Model Yachting News • Week Ending October 17, 2020

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Written by Tim Wright, Mark Whitehead
Editing Kathleen Whitehead
Photos by Paul McBride, B.B. Wright, Tim Wright, Al Posnack, Brooks Campbell
Layout Paul McBride

Back Bay Skipper Paul McBride Takes Third
at Nashua Footy Regatta

Congratulations to Paul! And a big thank-you to Rick Gates for hosting the event at Sandy Pond in Nashua. The regatta was part of the New England Footy Series.


Hard Wind on Lily Pond

               Podium Winner

Herb Dreher #734
Cliff Martin Green Hull
Paul McBride #54


Regatta Winner
Second Place
Third Place


Yellow Footy Hull
Green Razor Hull
White Baby Footy Hull

Regatta Winner Herb Dreher’s #734
Second Place Cliff Martin’s Green Hull
Third Place Paul McBride’s #54

Final Sailing Day on Lily Pond
Our sail Sunday, October 11, at Lily Pond was a bittersweet day. We had some strong winds to start, but as time went by, they lessened a little and the sailing was very enjoyable. Sailors included Bill Hagerup, Skip Koehler, Paul McBride, Al Stevens, Jim Opie, and Tim Wright. Observing the action were Ellen Koehler, B.B. Wright, Rick Parent, and Rick’s father in law, Tim. All of the US12s got water inside, and the electrical systems of some boats were getting wet, causing loss of control. Since the day was cold and windy, we decided to stop early.

Time to Say Good-Bye
Buoys Out

The marks were collected, the dock moved to a truck, and just like that, the season at Lily Pond was over. It had been a good season with many outstanding days of sailing.

To all who made the long drive to Gilford to sail on Sundays go our thanks for their support, their friendship, and the wonderful times we had this season. We are happy to have restarted the tradition of sailing at Lily Pond, and we look forward to next year, hopefully virus-free.

The dock gets loaded up and heads for winter storage.
The Rescue

A Fall Day On Back Bay
Most people just don’t realize what a picture we make on Back Bay during the fall. Passersby constantly stop and admire the show we put on every week. The October 14 Soling regatta was no exception, with nineteen skippers at our twelve-race regatta.

Normally we sail on Tuesday but the call was made to utilize our Wednesday rain day for obvious reasons. Sadly, we lost three yachts to mechanical issues on the very first race, one of which belonged to Rick Lalley, who makes the three-hour trek down from Thomaston, Maine each week. In the first race his mast was caught on another boat, damaging the mast and hull. Tom Barstow and Skip Koehler also had issues and did not post any scores.

The Mast Dance
All Smiles under the Masks for This Week's Regatta

Some of the skippers will be heading south so we wanted to make sure we documented those who attended this week’s regatta.

Out on the Water
A good brisk wind greeted this week’s skippers so they really had to be on their toes. Because of the fast pace, the fleet completed twelve races, allowing one throw-out for those who posted six or more scores.

And they’re off!
Rounding the First Mark

After an unusual glitch last week, Tim Wright won all races he entered and led everyone overall in the week’s regatta. Our New Jersey contingent Eric Leitner in the borrowed #1775 mailboat took the second spot with Al Posnack filling the podium in third. Rounding out the top five were Bill Malay in fourth and Don Cundy in fifth. To complete the top ten were Mark Whitehead, Paul McBride, Jim Opie, Jack Minahan, and Denis Boisvert.

US12 Sailing October 15

A Close Race
At the Start
Tim Wright to the Rescue

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. Wednesdays are available should a Tuesday or Thursday regatta have to be canceled.

Two more Weeks to Join the Fun

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.