Model Yachting News • June 30, 2020

Posted on

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.