Model Yachting News • July 9, 2019

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Tim Wright Reports the US12 News
The US12 fleet sailed on Wednesday, July 3, so they would miss the holiday parade traffic and find parking in the Back Bay lot. Those who showed up were treated to wonderful weather, the usual quirky wind shifts, and a great day of sailing. Although it was hot, the wind also was present most of the time, and we managed to complete fourteen races.

There were come-from-behind victories, close finishes, and mysterious gusts that helped some sail right past others stalled out.

US12's

At the end of the day, Tim Wright won the day with eleven victories. The race for second place was between Tom Greig and Bill Hagerup. Each had a first place, and scoring was so close it came down to the last race. The difference was five hundredths of a point, with Bill coming in just ahead of Tom. Don McBride wasn’t far behind, and seems to be getting his boat going well. Paul McBride, who stepped up to help run last week’s racing, and Paul Wallace challenged each other. They are two of the most dedicated sailors, showing up for both Soling 1M’s as well as US12s.

The US12 fleet is smaller than the Solings, and the racing is less stressful. Hopefully we can get a few more dedicated sailors to come out and enrich the fleet.

NH Boat Museum Enhances Soling Kits for Better Sailing
The 2019 model yacht-building class is underway. Six participants signed up for the workshop and are well on their way to producing some new yachts to challenge the Back Bay Skippers.

Traditionally, it has been a winter class, but this year, in an effort to attract some younger skippers, we have joined the museum’s family boatbuilding session. The class is a fifty-fifty mix of youngsters and seniors — just what we were looking for.

This year’s class participants are Chris Proctor, Gary Martin, Cameron Roderick, Nelson Steiner, Clinton Wolcott, and Jack Minaham. Instructors offering guidance are Tim Wright, Anthony Quinn, Bob Brennan, and Mark Whitehead.

Model Yacht Building Class

Bob Brennan Reports and Reports and Reports…
The Soling race day was under sunny and breezy skies, with the wind dropping off and picking up at random times. Seventeen boats started the day, but before the racing began, Tim Wright gave a quick lesson on sailing rules that included port, starboard right-of-way, and privileged boat rules. It came in handy because we split the fleet into Masters and Sailors from time to time. The delayed start caused some avoidance at the X as the boats crossed at the upwind and downwind intersection.

If you have been at a Tuesday sail, you might have noticed that Rick Lalley has a new mobile stand that assists him moving up and down the path. I know that last season Rick missed a few buoys from his fixed position at the start-finish. Not that he needs any more of an advantage over the others, but Rick has had a very good start to the season.

Solings

I heard my first cry of “milfoil” that sent a chill down most of us. I think it was a false claim by Al Stevens to try and get sympathy for his frustrating day at the controls. No quarter given, and to be fair, Al never asked. The pole was in frequent use, and mast-mating was a common occurrence with some of the boats. The birth of baby Solings should occur within six weeks – or, at the very least, we’ll see new boats being built at the museum.

Don McBride had the big fail of the day by losing control of his boat and watching it sail to the docks at the Saw Mill Marina. Somebody made the comment that it was the fastest he’d seen Don’s boat move! Don Cundy jumped into action with the QAT (Quick Action Team). It’s really just a team of one, but Don was on it, retrieving McBride’s boat sans standing mast. A true veteran, Don McBride spent the remainder of his day relaxing on the bench and sharing exploits from his past to anyone who would listen. I’ve taken part on the bench myself, and Don is an interesting guy for sharing a conversation.

Out on the Water
In the July 9 Sailor Class regatta it was Tom Greig who led the pack. For years, Tom didn’t want to be scored, so we’re pleased to see him in his proper place on the leader board. John Russell sailed well this week, taking second place. Don McBride demonstrated his skills as well, coming in a strong third. One of the great New England skippers, Bob Pacini, joined us making an impressive showing as a guest skipper.

The Master Class maintained the status quo with Tim Wright leading the way, followed by Rick Lalley in second, and Howard Germon in third.

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Join the Fun
If you don’t want to build a boat, we’ll help you find a used one. Don’t want to sail? Just come and watch — we put on a great show every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 1:00 PM, weather permitting. Be sure to bring your camera.

Model Yachting News • July 2, 2019

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Paul McBride’s take on The June 27 US12 Regatta

Seven sailors enjoyed Thursday’s leisurely US12 Regatta under a sunny sky, with temperatures in the 80s and light variable winds. It was a welcome change from Wednesday’s hectic Soling Regatta where 19 boats competed. Seven boats were at the start line for the first race: 6 US12s and 1 Soling. The winds were strong enough for us to use the full course for all of the ten races. While there were some lulls, they were not so bad as the dead calm that can be very frustrating

US 12's in action

Bill Hagerup, Race Director, won five races; Tom Greig three races, and Don Cundy two races. Unfortunately Jim Opie’s boat developed rudder servo problems in the fourth race, and he was unable to sail in any of the remaining races. It did provide an opportunity for Tom Greig, Bill Hagerup, and Don Cundy to hone their boat rescue skills using their boats to nudge Jim’s disabled boat back to the dock.

Special thanks to our scorekeeper today, Ellen Koehler, who took over the duties of the regular US12 scorekeepers who are on vacation. By the tenth race we were all getting hot and tired from all the walking in the hot sun. But, all in all, it was a great day of sailing.

Note: Tom Greig told us it was OK to include him in the scoring. Wonderful, it’s been years in the making!

Soling Launch

Just A Glorious Day
Sun, a good wind and a full fleet of Soling’s produced one of the best days so far this season. Eighteen boats hit the course for the July 2, twelve race regatta. A great crowd of onlookers enjoyed the show.

Out On The Water
The name of the game was staying out of trouble and consistency. A strong showing by Don McBride overtook season leader Denis Boisvert to take this weeks Sailor Class regatta with eight race wins. Denis Boisvert took the second spot with two wins followed by John Russell in the third spot with one race win.

The Start
Intensity
They're off
Checking the score

The Master Class leader this week was Rick Lalley with three class wins and very consistent score through the whole regatta. Tim Wright hung in for second place with four wins but a couple of races knocked him out of the top spot. Our venerable Howard Germon, from across the border, pulled four wins to take the third spot.

Join the Fun
If you don’t want to build a boat, we’ll help you find a used one. Don’t want to sail? Just come and watch — we put on a great show every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 1:00 PM, weather permitting. Be sure to bring your camera

What a show!

Model Yachting News • June 26, 2019

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It’s Almost Too Late
The model yacht building workshop starts on July 8. Kits we have, but radio equipment we have to order, so that’s cutting it close. If you plan to participate in the class, sign up today or we can’t guarantee we’ll have your radio equipment.

We do guarantee a smile for years to come, however.

https://www.nhbm.org/model-yachting/model-yacht-building/

It’s Fun! Join the Model Yacht Building Class.

US12s Don’t Meet Required Minimum Last Week
The US12s had three sailors June 19: Paul McBride, Bill Hagerup, and Paul Wallace. Diane Labella was there practicing with her Soling, so she was included in the non-scoring competition. Paul McBride was race director for the day.

There were nine races in all, and Bill took first place in six of them. Paul McBride took second in six races, and Paul Wallace was surprised and quite pleased to take first place in the fifth race! Diane did a fine job of navigating and maintaining good boat speed, and it’s obvious she’s learning a lot. It should be mentioned that Bill and Diane switched boats for three races, and Diane placed first in one of those races!
Winds were fickle, as usual, and the sun was hot, but the four racers had good focus and finished the day in fine spirits.

US12's in action
A well behaved start

Commodore Whitehead Makes the Call
Tuesday is our regular sailing day, but looking ahead at weather forecasts, our alternate Wednesday was substituted — and we were right! A deluge on Tuesday and sun on Wednesday. The wind was a bit scarce, but you can’t have everything.

Out on the Water
The June 26 Soling regatta brought out nineteen boats for an eight-race regatta. Winds did a ninety-degree turnaround about halfway through when it usually stays in one direction — sorta — but that’s Back Bay for you.

Denis Boisvert, one of our new skippers, has got the hang of things, not only leading the Sailor Class for the season but also winning his first race. To add to the excitement, he was presented with a Back Bay Skippers water bottle. No small accomplishment. Congratulations, Denis!

Denis Boisvert's win
New Skipper Clint Wolcott

This week, the Sailor Class was led by the McBride brothers, with Paul leading the way, followed by Don. A family rivalry brewing perhaps? Denis Boisvert took the third spot and Bruce Brown fourth.

Rick Lalley pulled off a win in the Master Class this week with three firsts, two seconds, and two thirds. Great sailing, Rick!! A strong showing by Anthony Quinn put him in second place for the day. He says he doesn’t care about the scores — yeah, right! Rick Gates pulled into the third spot with some hard-fought racing.

No Jon Boat yet, but check out the motor on the dingy
Paul Wallace comes to the rescue

Long Overdue Recognition
One of our two dockmasters is long overdue for recognition. We have had some problems with vandals ripping out our dock posts (nothing better to do, I guess). Paul Wallace to the rescue! Paul is a master welder and stepped up to replace the posts. Thank you, Paul, from your very grateful skippers

Join the Fun
If you don’t want to build a boat, we’ll help you find a used one. Don’t want to sail? Just come and watch — we put on a great show every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 1:00 PM, weather permitting. Be sure to bring your camera.

Trying a turn at the helm

Model Yachting News • June 18, 2019

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You Too Can Have a Smile Like This
Just join the Model Yacht Building Program July 8 through 12.
https://www.nhbm.org/model-yachting/model-yacht-building/

Smiles

Hard at Work
The instruction team is hard at work getting ready for this year’s building class.

US12s Regatta
On June 12 we had six boats racing but never more than five in any race. The day was very pleasant, and the wind gave sailors something to think about with all the shifts and gusts. In the end, Tim Wright edged out Bill Hagerup for first place for the day.

Bill seems to have solved his battery issues by returning to AA battery packs for the time being. Jim Opie started with five consecutive fourth-place finishes then was either second or third for the rest of the twelve races. Paul McBride, sailing his first US12 regatta (with his B-rig Soling sails no less), and John McClun each sailed six races and finished with tie scores. Unfortunately, they didn’t sail enough races to qualify for the day but still had fun. Paul Wallace did well and finished in fourth place.

Someone recently said they really liked the feeling of the group of sailors at Back Bay. There was little of the contention they’ve seen elsewhere. It was a nice comment to hear. It is also the reason I like the group. There’s plenty of competition but also camaraderie. People help those who need it and find ways to explain the rules or give helpful hints. The more we all improve, the better the racing gets.

US12's
Nelson Steiner

WOW! A Day with No Rain!
Spring Tuesdays sure have been wet — or much too windy — but the June 18 Soling regatta was rain-free with a moderate wind and even seventy-degree temperatures. No sun, but that’s okay. Sixteen boats launched for our ten-race third scored regatta. New skipper Nelson Steiner got a chance to run with our loaner boat while he waits for the building class to start next month.

Who has the right of way?

From the Master Class, Anthony Quinn shook up the field with a win in the first race. After that it was the Rick Lalley – Tim Wright show, with Rick winning three races and Tim taking six. Over all, the Master Class was led by Tim Wright with Rick Lalley second, and Don Cundy in third.

Winners for the Sailor Class were Denis Boisvert with two victories, Diane LaBella with four, Paul McBride with three, and Paul Wallace with one. For the day, Denis Boisvert ended up on top with Paul McBride and Diane LaBella tied for second, and Paul Wallace in third.

Race Results…         Scoring Details…

Ha! That's much better
Come watch the regatta

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Model Yachting News • June 11, 2019

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The US12s
Sailed on June 6th with warm weather finally stepping forward. The six sailors were greeted with nice wind from all directions. In fact, the course was changed with hopes of making upwind legs, but the wind never really cooperated more than a race or two before changing again. In spite of the temperamental winds, the racers had a great time and completed ten races

The US12's headed for the mark

Tim Wright won the day with the same boat speed he had last week. Don McBride took second, with five second-place finishes, slightly ahead of Don Cundy. Don C. developed electrical problems after the first race, missing the next four, but managed to get three second places out of the six races he sailed. Jerry Leach and Bob Brennan were very close, separated by one point. Paul Wallace finished sixth but saved his best race, a third, for the last one. It was good to see him end with a big smile.

The two hours went by quickly, and we all were grateful for such nice weather and a sunny day — finally! Spring might be here after all

It Was a Regatta
When we looked out the window on the morning of June 11, it was pouring buckets, but the forecast predicted it would clear and it really did — just before we started. The wind began at a moderate pace but built to a hard knockdown sail. At that point we switched to no-scoring races

Upwind Leg
Rick Gates hard wind repairs

Fifteen boats launched for the seven-race regatta with four Master Class skippers winning races, — Tim Wright three wins, Mark Whitehead one win, Rick Lalley one win, and Howard Germon two wins. We did not have a handle on win count for the Sailor Class, but Don McBride, Denis Boisvert, and John Russell took wins.

At the end of the day, the Sailor Class was led by Denis Boisvert followed by Don McBride in second, and John Russell and Paul McBride tied for third. The Master Class was led by Tim Wright, Howard Germon in second, and a tie between Rick Lalley and Mark Whitehead for third.

Concentration

Join the Fun — A New Class Starts July 8
We have a wonderful group of participants for this challenging-but-fun hobby. Young and old can join, and those wanting to build a yacht should keep in mind our boat-building class at the NH Boat Museum July 8 through July 12. The link will take you to a sign-up for the building class.

https://www.nhbm.org/model-yachting/model-yacht-building/

If you don’t want to build a boat, we’ll help you find a used one. Don’t want to sail? Just come and watch — we put on a great show every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 1:00 PM, weather permitting. Be sure to bring your camera.

Model Yachting News • June 4, 2019

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May 30 US12 Sailing
May 30th was the second day of racing for the US12s. The weather cooperated, with gentle winds and warm temperatures. As can sometimes be the case, the two toughest legs were the short ones because the wind was shifty, especially close to shore.
The previous week, Bill Hagerup had his boat dialed in and was hard to beat. This week, Tim Wright had the magic. He won nine of the ten races, and Bill was second in eight. There were times the other sailors wondered how Tim was getting the wind and sailing right past their boats. Tim wondered that too, but didn’t ask too many questions.

US12's in action this week

Jerry Leach came in third, showing consistency. Don McBride was close behind in fourth, Bob Brennan in fifth, and John McClun in sixth. John would have done better, but he missed a few marks and had to go back to go around them, losing places but never his enthusiasm.
Bob did stop talking long enough to take a second place in one race. After the sailing, Bob weighed his boat, which came in almost two pounds over the sixteen-pound minimum!The competition at the back of the fleet was tight and many of the finishes were ever so close. The most important thing was that the sailors and the spectators all had a good time.
It is worth mentioning that Diane Labella has been coming on Thursday before, during, and after the racing, practicing with her Soling and working consistently to improve her skills for the Tuesday Soling races.
Hopefully the weather and the wind will cooperate next week.

Sasquatch Footy Regatta
On June 1 the annual Sasquatch Footy Regatta was held on Back Bay. Our numbers were down a little this year because of a regatta conflict in Portsmouth, but it was an enjoyable event nonetheless. The sun broke through and there was a mixture of winds to challenge the skippers.
At the end of the day it was Tim Wright who took the win, followed by defending champion Herb Dreher second, Jim Linville third, Herb Cotterly fourth, and Jack Berglund fifth. Nine skippers managed thirteen races, with trophies going to the top three places.

Footy's Becalmed
Race Director Bill Hagerup
Statistician Kathleen Whitehead
Scorekeepers BB Wright and Ellen Koehler
Skippers Meeting
Champion Tim Wright

At the end of the day it was Tim Wright who took the win, followed by defending champion Herb Dreher second, Jim Linville third, Herb Cotterly fourth, and Jack Berglund fifth. Nine skippers managed thirteen races, with trophies going to the top three places.

2nd Herb Dreher
3rd Jim Linville

June 4 Soling Regatta
Finally a decent sailing day for the Solings! A little too windy for some, but for those who joined the regatta it was spectacular. The previously unseen sun poked out from behind the clouds, the previously chilly temperatures had risen to mid-sixties, and the wind was a manageable 10 to 12 mph. There was no problem completing ten races for this the first scored Soling regatta.

Hard Wind Day
Skippers Gather

A few sat out the regatta not wanting to battle the wind, but we did welcome back our snowbirds Rick Lalley, Howard Germon, and Don McBride. Twelve boats launched for scores; three more boats went in the water but didn’t make the score sheet.

Sadly, Rick Lalley made the three-hour trip from Thomaston Maine only to get knocked out with a severe leak before the regatta even started. Not all was lost, however. He did receive his Master Class second-place award for 2018.

Rick Lalley
Bruce Brown

Bruce Brown had electrical issues that knocked him out of contention as well.

Leading the Sailor Class was Paul McBride, followed by Paul Wallace, and Al Stevens. The Master Class leader, of course, was the seemingly unbeatable Tim Wright, with Howard Germon in second, and Rick Gates in third.

Join the Fun
We have a wonderful group of participants for this challenging-but-fun hobby. Young and old can join, and those wanting to build a yacht should keep in mind our boat-building class at the NH Boat Museum July 8 through July 12. The link will take you to a sign-up for the building class.

https://www.nhbm.org/model-yachting/model-yacht-building/

If you don’t want to build a boat, we’ll help you find a used one. Don’t want to sail? Just come and watch — we put on a great show every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 1:00 PM, weather permitting. Be sure to bring your camera.

Model Yachting News • May 28, 2019

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US12’s Get the Ball Rolling
Last Thursday, May 23, we had our opening US12 regatta. The weather cooperated, which this spring means it didn’t rain and there was a little wind. While it’s always shifty on Back Bay, it wasn’t any worse than usual, and some spirited racing ensued.

Bill Hagerup showed he is a force to be reckoned with this year. He would have won the day easily except he lost battery power not once but twice. He’s looking into trying a new charger so his outstanding performance won’t be lost to equipment failure. Of the eight races he finished, he won five.

Tim Wright won four races and greatly benefitted from the DNFs Bill received. Tim came away with a lucky first place with Bill right behind, even with the DNFs. Jerry Leach got one win and came in third for the day, followed by Don McBride, Bob Brennan and Paul Wallace.
US12 Race ResultsUS12 Scoring Details

During the sailing, the other sailors realized Bob Brennan’s performance was adversely affected by his talking, so there was a frequent cry of “Keep talking, Bob.” Spectators provided an attentive audience, and Bob kept talking. I suspect Bob will figure this out soon, but until then, keep talking! Although, come to think of it, Bob is usually talking, so little encouragement is needed. It was good to get the official season started and know we still have all summer to keep going.

US12's in Action
The Skippers Gather

It’s a Party
To put the final touches on the 2018 season and to kick off the 2019 season we had our Skippers Party on May 25 at the Whitehead residence in Ossipee. As always, great food, lots of camaraderie, competition for the door prize, and 2018 season awards. The game, of course, was led by the infamous Kathleen Whitehead, with the impressive basket of goodies going to BB Wright, who rose to victory in the challenge.

After a thank-you to all those who made the year a success, we moved on to the well-deserved awards for 2018.

Tim Wright reviewed the rules for the coming season to close out the program.

The Games
The Winner BB Wright

Leadership Hat Awards
Dock Masters
Anthony Quinn
Paul Wallace

Ambassador
Rick Parent

2018 Season Winners
Soling Sailor Class
1st Place Rick Gates
2nd Place Rick Parent
3rd Place Jerry Leach

Rick Gates Soling Sailor Champion
Rick Parent Soling Sailor 2nd Place
Jerry Leach Soling Sailor 3rd Place

Soling Master Class
1st Place Tim Wright
2nd Place Rick Lalley
3rd Place Mark Whitehead

US12 Fleet
1st Place Tim Wright
2nd Place Don Cundy
3rd Place Bill Hagerup

Champion of everything Tim Wright
Don Cundy 2nd US12
Bill Hagerup 3rd US12
Tim Brand Most Improved
Paul Wallace Screw up of the season

Rain and More Rain
The Solings just can’t get a break. The first two practice sessions were plagued by rain, the third by a super-high wind. Before scoring began, the Solings could hang out with the US12’s on Thursdays, but now that the official season has begun, that’s no longer possible. After this Tuesday’s regatta was ruined by precipitation, no wind and cold temperatures, we have applied for a Wednesday rain-day permit that can be used by either the Solings or the US12’s — maybe that will help.

Join the Fun
We have a wonderful group of participants for this challenging-but-fun hobby. Young and old can join, and those wanting to build a yacht should keep in mind our boatbuilding class at the NH Boat Museum July 8 through July 12. The link will take you to a sign-up for the building class.

https://www.nhbm.org/model-yachting/model-yacht-building/

If you don’t want to build a boat, we’ll help you find a used one. Don’t want to sail? Just come and watch — we put on a great show every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 1:00 PM, weather permitting. Be sure to bring your camera.

Model Yachting News • May 21, 2019

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A Weather Battle
Rain and cold, rain and cold, rain and cold, not good sailing weather in May, but our skippers are a tough breed so we did manage a few regattas. A couple were “sail what you bring” which makes for an interesting show on Back Bay. In addition to the Soling’s and US12’s, the Bay hosted Santa Barbara’s, Marblehead’s, Soling 50’s, J Boat’s, Footy’s and one lobster boat.

Yup! Paul Wallace can walk on water.
J Boat and US12

The Competition Begins OR Not
We had high hopes of starting the season on May 21 but mother nature had other ideas. We arrived to very strong and gusty wind, twenty mph plus. It is hard on the boats as well as the skippers. Let’s hope the US12’s have better luck on Thursday.

Join the Fun
We have a wonderful group of participants for this challenging-but-fun hobby. Young and old can join, and those wanting to build a yacht should keep in mind our boatbuilding class at the NH Boat Museum July 8 through July 12. The link will take you to the sign up for the building class:
https://www.nhbm.org/model-yachting/model-yacht-building/

If you don’t want to build a boat, we’ll help you find a used one. Don’t want to sail? Just come and watch — we put on a great show every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 1:00 PM, weather permitting. Be sure to bring your camera.