Written by Mark Whitehead, Tim Wright
Editing Kathleen Whitehead
Photos by Paul McBride, Tim & B.B. Wright, Mark Whitehead
Layout Paul McBride
Lily Pond Sailing on Sunday, September 13
A great time for all who were there! The wind came up slowly and was getting too strong just as we left. There were four US12s and two Soling 1Ms. While the days are getting a little cooler, it’s nice to not worry about the heat, which we were doing just a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, it means the seasons are changing. These sailing days are precious to us. For many it has been the main way to socialize for the last three months in these times of social distancing. We’re grateful for the days we have and the friendships we maintain through sailing.
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
- Awards for 2019 Season
- Tim Wright Wins CAN/AM Challenge 2019
- Lake Discovery Camp
- US12 AMYA Region 1 Championship, Nashua
- Sasquatch Footy Regatta (Nor’Easter Footy Series)
- Skippers Spring Party 2019
Another Winner of a Day
September 15 was another one of those wonderful fall days on Back Bay, and nineteen skippers arrived for our twelve-race Soling regatta. The winds were fickle at times, but that’s part of the challenge.
Although it took two weeks, Malcolm Stone finally received the award for his first win on September 1.
The skippers work hard on their boats so we thought you’d like to see a few of them up close.
Out on the Water
Rick Lalley and Tim Wright led the way this week with the exact same score, each with an overall average of 2.5. Congratulations to both Rick and Tim! Pulling off a strong second and only .25 of a point behind was our Nashua representative Rick Gates, followed closely by Al Posnack at .05 of a point behind second place. Don Cundy was just off the podium in fourth place, and Jay Burns rounded out the top five. A big applause goes to Genie Ware, who led the bottom half of the top ten and pulled off a second place in Race 8. Way to go, Genie!
Shhhh!! The commodore actually was ahead of our top skipper, Tim Wright, in Race 7. Not a win — Don Cundy took that — but nonetheless, it was a momentous occasion — for the commodore at least! His win came in Race 2.
Consistency is the name of the game, and that’s what most of us struggle with, especially the commodore. We do great in one race and fall back in the next. The regatta leaders are always near the top, reading the ever-changing winds well.
On September 17, the US12 fleet had a very good day of sailing. We had nine boats in the water, with two additional sailors showing up for a couple of races each. Due to the shifting winds, we had thirteen races on several courses. Near the end, the wind finally settled in and we returned to our regular course. In addition to the many different courses, we had starts going in the other direction, from left to right, that is.
Bruce Wilhelm made some changes to his boat that made him more competitive in his second week. He finished in the middle of the fleet three times. Paul McBride sacrificed some of his finishes to get some good photos of the group in action but still had time to get a fourth and three fifths. Paul Wallace had one fourth-place finish as well as four fifths. Kurt Clason got three fourth-place finishes and continued to show steady improvement. Rick Parent used his lunch break from the Post Office to come down and sail two races then loaned his boat to a passerby and let her sail an entire race. Jim Opie sailed well and had four fourths and a fifth.
John Simms is sailing well too, but had trouble early on with the changing courses. After a short break, he had an unnamed technical difficulty. His boat, with no control, sailed to the other side of Back Bay. He decided it would be easier to drive around and pick it up rather than using the crash boat. John made it back in time for the last race. In his eight races, he managed two seconds and three thirds. Don McBride managed two seconds and six thirds. Although he didn’t make it into the win column, he still came in third for the day.
Anthony Quinn again came for a few races, and did even better this week. He had a second and two thirds. Don Cundy had a busy day. He sailed his boat until he had a breakdown, then held Anthony’s dog, Tosca, while Anthony raced. He then took over Tim’s green boat for the last six races. Don had a very good day and finished in the top three in every race he sailed except the first one, including three first-place finishes. Tim Wright had a very good day too, staying near the front all afternoon.
While the fleet gets spread out during the races, especially with the difficult winds, the quality of sailing is improving. People are getting better at sail trim, rule knowledge, and tactics. Many different people were challenging the front of the fleet and honing their skills. It is important to note that wherever people finish in the fleet, there is close competition and constant challenge. Some great rivalries are developing and the excitement is tangible. The best part is the fun we have sharing a wonderful pastime, joking with and learning from each other. There is always something to learn. This is a great time of year to be sailing.
September 19, 2020
Lily Pond, Gilford, NH
The Sheila Ryan Memorial Footy Regatta was held on Saturday, September 19, under sunny skies with a brisk wind, and eight skippers from Massachusetts and New Hampshire accepted the challenge. The race director’s position was held by Bill Hagerup with staffing assistance from Tim Wright, B.B. Wright, and Don Cundy.
Regatta Champion Herb Dreher
Second Place Jim Linville
Third Place Steve Doherty
- Jack Berglund
- Steve Doherty
- Herb Dreher
- Alain Jousse
- Jim Linville
- Cliff Martin
- Paul McBride
- Mark Whitehead
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.