Solings 09-18, by Bob Brennan
Well, we had a late call for “sailing is on” by our Interim Commodore Tim Wright for the Tuesday, September 18th regatta. The rains ended and the sun eventually made a appearance. Ten racers we able to make the call and we were able to get 8 races in for the event. Tim Wright continues to make a great showing, placing first in seven of the 8 races. If he wasn’t such a nice person, I’m sure we would be doing something to disable his boat.
Rick Lalley was able to take a first and two second places. Like every good sniper, Rick would benefit from a good spotter. Sitting in his director’s chair while the rest of us walk down the path to get a better depth of field, Rick has cut inside a buoy or two during the last couple of sessions. Maybe he could bring a spare grandchild to help him make the call.
Of course the weeds took their toll on most of us this week. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking by it. The long tentacles of a plant I have no idea of what’s it’s name is, wrapped someone’s keel or rudder seemingly on every race. BB Wright pitched in by using the rescue pole to retrieve the weeds preventing them from entering the water again. It appeared she had enough to make several leis or have the means to line a pit for a heck of a clam bake.
We were entertained by Ed Johnson’s photo journalism and Skip and Ellen Koehler’s continuous showing of love and affection toward each other. Anthony Quinn made a guest appearance (sans boat) to give us just enough grief to make sure everyone knew he was there.
I have to mention that I had a double Bill Quayle sighting last week. Bill was seen out on a field trip with his probation officer Diane. He did have an ankle bracelet on to keep him from wandering without supervision. He also snuck out and sat on the bench last Tuesday. Bill looked good, was in good spirits and said he felt much better.
Winds were light, but it was a great day of sailing on Ossipee Lake, hosted by Tim and BB Wright. Only three of the regular US12 sailors made it to the regatta, relocated from Back Bay because of recent treatment for milfoil. Unfortunately, at the end of day, while Tim was carrying his boat, he tripped on a cleat and fell, smashing his boat on the dock. Tim survived, but the boat’s hull was broken on both sides. It’s repairable, and Tim plans to have it back in commission for next week’s races.
Join the Fun
Weather permitting, the Soling fleet sails on Tuesdays starting at 1PM, and the US12’s compete on Thursdays, also at 1PM. Just head for the municipal parking lot at the end of Glendon Street and you’ll find us along the Bridge-Falls Path. In addition, the Laconia club sails at Lily Pond near the airport in Gilford on Sundays starting at 9AM.
Join us for a great show with many photo ops. And don’t forget to bring the youngsters – we have free-sailing Footies for them to use on Tuesdays. (For those wanting to purchase a Footy, a few are available in the boat museum’s gift shop.) If you want to try your hand at the helm of a radio-control boat, please let us know — we love to share.