Model Yachting News • January 2023

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Written by Mark Whitehead, Tim Wright
Editing and Proofreading Kathleen Whitehead
Photos by Tim Wright, Paul McBride, Mark Whitehead
Layout & Photo Captions by Paul McBride and Ken Gerber
Games by Dave Perry

Not Quite Ready

Back Bay hasn’t frozen over completely, but it’s still too chilly for dock installation and the start of sailing. As you can see by recent January snowfalls, things can change quickly – it’s time to jump on the skis instead.

Ice on Back Bay
No Sailing on Back Bay
Not Ready for Spring Skippers Party

Skippers Meeting

The January Zoom meeting of the Back Bay Skippers was attended by twenty-seven members of the community and hosted by Steve Leker. The agenda included approval of the 2023 schedule, acceptance of the group’s officers, and the addition of Denis Boisvert to the Competition Committee. Added to the Sasquatch Footy Regatta were Bill Hagerup as race director, with assistance by Kathleen Whitehead, B. B. Wright, Karen Enos, and Jack Minahan. During general discussion, a more organized mentoring program was suggested as were two upwind buoys to better align the mark to the wind. Class determination and the scoring system were reviewed for better understanding.

We were delighted to hear an announcement from Bob Strodel, director of Camp Brookwoods, that he generously offered to hold a second get-together in early May for our group. Last year, we had a very informative session, complete with rigging comparisons, sail trim, knot tying, and rules. It was the first in-person gathering of the season and greatly appreciated by all who attended. Thank you, Bob. We look forward to this next session.

Bill Hagerup Sasquatch Footy Regatta Race Director
US12s Sailing Upwind

Sailing Upwind by Tim Wright

When the business part of the meeting had concluded, the meeting was turned over to me, Tim Wright, to lead a session on ‘sailing upwind.’ In defining sailing upwind, we talked about points of sail. The importance of finding and maintaining the proper angle to the wind was stressed, thereby keeping the boat as close to the wind as possible while at the same time keeping up boat speed. We discussed ‘velocity made good’ and ‘apparent wind.’ Understanding those concepts make racing a little easier to comprehend. It was a useful session, and hopefully as helpful to our newer skippers as it was for the more seasoned members of the group.

After the session, I thought about the process of learning something new. As a teacher, I have seen students gain understanding and know it has a process. For each student the path is different, but the concepts are the same. By learning new skills and vocabulary, beginning learners can start to give voice to what they are thinking and experiencing. Talking sailing can be like speaking a foreign language. As more skills and words are learned, sailors have the words to pose questions about the bigger racing picture. Eventually, the ability to evaluate and prioritize information helps to inform the learner about how to proceed in a more efficient and productive manner.

Vice Commodore Tim Wright

With sailing, and in this case remote-controlled sailing, those skills are difficult at first. “How do I get my boat to go?” “How do I stay clear of everyone else?” “Why can’t I keep up with the others?” “What can I do to improve my performance?”

Not everyone wants to challenge for ‘the lead.’ There are those among us who simply love to get together and sail, regardless of the results; they are in the minority. Most sailors want to do well, at least once in a while. Skills and vocabulary enable us to talk about what is going on. They help us come to a better understanding of all the various factors involved.

 

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While the learning of skills and vocabulary are the building blocks, it is putting them together that really starts to improve one’s ability to perform. The ability to evaluate, synthesize, and prioritize all of the factors at play in a race will enable sailors to think about the big picture. Worrying about how to make your boat move, how to sail within the rules, how to be competitive, become more internalized, and easier to process. That leaves more room in the brain for “higher” level thoughts.

The sailor can then think about ‘strategy’ and ‘tactics,’ making “big” decisions that make a difference in performance. Learning to utilize wind shifts to your advantage and watching the wind to see if there are patterns, are signs of increasing awareness and growth.

The sessions I lead are about trying to get people conversant in sailing. They are about becoming familiar with ideas and topics so the rules are followed more closely and the sailing becomes less stressful and, instead, more fun. In the past two years, our sailors have definitely improved their understanding and abilities. As a result, the fleet has become more competitive. It is harder to do well consistently due to the improvement of so many in the group. What a positive sign!

I thank the group for their willingness to listen to these lessons about sailing and racing. Understanding skills and sailing terms make it easier to grow into competitive racers. Strategy and tactics become more pronounced.

In our next sessions, we will learn about strategies and tactics, including starts and buoy-rounding. We also will touch on rules and how to use them as a tactical advantage. As rules are grasped by more and more people, the racing will continue to become more competitive and even more exciting.

With all of that, let us not forget that Rule #1 is to Have Fun. That is, after all, why we come together to sail!

What’s Doing

Denis Boisvert has been diligently updating our Soling building manual. John Barstow has printed our season’s supply of bowsies. Mark Whitehead has completed the masts, booms, and fittings for this year’s class, and Anthony Quinn is making the sails. Steve Leker is constructing the stands as well as finishing up some of the youngsters’ sailboat kits. Trophies for this year’s Sasquatch Footy Regatta are ready to be awarded, and also being created in the Whitehead workshop are buoys built from sign foam generously donated by JC Signs. Mark hopes that combination dinghy cover-risers and rescue stands he designed and created are successful.

Denis Boisvert
Mark Whitehead made masts for Model Yacht Building Class.
Anthony Quinn, Sailmaker
John Barstow
Steve Leker
Assembled Youngster Sailboat
Youngster Sailboat Kit
Parts for Model Yacht Building Class
Mark Whitehead designed and built combination dinghy cover-risers and rescue stands.
Awards for Sasquatch Footy Regatta

Class of 2023

Don’t wait! The model yacht building class fills up fast. We have doubled the size of this year’s class for 2023, and you can apply starting January 31.

Model Yacht Building Workshop

2022 Model Yacht Building Class

Boat Dock – Boats For Sale:

  • Soling 1M – NH Boat Museum, Mark Whitehead, mwinossipee@gmail.com
  • Soling 1M – George Greathead, grthd487@gmail.com
  • Soling 1M – Larry Gessman, larrygessman@gmail.com
  • Victor Soling 1M Rudder + Keel Shells – Alan Perkins, alan.d.perkins@gmail.com

Upcoming Events:

  • February – March 2023, Zoom Meetings and Sailing Classes, Watch this Space!

Model Yachting News • November 2022

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Written by Mark Whitehead
Editing and Proofreading Kathleen Whitehead
Photos by Tim Wright, Paul McBride, Mark Whitehead
Layout & Photo Captions by Paul McBride and Ken Gerber
Games by Dave Perry

Happy Thanksgiving!

We sincerely hope that everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Winter Projects

Work on our trusty rescue dinghy commenced in November just before the first snow arrived. The project began with fiberglass work by Bill Malay and Mark Whitehead, then progressed to sanding and painting by a crew that on different days included Al Stevens, Tim Wright, Bruce Burns, Roger Rice, and Joel Nelson helping Mark. The little vessel looks mighty spiffy after her paint job, and come spring, she’ll have a new cover to protect her from the rain.

Dinghy Before Restoration
Bill Malay
Sanding...
and more Sanding...
Bruce Brown and Tim Wright
Roger Rice
Bruce Brown
Al Stevens, Bruce Brown, Tim Wright, Roger Rice
Al Stevens, Bruce Brown, Mark Whitehead, Roger Rice
Joel Nelson
Joel Nelson
Commodore Mark Whitehead adds the magic coating to the racing stripes that makes it go faster and prevents mishaps.
The Restored Dinghy, Ready for Next Season

In the meantime, Mark Whitehead is hard at work in his cellar building all the rigging bits and pieces for the 2023 Soling class. Once again, Anthony Quinn will be our master sail maker for the class.

Mark Whitehead with Masts for Next Year's Building Class
Anthony Quinn, Our Sailmaker
Denis Boisvert was given his winter assignment to update the Soling manuals. His computer CAD program is fired up and ready for action, giving the old drafted plans an entirely new look.
Denis Boisvert
Steve Leker, in between grandchildren, is creating dozens and dozens of hulls before Mark Whitehead adds sails – those kits bringing big smiles to our younger skippers.
Steve Leker makes parts for sailboat kits.
Example of a finished sailboat from the kits presented to kids who come to watch us sail.

Tim Wright already is organizing his winter Zoom programs to be presented after the first of the year.

As the winter continues, we’ll be seeking additional helpers for other programs we run.

Vice Commodore Tim Wright
After only a few more months we'll be sailing in Back Bay again.

Only Five More Months!

Just think of it, in only a few months Back Bay will be clear of ice and welcoming sailors on its water again!

Model Yacht Building

Don’t wait! Sign up for the 2023 model yacht building class! We have doubled the size and it is already half full!

Model Sailboat Building Class - Join the fun!

Boat Dock – Boats For Sale:

  • Soling 1M – NH Boat Museum, Mark Whitehead, mwinossipee@gmail.com
  • Soling 1M – George Greathead, grthd487@gmail.com
  • Soling 1M – Larry Gessman, larrygessman@gmail.com
  • Victor Soling 1M Rudder + Keel Shells – Alan Perkins, alan.d.perkins@gmail.com

Upcoming Events:

  • January – March 2023, Zoom Meetings and Sailing Classes, Watch this Space!
  • January 18, 2023 7PM, Zoom, Skippers Meeting

Past Events:

Model Yachting News • Week Ending November 05, 2022

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

We Just Couldn’t Resist

The Sunken Ship Award had been tucked away for a couple of years, but we felt it was time to dust it off and give it to some deserving Back Bay Skipper. Roger Rice has had a nagging, intermittent electrical issue that coaxed him onto shoreline rocks on a regular basis. The electrical issue we’re ignoring completely, of course, but not the rocks. For that reason, we deemed Roger Rice as the obvious recipient of the 2022 Sunken Ship Award. Congratulations, Roger!

Roger Rice received this year's Screw-Up Award for his boat's propensity for ending up on the rocks.
Joel Nelson was among the first to launch their Solings.

Last Week’s Weather This Week?

Last week, meteorologists predicted no wind, but their forecast was a week early. The wind remained hidden for November 1, making only feeble appearances now and then. The sailors were even baptized by occasional sprinkles. When participants arrived, Back Bay was flat calm. Position on the course determined which end of the fleet got the jump as skippers might float for quite a while before a little puff sneaked in to wake them up and push them ahead.

The November 1 Soling regatta, the last of the season, was attended by thirteen skippers, who amazingly completed eight races. However, it should be pointed out that only half the course was used due to the wind – or lack thereof!

Out on the Water

At this time of year, the scores are for bragging rights only. They ignore the usual minimum number of races required, and are an average of how many races are sailed, whether it is one or eight. A throw-out for every six races continues to be used, however.

A Good Start for Solings
Solings Under Grey Skies, with Sprinkles
Solings are off to a slow start.
Five classes of boats were sailed on Thursday: US12, Soling, Laser, DF95, and Schooner.

Scores
1. Tim Wright          2.0
2. Roger Rice          2.5 (Two races scored)
3. Don Cundy          2.6
4. Mark Whitehead 3.2
5. Bill Malay            4.2
6. Tim Brand           4.7
7. Paul McBride      5.6
8. Tom Barstow      5.8
9. Joel Nelson        6.0
10. Jim Opie           7.0
11. Anthony Quinn 7.5 (Two races scored)
12. Paul Wallace    8.0 (One race scored)
13. Bruce Wilheim 8.2

Three US12s round the second mark ...
... and drift toward the finish line.

The Last Hurrah

With flat, calm waters under blue sky, fourteen skippers gathered on Thursday, November 3, for the last dipping of the keels, followed by dock-out. The weather being what it was, everyone wondered if we were premature to stop the regattas. Experience has shown us, however, that with holidays approaching, the beginning of November is the best time to end the season.

 

Bill Malay helps himself to some refreshments prepared and served by B.B. Wright.
Joel Nelson and B.B. Wright at the Refreshment Table

To add to the festivities, “Mother Wright” set up a goodies table of cookies, cider, and OJ. The sustenance provided fortification for the task of disassembling, loading, and transporting the dock to its winter storage at the museum, another wonderful sailing season concluded.

The crew gets ready to remove a section of the dock, while Bill Malay washes buoys.
The last section of the dock is pulled from the water.
The Dock-Out Crew: Back row - Al Stevens, John Simms, Don Cundy, Bruce Wilhelm, Anthony Quinn, Skip Koehler, B.B. Wright, Tim Wright, Bill Malay; Front Row - Paul McBride, Denis Boisvert, Ken Gerber and friend Abby, Joel Nelson, Mark Whitehead; photo taken by Kent Koehler
Rescue dinghy, dock, and buoys are put away until Spring.

Sailing on Back Bay

The curtain has closed on the 2022 sailing season, but we look forward to seeing you at Back Bay in Wolfeboro when spring rolls around in 2023. Thank you for joining us.

Sailing starts again next Spring. Make it a date!

Boat Dock – Boats For Sale:

  • Soling 1M – NH Boat Museum, Mark Whitehead, mwinossipee@gmail.com
  • Soling 1M – George Greathead, grthd487@gmail.com
  • Soling 1M – Larry Gessman, larrygessman@gmail.com
  • 2 Soling 1Ms – Jennifer Smith, jjsmith0808@gmail.com
  • US12 – Jennifer Smith, jjsmith0808@gmail.com
  • Victor Soling 1M Rudder + Keel Shells – Alan Perkins, alan.d.perkins@gmail.com

Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday November 3, Dock Out at Back Bay, 11 AM Sailing followed by Dock Out
  • Winter 2022-2023, Zoom Meetings and Sailing Classes, Watch this Space!

Past Events:

Model Yachting News • Week Ending October 29, 2022

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

In Memory of
Don Opie
1920 – 2022
Sail Number 2220

Don Opie was born on April 20, 1920 and grew up in Concord, New Hampshire. He served in the Marines from 1942 to 1946 in the South Pacific. Although he wouldn’t talk about it much, he was at Guadalcanal.

Don worked for the Boston and Maine Railroad for forty years. During winter months, he built wooden boats for summer use by family in the West Alton and Alton Bay area when son, Jim, was younger.

Don retired in 1980 and relocated to Arcadia, Florida. Once Jim also retired, Don spent summers with his son in Moultonborough, but as cold weather arrived, Jim traveled to Florida to be with his father.

Solings
Solings

We Just Couldn’t Believe It

The forecast was for cloudy skies and winds from 1 to 3 mph, or to use a better term: zilch. With winds that low, the regatta becomes a floating contest with little or no competition. Lo and behold, we actually had a winner of a day on October 25 — temperatures reaching seventy degrees, a reasonable breeze, and the appearance of sun toward the end. To add to the festivities, we were visited by a loon, mallards, seagulls, a gaggle of geese, and a cormorant – as seen in a photo when the latter popped up between competing boats. 

The eleven skippers managed to complete ten races on a south-to-north two-buoy course. There were a few light spots, but generally, the wind adequately filled the sails.

Look! The Loch Ness Monster is in Back Bay. Oops, that's just a cormorant.
Dock Out is coming soon. It has been a great year for sailing.
The Skippers Memorial lists those members of our club who have passed away.
Tim Wright 383

Out on the Water

With an average of 1.0, Tim Wright won the day despite a dismal second-place finish in Race 3. Thank goodness the poor guy could throw that one out! Testing a new suit of lightweight sails, it was Mark Whitehead placing second overall with a score of 2.6 and five second-place finishes. On the downward leg, his was the fastest boat in the fleet.

Third place overall was held by our race director, Don Cundy, only one tenth behind Mark Whitehead with a score of 2.7. He won Race 3, by the way. Steve Leker earned the fourth spot, scoring 3.3, and competing in only two races, Paul McBride was fifth, scoring 4.5. During the regular season, two races would not qualify a skipper for top positions, but at this time of year, we’re a lot more lenient. Brag away, Paul!

Scores

1. Tim Wright       1.0
2. Mark Whitehead 2.6
3. Don Cundy       2.7
4. Steve Leker      3.3
5. Paul McBride   4.5 ( Two races in #70)
6. Anthony Quinn 4.9
7. Tom Barstow   5.0 (one race due to boat issues)
     Bob Brennan   5.0
     Bill Malay        5.0
8. Roger Rice       6.7
9. Joel Nelson     7.0 (one race due to boat issues)

Soling Skippers coax their boats toward the finish line in light wind.
Solings
Joel Nelson makes some repairs.
At US12 race time the strong winds and gusts had us debating what boats to sail.
Due to the strong winds, none of the US12's were launched.
Don Cundy got his 30 year old Laser with the "C" rig, ready to sail.

Force of a Cold Front

The US12 fleet again felt the force, resulting in a fresh northerly wind for our sailing on October 27. The brisk winds would have scared us away in years past, but we had five sailors sailing four different classes, none of which was a US12. They would have been overpowered in the puffs, even with a “b” rig. Instead, we had a DF 95, a Laser, two Soling 1Ms, and a handmade schooner. While there were some breakdowns, each boat got back out there to sail.

 

Don Cundy was first in the water with his Laser, and opened the door for others to try. Denis Boisvert made the trip north with his handmade schooner. It loved the breeze, showing great speed and ability to handle the strong puffs. Although there were some rigging issues brought about by the high winds, Denis made some on-the-spot fixes, and sailed again. It is a pretty boat in any wind, but with a strong wind, it flies along and really shows well.

 

Don Cundy's Laser sailed perfectly.
The Laser got its rigging wrapped around the start buoy for a while.
The boats that did launch all handled the strong wind well.
Tim Wright's Soling 383, and Don Cundy's Laser 623.
Denis Boisvert's Schooner was a beautiful sight, sailing at full speed.
The Schooner had a problem with its foresail.
Bill Malay sailed his two Solings, 7 and 8.
Rick Gates's DF95

The DF95 did a good job and handled the wind well. Rick Gates was pleased with how it sailed, making his trip from Nashua worthwhile. Bill Malay and Tim Wright put Solings in the water, and they did well. At times the wind appeared to be winning, but when the puffs let up a little bit, the boats performed as they should.

Sailing on Back Bay

The 2022 season has only one week of sailing remaining, when radio-controlled model yachts will be on Back Bay in Wolfeboro from 1 PM to 3 PM weekly, the Solings on Tuesday and the US12s on Thursday, weather permitting. Wednesday serves as an alternate day should sailing conditions be poor.

Join the last hurrah! We love to share so don’t be shy about asking to try your hand at the controls. Come watch the show or take a picture. It’s a sight to behold.

Join the Fun!

Boat Dock – Boats For Sale:

  • Soling 1M – NH Boat Museum, Mark Whitehead, mwinossipee@gmail.com
  • Soling 1M – George Greathead, grthd487@gmail.com
  • Soling 1M – Larry Gessman, larrygessman@gmail.com
  • 2 Soling 1Ms – Jennifer Smith, jjsmith0808@gmail.com
  • US12 – Jennifer Smith, jjsmith0808@gmail.com
  • Victor Soling 1M Rudder + Keel Shells – Alan Perkins, alan.d.perkins@gmail.com

Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday November 3, Dock Out at Back Bay, 11 AM Sailing followed by Dock Out

Past Events:

Model Yachting News • Week Ending October 22, 2022

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Written by Tim Wright, B.B. Wright, Mark Whitehead
Editing and Proofreading Kathleen Whitehead
Photos by Paul McBride, B.B. Wright, Kathleen Whitehead, Karen Enos
Layout & Photo Captions by Paul McBride and Ken Gerber
Games by Dave Perry

Presentations This Week

Two more presentations were made to deserving Back Bay Skippers at the October 19 Soling regatta. Several weeks ago, Bruce Wilhelm earned his first win for the US12 Class and was given a certificate. We waited several weeks for a hat to give our dedicated race director, Don Cundy, but Calico Graphics had been swamped with orders. Don certainly should earn big bucks for running our regattas so smoothly, but the hat represents at least a small token of our appreciation for his volunteer efforts.

A Back Bay Skippers Hat goes to Don Cundy for being our excellent Race Director.
A US12 First Win Certificate goes to Bruce Wilhelm.
Denis Boisvert's Schooner

Just the Luck of the Draw

Or maybe the fickle finger of fate picked the velocity and direction of this week’s wind. Those who can read the wind well were leaders in the October 19 Soling regatta, and those of us who couldn’t really, really struggled. One half of the course had winds blowing from the shore, the other half from south to north. Throughout the regatta, they changed and changed and changed and changed! Now and then, the boats were hit with gusts that made them act squirrelly to say the least. The good news was that we didn’t have to launch the rescue dinghy and the sun was out!

Solings at the Start Line
Solings
Solings head for the third mark.
The Soling Fleet

Out on the Water

There were eleven Soling skippers October 19, but only nine competed in the twelve-race regatta. At the end of the day, wearing his new hat for speed, Don Cundy took first place with four wins and an average score of 2.0. Just behind Don in second place was Steve Leker with two wins of his own and an overall score of 2.3. Third overall was Tom Barstow with a couple of wins and a score of 3.5. Right behind him was Denis Boisvert, who had two first-place finishes and a score of 3.8. Mark Whitehead struggled off the line and at the finish but did manage a score of 4.1 that landed him in fifth place. Having two throw-out races certainly impacted the final scores because everyone had at least one dud. It’s well to note that all top five skippers won at least two races.

 

Scores

1. Don Cundy          2.0
2. Steve Leker         2.3
3. Tom Barstow      3.5
4. Denis Boisvert    3.8
5. Mark Whitehead 4.1
6. Bill Malay            4.9
7. Anthony Quinn   5.6
8. Paul Wallace      6.0
9. Bruce Wilhelm   7.1

A Marblehead, 2 Solings, and 2 US12s at the Start Line
It's getting cooler.

US12 Sailing

Thursday, October 20, was a great day for sailing. The crisp temperatures came with a perfect wind — strong enough to give the boats a good workout without overpowering them. With fewer than average wind shifts, the sailing was outstanding. Skippers brought a variety of boats to sail. While we had many US12s, there also were two Solings, a Marblehead, and a Santa Barbara. The Santa Barbara, all 70 inches, loves a good breeze, and it was in heaven. The Marblehead, built by our former member and champion, Ned Lakeman, sailed well. It also likes a good bit of wind to get it moving, and both boats were doing well throughout the afternoon.

Sometimes the Solings beat the US12s, but more often, the US12s were battling it out with the Marblehead at the front of the fleet. John Simms had a good day, finishing first on many occasions with his US12. There were many solid performances but no scoring, so we will never know the exact results. People can embellish their personal results without fear of recrimination.

As the season winds down, we are enjoying both the sailing and the camaraderie. Too soon, the dock will come out and we will start thinking about next year. For now, let’s keep enjoying the time together in such a beautiful setting.

A Marblehead and Two Solings

Sailing on Back Bay

The 2022 season has only two weeks of sailing remaining, when radio-controlled model yachts will be on Back Bay in Wolfeboro from 1 PM to 3 PM weekly, the Solings on Tuesday and the US12s on Thursday, weather permitting. Wednesday serves as an alternate day should sailing conditions be poor.

Join the last hurrah! We love to share so don’t be shy about asking to try your hand at the controls. Come watch the show or take a picture. It’s a sight to behold.

Sailing is fun for all ages.

Boat Dock – Boats For Sale:

  • Soling 1M – NH Boat Museum, Mark Whitehead, mwinossipee@gmail.com
  • Soling 1M – George Greathead, grthd487@gmail.com
  • Soling 1M – Larry Gessman, larrygessman@gmail.com
  • 2 Soling 1Ms – Jennifer Smith, jjsmith0808@gmail.com
  • US12 – Jennifer Smith, jjsmith0808@gmail.com
  • Victor Soling 1M Rudder + Keel Shells – Alan Perkins, alan.d.perkins@gmail.com

Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday October 22, 2022 Minuteman Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series, Needham MA

Past Events:

Model Yachting News • Week Ending October 15, 2022

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

Just a Few More Weeks

The model yacht fleets are still going strong, but things will probably end the first week in November. So far, most of the days have been just what we look forward to in the fall — clear cool days with sunshine and a good steady wind.

The October 11 Soling regatta was no exception. Fourteen Skippers challenged Back Bay and each other for a thirteen-race competition. A few more “log jams” than usual seemed to occur, so we’ll have to review the rules to avoid those situations. All in all, however, a great day was had by everyone.

A Perfect Fall Day for Sailing
Solings head for the first mark, surrounded by glorious Fall foliage.
Skippers are lined up along the path that was the railroad line from Wolfeboro to Sanbonville from 1872 through the 1980s.

Out on the Water

Tim Wright had some challenges to his supremacy, but at afternoon’s end, he ruled supreme, landing a 1.1 score for the day, finishing first in ten races. Don Cundy, always in the thick of things and very consistent out on the water, took the second spot with a score of 3.1. He crossed the finish line first in one race and came in second four times. Only eight tenths behind, Mark Whitehead placed third overall with seven third-place finishes and a score of 3.9. It was neck and neck for fourth and fifth place between Denis Boisvert and Tom Barstow. In the end, it was Denis Boisvert who took the fourth spot scoring 4.6, while Tom Barstow scored 4.7 for fifth place. Now that is mighty close!

Of note: Bob Brennan did take a win in Race 8, but he became so excited he had to quit for the day! Even though the final overall scores don’t show it, Roger Rice, our newest Skipper, has improved. In Race 5 he led the fleet to the third buoy, only to be caught in the home stretch. That, nonetheless, showed the ability he has gained.

Bob Brennan 5149

Scores

  1. Tim Wright          1.1
  2. Don Cundy          3.1
  3. Mark Whitehead 3.9
  4. Denis Boisvert    4.6
  5. Tom Barstow      4.7
  6. Anthony Quinn   5.1
  7. Genie Ware         5.6
  8. Paul McBride      6.6
  9. Tim Brand           7.1
10. John Barstow    7.2
11. Bob Brennan      8.6
12. Al Stevens          9.2
13. Roger Rice         9.3
13. Paul Wallace      9.3

Roger Rice 330 has a big lead at the second mark.
Solings
Commodore Mark Whitehead 12 is in the lead, followed by Vice Commodore Tim Wright 383.
Skippers concentrate at the start.
Don Cundy 3rd Place US12 Summer Series, and Tim Wright 1st Place US12 Summer Series

Just Gloom for the US12s

Thursday, October 13, was a washout for the US12 fleet. The rain, the gloomy weather, and the strong wind gusts defeated our attempt to sail yet another fall day. We will try again next week, inviting all to “Bring What You Want to Sail.”

No US12s sailed on Thursday due to strong wind and rain.

Sailing on Back Bay
The season is winding down, but radio-controlled model yachts are on Back Bay in Wolfeboro from 1 PM to 3 PM weekly, the Solings on Tuesday and the US12s on Thursday, weather permitting. Wednesday serves as an alternate day should sailing conditions be poor.

Join the fun! We love to share so don’t be shy about asking to try your hand at the controls. Come watch the show or take a picture. It’s a sight to behold.

Three Smiling Kids Enjoying Sailing R/C Model Sailboats

Boat Dock – Boats For Sale:

  • Soling 1M – NH Boat Museum, Mark Whitehead, mwinossipee@gmail.com
  • Soling 1M – George Greathead, grthd487@gmail.com
  • Soling 1M – Larry Gessman, larrygessman@gmail.com
  • 2 Soling 1Ms – Jennifer Smith, jjsmith0808@gmail.com
  • US12 – Jennifer Smith, jjsmith0808@gmail.com
  • Victor Soling 1M Rudder + Keel Shells – Alan Perkins, alan.d.perkins@gmail.com

Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday October 22, 2022 Minuteman Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series, Needham MA

Past Events:

Model Yachting News • Week Ending October 8, 2022

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

Season Champions Have Been Crowned

Award shirts for the top three skippers in each class of the previous season are presented in the spring. The championship trophies for the current season are presented in the fall so the skippers can admire their accomplishments all winter.

Tom Barstow proudly received his trophy as leader of the Sailor Class. Tim Wright was given only name plates because he has the trophies for Soling Master Class Champion and US12 Class Champion permanently bolted to the wall of his trophy room. Incidentally, he’s running out of wall space!

Tim Wright with His Trophies for US12 and Soling Master Class
Tom Barstow 2022 Soling Sailor Class Champion

A New England Fall Day

Fall foliage is starting to dominate, and to our benefit, the weathermen had it all wrong. Not mostly cloudy but gloriously sunny. Not just minuscule wind but a good breeze. They did get the wind direction right, however. The NNE wind gave us a good upwind start from left to right – applauded by all thirteen skippers who attended the October 4 regatta. With that reasonable wind, the fleet went all in and completed twelve races, allowing for two throw-outs – very helpful for those of us who have a few duds here and there!

Solings with Fall Foliage
The fleet chases after Tim Wright 383.

Out on the Water

Tim Wright led the fleet this week with the lowest point average, scoring 1.1. Recently promoted to the Master Class, Tom Barstow took the second spot with 2.7 and just enough races to qualify, placing second four times. Steve Leker earned third place with 3.1 points, his tally including two wins and a second-place finish. Mark Whitehead at 3.6 points landed in fourth place, four second-place finishes a big help. Earning fifth place overall was Denis Boisvert with 3.9 points, one second-place finish plus five thirds.

 

Soling 1M Race Results for October 4, 2022

1. Tim Wright          1.1
2. Tom Barstow       2.7
3. Steve Leker         3.1
4. Mark Whitehead 3.6
5. Denis Boisvert    3.9
6. Anthony Quinn    4.3
7. Paul McBride      5.8
8. Bill Malay            6.0
9. Genie Ware         6.3
10. Skip Koehler     7.3
11. Roger Rice        8.4
12. John Barstow   8.6
13. Bruce Wilhelm  8.7

Anthony Quinn coaxes his boat around the course.
The sharks circle their prey.
Denis Boisvert 44 and Tim Wright's Chinese Junk built by Alain Jousse.
US12s and Solings with Fall Colors

US12 Fleet on Back Bay

The five US12s had a perfect fall day to contend with even though the wind was less than desirable. John Barstow and Genie Ware brought their Solings to add to the festivities. Under Anthony Quinn’s fleet management and Don Cundy’s course directorship, ten races were completed. Only one-and-a-half points separated first from fifth, with four of the skippers claiming first-place finishes.

Genie Ware 74 and John Barstow 72 Soling 1Ms and Jim Opie 130 US12
Don Cundy 20

Leading the way this week was our race director, Don Cundy, with 1.7 points and five victories. John Simms was close on his heels with 2.1 points and three wins of his own. In third place was Paul McBride at 2.8 points. Paul didn’t have any wins but was very consistent with five second-place finishes.

US12 Race Results for October 6, 2022

1. Don Cundy         1.7
2. John Simms      2.1
3. Paul McBride     2.8
4. Anthony Quinn   3.0
5. Jim Opie             3.4

John Simms 101
Paul McBride 223
The dinghy sleeps on the dock until the next sailing day.
Bob Brennan brought his classic American land yacht.

Sailing on Back Bay
The season is winding down, but radio-controlled model yachts are on Back Bay in Wolfeboro from 1 PM to 3 PM weekly, the Solings on Tuesday and the US12s on Thursday, weather permitting. Wednesday serves as an alternate day should sailing conditions be poor.

Join the fun! We love to share so don’t be shy about asking to try your hand at the controls. Come watch the show or take a picture. It’s a sight to behold.

Mark and Kathleen sail their first boat together.

Boat Dock – Boats For Sale:

  • Soling 1M – NH Boat Museum, Mark Whitehead, mwinossipee@gmail.com
  • Soling 1M – George Greathead, grthd487@gmail.com
  • Soling 1M – Larry Gessman, larrygessman@gmail.com
  • 2 Soling 1Ms – Jennifer Smith, jjsmith0808@gmail.com
  • US12 – Jennifer Smith, jjsmith0808@gmail.com
  • Victor Soling 1M Rudder + Keel Shells – Alan Perkins, alan.d.perkins@gmail.com

Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday October 22, 2022 Minuteman Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series, Needham MA

Past Events:

Model Yachting News • Week Ending October 1, 2022

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

Traveling Team
On Saturday, September 24, two of our Back Bay Skippers headed south to Bow Lake in Strafford for the Annual Bow Lake RC Laser Regatta. Tim Wright and Paul McBride competed in the event, and our sailing guru Tim Wright took home the top prize while Paul McBride placed sixth.

Paul McBride sailed Don Cundy's Laser 623.
Tim Wright 80 approaches the finish line.
Lasers head from the start line to the nearby first mark.
The RC Laser Fleet at Bow Lake
Michael Hoydis 2nd Place Laser and Bob Shapiro 3rd Place and Host of the Bow Lake Regatta
Tim Wright 1st Place Laser

Summer Series Certificates Presented

Bill Malay 2nd Place Soling Sailor Class
Bob Brennan 3rd Place Soling Sailor Class
Tim Wright 1st Place Soling Master Class
Don Cundy 2nd Place Soling Master Class
Steve Leker 3rd Place Soling Master Class

Another Great Day
You have to love sailing in the fall. The air is dry and crisp, the wind tends to be a little steadier, and lack of official scoring reduces the pressure – almost. On September 27, the sun came out about halfway through our twelve-race regatta, adding to the festive feel, and the twelve participants enjoyed some fantastic competition.

Race Director Don Cundy announces the course.
Solings

Out on the Water
Tim Wright led the way with a 1.9 score but won only seven of the twelve races. Don Cundy stepped it up a notch this week scoring 2.2, with three wins and a strong second place. Steve Leker’s skill put him on the podium in third with a score of 2.9 and a win in the first race of the day. Scoring 3.2, Mark Whitehead captured fourth with three second-place finishes and four thirds, and Denis Boisvert landed in fifth with 3.8 and three second-place finishes.

        1. Tim Wright          1.9
        2. Don Cundy           2.2
        3. Steve Leker          2.9
        4. Mark Whitehead 3.2
        5. Denis Boisvert    3.8
        6. Paul McBride      5.5
        7. Bill Malay            5.8
        8. Roger Rice          7.4
        9. Bob Brennan      7.6
        10. Al Stevens          7.8
        11. Anthony Quinn  8.4
        12. Skip Koehler    11.0
Solings sailed as one fleet.
Tim Wright rescues a boat that lost its mast.
Solings

US12 Sailing on September 29
Billed as a Bring What You Want to Sail day, September 29 welcomed a variety of boats ready to sail with the US12 fleet. However, the wind also came. It was too strong for some of the boats, so only a few sailed. A “J “boat, measuring almost eight feet long and weighing seventy pounds, never left the shore. A Santa Barbara was first in the water. The sixty-inch-long boat loves windy days and was doing well until a sail arm connected to the powerful servo came loose and ended its day quite suddenly. Bruce Wilhelm, just back after weeks away, sailed his US12 and did well between the puffs. Don Cundy sailed his Laser, and it performed beautifully. However, with the strong gusts, no other boats went in the water, and we ended earlier than usual. We’ll try the Bring What You Want to Sail day again in two weeks on October 13. Let’s hope we get conditions that allow the fleet to sail.

Tim Wright's Santa Barbara
Tim Wright's J-Boat
Bruce Wilhelm's US12 No. 267 handled the wind fairly well.
The Laser sailed well with the standard "B" rig.
The wind is a little too strong causing the bow to dive into the water.

Sailing on Back Bay
The season is winding down, but radio-controlled model yachts are on Back Bay in Wolfeboro from 1 PM to 3 PM weekly, the Solings on Tuesday and the US12s on Thursday, weather permitting. Wednesday serves as an alternate day should sailing conditions be poor.

Join the fun! We love to share so don’t be shy about asking to try your hand at the controls. Come watch the show or take a picture. It’s a sight to behold.

Maybe you will get a sailboat kit too.

Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday October 1, 2022 Old Man of the Mountain Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series, Nashua NH
  • Saturday October 22, 2022 Minuteman Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series, Needham MA

Past Events:

Model Yachting News • Week Ending September 24, 2022

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

The Last Scored Week

It just didn’t happen! For the first time, all three days were spoiled by Mother Nature. Actually, Tuesday’s Soling regatta was rescheduled due to meteorological predictions of rain and thunderstorms – that never happened! Strong winds blew away any chance of sailing on Wednesday and Thursday. We certainly wanted to sail. After all, don’t sailboats need wind in order to move? Gusts approaching thirty miles per hour, however, are too hard on our smaller yachts, so sadly, more cancellations had to be made.

Skippers Memorial

Summer Series

The eight-regatta summer series ran from July 26 to September 15, with no provision for cancellations. The skippers must compete in fifty percent of the regattas to qualify for awards, the top three skippers in each class presented with certificates.

2022 Summer Series Champions

Sailor Class
First Place Tom Barstow
Second Place Bill Malay
Third Place Bob Brennan

Master Class
First Place Tim Wright
Second Place Don Cundy
Third Place Steve Leker

US12 Class
First Place Tim Wright
Second Place Rick Laird
Third Place Don Cundy

Denis Boisvert sailed his Schooner before the start of Soling races.

2022 Season Champions
The championship season schedules sixteen officially scored regattas, and, again, a participation of fifty percent is required to be eligible for awards. The top skipper in each class receives the perpetual trophy, the top three receive an award, and the top five receive recognition and admiration from everyone involved.

Sailor Class

First Place Tom Barstow
Second Place Bill Malay
Third Place Bob Brennan
Fourth Place Bruce Brown
Fifth Place Ken Gerber

Tom Barstow, 1st Place, Soling Sailor
Bill Malay, 2nd Place, Soling Sailor
Bob Brennan, 3rd Place, Soling Sailor
Bruce Brown, 4th Place, Soling Sailor
Ken Gerber, 5th Place, Soling Sailor

Master Class

First Place Tim Wright
Second Place Don Cundy
Third Place Denis Boisvert
Fourth Place Steve Leker
Fifth Place Mark Whitehead

Tim Wright, 1st Place Soling Master and US12
Don Cundy, 2nd Place, Soling Master and US12
Dennis Boisvert, 3rd Place, Soling Master
Steve Leker, 4th Place, Soling Master
Mark Whitehead, 5th Place, Soling Master

US12 Class

First Place Tim Wright
Second Place Don Cundy
Third Place John Simms
Fourth Place Paul McBride
Fifth Place Jim Opie

Rick Laird, 2nd Place, US12 Summer Series
John Simms, 3rd Place, US12 Season
Paul McBride, 4th Place, US12 Season
Jim Opie, 5th Place, US12 Season
Jim Opie, 5th Place, US12 Season

New Masters

The competition committee chooses those in the Sailor Class to be promoted to Master Class, or those in the Master Class to be demoted to Sailor Class so as to keep the size of each class approximately the same. Due to a smaller Master Class this year, four Sailors will be promoted to Master Class, and no one will be demoted to Sailor Class. This will equalize the numbers in the fleets. Traditionally, in the selection of top Sailors and bottom Masters, the participation percentage is not considered, so this may differ from the season results.

Promoted to Master Class are: Tom Barstow, Jay Burns, Bill Malay, and Bob Brennan.

Solings in September
The spray from award competition has settled for the season, and we in turn have settled into a more relaxed schedule for bragging rights and self challenges. To start the official unscored fall, we had an absolutely spectacular day of sailing. The September 20 regatta brought an unheard-of steady northwest wind to Back Bay. Thirteen skippers challenged each other in fifteen races, giving us two throw-out races and a small enough fleet to go all in. It was a gray day with cool temperatures, but we don’t think anyone noticed.

Solings

Out on the Water

Leading the way was Tim Wright, with an unbelievable 1.0 average, definitely the lowest point score. That’s like getting 100 or A plus on an exam. Showing some consistency, it was Mark Whitehead finishing second. One tenth of a point behind Mark was Don Cundy in the third spot, and Dennis Boisvert, three tenths of a point behind Don, took possession of fourth. Week by week gaining strength, Joel Nelson finished out the top five.

Race Director Don Cundy describes the day's course.
The dock is busy.

You’ll notice we scored only one fleet instead of the two that we use all season. With a smaller fleet and no official scoring, we can do that.

1. Tim Wright 1.0
2. Mark Whitehead 3.4
3. Don Cundy 3.5
4. Denis Boisvert 3.8
5. Joel Nelson 4.9
6. Bill Malay 5.9
7. Anthony Quinn 6.2
8. Paul McBride 6.7
9. John Barstow 7.0
10. Genie Ware 7.6
11. Bob Brennan 8.5
12. Roger Rice 9.1
13. Skip Koehler 11.3

Scorekeeper Karen Enos watches as skippers launch their boats.

Mother Nature Saved the Best for Last.

On the last day of summer, September 21, five US12 sailors were treated to the best winds and nicest day of the season. Cool temperatures and a relatively steady wind with fewer than average shifts made the sailing enjoyable for everyone. As a result of the quick races and the rapid turnaround between races, not to mention the help of our scorekeeper, we were able to complete twenty races. That’s one race every six minutes for two hours. Everyone was in good spirits enjoying the very pleasant afternoon.

 

Don Cundy
Tim Wright watches, as Anthony Quinn and John Simms get their US12s ready to launch.

Although the scoring was not official, sailors were using their skills honed throughout the season. The sailing was competitive all afternoon. Paul McBride finished in fifth with a 3.9 average. Anthony Quinn finished in fourth with a 3.2 average. Don Cundy was just ahead of Anthony in third with a 2.9 average. John Simms managed to finish in second place with a 2.3 average, and Tim Wright earned bragging rights for the day. Truly, everyone gets bragging rights for getting to pursue one of their hobbies on such a wonderful afternoon. We all were winners today.

 

Next Thursday, the US12 fleet would like to invite anyone who wants to sail, with any boat, to come and join us. In addition to the US12s, we are hoping for some Marbleheads, Solings, a DF95 or 65, and maybe even a J boat. If you would like to try sailing something different, come on by. See you next week.

Anthony Quinn and Tim Wright
US12s

Sailing on Back Bay
The radio-controlled model yachts are on Back Bay in Wolfeboro from 1 PM to 3 PM weekly, the Solings on Tuesday and the US12s on Thursday, weather permitting. Wednesday serves as an alternate day should sailing conditions be poor.

Join the fun! We love to share so don’t be shy about asking to try your hand at the controls. Come watch the show or take a picture. It’s a sight to behold.

Fun for the Whole Family!
Fun for the Whole Family!

Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday September 24, 2022 RC Laser Regatta, Bow Lake, Strafford NH – Race Notice
  • Saturday October 1, 2022 Old Man of the Mountain Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series, Nashua NH
  • Saturday October 22, 2022 Minuteman Footy Regatta, Nor’easter Series, Needham MA

The Museum is now CLOSED for the winter. Thank you for a great season!  See you in spring 2023. 

The Museum is now CLOSED for the winter. Thank you for a great season!  See you in spring 2023.