Written by Tim Wright, Mark Whitehead
Editing Kathleen Whitehead
Photos by Paul McBride, Tim & B.B. Wright, Mark Whitehead, Denis Boisvert
Layout Paul McBride
The Soling Skippers Gather on September 29
Eighteen sailors gathered for a ten-race Soling regatta Tuesday, September 29. Ten of the skippers sailed six races or more, so for the second time we allowed a throw-out, which is normal regatta practice.
Videos and Photos
- Back Bay Skippers Video (WMUR NH Chronicles)
- Back Bay Skippers YouTube Channel
- Latest Videos: Solings, US12s, Lily Pond
- Latest Photos: Solings, US12s, Lily Pond
- Photo Gallery
- Sheila Ryan Memorial Footy Regatta
- Awards for 2019 Season
- Tim Wright Wins CAN/AM Challenge 2019
- Lake Discovery Camp 2019
- US12 AMYA Region 1 Championship, Nashua
- Sasquatch Footy Regatta (Nor’Easter Footy Series)
- Skippers Spring Party 2019
Back Bay normally has finicky winds, but this week they really confused most of the participants. Case in point: Tom Barstow charged away from the field in race five and led the race until just inches from the finish. Unable to find the wind to get across the line, he was passed at the very last minute. WHAT A HEARTBREAK!! Such is sailing on Back Bay.
Out on the Water
On the podium this week was Tim Wright in first. It is absolutely astounding how well he can read the wind and take the checkered flag in almost every race he’s a competitor.
In second place was Rick Lalley — but not alone! Pulling himself out of his usual sixth place, Commodore Mark Whitehead tied Rick for that second spot. Sailing his new boat donated by Larry Hebb from the building class of 2011, Don Cundy was on the podium in third for the second week in a row. Well done all!
Rounding out the top five were Tom Barstow in fourth and Al Posnack in fifth. The rest of the top ten were led by Al Stevens, Don McBride and Jim Opie tied for seventh, Bruce Brown, Jack Minahan, and Paul McBride.
The US12 fleet had an idyllic day on October 1. The temperature was warm, in the low 70s, and the winds were fairly constant in velocity. Except for wind shifts, which are so common on Back Bay, we couldn’t ask for any more. The racing with eight boats was again competitive, with people having good finishes in some races and not so good in others.
What was observed was the overall improvement in the sailors’ understanding and use of rules to avoid collisions. While we did have a few (as always), there were many others that were avoided because of the quick reactions of skippers when situations called for them. How nice is it to be in a group that wants to help each other, get along, do the right thing, and have a good time together. It’s wonderful!
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.