Model Yachting News • Week Ending September 26, 2020

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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
At Lily Pond on Sunday, September 20, we had wonderful conditions. The weather was warmer, although no one was in shorts. We had a wind that was constant in strength but not in direction. Great sailing was the theme of the day.




A Great Day for Sailing on Lily Pond

We did have one problem. Our only Soling was getting slowed down by weeds, and we were left with five sailors and only four boats. The course was still shortened because of a Footy race the previous day, so we had a round-robin. After each race, controls were passed to the right and Don Opie walked his remote all the way down to Paul McBride at the other end. Bill Hagerup, Skip Koehler, and Tim Wright never had to get out of their chairs. Everyone got to take one race off and watch the sailing. Thus, we got to sail each of the different US12s. It was hard to know who was sailing which boat, and sometimes which one we were sailing ourselves. Ellen Koehler and B.B. Wright were entertained by the passing of remotes after each race. It was very enjoyable and a great way to spend the morning.

US12s Upwind
No Pressure
I Think They're Playing Musical Radios
Al Stevens on the Rocks Even Before the Regatta Started

Ya Gotta Love the Fall
This is the best time of the year to sail and we try to take advantage of it as long as possible. September 22 was a spectacular day with nineteen Soling skippers participating in the twelve-race regatta. It was a big job for our scorekeepers, Ellen Koehler and B.B. Wright, but, as always, they managed. What a wonderful job they do for us week after week!

We had two contenders for longest distance traveled to the regatta. Rick Laird, Sail #716, drove up from Boston with his ODOM (One Design One Meter) Class boat, and our own Rick Lalley, Sail #688, made the trip down from Thomaston, Maine as he does almost every week. I think we have to give the prize to Rick Lalley with his three-hour commute! The other thing they had in common was their notation of “Rick L.” on the signup sheet, which caused momentary confusion.

There were shades of normal scoring since we had enough races to allow one throw-out. Sailing the most races was Rick Lalley with eight. Most of the rest of us competed in six or seven races. We almost always have at least one bad race so throwing out the worst one makes us look better.

The Commodore Not Paying Attention

We Didn’t Have Pictures of Genie Ware’s #72 and John Barstow’s #74 Boats Last Week — Here They Are!

Out on the Water
The top three this week were Tim Wright followed by Eric Leitner and Don Cundy holding his old tired boat together to stay on the podium. Needless to say, Rick Laird took first in the ODOM Class!

Solings Downwind
Tom Barstow Got His First Win This Week

Fourth and fifth place went to Rick Lalley and Tom Barstow, Tom garnishing his first win this week. Congratulations, Tom!

I have no idea what it tells us, but there was a four-way tie for twelfth place. Close competition up and down the fleet!

US12 Sailing
On September 24, the US12s were treated to a wonderful day of sailing. The wind was strong at 1:00 p.m. but softened at times. By the end of the sailing, there were some really slow times, but we managed to complete twelve races. There were eight boats on the water, and lots of keen racing. People have mentioned that the abilities of the skippers are going up and the competition is getting better and better. One interesting fact from today’s racing is that everybody had at least one third place or better. Even our newest members this year managed to do well in some of the races.

US12s at the Start
US12's Headed to the First Mark
and Headed to the Finish

Tim Wright proved tough to beat, but John Simms was up to the task twice. Bob Brennan managed to sail well today with consistent finishes. John Simms and Don Cundy were right behind. In truth, everyone did well in some races, and the day was one of the good ones. Congratulations to all the skippers who sailed. Paul Wallace, Jim Opie, Kurt Clason, and Bruce Wilhelm had some very competitive races with each other when they weren’t challenging for the lead. Hopefully we will have a full fleet of boats next week.

A Huge Loon Was This Week's Spectator

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.

Alden Hoffer 4 1/2 Gets a Sailboat Kit as Lucy 2 1/2 and Family Looks on

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.