Model Yachting News • Week Ending September 5, 2020

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

Lily Pond Sailing
Winds of 20 mph would not have made a pleasant day for sailing so the August 30 Lily Pond sailing was canceled.

Spectacular Day for the Solings
Sunshine, mild temperatures, and a good wind brought out this season’s largest lineup of skippers. Twenty-one signed on, received their official clothespin numbers, and challenged each other in the September 1 ten-race regatta. The great spectator crowd made it a very festive occasion. Because so many skippers haven’t been sailing on a regular basis, we’re always glad when one of them makes an appearance. This week it was Ed Johnson. It was good to have you sail with us, Ed!

The Soling Lineup

Out on the Water
Unlike last week’s Soling regatta, everyone sailed. With close competition from the entire fleet, everyone should be proud of their sailing skills.

This week, it was Race 2 that was Rick Lalley’s undoing. If it weren’t for that one race when he placed a mere fourth, Rick would have won the day. His performance tally put him only .46 of a point behind overall winner Tim Wright.

From Holderness, Malcolm Stone came south to take the third spot, and in the process, managed his first win in Race 10. We wonder if he had to take a dip in Squam Lake to cool down after his accomplishment.

Rounding the Windward Mark
Headed for the Finish

Don McBride always sails well and earned fourth, three tenths of a point ahead of Dan Masessa in fifth. Tying for sixth were Howard Germon and Mark Whitehead with Don Cundy, Bruce Brown, Al Posnack, and John Barstow rounding out the top ten.

No matter the placement, the skippers showed great skill at different points of every race. For example, admirable fourth-place finishes were made by Paul Wallace in Race 3, Bob Brennan in Race 7, and Jack Minahan in Race 8. Between the fickle winds and the tactics involved, one minute a skipper might be an eagle only to be a goat the next minute — first to last in a matter of seconds. But, after all is said and done, that is part of the fun and the challenge.

US12 Sailing
The sailing on Thursday, September 3, was spirited and lots of fun. It also was hard to score for B.B. because of the many skipper changes over eleven races. Although there were only five boats, they were loaned to waiting skippers for the entire afternoon. We had more skippers than boats, but true to the nature of our group, everyone who wanted to sail got a turn or two at the helm.

Don Cundy Ready for Action Waiting for the Rest of the Fleet
US12s Out on the Water

Bruce Wilhelm made his first appearance today. His new US12 isn’t quite ready, but he was able to get some time at the controls of a US12 and a Soling. From Perth Amboy, New Jersey, we saw Eric Leitner again after stopping by a couple of times already. He paid his dues, literally, and joined the Back Bay Skippers on the spot, so we have a new member who is looking for a Soling he can race when he visits family up this way. There’s a rumor that Rick Parent is loaning him a boat until he can find one of his own.

The sailing was different with the wind coming from the right, but we stuck to the regular course so we would have a long upwind leg with plenty of wind shifts to think about. Kurt Clason has continued to show improvement and came in second or third in five races. John Simms had a win, three seconds, and five thirds, and is returning to form. Paul McBride had a good afternoon with seven seconds and thirds. Paul Wallace won a race. It wasn’t his first win — over the course of time, he has been there before. Eric Leitner and Don Cundy also had firsts after sailing three races between them. Tim Wright had a number of firsts but thinks his best sailing was assisting an out-of-control US12. He turned the boat around and sailed it right to the dock through a fleet of oncoming boats in the middle of a race.

Launch Time
US12s on the Downwind Leg

We all had a very pleasant and relaxed afternoon of sailing and thank B.B. for her continued scoring and line checking. She runs a tight ship and makes sure we all obey the rules while appreciating the good humor of the group. Another good day of sailing, but it’s hard to believe that September is here and the season is slowly winding down. Make sure to come out before it stops at the end of October.

Julia Hepworth Gets Her Own Sailboat Kit

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.

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.