5 skippers competed in the first V36 regatta of the season under fairly light shifty breezes. Herb out sailed the fleet and after 6 races were completed the regatta was called. Jim had several boat issues which knocked him out of competition unfortunately.
On what could be called a light wind day, 4 DF-95s took to the pond to battle for the win of the first series race of the season.
Rick G. pulled out a victory for the day with Chris O. getting 2nd and our newest member David finishing off the top 3. A huge shout out to Alain J.
for coming and sailing until his boat broke and had to retire early finishing him in 4th place. I look forward to seeing the V36s taking to the pond next week (5-21-22) at 1 pm.
Five intrepid skippers brought their VM’s ( 4 High Fliers and one Traditional ) for the first regatta in the series. Four were launched but, due to conditions of very of high winds, it was decided that cancelling was the best option. Throughout the week preceding, we were worried that the almost dead calm conditions would continue into the weekend. We couldn’t have been more wrong! I do know that Chris O’Brien’s keel was visiting the air for most of his time on the water and everyone’s gunnels were almost constantly awash.
Here’s to better luck in the future.
MAY THE FOURTH FOOTY RACE
On April 30th, The Nashua Model Yacht Club kicked off the start of their racing season by holding the first Footy race out of six that three other clubs participate in.
The weather was bright and sunny with gusty winds coming out of the NNW at 10 to 15 miles per hour. The temperature was cool ( 54 degrees) with colder gust coming from all different directions. We had 9 skippers show up to race a very challenging racecourse. Bill Hagerup wasn’t feeling up to racing so he opted not to race but enjoyed his time down at the pond. Jim Linville had boat problems and tried to race. The race results are posted on this site, and we will be adding more results as the season goes on.
I want to thank Chris O’Brien and Jerry Leach for scoring the event, the town for doing the clean up of the tree that was down, Steve for going around and picking up the papers and other bits of trash, and Dave for taking drone shots and pictures. I hope other people will come and enjoy the sport.
APRIL 30 FOOTY RACE RESULTS
Article by Cliff Martin:
The US Vintage Model Yacht Group held this year’s national regatta in Honey Brook, PA. Over 30 skippers, with over 60 boats showing up to compete.
Cliff Martin, Herb Dreher, Rick Gates and Rick Laird attended, competing in the Vintage Marblehead (VM) and Vintage-36 (V36) classes. Jim Linville attended but had mechanical issues in his V36 that prevented him from sailing that class. He ultimately withdrew from the VM class because the course was very spread out and too much for him to see the marks or walk the course.
The V36 class had 18 competitors and was sailed over two ½-days, with a day in between. I must say what a difference a day makes. Herb and I were sailing Comet-36’s, Rick Gates was sailing his newer find, a Peterson Double Ender and Rick Laird was sailing a Starlet.
The first day was calm with 3 – 4 mph winds and everybody was challenged to keep their boats moving in the lighter breezes. Herbs and my Comet’s sailed well and we were at the top of the fleet at the end of day one (I might have even been ahead at this point).
However, day two was blustery with 10 mph winds and everyone was challenged to keep control of their boats in the gusts. The tuning on my Comet was not good for the winds and I struggled for control in the gusts (tuning during the race was not possible). Herb’s Comet, on the other hand, was quite at home in the wind and at the end of the day Herb got 1st place and I got 4th (missed 3rd by one point). Rick Laird was in 11th place and Rick Gates was somewhere around there in the mix.
The VM class had over 20 boats and included Traditional, High Flyer and Classic designs. This class was also sailed over two ½-days and the wind was healthy at 8-10 mph on both days. These bigger boats were very happy. Herb was sailing his High Flyer-Sun Wind and I was sailing my High Flyer-Magic Dragon I. Rick Gates was sailing another new find, his great looking but unknown Traditional VM design and Rick Laird was sailing his Traditional VM-Madcap.
The High Flyers and Classic fleets tend to be a little faster on some points of sail, so on day one they started 1-minute ahead of the Traditional fleet. On day two the fleets all started together. Fast or not, sailing in and through fleets of this size is always a challenge. As you can imagine, staying on the wind and out of trouble can be difficult at the starts and around marks.
In the end, I got 1st place in the High Flyer/Classic division and Herb got 2nd. Rick Laird got 4nd in the Traditional division. Rick Gates got a respectable finish even though he has little thumb-time with this new VM….new boats take time to learn.
Jim Linville would rather have sailed, but he had fun watching, critiquing, and visiting with his friends. On the blustery day, with my V36 struggling, I wanted to be him.
It was an intense few days, but fun. We hope to do it again, next year.
Author Note: There may have been more action with Rick Gates and Rick Laird, but I just couldn’t watch them very much and sail against Herb.
After a crazy start the strong wind let us get 14 races in with Herb D showing us all how it’s done. Cliff M won 4 races but in the end it wasn’t enough.