim Wright
Second Place  John Simms
Third Place      Don Cundy

Soling Regatta
Solings belonging to ten Sailors and eight Masters were launched on July 20. No rain, no high winds – just a great day of sailing. Utilizing the long upwind course, the fleet managed eight races.

All the Soling Skippers lined up for a great day of sailing.
Ken Gerber, Sail # 14, gets his boat ready for the regatta.

As usual, the competition was intense throughout. Five skippers from the Sailor Class took first place, six took second, and two claimed third. With his newly built Soling, Ken Gerber took one of those seconds on only his third time out. For the Master Class, Tim Wright crossed the finish line first in all but one race, when he found himself in the wake of Dan Masessa’s yacht. Dan also pulled off four seconds. Don Cundy took two seconds, and Mark Whitehead was surprised and thrilled to take a second.

Out on the Water
The top five in the Sailor Class had Joel Nelson and Paul McBride in a tie for the lead. Close behind their sterns were Al Stevens in second, Steve Leker third, Jack Minahan fourth, and Ken Gerber fifth.

Paul McBride 23 in the Lead
Tim Wright 383 is first over the start line.

The Master Class’s Tim Wright, showing a strong lead for the season, led the way this week, followed by Dan Masessa in second, Don Cundy in third, Jim Opie fourth, and Rick Gates fifth.

US12s
Thursday, July 22, was a great day of sailing for the US12 fleet. The wind was strong, the shifts were big, and the fun was apparent on the faces of sailors. We managed to complete twelve races, so participants got a couple of throw-outs if they sailed every race. Bailing out the boats was important that day as water snuck into bilges after just a couple of races.

US12s at the Start
US12s Rounding the Mark

On the race course, Bill Hagerup won the day. He and Tim Wright had the same number of wins and second-place finishes, but Bill never finished lower than third place, taking first overall just ahead of Tim. In third place was Don Cundy with John Simms right behind in fourth. Rick Parent did well finishing fifth overall, until he left to get back to work. Paul McBride had some issues with his boat, and sailed Tim’s backup boat to sixth. Paul Wallace tried out some mast hoops for his sail, but decided to take them off after the day’s experiment. Bruce Wilhelm had problems with his mast and temporarily dropped out, but came back and got more experience in heavy air.

Thanks to B. B. Wright for keeping us moving along. She not only starts the races and records the finishes, but she also rings the bike-warning bell and takes photos to share on the NHBM website. Thank you for the many hats you wear on behalf of our sailors.

We also had a number of spectators watching, with some of them trying their hands at the controls. It was a wonderful day on Back Bay.

Come on down and try your hand at the helm!

Join the Fun
The season is underway so folks are encouraged to stop by on Tuesday and Thursday at 1 PM to watch the action (weather permitting, of course), or Wednesday if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate on Tuesday or Thursday. Make sure you have your camera at the ready. And don’t forget Lily Pond Sunday mornings at 9:00, weather permitting!

Upcoming events:

  • August 14, 2021 Sheila Ryan Memorial Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series Race 4, 10AM Lily Pond, Gilford NH
  • September 4, 2021 Schooner, Sloop and Electric Boat Day, Nashua Model Yacht Club, Sandy Pond, Nashua NH

Model Yachting News • Week Ending July 17, 2021

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Written by Tim Wright, Mark Whitehead
Editing Kathleen Whitehead
Photos by Paul McBride, B.B. Wright, Mark Whitehead, Dianne Quayle
Layout & Photo Captions by Paul McBride
Games by Dave Perry

The New England Footy Series Continues
The Minuteman MYC hosted the Scott Spacey Footy Memorial Regatta on Rosemary Lake in Needham, Massachusetts on July 10. Leading the fleet was Cliff Martin with Herb Dreher second and Jim Linville third. Back Bay Skippers catching the wind were Bill Hagerup, Rick Gates, and Paul McBride.

Footys at Rosemary Lake

Lily Pond Back in Action
On July 11, Commodore Bill Hagerup fired up the action on Lily Pond in Gilford. Attendance was light, but hopefully the fleet numbers will pick up as the season progresses. Remember it’s “SAIL WHAT YOU BRUNG” — any boat class is welcome Sunday mornings at 9:00.

At Lily Pond, Bill Hagerup got some of the bugs out his newly acquired DF95
Model Boat Building Workshop, Class of 2021

A Little Learnin’ in This Year’s Workshop
Yup, the thirteenth class was in session this week, bringing the total of model yachts produced by the NH Boat Museum program to well over one hundred and fifty. The six in attendance for our 2021 Soling building school included John Barstow, Genie Ware, Eric Leitner, Jim Opie, Don McBride, and Steve Leker. The dedicated onsite instructors were Al Stevens, Anthony Quinn, and Mark Whitehead, with backup by Bill Quayle, who made all the masts, and Anthony Quinn, who cut and sewed all the sails and constructed the building stands. A huge thank-you to all who helped!

John Barstow and Genie Ware
Eric Leitner
Jim Opie
Steve Leker
Al Stevens, Don McBride, Anthony Quinn
Bill Quayle built masts for the kits.
Anthony Quinn made the sails, and built the stands.

Tim Wright Reports on Both Fleets
Tuesday, July 13, was a good day for the Soling racers. The rain let up just in time to get our races started, but the wind never picked up. We sailed in the softest wind of the season and completed only seven races. Due to the building class, many sailors were missing, resulting in not enough participants for an official day of racing. With gray skies and mild temperatures, we sailed, and although challenged by the conditions, everyone had at least a fourth-place finish.

In the end, it was Tim Wright at the head of the fleet with Don Cundy in second place. Don helped rescue a wayward Soling, and also helped out by covering the crash boat at the end of the day. He seldom leaves without making sure everything is in its place – thank you, Don!

Tom Barstow had a very good day, taking first in two races and showing good boat speed. Al Posnack was in fourth and Anthony Quinn in fifth. Anthony had no issues with his boat today, and it was good to have him back, sailing and enjoying himself. Jack Minahan, Clint Wolcott, Rick Laird, and Bruce Brown finished in that order.

Paul McBride’s boat had steering issues and he dropped out after two races. In a fun race with four boats at the end of the day, he sailed Tim’s boat to a first place, getting a chance to sail and making it count.

Although the weather wasn’t as cooperative as it could have been, we all had a good time. Thanks to the volunteers who score us and keep us playing by the rules – Karen Enos and B. B. Wright. Their help is appreciated by all of the sailors, and we couldn’t do what we do without them. See you next week.

On July 15, the US12 fleet had the least wind of the season. Five sailors showed up and, due to quick turnarounds, were able to complete ten races. With temperature approaching 90 and the humidity in full force, it was a challenge to keep one’s focus for the two hours of racing.

The wind came primarily off the land but displayed its usual randomness for the entire time. Tim Wright was challenged in some races, particularly in the last race, but managed to lead the fleet all day. John Simms and Don Cundy had their usual close sailing, with Don coming in second by one point over John. Paul McBride had two seconds to start the day and finished a close fourth. Rick Parent finally got to spend some time away from his job and enjoyed every minute of the camaraderie and friendship among his fellow sailors. B. B. Wright was the fleet’s scorekeeper. Bill Hagerup almost sailed with us today, but his motorcycle was more appealing after the recent bad weather had limited his riding. He came to watch and helped with some of the scoring. In all, it was a great day on the water.

Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay, Wastin' Time
Paul Wallace

Skippers under the Weather Helm
Paul Wallace and Bill Quayle have not been up to snuff as of late, and we all hope they can gather with the skippers soon.

Bill Quayle

Join the Fun
The season is underway so folks are encouraged to stop by on Tuesday and Thursday at 1 PM to watch the action (weather permitting, of course), or Wednesday if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate on Tuesday or Thursday. Make sure you have your camera at the ready. And don’t forget Lily Pond Sunday mornings at 9:00, weather permitting!

Upcoming events:

  • August 14, 2021 Sheila Ryan Memorial Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series Race 4, 10AM Lily Pond, Gilford NH
  • September 4, 2021 Schooner, Sloop and Electric Boat Day, Nashua Model Yacht Club, Sandy Pond, Nashua NH

Model Yachting News • Week Ending July 10, 2021

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Written by Mark Whitehead, Kathleen Whitehead
Editing Kathleen Whitehead
Photos by Paul McBride, B.B. Wright
Layout & Photo Captions by Paul McBride
Games by Dave Perry

In Memory of Ellen A. Koehler
1946 – 2021

Those who live in the hearts of loved ones left behind never really die — like a song that lingers when the music is playing no more. Or the fragrance that stays in the air where a flower has blossomed before. Like a star that continues to glow long after the breaking of dawn. The ones we have loved remain with us still, as the beautiful memories go on.

The Back Bay Skippers will long remember Ellen Koehler. They’ll never forget her willingness to volunteer – nor the bark of her reprimand as scorekeeper when a sailor crossed the starting line too soon. With her keen eyes focused on that invisible alignment, her gentle voice transformed to one of authority when skippers jockeying for position at the start failed to round the offset mark. That same verbal clout cleared the finish line of dawdling yachts so those in their wake had room to complete the course. Victims acknowledged with a chuckle, however, her gift of banter. Born in the Philadelphia area on May 4, 1946, it certainly was a coincidence and perhaps a sign of things to come that Ellen’s first occupation was sail maker.

The Soling Fleet Increases
Participant numbers in the Soling fleet are approaching summer levels. The July 6 regatta brought out twenty boats and the fleet was split for the first time this season. The Master Class went out first and the Sailor Class one minute later, the winds holding well enough for us to complete ten races.

Al Posnack 111 and Tim Wright 383 Rounding the Mark

In the first race it looked as though the Masters were asleep as the Sailors charged the line. That’s how fickle the winds of Back Bay traditionally are, but the Masters soon took off while the Sailors slowed.

The interesting feature of the split fleet is the Sailor Class had the right of way coming off the line so the Master fleet played dodgem heading for the downwind mark.

Sailor Class boats crossing the path of the Master Class boats
Heading to the Finish Line

This was the first regatta for Ken Gerber’s new Vac-U-Boat Soling. Ken placed sixth in the Sailor Class — not a bad showing for his first time out. Congratulations, Ken!

Ken Gerber launches his new Soling
Bill Quayle (left) built masts for the Soling Building Class.

A thank-you goes out to Bill Quayle for producing the masts to be used in this year’s Soling Building Class. The strong and very lightweight masts (one gram) enhance the Soling performance. Thanks, Bill!

Out on the Water
After a year’s absence, Joel Nelson is coming into his own, taking this week’s very competitive regatta in the Sailor Class. The Barstow brothers took the next two positions with Tom in second and John in third. Rounding out the top five were Steve Leker in fourth and Bruce Brown in fifth. Of note, Genie Ware pulled off a great second-place finish in Race One.

Leading the Master Class was Tim Wright, followed by Don Cundy, Al Posnack, Tim Brand, and Dan Masessa in a close and tough competition.

Karen Enos, Scorekeeper
Scorekeeper Diane LaBella and Don Opie

US12 Sailing
Don Cundy assumed the role of fleet captain this week for the US12s. Diane LaBella graciously filled in as scorekeeper while Don Opie kept everyone on the straight and narrow. The five skippers who launched were John Simms, Don Cundy, Jim Opie, Bob Brennan, and Bruce Wilhelm, finishing in that order. From all reports, it was a great day of sailing.

Sailboats are fun to watch.

Lily Pond
The buoys at Lily Pond in Gilford were set on June 30, and sailing will resume on Sunday, July 11, from 9 AM to 12 noon.


Join the Fun
The season is underway so folks are encouraged to stop by on Tuesday and Thursday at 1 PM to watch the action (weather permitting, of course), or Wednesday if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate on Tuesday or Thursday. Make sure you have your camera at the ready.

Upcoming events:

  • July 10, 2021 Scott Spacie Memorial Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series Race 3, 11AM Rosemary Lake, Needham MA
  • August 14, 2021 Sheila Ryan Memorial Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series Race 4, 10AM Lily Pond, Gilford NH

Model Yachting News • Week Ending July 3, 2021

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Written by Mark Whitehead, Tim Wright
Editing Kathleen Whitehead
Photos by Paul McBride, B.B. Wright
Layout & Photo Captions by Paul McBride
Games by Dave Perry

They’re Back!
There might have been a lot of activity on Back Bay or perhaps it was the hot weather, but for whatever the reason, our June 29 regatta was plagued by weeds. Six weed calls showed up on the score sheet, but we’re sure that more just weren’t recorded. The commodore’s Number 12 had the highest tally with four of the six calls – weeds must be attracted to blue boats! The US12s slide right through them, but the Solings get stopped dead in the water. Perhaps a new award should be crafted in the workshop for most weeds!

The winds held reasonably steady with only a few lulls. It certainly was hot, but everyone was prepared with extra water. The Soling fleet of sixteen skippers completed ten all-in races, but as more snowbirds return for the season and our numbers increase, we might be splitting the fleet soon.

A thank-you goes out to Steve Leker who showed up with a new pair of oarlocks for the rescue boat — the “eye” type that don’t let oars pop out. Thank you, Steve! They’ll save everyone aggravation.

Out on the Water
The Sailor Class had a tie at the top with Bruce Brown and Steve Leker sharing the honors. Jack Minahan was all alone in second place with Paul McBride, Anthony Quinn, and Al Stevens sharing third place.

In the Master Class, Tim Wright rose to the top of the heap. There were no ties in this class. Don Cundy for the second week in a row sailed into the second slot, and in his wake was Dan Masessa in third, Jay Burns in fourth, and Al Posnack in fifth.

US12 Sailing
The sailing for the US12s at Back Bay on July 1 was epic. We managed to get fifteen races in, and had eight boats whose skippers enjoyed the cooler temps and good winds. There are always wind shifts on Back Bay, which keeps things interesting, but today the wind speed was never too light and never too strong. The races went quickly, and it was a great afternoon of sailing.

US12 Skippers

Tim Wright was hard to beat today, although John Simms managed a couple of times. John came in second for the day with Don Cundy close behind in third and Jim Opie in fourth. Rick Parent and Bruce Wilhelm were hundredths apart in fifth and sixth with Bob Brennan and Paul McBride rounding out the fleet. Paul had some trouble with his boat today but displayed persistence and determination, fixing a serious issue then continuing to race and improving his finishes.

The US12 sailors have a great time every Thursday afternoon, and hope to have more sailors as the season really gets going. Come down and watch. It’s a pleasant way to spend a summer afternoon.

1st: Tim Wright 438
2nd: John Simms 101
3rd: Don Cundy 70
4th: Jim Opie 130
5th: Rick Parent 1790
6th: Bruce Wilhelm 267
7th: Bob Brennan 5149
8th: Paul McBride 223

Lily Pond
The buoys at Lily Pond in Gilford were set on June 30, and sailing will resume on Sunday, July 11, from 9 AM to 12 noon.


Join the Fun
The season is underway so folks are encouraged to stop by on Tuesday and Thursday at 1 PM to watch the action (weather permitting, of course), or Wednesday if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate on Tuesday or Thursday. Make sure you have your camera at the ready.

Upcoming events:

  • July 10, 2021 Scott Spacie Memorial Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series Race 3, 11AM Rosemary Lake, Needham MA
  • August 14, 2021 Sheila Ryan Memorial Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series Race 4, 10AM Lily Pond, Gilford NH

Model Yachting News • Week Ending June 26, 2021

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Written by Mark Whitehead, Tim Wright
Editing Kathleen Whitehead
Photos by Paul McBride, Mark Whitehead, B.B. Wright
Layout & Photo Captions by Paul McBride
Games by Dave Perry

Skipper Under the Weather
Our longtime skipper Rick Lalley has not been up to snuff as of late and has been unable to make the trek down from Thomaston, Maine. We all wish him a speedy recovery and certainly hope he can sail with us soon.

Rick Lalley

Just Glorious
We started with our regular Tuesday sailing on June 22, but it was as though Mother Nature saw us coming and decided to pelt the regatta sooner than expected. Just as we arrived, it started to pour, and Smart Phones claimed it wouldn’t let up for several hours. Another Plan B! But what a glorious Plan B it was! June 23 brought temperatures in the mid-seventies, an abundance of sunshine, and a wind that held steady at about ten or eleven mph. The boats were flying around the course, and we were able to complete fourteen races. We were a little light on skippers, but the ten able to participate were enough to make it official.

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Anthony!

Out on the Water
The competition was tight in the Sailor Class. Again Steve Leker led the way, followed by Jack Minahan, Paul Wallace, and Paul McBride. Paul McBride seemed to have nagging boat issues that slowed him down considerably.

Soling Sailor Class - 1st Place: Steve Leker 2112
2nd: Jack Minahan M88
3rd: Paul Wallace 227
4th: Paul McBride 23

Master Class skipper, Howard Germon returned to Back Bay after his winter in Florida, but found he didn’t scrape enough dust off his boat. One of the servos just wouldn’t function so he was unable to compete. The Master Class was led again by Tim Wright. Don Cundy and Mark Whitehead split second place. Tim Brand and Jay Burns duked it out all afternoon with Tim finally taking the third spot and Jay fourth. All in all, a great afternoon of sailing.

Master Class - 1st Place: Tim Wright 383
2nd: Don Cundy 70
2nd: Mark Whitehead 12
3rd: Tim Brand 9
4th: Jay Burns 317
On Thursday some of the spectators arrived in very classy antique rides to watch the US12 Regatta.
Taking the Woody Beach Wagon to watch the US12s

US12 Sailing
On June 24, the US12 fleet was treated to delightful weather on a low-humidity day. There was plenty of wind coming from all directions. Every leg was a challenge, something we’ve seen often here. There were upwind beats, downwind runs and reaches, sometimes on the same leg. The course didn’t matter as no course would have worked the way it was planned in the winds we had.

Bill Hagerup 427, Don Cundy 70, John Simms 101

Still, there was plenty of good sailing, although we had only six boats, surprising given the wonderful weather and very pleasant temperatures. Tim Wright again had a good day, with some very close finishes. John Simms, in second, is proving he is back and becoming more consistent from race to race. Don Cundy, in third, appears to have figured out the steering issues and is always a threat at the front of the fleet. Bill Hagerup, in fourth, is getting his boat up to speed after damage done last year (by Tim Wright, unintentionally, of course.) He had suffered a dismasting but put things back together and lived to race again. Paul McBride, in fifth, had two second-place finishes, starting to get his boat going and holding off the others for solid finishes.

Jim Opie had a hard time with the challenging winds, and was caught on the wrong side of the shifts. Still, he has the determination to keep at it, and loves being there. His father, our centenarian, was at the races, quietly enjoying the spectacle, while scorekeeper B. B. Wright kept us moving through the races. We finished twelve races before 3:00 p.m. and stopped a little early. At that time, John and Don let some young spectators sail their boats. It’s nice to be able to share again without the worry of COVID around every corner.

We wish for many more days like June 24, but know the heat, humidity, and light winds will be here when the summer weather kicks in. We want more boats to race in the fleet, but we also know people are busy now that many of the restrictions are over. We will be sailing next Thursday.

Centenarian Don Opie sitting by the scoring table.
Bill Hagerup 427, Tim Wright 438
Paul McBride 223
Don Cundy 70

Join the Fun
The season is underway so folks are encouraged to stop by on Tuesday and Thursday at 1 PM to watch the action (weather permitting, of course), or Wednesday if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate on Tuesday or Thursday. Make sure you have your camera at the ready.

This week, Rigeo, Dexter, and Elliot joined us and took home a sailboat kit.

Upcoming events:

  • July 10, 2021 Scott Spacie Memorial Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series Race 3, 11AM Rosemary Lake, Needham MA
  • August 14, 2021 Sheila Ryan Memorial Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series Race 4, 10AM Lily Pond, Gilford NH

Model Yachting News • Week Ending June 19, 2021

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Written by Mark Whitehead, Tim Wright
Editing Kathleen Whitehead
Photos by Paul McBride, Mark Whitehead, B.B. Wright,  Steve Leker
Layout & Photo Captions by Paul McBride
Games by Dave Perry

The Sasquatch Footy Regatta Returns
After a yearlong hiatus, the Sasquatch Footy Regatta returned for the 2021 season, and what a great return it was. A dozen skippers signed up for the twelve-race competition on June 19. Most were from New Hampshire and Massachusetts, but our national Footy secretary, Brian Mau, made the trek from Buffalo, New York, a nine-hour trip. Unfortunately, his boat did not cooperate and he was unable to compete. Now that’s a tragedy! He admitted to being a guy who saw the glass half full, however, so made the most of a beautiful day with its accompanying camaraderie.

 

 

Brian Mau, AMYA Footy Class Secretary

Bright sun and a good breeze made it a glorious event. Cliff Martin sailed consistently and well, scoring 20 points to take home the coveted Sasquatch trophy. On Cliff’s heels with 30 points was Herb Dreher in the second spot. Tim Wright, the 2019 champion, had boat issues in the morning session but took all six races in the afternoon and was able to place an amazing third despite his initial deficit.

1st Place, Cliff Martin, MinuteMan Model Yacht Club Commodore
2nd Place, Herb Dreher, MinuteMan Model Yacht Club
Herb Dreher won the Sasquatch in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2018
3rd Place, Tim Wright, Back Bay Skippers
Tim Wright won the Sasquatch in 2017 and 2019
Tim Wright 58 Rounding the Second Mark

The Sasquatch Regatta on Wolfeboro’s Back Bay is one in a series of Northeast Footy regattas that also includes races in Needham, Massachusetts as well as Nashua and Gilford, New Hampshire.

Approaching to the Windward Mark
Crossing the Finish Line
Alain Jousse and Brian Mau
Paul McBride working on his Footy
Jack Berglund, Jim Opie, and Steve Doherty

We would like to recognize and thank our hard-working regatta staff.

Race Director
Registration, Scoring and Setup
Scorekeeper
Scorekeeper
Course Setting
Rescue and Photography
Setup and Whatever

 

Bill Hagerup
Kathleen Whitehead
B.B. Wright
Don Cundy
Tim Wright
Steve Leker
Mark Whitehead

Scorekeepers B.B. Wright and Don Cundy
B.B. Wright at the Scoring Table
Race Director Bill Hagerup explains the rules.
Steve Leker in the Rescue Boat
Kathleen and Mark Whitehead
Kathleen Whitehead and Bill Hagerup Check the Scores
Most of the Cast and Crew of the 2021 Sasquatch Footy Regatta: (L to R) Don Cundy, Jack Berglund, Steve Doherty, Kathleen Whitehead, Herb Dreher, Tim Wright, Cliff Martin, Bill Hagerup, Alain Jousse, Jim Opie, Mark Whitehead, Paul McBride, Rick Gates, Jim LInville

2021 Sasquatch Footy Regatta Results
(Low point scoring)

Why My Hair Is Gray
Approaching Tuesday, meteorologists predicted thunderstorms and little or no wind that afternoon in Wolfeboro. Okay, no problem, go to Plan B and sail on Wednesday with sunshine, a moderate breeze, and no chance of rain. On Tuesday we waited and waited and waited for the thunderstorms, but instead, the sun was out and we did have a breeze, the storms not rumbling through till around 4 PM, well after sailing would have finished. No problem; we had Plan B in place. Wrong-O! The sun was there along with pleasant temperatures, but the wind gusts hit the scale at over 20 mph — not easy on the boats. We hemmed and hawed while the winds settled down a bit before the fleet, or part of it, pushed off into the water. The problem was we didn’t have enough skippers for an official regatta.

Out on the Water
The boats were flying around the course so we did manage ten races, but attrition was high so at the end there were only three boats left.

Mark Whitehead 12

We have scores thanks to Karen Enos and B. B. Wright but they’re unofficial. We just did average scores based on the number of races the skippers survived. Three Skippers survived all ten races — Tim Wright, Denis Boisvert, and Steve Leker. The rest of us did the best we could. With no throw-outs, DNSs, DNFs, or other stuff, it was Tim Wright who took the day, Mark Whitehead second, Denis Boisvert third, Steve Leker fourth, Jack Minahan fifth, Don Cundy sixth, Joel Nelson seventh, and Jay Burns eighth.

Tim Brand and Tim Wright 383
Steve Leker 2112

US12 Sailing
Thursday, June 17, was a perfect day. The temperature was around 80°, and the humidity was low. The wind, as usual, came from many directions, but today was a little different. At the start, the wind was as strong as Wednesday, with gusts over 20 knots, using Paul Wallace’s anemometer. Slowly but surely, the wind lessened, and by the end of the afternoon, we were drifting, looking for wind.

US12s Approaching the Second Mark

To be sure, there were some sailors who thought twice about putting their boats in. We decided to sail but not score, so no one felt the pressure to sail and put their boat in jeopardy. Bruce Wilhelm, one of our newer sailors, was the first to “test the waters” and the wind. After that, we had seven racers honing their skills, with very strong gusts. There were many who had good races, with most people getting in the top three. Some notables were John Simms, who knocked Tim Wright out of the top spot twice, Don Cundy with five top-three finishes, and Bruce Wilhelm with three top-threes. Jim Opie also had a couple of second-place finishes. Paul McBride and Paul Wallace each had some issues with their boats, but they both stayed around to watch the racing. It was a good day for spectators.

Thanks to B. B. Wright for scoring and Don Opie for coming to watch the sailing. It was a remarkable day under some really demanding conditions. Compliments to all who sailed and challenged themselves. Let’s do it again next week!

Paul Wallace's Boat Gets Rescued.
Paul Wallace's Newest Boat.

Join the Fun
The season is underway so folks are encouraged to stop by on Tuesday and Thursday at 1 PM to watch the action (weather permitting, of course), or Wednesday if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate on Tuesday or Thursday. Make sure you have your camera at the ready

Upcoming events:

  • July 10, 2021 Scott Spacie Memorial Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series Race 3, 11AM Rosemary Lake, Needham MA
  • August 14, 2021 Sheila Ryan Memorial Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series Race 4, 10AM Lily Pond, Gilford NH

Model Yachting News • Week Ending June 12, 2021

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Written by Mark Whitehead, Tim Wright
Editing Kathleen Whitehead
Photos by Paul McBride, Mark Whitehead, B.B. Wright
Layout & Photo Captions by Paul McBride
Games by Dave Perry

We Welcome a New Scorekeeper
New to the area, Karen Enos joined our group for the June 8 regatta as our scorekeeper. The best part was that she had fun and didn’t leave screaming and pulling out her hair! Keeping score is no easy task, and it’s a challenge holding everyone to the rules.

Karen is from Gulf Breeze, Florida and had lived there for twenty-four years. Previously, she lived in Dallas, Texas for twenty-five years and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She spent thirty-five years in the medical field, and is an avid scuba diver, gardener, and animal lover. She loves the water and grew up with boats, but all were powered. 

Karen Enos is the new Scorekeeper

Just One of Those Great Days
Fourteen skippers, Don Cundy as scorekeeper along with Karen Enos, plus B.B. Wright and regatta overseer Bill Quayle joined this week’s action.

The Skippers Lined up for the Start
Crossing the Start Line

It didn’t feel so hot thanks to a breeze coming across the bay, although thermometers insisted it was indeed hot. The winds held for most of the day at a good steady pace, allowing ten races to be completed. Tim Wright called the course and added a white center buoy for a better upwind leg. As always, it was close competition but smiles all around.

Out on the Water
In the Sailor Class, Steve Leker led the way with a good steady performance. The second spot went to Paul McBride, and third was earned by Joel Nelson, who is regaining his form after a 2020 hiatus. Anthony Quinn ran a strong fourth and Paul Wallace was fifth.

Tim Wright fought off a strong challenge from Don McBride to take the regatta win with eight victories. Don McBride’s Number 10 did a masterful job grabbing the second spot. After last week’s mechanical disaster, Mark Whitehead was back in contention with a third place. Al Posnack was in a “foul mood” that knocked him out of the top three, but he did manage to land in fourth. Richard Laird rectified some of his mechanical issues from last week to take fifth place.

Our Rescue Boats in Training: Front Paul Wallace's, Rear: Steve Leker's

The US12 Fleet
On June 10, the US12 fleet was treated to a delightful day of sailing on Back Bay. The humidity was gone, the temperatures were down to 80, and the winds were close to perfect for the boats (most of the time). The winds shifted a lot so every leg of every race was an adventure. The sailors were forced to focus all the time to take advantage of the changes.

Bob Strodel 65
Bob Strodel Getting His Boat Ready

Tim Wright was able to get to the front by the end of each race, but challenges were there. Many skippers flirted with the lead, and pushed Tim to sail his best. John Simms is getting more consistent with his starts, which is affecting his scoring in a positive way. Don Cundy was in the mix all day as were Jim Opie and Rick Parent. Paul McBride, Paul Wallace, and Bob Brennan were always ready to take advantage of any wind shift to improve their position as well. The group also welcomed Bob Strodel to the US12 fleet. He made his first showing with a new boat from Florida, and quickly found out there is a lot to learn. He displayed a great attitude and willingness to learn. Welcome, Bob!

Bob Brennan introduced us to his sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Andy Haskett, and their grandson, Jayce. Jayce and Andy took turns sailing one of Bob’s US12s while Donna enjoyed watching and taking pictures. They all seemed to have a great time with the Back Bay Skippers, being with Bob and sitting by the bay on a beautiful New Hampshire day. They let us know that it’s too hot in North Carolina at this time of year to spend time outside until it’s evening. We were happy to have them join us and hope they can return.

One of Bob Brennan's Boats
Scorekeeper B.B. Wright watching the action at the windward mark.

Our scorekeeper, B.B. Wright, kept the sailors moving, starting races shortly after the last boat finished. This enabled us to finish twelve races, which gave us two throw-outs each. One of our most faithful fans, Don Opie enjoyed watching both the sailors and the boats as they raced by.

We don’t always get such a nice day to sail and certainly enjoyed this one…. and hope for more just like it.

Coming Soon
The Sasquatch Footy Regatta is only one week away, June 19. Racing starts at 10 AM on Back Bay. Skippers from New Hampshire and Massachusetts will be challenging the winds of Wolfeboro for the Sasquatch Footy Trophy and, of course, bragging rights.

Top three places receive one of these trophies.
Bill Hagerup with the Perpetual Sasquatch Footy Trophy
Many of the boats competing were designed and built by Bill Hagerup.
The Footy is an Open Design Class where the hull and keel must fit within a 12"L X 12"D X 6"W box.
Bill Hagerup's 007 Banana was 3D printed.
Jack gets a sailboat kit.

Join the Fun
The season is underway so folks are encouraged to stop by on Tuesday and Thursday at 1 PM to watch the action (weather permitting of course), or Wednesday if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate on Tuesday or Thursday. Make sure you have your camera at the ready.

This week Jack came to watch us sail and received a sailboat kit.

Upcoming events:

  • June 19, 2021 Sasquatch Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Footy Series Race 2, 10AM Back Bay, Wolfeboro NH
  • July 10, 2021 Scott Spacie Memorial Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series Race 3, 11AM Rosemary Lake, Needham MA
  • August 14, 2021 Sheila Ryan Memorial Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series Race 4, 10AM Lily Pond, Gilford NH

Model Yachting News • Week Ending June 5, 2021

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Written by Mark Whitehead, Tim Wright
Editing Kathleen Whitehead
Photos by Paul McBride, Mark Whitehead, B.B. Wright
Layout & Photo Captions by Paul McBride
Games by Dave Perry

The Season Begins
Yahoo! The 2021 season got underway on June 1 with bright skies and a good breeze. There were seventeen skippers who dipped their keels to start the season with a twelve-race regatta. Of course, Bill Quayle joined us in a supervising capacity, making the skipper count eighteen.

Clock's on! Al Stevens!

We certainly missed our longtime scorekeeper Ellen Koehler, but drawing for a weekly schedule of skippers, we successfully filled the score sheet. Starting out that schedule was Bob Brennan under the guidance of B. B. Wright, our US12 scorekeeper, plus a little relief work from Don McBride.

First one over the water ski jump wins!

Out on the Water
As usual, the competition was tight. In the Master Class it was Tim Wright at the top of the leader board with Don Cundy in second, Don McBride third, Denis Boisvert fourth, and Al Posnack fifth.

In the Sailor Class it was Steve Leker who was victorious, followed by Paul McBride second, Jack Minahan third, and Bruce Brown tied with Anthony Quinn for fourth.

Putting some English on it.
A Clean Start for US12s

Tim’s June 2 US12 Report
The seven participants on June 2 had a great day for the first day of scoring US12 races. The winds were typical winds for Back Bay with some gusts and some lulls, but overall outstanding breezes for our purposes. Thanks to B. B. Wright for scoring and keeping us moving. Even with an added fifth race mark, we still completed eleven races. Paul McBride, Paul Wallace, Bruce Wilhelm, Don Cundy, Jim Opie, John Simms, and Tim Wright all had a very pleasant two hours, with everyone having at least one race placing in the top three. Up and down the fleet the positions changed frequently. It was just the kind of racing we all enjoy.

We welcomed John Simms back into the group. He is still doing well and finished second on the day. Don Cundy was right behind in third, and Jim Opie in fourth.  It was a great afternoon of sailing, and we wish for many more just like it.

Thanks to those who came and shared in the fun. We look forward to other members rejoining us.

John Simms 101
Tim Wright with Bruce Wilhelm 267
Leslie and Nolan

Join the Fun
The season is underway so folks are encouraged to stop by on Tuesday and Thursday at 1 PM to watch the action (weather permitting of course), or Wednesday if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate on Tuesday or Thursday. Make sure you have your camera at the ready.

Leslie and Nolan joined us this week for a turn at the helm.

Upcoming events:

  • June 19, 2021 Sasquatch Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Footy Series Race 2, 10AM Back Bay, Wolfeboro NH
  • July 10, 2021 Scott Spacie Memorial Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series Race 3, 11AM Rosemary Lake, Needham MA
  • August 14, 2021 Sheila Ryan Memorial Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series Race 4, 10AM Lily Pond, Gilford NH

Model Yachting News • Week Ending May 29, 2021

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Written by Mark Whitehead, Tim Wright
Editing Kathleen Whitehead
Photos by Paul McBride, Mark Whitehead, B.B. Wright, Ed Johnson, Brooks Campbell
Layout & Photo Captions by Paul McBride
Games by Dave Perry

Let’s Start with Our Appreciation
We had been searching high and low for the missing oars to our rescue boat, to no avail. Paul Wallace generously donated a pair of oars stashed in his storage. Thank you, Paul!

 

Paul Wallace with New Oars for the Rescue Boat
B.B. Wright

We still have not been able to find a scorekeeper for the Tuesday Soling regattas. This week B. B. Wright stepped up and kept score for our last unofficial regatta. Her mission was to get everyone used to the system. Thank you, B. B.!

Denis Boisvert

With so many windy days, skipper seeding was impossible, forcing us to go to plan B. Using stats from last season that hadn’t been totaled, Denis Boisvert went through all the 2020 score sheets and determined the class designations we needed. Thank you, Denis!

Tim Wright, vice commodore, leads our group not only with sailing prowess but also the education programs, willingly took charge of the US12 fleet, and has assisted in all aspects of our program. Thank you, Tim!

Out on the Water
May 25 delivered one of those wonderful days everyone enjoys, with sunshine, moderate temperatures, and a good breeze. Sixteen skippers attended this week’s regatta, including Jack Minahan, who was sidelined with electrical problems, and Bill Quayle, who likes to keep a watchful eye on the fleet.

Rick Laird 55, Rick Gates 26, Denis Boisvert 44

From top to bottom, year after year, the skippers improve their skills. To testify to that there were five skippers who took first place in races, this week — Tim Wright, Mark Whitehead, Rick Gates, Jim Opie, and Al Posnack. In addition, there were three different places landing in ties — two tied for fourth, three tied for fifth, and three tied for seventh.

Paul McBride 23 dismasted.
A Rescue Opportunity?!
RC Rescue Boat tries to join the fun.
Who could know that rusty bent hook would break?

The top five in this week’s regatta were Tim Wright in first, Al Posnack in second, Don Cundy in third, Steve Leker and Jim Opie tied for fourth, and Denis Boisvert, Rick Gates, and Mark Whitehead in a tie for fifth.

A quote from Tim Wright on this week’s Soling regatta supports the rise in skill: “I wanted to comment on the racing yesterday. The level of sailing has gone way up, the racing closer than I remember it being as evidenced by the photos B. B. took. The downwind shots had ten boats going for the third mark, not the first, and the downwind shots with the boats going to the outer mark were on their way to the fourth mark. The photos of many races show boats close together and yet I saw very few collisions. If there was a foul, people worked them out. I am impressed by the group of sailors who have learned how to race well and have made themselves competitive. Every race saw different people do well. It makes for challenging and exciting racing.”

Ducks in a Row, Geese in a Circle

Tim’s News from the US12s
Today, May 27, was a windy day. The forecast was for a good bit of wind, and that is exactly what happened. While the lulls were temptingly sailable, the gusts were powerful and plentiful. Those winds easily overpowered the three boats that went out. Don Cundy, Paul McBride, and Tim Wright were the three intrepid sailors who put their boats in for twenty minutes or so. They all tried to sail, and all three boats came home on their own. However, it was not a good day for sailing. Bob Strodel brought his boat for its maiden voyage, but wisely kept it in the car. 

Don Cundy gets his boat ready to launch.
Paul McBride 223
Tim Wright 438
Hmm, something is very wrong with the rescue boat.

The spectators got quite a show. There were a couple of onlookers who got front-row seats for the spills and chills. However, the big news was that the only boat that needed rescuing was the rescue boat. The previous night’s storm flipped it, and it was in the water, upside down, and full of water inside the cover. Paul, Don, and Tim worked to get it emptied and right side up. It must have been quite a blast of wind to flip the boat while it was tied up.

Let’s hope we are still getting wind in the middle of summer, although a little less would be appreciated. 

Ta-da!

Join the Fun
The season is underway so folks are encouraged to stop by on Tuesday and Thursday at 1 PM to watch the action (weather permitting of course), or Wednesday if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate on Tuesday or Thursday. Make sure you have your camera at the ready.

Have a Safe and Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Upcoming events:

  • June 19, 2021 Sasquatch Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Footy Series Race 2, 10AM Back Bay, Wolfeboro NH
  • July 10, 2021 Scott Spacie Memorial Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series Race 3, 11AM Rosemary Lake, Needham MA
  • August 14, 2021 Sheila Ryan Memorial Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series Race 4, 10AM Lily Pond, Gilford NH