Model Yachting News • July 7, 2020

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Written by Tim & BB Wright
Mark Whitehead
Editing Kathleen Whitehead
Layout Paul McBride

US12s – July 2, 2020
The US12s had a good sailing day on Thursday, July 2. The wind was present most of the time, giving everyone a chance to sail in eight races. Upon arrival, we noticed that the outer starting buoy had moved noticeably to the left. A closer inspection revealed that a weight had come off and we were fortunate to still have the mark relatively close by. Tim Wright was able to come up with an alternate plan, and we ended up with a good starting line. The buoy will be back in place on Tuesday with a new anchor attached.

US12s Headed for the Mark

There were seven US12s, and two Solings in the mix. The Solings were sailed for the first time in competition by Hunter and Evan Reyes, grandsons of Jeannie Lewis. Their boats had been brought up to speed by Don McBride, making sure both boats were functioning correctly.

Once at Back Bay, the boys were welcomed by everyone there. Before scoring the races, B.B. Wright made sure the boys were photographed as they prepped and launched their boats. Bob Brennan and Don M. helped them figure out how to get the boats moving, and everyone else offered them encouragement and sailing tips. As some of the sailors left for the day, two US12s were freed up, and both boys were given the chance to sail what everyone else had been sailing.

Evan and Hunter Reyes Ready for Action
Bob Brennan Gives Evan Reyes Sailing Instructions

Bob Brennan consistently worked with Hunter and Evan, helping them learn to navigate the course and gain needed concentration and confidence. The boys did a very good job for their first day. Evan had some good finishes with his Soling, and Hunter, sailing a US12, even won his first race!

Don McBride showed some consistent sailing strategies and finished second in four straight races before he had to leave. Diane LaBella also did well before she left, gaining insight and experience each time she races.

Paul McBride’s results improved as the day went on, and he finished first in one of the later races. Jim Opie is getting back in the groove and enjoying his time at Back Bay. His father, Don, continues to be a faithful observer and welcome friend.

Kurt Clason is a determined new sailor, learning how to get the most out of his boat. Today, he realized that his mast had a little too much bend in it, but with Kurt’s woodworking skills, it won’t be long before he has a new, strong, lightweight mast.

Later in the day, Kurt had the chance to sail one of Tim’s US12s and he quickly noticed the difference — although Tim didn’t show Kurt how to activate the booster jets since Tim only uses them when he’s at the controls!

Paul McBride Launches His Pride and Joy
US12s In Action

With those jets, Tim won six races, but acknowledges the improvements in his competitors’ skills. He thanks the other sailors for always pushing him to be his best.

It’s nice to be able to get outside and sail with a fun group of sailors who enjoy racing and each other’s company. Many thanks to all those who make it possible, for the people who offer to help put things away at the end, to our scorekeeper, B.B., and to our loyal spectators.

Introducing Our Newest Skippers
Joining our group this week were Evan and Hunter Reyes. Escaping from the summer heat of Florida, they spend their summers in Alton. Normally, they attend camp and join the Wolfeboro sailing program, but not this summer. We encourage the younger generation to join us, so the Back Bay Skippers welcomed them to our group.

It Takes Concentration Concentration
Hunter Wins a Race

Usually a first-time skipper never wins a race, but that’s exactly what happened when Hunter took the helm of a US12 this week. He hit the start and would not relinquish the lead, fighting off the fleet behind him. Congratulations certainly go to Hunter for his impressive win!

Lily Pond, July 5
The sailing at Lily Pond was outstanding on Sunday, July 5. Upon arrival, sailors noticed that two of the marks were at the other side of the pond. Good thing there’s a crash boat for situations like this. Tim Wright took a scenic tour of Lily Pond while returning the two wayward buoys to their proper positions.

Nice Breeze on Lily Pond
Tim Wright's US12

There was a good turnout, and another Rick Parent sighting. Bill Hagerup, Skip and Ellen Koehler, Paul McBride, Diane LaBella, Jim and Don Opie, Chris Fields, and B.B. and Tim Wright were there for sailing and camaraderie.

Unfortunately, Bill arranged only two hours of wind for a three-hour sailing event. There was a definite drop off in the wind at 11:00.


Tim forgot to bring the starting clock — it’s always something! — but there was a successful workaround. B.B. called out the times from her watch to Bill who, with a booming voice announced the time left before each start. We had many races with three classes sailing at once. People had the chance to sail different boats, with the Solings and the Santa Barbara getting good workouts. The US12s, however, were still the boat of choice.

US12 and Soling at Lily Pond
Rick Parent's Santa Barbara

Rick’s S/B has had a brand new, beautiful paint job, and it looks great. He was generous and brave to loan it out to anyone who wanted to take a turn with it.

The three children present spent time playing, exploring and waiting for lunch and a possible trip to Funspot.

It was a beautiful day with friendly people who enjoyed the sailing of model boats, either as a sailor or a spectator. We all agree it’s great to be back sailing again.

Rick Parent Sailing Instructor
A Tight Start

The Solings Are Back In Action
After last week’s complete washout, Tuesday, July 7, gave us a glorious recovery day. The sun was out, there was a breeze, and the temperature was in the 70’s. Fourteen skippers launched for an eight-race regatta with as many as three dozen spectators enjoying our sport as much as we do.

Skip Koehler gets the bummer award for the day when he did a number on his boat just getting it out of the car! Back to the repair shop!

The Skippers
Helping Hand

The other faux pas was made by Mac MacDonald, who glued his jib sheet to his fairlead! He finally got it back in action at the end of the regatta.

Out on the Water
A bit of a quandary on bragging rights this week. Yes, Tim Wright took the win for the day, but I think we have to give second to Don McBride. Mac Macdonald scored two-tenths better, but he sailed in only two races and we like to see 50 percent participation. Rick Gates pulled off the third-place slot, but fourth was another puzzlement. Dan Masessa and Mark Whitehead tied for fourth, but Don Cundy, having rudder issues, scored three-tenths better but in only three races. Who cares? We all had a great time! There was no question about Diane LaBella’s place in the top five, her performance highlighted by a win in the first race.

Dan Masessa Takes the Lead
Two Dragon Flite 95s in Action

We had seven different race winners out of eight races, this week, which shows just how close the competition is — some of that attributed to the ten-sailor maximum, but shhhhhhh!

Really Really Stiff Competition
Guess Who Got Stuck on the Whaler

Join Us if You Like
But please maintain at least that six-foot distance. Bring your camera for the show but also bring and wear a face mask. Sailing always begins at 1:00 p.m. on Back Bay at the Lehner Street/Glendon Street municipal parking area, weather permitting. Solings sail on Tuesday, the US12s compete on Thursday, and “what you brung” at 9 a.m. Sunday, at Lily Pond in Gilford. Wednesdays are available should a Tuesday or Thursday regatta have to be canceled.

Your Family Can Join the fun

Model Yachting News • June 30, 2020

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Written by Tim Wright
Edited by Kathleen Whitehead
Layout by Paul McBride

US12 Sailing 6/25/20

Thursday, June 25, was a hot day but with low humidity and a good breeze all afternoon. Seven sailors got together to race against each other with some heated contests (no pun intended) and a few breakdowns. Paul McBride had a battery issue that might be solved easily with a little change in the boat. Tim Wright had a problem with his sail arm that took him out of two or three of the later races, and Don Cundy had a few steering issues. Others chose to voluntarily sit out some of the races just because it was a nice afternoon to be outside.

Don Cundy ,Tim Wright, and Diane LaBella

For the most part, there were five or six boats on the line. Bill Hagerup made his presence felt with many top finishes. Tim was sailing well today and gave the others a challenge until his boat developed its sail arm issue. Diane LaBella sailed Tim’s green boat at the start of the day, trying her hand on a US12, which she seemed to enjoy until she had to leave. Don Cundy then sailed Tim’s green boat, adjusting the sails and sailing very effectively, finishing near the top in most races. Paul McBride and Paul Wallace were in most of the races and showed signs of strong sailing. Our newest sailor, Kurt Clason, showed his enthusiasm the whole afternoon. There is a lot to learn when you first start sailing and racing remote-controlled sailboats. Kurt is doing a really good job taking it all in while keeping a positive attitude. It’s great to watch him learning.

B.B. Wright Starter with Kurt Clason Getting the Hang of Things
Diane LaBella Keeps Her Social Distance

In all, it was a very nice afternoon when many races were sailed and people got to practice in stronger than usual winds. With only a few breakdowns, the group was able to enjoy the relaxed format of no scoring and quick races. It’s good to be back out on the water and sharing time with friends.

Lily Pond Sailing
What a wonderful day of sailing we had at Lily Pond on Sunday, June 28. There were seven boats sailing, and the wind was excellent. While there were moments of no wind and a few of almost too much, overall there was enough to get the boats moving well. We sailed many races in a relaxed atmosphere.

There was a little excitement before we started to sail. A seaplane landed on Lily Pond, and B.B. Wright walked down to find out what they were doing. The plane was put on a trailer and hauled to the airport for service, taking up both lanes as it passed us. It was quite a sight to see. Fortunately, this all happened before we put our boats in the water!

US12s at the Start on Lily Pond

Something Different at Lily Pond

Gilford Fire Dept.

During sailing, we also had the Gilford Fire Rescue run some tests with boats, but they kept a respectful distance while providing more entertainment. Again B.B. found out they were doing monthly training and helping a new recruit get the basics.

Due to plants growing in the pond — not milfoil but something closer to lily pads — all the boats sailing this week were US12s. While the Soling that raced last week did okay getting through the weeds, there were enough 12s for everyone to sail. We had our first Rick Parent sighting of the year. He brought two US12s and loaned them out to Diane LaBella and Jerome Holden after sailing each of them himself for a while. Skip Koehler sailed one of Tim Wright’s 12s while Tim sailed his other one. Paul McBride showed up as did Bill Hagerup with their boats.

The other first sighting of the year was Jim Opie and his father, Don. We are always glad to see them. When mentioning the cover of National Geographic that had the picture of the oldest living veteran in the U.S. at age 110, Don mentioned that the veteran had only ten years on him. A little quick math led us to the conclusion that Don Opie was indeed 100 years old. It is quite a remarkable accomplishment. Don is a real gentleman and we are glad to have both Opies back again this season.

Good wind, good people, spirited racing, and a wonderfully warm but not hot day made this one of the best sailing days so far this year. Thanks to all who showed up! It seems we are starting the Lily Pond tradition again, and it feels right! We sail Sunday mornings from 9 until noon.

Don Opie 100 Years Young
US12s Headed for the Mark on Lily Pond

Dry, Dry, Dry Followed by Rain, Rain, Rain
It has been very dry and we needed the rain, but this week we were rained out of both our regular Soling regatta day Tuesday and the alternate Wednesday.

Solings on a brighter and dryer day.

Join Us if You Like
But please maintain at least that six-foot distance. Bring your camera for the show but also bring and wear a face mask. Sailing always begins at 1:00 p.m. on Back Bay at the Lehner Street/Glendon Street municipal parking area, weather permitting. Solings sail on Tuesday, the US12s compete on Thursday. “What you brung” launch at 9 a.m. Sunday at Lily Pond in Gilford. Wednesdays are available should a Tuesday or Thursday regatta have to be canceled.

Model Yachting News • June 23, 2020

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Written by Mark Whitehead
Edited by Kathleen Whitehead
Layout by Paul McBride

Our longtime skipper Ned Lakeman has reached 95 years young. We’ve missed him since his move to Florida, but he’s always in our hearts — and he was perfectly content to throw away his snow shovel!

Ned Lakeman

US12 Sailing
Six US12 skippers lowered their boats onto Back Bay June 18 for some great sailing. The first day usually has a few glitches, but except for the heat, all went well. Although a mask hid his face, the new fleet member was Kurt Clason, but from all reports, there was a big smile under that mask.

US12s Ready for Action
US12s Headed to the First Mark
Dock in at Lily Pond

Lily Pond Sailing by Tim Wright
Lily Pond sailing began on Father’s Day, June 21. The pond was low and there were plants growing to the surface. Bill Hagerup and I raced US12s, and Diane LaBella showed up and tried her Soling. It sailed but there wasn’t a lot of wind. However, I’m happy to report we never had to rescue her boat.

Dave Taylor stopped by but needed to do some work to his boat before he could use it. Also, Eric Borrin arrived with his Tippecanoe 65, but the weeds would have been too much for his keel.

Ellen and Skip Koehler also were there and stayed through the competition, but Skip’s boat wouldn’t turn on. Bill Hagerup helped him troubleshoot the problem, and he now knows to check his wires to see if they are corroded. We will see.

Lily Pond in Light Wind and Lots of Lilies

Sailing at Last

Awards Day
The coronavirus pandemic unfortunately canceled our skipper party this year and also delayed the start of our sailing season. We still needed to honor the accomplishments of 2019, however.

2019 Soling Sailors Class

1st Don McBride
2nd Paul McBride
3rd Denis Boisvert

2019 Soling Master Class

1st Tim Wright
2nd Rick Lalley
3rd Tom Greig

2019 US12 Fleet

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

Tim Wright Season Champion in Soling Master Class and US12s
Bill Hagerup US12 2nd Place and Most Improved
Left to right: Denis Boisvert, Don McBride, Al Stevens, Paul Wallace, Don Cundy, Paul McBride, and Tim Wright
Proof Positive: Al Stevens Breaks His Screw-Up Trophy

Special Awards

Most Improved Soling Fleet: Paul Wallace
Most Improved US12 Fleet: Bill Hagerup

The Sunken Ship Award:  Al Stevens (for multiple mast breaking)

Incidentally, Al broke the mast on the trophy before he could get it home!

Second Soling Regatta of the 2020 Season
Tim Wright had sailing all planned out and it worked like a charm. Last week, we drew clothespins for a red and a blue team to keep the numbers down along the path. This week, we used a numbered sequence to keep ten of our seventeen skippers sailing at once. Needless to say, there was less time spent on transitions and more time sailing, completing nine races for the day.

Solings in Action

Bragging Rights
Even though there is no official scoring, our scoring guru Ellen Koehler continues to keep us in line and record crossings at the finish. You best not jump the start with Ellen watching!

Scoring is a straight average on races run with no consideration for DNF’s or other factors. Top gun this week was Tim Wright, followed by Denis Boisvert in second, Mac MacDonald and Mark Whitehead tied for third, Jay Burns in fourth, and Dan Masessa earning fifth. These gentlemen have earned the right to brag and we’re sure they will!

Join Us if You Like
But please maintain at least that six-foot distance. Bring your camera for the show but also bring and wear a face mask. Sailing always begins at 1:00 p.m. on Back Bay at the Lehner Street/Glendon Street municipal parking area, weather permitting. Solings sail on Tuesday, the US12s compete on Thursday, and “what you brung” at 9 AM Sundays at Lily Pond in Gilford. Wednesdays are available should a Tuesday or Thursday regatta have to be canceled.

Model Yachting News • June 16, 2020

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Step One
Set up the guidelines for a safe activity: we are requiring masks, of course, a six-foot social distance, a maximum of ten boats in the water, and no official scoring to keep the intensity level down.

Weather permitting, the Solings sail on Tuesday, the US12s on Thursday at 1 p.m. The rain day is Wednesday, and “sail what you brung” is offered at Lily Pond in Gilford at 9 a.m. on Sundays.

Step Two
Some prep work: to give ourselves as many options as possible we are helping to reactivate the Laconia Model Yacht Club, which will give us a 9 a.m. Sunday morning sailing option with hardly any spectators. A small crew gathered at the Wrights’ residence to build them a new dock, and, of course, had to squeeze in a little pre-season sailing. Participating were Tim and B.B. Wright, Bill Hagerup, and Mark Whitehead.

Hard Blow on Ossipee Lake
Time to put in the Dock

Step Three
On June 15, the dock went in with the help of our expert crew: Tim Wright, John Simms, Paul McBride, Paul Wallace, Al Stevens, Bob Brennan, Bruce Brown, and Mark Whitehead. Making the job an easy one was Anthony Quinn, our dock master who had color-coded and numbered all the parts and had provided a diagram. Thank you, Anthony!

The Last Section
Set the Buoys
Sailing at Last

Yahoo!! We Are Sailing Again
On June 16, Solings hit the water for the first time this season. There were fifteen skippers who launched, so we split the fleet into red and blue clothespin teams, skippers selecting a colored clothespin to clip to their hats.

The air provided a normal Back Bay wind — up and down, from all directions, blowing in mostly from the north. The sun was out, which made a glorious day for the eight-race regatta.

Tim Wright earned top bragging rights this week, followed by Rick Gates in second, Mark Whitehead in third, Bruce Brown in fourth, and Mac MacDonald in fifth. Those in the rest of the fleet were closely bunched and not far behind.

Just for the Youngsters
Over the winter we built some sailboat kits just for the younger set. The first recipients were Forrest and Hunter. Smiles all around!!

Hunter and Forrest with their Boat kits

Join Us If You Like
But please maintain at least that six-foot distance. Bring your camera for the show but also bring and wear a face mask. Sailing always begins at 1:00 p.m. on Back Bay at the Lehner Street/Glendon Street municipal parking area, weather permitting.

Model Yachting News • June 2020

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Small Steps Toward the New Normal
We hope to take the first small steps toward some resemblance of normal. The governor has extended the “stay at home order” to June 15. The dock will be installed Monday, June 1, as planned but Soling sailing will not begin until Tuesday, June 16, weather permitting and with restrictions. Wednesdays will be used as a flex or rain day and the US12s should start on Thursday, June 18. Lily Pond in Gilford will be activated on Sundays at 9 a.m. offering a venue to sail “what you brung” with no spectators.

Baby Steps
Skipper attire

Sailing Guidelines
We will be working hard to keep everyone safe. Our skippers will be required to wear face masks and to stay six feet away from each other. Any guests will be asked to do the same. The number of boats will be limited to no more than ten in the water at any given time. Skippers will be asked to register by 6:00 p.m. Monday, and if we get too many, we’ll shift some to our Wednesday flex day. At least until mid-July we will not keep score as we issue only bragging rights — and, boy, are we good at that!!

Out on the water with the Solings

Join Us If You Like
But please maintain at least that six-foot distance. Bring your camera for the show but also bring and wear a face mask. Sailing always begins at 1:00 p.m. on Back Bay at the Lehner Street/Glendon Street municipal parking area.

Model Yachting News • May 2020

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In Memory of
Thomas Pickett Magruder Greig
Tom Greig
1956 – 2020

It is with great sadness we announce the loss of a longtime Back Bay Skipper and dear friend. Tom summered in Jamestown, Rhode Island, sailing on the ocean from an early age and later developing an interest in R/C boats. He often participated in the Block Island Race on Jim Bishop’s J/44 Gold Digger and was a frequent member of the Gold Digger crew in races to Bermuda.

Tom’s vocation was emergency medical service, both in Jamestown and, in recent years, as director of the Jackson, New Hampshire EMS force and part of the White Mountain rescue service.

Always one of the lead skippers on Back Bay, Tom was a “go to” skipper for both sailing and technical help. Generous with his time and donations to any need the group had, Tom will be missed.

Tom Greig 1956-2020

Model Yachting News • March 2020

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Here’s the latest news from Commodore Mark Whitehead:

We Too Are on Hold
Like the rest of the country, we are on hold due to the coronavirus. The bay has cleared to allow installation of the dock, but, sadly, we are all hunkered down at home. Let’s hope that before we get too far into June we will be ready to go.


Installing the dock - Last year at this time

Building Class
The model yacht building workshop is scheduled for Monday, July 13, through Friday, July 17. Sign up early so you don’t miss out on your chance to sail with our group. Go to for details.

To date we have five new faces for the July 13 – 17 building class. Andres Jay from Charlestown MA, Tom and John Barstow and John’s wife, Genie Ware, will build Solings (We look forward to the family competition!), and adding to our US12 Fleet will be Bruce Wilhelm from Moultonboro.

Welcome to Our New Skippers!

According to Tim Stone in the latest Model Yachting, a new supplier for the S1M Soling kits has been selected, and a new and improved kit is well underway. Many improvements will be included in the kits that will make building easier and the boat stronger without sacrificing performance.

Incidentally, our premier Soling instructor Bill Quayle is hard at work crafting a new batch of masts. We will have enough for the kits on hand as well as replacements for any mishaps.





Fun on Back Bay



Don’t miss out on the fun! Join us!

Model Yachting News • February 2020

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Here’s the latest news from Commodore Mark Whitehead:

Not Much Sailing but Still Active
Back Bay is frozen solid, but that doesn’t mean there’s no activity. Our town permits have been submitted and approved. The season schedule of weekly regattas, Sasquatch Footy Regatta, CanAm Soling competition, annual Skipper party, and any other events is ready and waiting for competition committee approval. Mark Whitehead was busy in his workshop making two dozen free-sailing kits for distribution to youngsters in our audience, and Kathleen Whitehead already has thought of a way to annoy skippers in a party game at the May 16 gathering. Tim Wright is working on the AMYA Webinar scheduled for March 11, and the rest of the crew are preparing their boats for the 2020 season action.

Free-Sailing Boat Kits

Free-Sailing Boat Kits
The skippers truly enjoy sharing these boats with the younger set, and we thought it might be fun if a few kits could be available for the really small fry. The design was imported from Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and they are ready to go.

Solings for Sale

Used Boats
We have two used Solings for sale for $250 each. Although they need a little TLC, they aren’t ready to retire and are looking for a new home and some lively competition on Back Bay. Contact the NH Boat Museum if you’re interested.

What’s on the Agenda?

What’s a Webinar?
Simply put, it’s an online seminar. Tim Wright has been asked by John McClun, seminar coordinator for the American Model Yacht Association, to provide a presentation to the entire country about the way we organize our regattas, our building program, and our club in general. You can join us at 8:00 p.m. on March 18.

Kathleen Whitehead Spring Party Coordinator presents 2019 Door Prize to winner BB Wright
Let the games Begin

Skippers Party
In only three months, the 2019 sailing awards will be given to deserving recipients at the annual skippers party on Saturday, May 16. It will be hosted by the Whiteheads in Ossipee Village, located on a scenic beaver pond populated by blue heron, duckies, and Canada geese.

Mark Whitehead presents the perpetual and individual trophies to Tim Wright for winning the 2019 Sasquatch Footy Regatta.

Sasquatch Footy Regatta
Returning this year will be the Sasquatch Footy Regatta on Saturday, May 30. Skippers from around New England will compete on Back Bay with their twelve-inch R/C sailboats.

The Sasquatch Footy Regatta is one of the five regattas in the Nor’Easter Footy Series held at various locations in New England.

Model Yacht Building
The model yacht building workshop is scheduled for Monday, July 13, through Friday, July 17. Sign up early so you don’t miss out on your chance to sail with our group. Go to for details.

Model Yacht Building

Fun on Back Bay
Don’t miss out on the fun! Join us!

Model Yachting News • December 2019

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Seasons Greetings

It has been a great year for racing Solings and US12s, not unduly hindered by milfoil, and thanks to the new Wednesday rain date, added this year, not as affected by bad weather. Tim Wright started out the season by winning the Sasquatch Footy Regatta, and proceeded to win just about everything else.

News Flash! Sasquatch Footy Regatta scheduled for May 30, 2020.

Lots of other class boats sailed with us over the course of the season: Marblehead, Santa Barbara, Soling 50, Dragron Flite 95, Dragon Force 65, T65, Serenity, J Boat, a Chinese Junk, and Footys – RC controlled and free-sailing. Next year we might also see a couple of Whirlwind J Boats, and a V36. The club hosted one regional event: The Sasquatch Footy Regatta in the Nor’easter Footy Series.

Club members volunteered to help with parking for the NHBM auction, and help on the docks for the biennial Vintage Race Boat Regatta in Wolfeboro Bay. Club members also competed in regional events at Stowe Vermont, Nashua New Hampshire, and at Needham and Marblehead Massachusetts. Next year will be even better. Watch out for more DF95s and DF65s as these are the fastest growing classes in the AMYA.

Mark Whitehead and Tim Wright were Starters for the Vintage Race Boat Regatta
A beautiful but calm day for sailing. Photo by Diane LaBella.

Long Live the Soling 1 Meter Class

As the Back Bay Skippers was started to race Solings, and most members sail Solings, loosing the original manufacturer and supplier of the Soling kits has caused considerable concern. It is also of concern to the AMYA, as the Soling 1M Class has the largest number of boats registered to AMYA members. Tim Stone, AMYA Soling 1 Meter Class Secretary elect, sent out a status report on the S1M kits to be made by the new manufacturer. No dates for availability of the new kits have been announced but they are making progress. Hopefully kits will be available for the next Summer building class. There seems to be enough used boats for new members, but building a boat yourself increases the level of commitment and the experience helps in adjustment, and any repairs that may be required in the future.

Nashua Model Yacht Club

Rick Gates, a Back Bay Skipper member, has been working several years at establishing the Nashua Model Yacht Club in Nashua New Hampshire. He has hosted several regional events there including the 2019 AMYA Region 1 US12 Championship, and several events in the Nor’easter Footy Regatta series in 2018 and 2019. A club meeting is scheduled for January 11, 2020 at the Pine Street Eatery, Nashua NH, at1 PM. For more information contact Rick Gates at

Rick Gates with his Dragon Flite 95 (DF95)
Spring Skippers Party

Mark and Kathleen

Commodore Mark Whitehead has been occupied taking care of his wife, Kathy, who is recovering at home from a recent fall. Best wishes to Kathy for a speedy recovery. We’re all looking forward to another of her cunningly devised challenging games to choose the winner of the door prize at the next Spring Skippers Party.

News Articles

If any of the “off” season sailors in Florida have any photos, videos, or stories of their sailing adventures, there’s room for them here in the Back Bay Skippers News. Go ahead, make the rest of us jealous!


Wishing Happy Holidays and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year to skippers everywhere.

Model Yachting News • November 2019

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The Sailing Season Ends
On November 4 the dock was pulled and put away for the winter. Another successful season with fifty five events participated in by 1254 people.

Front Row L to R: Paul McBride, Anthony Quinn, Jerry Leach, Mark Whitehead

Back Row: Larry Gil, John Simms, Paul Wallace, Skip Koehler, Diane LaBella, John Russell, Tim Wright, Jim Opie, Howard Germon

The Top Ten
Skippers must sail in 50 percent of the regattas to be considered for end-of-season awards. From those who completed that requirement, the top ten from each class are listed below.


Congratulations to all the skippers for a rewarding season!

US12 Fleet

        1. Tim Wright
        2. Bill Hagerup
        3. Don Cundy
        4. Don McBride
        5. Jerry Leach
        6. Paul McBride
        7. Jim Opie
        8. Paul Wallace

Soling Sailor Class Fleet

        1. Don McBride
        2. Paul McBride
        3. Denis Boisvert
        4. Paul Wallace
        5. Diane LaBella
        6. Mac MacDonald
        7. Jack Minahan
        8. Skip Koehler
        9. Al Stevens
        10. Bruce Brown

Soling Master Class Fleet

        1. Tim Wright
        2. Rick Lalley
        3. Tom Greig
        4. Dan Masessa
        5. Don Cundy
        6. Rick Gates
        7. Anthony Quinn
        8. Mark Whitehead
        9. Bob Brennan
        10. Tim Brand