Model Yachting News • Week Ending October 10, 2020

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Written by Tim Wright, Mark Whitehead
Editing Kathleen Whitehead
Photos by Paul McBride, Tim & B.B. Wright, Mark Whitehead, Steve Leker, John Barstow
Layout Paul McBride

No One Wants to Stop
The October 6 Soling regatta attracted skippers from four points of the compass — all around the lake, down from Maine, and up from Massachusetts they came. Twenty skippers signed up for their official clothespin number that gave them the sailing order. Because of an even count, we were able to have sailing fleets of one through ten, eleven through twenty, odd numbers only, then even numbers. Keeping our ten-skipper race count, this process mixed the participants for each race, and most sailed in five of the ten races.


The winds were no less finicky than last week, creating a challenge for everyone in the fleet. Unless you could stay on top of the wind shifts you could go from the front to the back in a hurry.

And things finally came together so we could present Tom Barstow with his first-win award — well deserved, I might add. Congratulations, Tom!

Remembering Tom Barstow's First Win
Oops, Tom Barstow didn't check his batteries!
Regatta Winner Bob Brennan in Complete Control of His #5149

Breaking News!
Bob Brennan is overall winner of the October 6 Soling regatta!
Bob came to the party ready for action and took on all comers with two firsts, two seconds, and one third. That is a feat that’s hard to beat. Congratulations, Bob! The rest of us are in awe of your accomplishment.

Not only did Bob win the day, while he was not racing he mentored Jack Minahan to help him improve. Bob has set an example to which all Back Bay Skippers should aspire — which many, many do, by the way. That’s why this group of sailors and friends is so great!

Our top five this week also included Tim Wright, who grabbed second. In third was Howard Germon, our tough competitor from across the Maine border. Rick Lalley, our long-distance skipper from Thomaston, Maine was fourth, and Nashua-based skipper Rick Gates landed in the number-five spot.

The rest of the top ten, in order, were Al Posnack, Jay Burns, Tom Barstow, Bill Malay, with Paul McBride and Mark Whitehead tied for tenth. Of note, Genie Ware posted a hard-fought third place in Race 6, and Jack Minahan also captured third in Race 5.

Ten Skippers at a Time
To the First Mark
US12s in Action

US12 Compete in a Duck-the-Raindrops Regatta
The US12 skippers who ignored today’s rainy forecast and came to Back Bay, were treated to some good sailing on Wednesday, October 7. One sailor left before we started and missed a great day. While the skies were threatening most of the afternoon, the rain stayed away until 2:15 when all four sailors felt they had sailed enough to satiate themselves. A hard rain started and ended sailing for the day.

Spirited racing, close finishes, and fickle winds made Paul McBride, Don Cundy, Jim Opie, and Tim Wright all glad they had taken a chance on the rain holding off. With only four sailors, we tried a new course, but after using it twice, we went back to “old faithful.”

The ‘legs’ sailing towards the walking path were difficult and resulted in some dramatic changes in the order of the fleet. One memorable race had Jim Opie way behind on the long downwind leg, but he persisted. Benefitting from some favorable winds, he managed to catch two of the others and come in second, for a photo finish.

Once again, we are grateful for the fall sailing before we put our boats into their winter shipyards for repairs. Thanks to all those who showed up to make it a wonderful, relaxed, and enjoyable afternoon.

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, and “what you brung” at 9 a.m. Sunday at Lily Pond in Gilford. Wednesdays are available should a Tuesday or Thursday regatta have to be canceled.

Eight-year-old Cole from Swanzey gets a sailboat kit.

Thank you for a great season!  The museum is now closed until spring 2021.

Thank you for a great season!  The museum is now closed until spring 2021.