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.