September 27, 2018

09-27 US12s, by Bob Brennan

The US 12 sailing day on September 27th was a bright and beautiful day for this early fall season. The only thing missing was the wind. Eight skippers were on hand and we completed eight races. Demonstrating the lack of wind, one of the races was timed at 20 minutes long. Anthony Quinn made a guest appearance with his soiling. Equipped with new Quinn made sails. Anthony proceeded by crashing into the pack of 12’s rounding the buoy on the first leg. The cry of “Anthony!!” rang out, reminiscent of Prince Spaghetti day, (for those true New Englanders in the group). The quiet nature of Paul Wallace was broken when he cried out that he had been “fowled” by a duck landing in the middle of the group. Although the duck did several circles, it didn’t help Paul’s standing. He surprised us all again when he fell to the back of the pack and cried out “I can’t dance and its too windy to throw rocks.” Big laugh by all.

In regards to the race results, Tim Wright won all but one race with John Simms breaking the streak with a first place finish in race #5. We were all pleased for John because it proves the old saying that even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while. Jerry Leach showed well taking five second places and two third places.

Even though the scoring season has ended, we hope the weather cooperates for a few more weeks of fun sailing.

09-27 US12 Regatta

Name

Class Score Season Average
Wright, Tim Sailor

1

1.00

Leach, Jerry Sailor

2

4.73

McBride, Donald Sailor

3

5.14

Simms, John Sailor

4

4.33

Parent, Rick Sailor

5

5.90

Wallace, Paul Sailor

6

6.60

Brennan, Bob Sailor

7

5.20

McClun, John Sailor

8

6.29

Photos below are by Ed Johnson:

09-25 Solings

No sailing because of rain, so last week was the last scored week of the season. We will continue sailing on Tuesdays for fun through October until it gets too cold, and we take the dock out.


 

September 18, 2018

Solings 09-18, by Bob Brennan

Well, we had a late call for “sailing is on” by our Interim Commodore Tim Wright for the Tuesday, September 18th regatta. The rains ended and the sun eventually made a appearance. Ten racers we able to make the call and we were able to get 8 races in for the event. Tim Wright continues to make a great showing, placing first in seven of the 8 races. If he wasn’t such a nice person, I’m sure we would be doing something to disable his boat. Rick Lalley was able to take a first and two second places. Like every good sniper, Rick would benefit from a good spotter. Sitting in his director’s chair while the rest of us walk down the path to get a better depth of field, Rick has cut inside a buoy or two during the last couple of sessions. Maybe he could bring a spare grandchild to help him make the call.

Of course the weeds took their toll on most of us this week. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking by it. The long tentacles of a plant I have no idea of what’s it’s name is, wrapped someone’s keel or rudder seemingly on every race. BB Wright pitched in by using the rescue pole to retrieve the weeds preventing them from entering the water again. It appeared she had enough to make several leis or have the means to line a pit for a heck of a clam bake.

We were entertained by Ed Johnson’s photo journalism and Skip and Ellen Koehler’s continuous showing of love and affection toward each other. Anthony Quinn made a guest appearance (sans boat) to give us just enough grief to make sure everyone knew he was there. I have to mention that I had a double Bill Quayle sighting last week. Bill was seen out on a field trip with his probation officer Diane. He did have an ankle bracelet on to keep him from wondering without supervision. He also snuck out and sat on the bench last Tuesday. Bill looked good, was in good spirits and said he felt much better.

 

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Lots of smoke and sirens, but we sailed on. – Photo by BB Wright

09-18 Sailor Class Soling Regatta

Name

Class Score Season Average
Gates, Rick Sailor

1

1.22

Leach, Jerry Sailor

2

2.91

Brown, Bruce Sailor

3

5.43

Koehler, Skip Sailor

4

4.60

09-18 Master Class Soling Regatta

Name

Class Score Season Average
Wright, Tim Master

1

1.25

Lalley, Rick Master

2

2.09

Brand, Tim Master

3

5.38

Russell, John Master

4

6.80

Brennan, Bob Master

5

5.89

McBride, Paul Master

6

7.17

 

Photos below are by Ed Johnson:

 

US12s 09-13

Winds were light, but it was a great day of sailing on Ossipee Lake, hosted by Tim and BB Wright. Only three of the regular US12 sailors made it to the regatta, relocated from Back Bay because of recent treatment for milfoil. Unfortunately, at the end of day, while Tim was carrying his boat, he tripped on a cleat and fell, smashing his boat on the dock. Tim survived, but the boat’s hull was broken on both sides. It’s repairable, and Tim plans to have it back in commission for next week’s races.

Photos below are by BB Wright:

 


 

September 11, 2018

Solings 09-11

It wasn’t too surprising that only nine boats showed up, given the threat of showers and promise of light winds. Unfortunately, ten boats are required to have the results included in the season totals. So, today’s sailing was scored, but just for fun. Bruce Brown’s boat developed electrical problems in the first race, keeping it out for the duration of the regatta. That left eight boats to compete in the days eight races.

Winds gradually increased, so by the end of the day conditions were perfect. Tim Wright had another good day of successful sailing, coming in first place for the regatta. Bob Brennan, whose boat seemed to “steam” to the finish leaving a noticeable wake while others were dead in the water, came in second, and Tim Brand, with his easily recognizable brightly colored sails, came in third. Except for the occasional weed caught on the keel or rudder, everyone had a good time sailing.

Weeds were once again a problem, but the help is on the way. On the 12th the water is being treated. After treatment, the water is off limits for sailing for 24 hours, so US12 sailing on Thursday was relocated to Ossipee Lake for the day.

 

US12s 09-06

Once again the US12s did not have favorable conditions for a regatta. Four boats were there for the start, but most soon left. John Simms arrived later, so Tim Wright and John raced each other for a while. At one point John lost control of his boat. Tim’s boat swooped in and rescued it before it hit the shore. He then escorted John’s boat gracefully to the dock. Later John returned the favor by shepherding Tim’s boat to the dock when it had drained its batteries. Even though we have a rescue dinghy, boat to boat rescues often are preferred, because of the time it takes to unwrap the dinghy and then re-wrap it when sailing is finished for the day.

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Tim Wright’s boat nudges John Simms’ boat away from the shore.

 

Join the Fun

Weather permitting, the Soling fleet sails on Tuesdays starting at 1PM, and the US12’s compete on Thursdays, also at 1PM. Just head for the municipal parking lot at the end of Glendon Street and you’ll find us along the Bridge-Falls Path. In addition, the Laconia club sails at Lily Pond near the airport in Gilford on Sundays starting at 9AM.

Join us for a great show with many photo ops. And don’t forget to bring the youngsters – we have free-sailing Footies for them to use on Tuesdays. (For those wanting to purchase a Footy, a few are available in the boat museum’s gift shop.) If you want to try your hand at the helm of a radio-control boat, please let us know — we love to share.

09-11 Soling Regatta (for fun)

There were not enough boats sailing to have the results contribute to the season scores.

Name Class Score
Wright, Tim Master 1
Brennan, Bob Master 2
Brand, Tim Master 3
Gates, Rick Sailor 4
Parent, Rick Sailor 5
Opie, Jim Master 6
Koehler, Skip Sailor 7
McBride, Paul Master 8

Below are photos of the day by Ed Johnson.

 

September 4, 2018

US12’s Can’t Catch a Break

It’s been tough for the US12 fleet, sailing every week under difficult conditions. Thursday seems to be high-wind day of the week, and August 30 was no exception. The diminished fleet has sailed, but the numbers are way down and scoring has fallen by the wayside. It always seems strange to say there’s too much wind for the sailboats, but that’s been the case. Hard on boats and hard on skippers. A good share of the fleet stays home.

 

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US12s in a hard wind

Leading the 2018 Season

It doesn’t seem possible that autumn is almost here. Leading the Sailor Class as we cruise into September is Rick Gates, followed closely in second by Rick Parent, with Jerry Leach hanging on to third.

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Sailor Class left to right: Rick Gates, Rick Parent, Jerry Leach

The Master Class is led by the seemingly invincible Tim Wright, with the formidable Rick Lalley right on his tail in a very strong second. In third is the very surprised Commodore Mark Whitehead.

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Master Class Leaders (left to right): Mark Whitehead, Rick Lalley, Tim Wright

The Finishing Touches

This week, Anthony Quinn and Paul Wallace added more concrete to the box that will strengthen the dock railing. Our thanks and appreciation go out to both of them!

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Dock Rail Repair – Anthony Quin (left), Paul Wallace (right)

Out on the Water

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Solings headed for the first mark

A glorious day on September 4 brought out eighteen Solings for their weekly regatta as the winds held all afternoon at about 6 to 7 mph. The pesky vegetation, however, remained a problem with seventeen weed calls. Most sailors took it in stride and just moved on to the next race. Anthony Quinn won the prize for the most weeds, knocking him out of three races. The prize — more gray hair?

We usually talk about only the top three skippers, but back in the pack there is some skillful sailing worth mentioning. Anthony Quinn, for example, sailed to two seconds in races four and seven and a third in race three. Bob Brennan finished second in races five and eight, and Bill Malay scored an unusual second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth. Jim Opie hit the mark just right and took a win in race six, while Al Stevens picked up the pace for a fourth in the Sailor Class.

Well under the radar, Tom Greig doesn’t want to be scored at all, but was well ahead of the fleet in several races. Tom and Tim Wright, the season leader, have been challenging each other since they were youngsters, and the competitive thrill hasn’t changed.

It’s all about improving, and so far this season, Mark Whitehead leads that category in the Master Class and Paul Wallace in the Sailor Class.

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At the start – Ellen Koehler (score keeper), Jerry Leach, and Rick Parent

Join the Fun

Weather permitting, the Soling fleet sails on Tuesdays starting at 1PM, and the US12’s compete on Thursdays, also at 1PM. Just head for the municipal parking lot at the end of Glendon Street and you’ll find us along the Bridge-Falls Path. In addition, the Laconia club sails at Lily Pond near the airport in Gilford on Sundays starting at 9AM.

Join us for a great show with many photo ops. And don’t forget to bring the youngsters – we have free-sailing Footies for them to use on Tuesdays. (For those wanting to purchase a Footy, a few are available in the boat museum’s gift shop.) If you want to try your hand at the helm of a radio-control boat, please let us know — we love to share.

Race Results

09-04 Soling Sailor Class Regatta

Name

Class

Score

Season Average

Gates, Rick Sailor

1

1.25

Parent, Rick Sailor

1

2.50

Leach, Jerry Sailor

2

3.00

Quinn, Anthony Sailor

3

4.30

Stevens, Al Sailor

4

6.50

Wallace, Paul Sailor

5

5.70

Koehler, Skip Sailor

6

4.75

Brown, Bruce Sailor

7

5.83

MacDonald, Wayne Sailor

8

5.00

09-04 Soling Master Class Regatta

Name

Class

Score

Season Average

Wright, Tim Master

1

1.27

Lalley, Rick Master

2

2.10

Whitehead, Mark Master

3

4.64

Opie, Jim Master

4

6.67

Brennan, Bob Master

5

6.00

Malay, Bill Master

6

4.80

McBride, Paul Master

7

7.27