Fall Sailing – October 10, 2017

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US12 Sailing

Tim Wright reports that sailing on Thursday, October 5, was exceptional. The wind was good, and varied from almost too much to just enough. Sailors who showed up for the afternoon got in many races that weren't scored, but there was no scarcity of competition.

It's hard to believe the sailing season is almost over and the dock comes out soon, but we've had some outstanding days for the US12s -- although a recent one was called for too much wind! Time is approaching fast to put boats into workshops and prepare for next season. Hopefully, however, we can sail one or two more afternoons before the final race is called.

John Simms launches his US12
Paul Wallace prays for his boat to come back
Hard charging US12s
Launch time

Fall Sailing -- Just the Best

About fifteen skippers came out for the October 10 regatta. Greeted by ten- to fifteen-mph winds, a few were reluctant to wet their rudder, but for the most part, the rest jumped right in for a great day of sailing. Sunshine, temperatures in the low seventies and brightly colored trees lining the bay, coupled with less pressure to score well, brings out the best sailing.

New skipper Nelson Steiner is making great progress after just two weeks with his #5335. There's a lot to learn -- both in tuning the boat and sailing it with speed. Even minor adjustments can make a big difference. Then there are the rules of sailing. Who has the right of way and putting yourself in the best position to succeed.

While the higher winds clear the bay of weeds, there were still a few lurking in the water. This week's weed winner was Paul McBride, pulling off a three-footer.

Nelson Steiner in action
Nelson's 5335
Solings at the start
What's wrong with John's boat?
Solings at the windward mark
Skipper Line Up
Weed winner: Paul McBride

Join the Fun

The Solings sail on Tuesdays, the US12's on Thursdays, both starting at 1 PM, weather permitting. If you prefer weekends, the Laconia club welcomes sailors on Lily Pond in Gilford Sunday mornings at 9 AM.

It's a great show, so bring your camera. For those who'd like to try their hand at the helm, we love to share. The younger set also can give the sport a try, using boats we bring just for them to sail.

Fall Sailing – October 3, 2017

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There is nothing like watching the leaves change each week through the fall as they reflect on the bay. For the most part, the winds tend to be more consistent, and the temperatures certainly are cooler. The pressure of trying to improve scores has ended, and it is a much more relaxed pace -- sort of -- the skippers are always competitive.

Fifteen sailors launched for the October 3 regatta, winds at about five mph, giving us a great race day. The weeds were still out there, but the dinghy didn't have to hurry out for rescues. Joel Nelson definitely was the weed winner, gathering several pounds of the stuff when he sailed into the lilies. Joel apparently forgot the race course is out in the bay.

New skipper Nelson Steiner got a chance to try out his new 5335, staying well out of the way while he went through the learning curve. It looked like Tim Wright led the day and gets bragging rights for the week. Paul Wallace probably should get the prize for the afternoon's most improved participant. Paul moved well up in the fleet.

It's interesting to watch as the fickle Back Bay winds come in little bursts, when the boats lagging behind suddenly move up to challenge the leaders and keep them on their toes.

 

Bragging rights: Tim Wright
Improved skipper: Paul Wallace
US12s

Join the Fun

The Solings sail on Tuesdays, the US12's on Thursdays, both starting at 1 PM, weather permitting. If you prefer weekends, the Laconia club welcomes sailors on Lily Pond in Gilford Sunday mornings at 9 AM.

It's a great show, so bring your camera. For those who'd like to try their hand at the helm, we love to share. The younger set also can give the sport a try, using boats we bring just for them to sail.

 

Soling Sailing – September 26th

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Disappointment

Everyone was looking forward to raising their standings in the September 26 final scored regatta of the season. This is autumn after all, so what happened? Behind the disappointment were temperatures in the eighties, winds fluctuating from 0 to 3 mph, and weeds on the attack. The bay needs the wind and a good rain to flush the weeds from the course. 

Traditionally, this highly anticipated season brings great winds, colorful foliage, and cool temperatures for ideal sailing. Instead, 10 percent of the races were weed calls, not including several sailors who decided not to surrender to the foe. Skippers can report weeds and receive the day's average score for that race. The fleet of seventeen did the best it could under the circumstances, posting six races.

Flat calm for the solings
The weeds of Back Bay

Out on the Water

There was a tie for top honors in this week's regatta. Don Cundy from the Master Class and Paul McBride from the Sailor Class were locked in the top spot. Paul just kept in the front all day, posting two firsts, one second, and two thirds. He certainly deserves high praise for his accomplishment. Don not only led the regatta, but spent some of his time rescuing boats from weed entanglement. Tim Wright posted a second in the Master Class, his boat a magnet to the stringy nuisance. Third place had another tie, with Rick Lalley and John Simms filling the last spot on the podium.

In the Sailor Class, after Paul McBride's decisive win, it was Mac MacDonald in second, and 11-year-old Dax Rivera grabbing third-place honors.

Tied for Regatta lead: Don Cundy and Paul McBride
Another tie for 2nd: John Simms
Also tied for 2nd: Rick Lalley
Sailors Class 2nd: Mac MacDonald
Sailors Class 3rd: Dax Rivera

Join the Fun

The Solings sail on Tuesdays, the US12's on Thursdays, both starting at 1 PM, weather permitting. If you prefer weekends, the Laconia club welcomes sailors on Lily Pond in Gilford Sunday mornings at 9 AM.

It's a great show, so bring your camera. For those who'd like to try their hand at the helm, we love to share. The younger set also can give the sport a try, using boats we bring just for them to sail.

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US 12 Sailing

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No report came in from the US12 fleet, but we do know they had a great day on September 21, with strong winds, nine scored races, and five skippers.

Not unusual, it was Tim Wright leading the way, followed by Don Cundy. Joel Nelson sailed well, landing in third spot.

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US12's in action
1st and 2nd place, Tim Wright and Don Cundy
3rd Place Joel Nelson
A good wind for the US12s