Fall Has Fell

Today’s US1M Series race #7, and US1M Series make-up race #6, was blown out.  

The supposedly 17mph winds looked much worse as we looked out across the pond.  Most of the skippers present were grumbling and nodding their heads that a regatta in the prevailing winds could come to no good.

However, one skipper among us, a blue water big boat sailor,was unafraid of a little wind and decided to test his boat ahead of the official start time.  We watched as his boat screamed across the pond; spray flying, sails healing, bow dipping, butmostly in control.  As we watched we were all feeling a little less like the hearty sailors we all thought we were.

We watched wondering if we really could sail in the high wind when disaster struck.  To our horror, the boat suddenly floppedcompletely over on its side…the keel had fallen off.

It’s possible the wind had nothing to do with the keel falling off, but we all took it as a sign.  I’m sure as the wind rustled through the trees I could hear the eerie words, “DON’T SAIL!…GO HOME!”…I’LL GET YOU! AND YOUR LITTLE BOAT TOO!”.

I mean, even the heartiest of skippers can’t ignore that.

So, after the sad, crippled craft was rescued, we hung around to make sure nobody else showed up, and then heeded the ominous warning.

As I drove away, I couldn’t help but think of that keel, laying at the bottom of the pond in Davey Jones Locker (assuming ponds have a Davey Jones Locker), a possible forever tribute so other sailboats may live and sail another day.

Rest in peace little keel!

Soling 1 Meter Series regatta #7  

This regatta will take place next Sunday, 10/09/2022.  Jim Linville, Herb Dreher, Alain Jousse, Rick Gates, Rick Laird and Cliff Martin will all be away at the US Vintage Nationals.  

Greg LaPlante won the last S1M Series regatta and is the designated Race Director.  He will also be bringing his pontoon boat should any rescues be necessary.

Have fun!

DF95 National Championship

Yesterday I received an NOR for the DF95 Nationals taking place in Stuart, FL on Dec 2-4, 2022.  If there is anybody who would like to participate, please reach out to me and I will forward you a copy of the NOR.

If you would like to participate, please let me know by this coming Monday.

Cliff Martin, Commodore

Make-Up Regatta

Skippers, as you know, the US1M Series regatta #6 on September 11, was cancelled due to weather.  According to our rules, this race will be re-scheduled to take place on 10/02/2022 starting at 10:00 am.  It will replace the Open Sailing Time that would normally occur, and we will race until 12 noon.

US1M Series regatta #7 will begin at 12:30pm, per the schedule.

Cliff Martin, Commodore

Susan Linville Memorial Regatta

The day was expected to be in the low 80’s with winds in the 5-10 mph range.  It turns out that the forecasts were pretty much on the money.  As it turns out, the exception was that the wind seemed to gust up to 5 mph as it was changing direction, which was usually in the middle of our starting countdown.  Fun times!

Even so, eleven skippers showed up to compete in the Sue Linville Regatta.  Everyone looking to snag one of the prized “Ducky Trophies” that Jim Linville prepares every year for this unique event.

The racing was challenging because of the crazy winds.  It was hard to even get a windward start because the wind direction would not hold steady for even one minute.  The good news is the skippers took it all into stride and sailed the best races they could under the circumstances.

However, towards the end of the regatta it was easy to tell that the constant course changes, to try and accommodate the winds, were increasing frustration levels.  After the starts, the racing itself could be rather leisurely because of the light breezes.  One skipper commented that it was almost “Zen-Like”; at least until all of the slow-moving cluster of boats had to round another mark.

But hey!  That’s racing at Rosemary.

At the end of the day, Peter DeWolfe won for his second time in a row.  Second Place was awarded to John Martin; Third Place was awarded to Paul Mercer and Fourth Place was awarded to Herb Dreher.  Congratulations, everyone!

Many thanks for all the skippers who came to honor Jim Linville’s late wife.  Also, many thanks to Sue Martin who came out to keep score.  All-in-all, it was a good day.

Sailing in extreme heat


Since we don’t really know at what temperature/humidity we should consistently suspend sailing, and after due consideration,it’s been decided that we are going to sail US1M’s this coming Sunday.

We are aware that the forecast is for temps in the low 90’s so we will be providing cold water for everyone present.  It’s hoped that the breeze, the shade from the tree, and the cold water will allow sailors to find sailing tolerable.

However, we will also be monitoring everyone and will stop sailing if the conditions become untenable.  Skippers should decide for themselves if they feel comfortable about sailing in the forecast weather conditions and act accordingly.

We will use feedback from skippers via email and at pondside to try make better decisions going forward.

Take care, stay cool,

Cliff Martin, Commodore

Racing cancellation

Cancellation of Open Sailing Time and DF95 Series Regatta on Sunday 7/24/2022


Many parts of Massachusetts, including Needham, are under a “Heat Advisory”.  I’ve been waiting so see if the predictions would change, but the forecast for Needham is that thisunprecedented heat/humidity will continue through Sunday, withthese temperatures expected to be above 95 degrees. Unfortunately, while we have guidelines on how to decide about sailing in other potential weather conditions, we have no guidance regarding high temperatures.  

There are several regular skippers for whom it is unhealthy to be outside in very hot/humid weather.  While I know that we are a competitive lot, and there may be some who are willing to “…give it a go…”, I would feel bad if somebody braved the heat and then had problems.  So, after some discussions, much consideration, and in an abundance of caution, I have decided to postpone the DF95 Series Regatta scheduled for this coming Sunday.

According to our rules, this race will be re-scheduled to take place on 8/21/2022 starting at 10:00 am and we will race until 12 noon.  It will replace the Open Sailing Time that would normally occur.

We will, of course, talk about this during our Winter indoor meetings. 

Don’t hate the Commodore!  Take care and stay cool.

Cliff Martin,

Old Timers Regatta

Old Timers Regatta-2022

The Old Timers Regatta is an annual event open to skippers over 65, who have (or can borrow) a US1M.  This Regatta is unique because after racing is completed, scores are reduced by a predetermined number depending on the skipper’s age.  This deduction is shown in the “Age Adj.” column.  The older the skipper, the greater the reduction.  Sometimes the Age Adjustment doesn’t change the rankings, but sometimes it does.

This years Old Timers Regatta was sailed on the 3rd of July.  A warm, humid, frustratingly variable, windy day.  On any heat some of the fleet could be sitting in a calm while another part of the fleet cold be ghosting along, catching up to the becalmed boats; while another part of the fleet could be hit with a gust that had boats rounding up and out of control.  None of these wind events necessarily occurred in the order I gave, or at the same place on the pond.  It could be a challenge to say the least, and the lead of a given heat could change several times before racing was completed.

As I said, the sailing wasn’t easy, but despite the stressful winds the pondside atmosphere was very congenial and skippers did necessary (and sometimes unavoidable) penalty turns with little complaint.  Herb Dreher successfully defended against all challengers and took home the perpetual Old Timers Regatta Cane.  Congrats, Herb!

I want to thank the skippers who came out to sails with us, and I especially want to thank RD Chris O’Brien and his wife Cheryl for keeping score and keeping things running smoothly.

See everybody again next year!

Cliff Martin, Commodore

Herb Dreher28820
John Martin32428
Cliff Martin31229
Paul Mercer40436
Rick Laird43241
Jim Linville55847
Rick Gates54252
John Lamport64262
Alain Jousse72666
Ron Casciato72666

July 4th Open Sailing Cancelled


The Minuteman Model Yacht Club Independence Day Regatta, scheduled for July 4th has been CANCELLED.

The 4th of July is a day for relaxation and spending time with family.  This year, the Independence Day Regatta happens to be scheduled on Monday the 4th.  This is the day after the Old Timers Regatta which is scheduled to take place on Sunday the 3rd.  This takes up two days of a 3-day summer weekend when, historically, families like to maximize their time together.

As a result, it has been decided to CANCELThe Independence Day Regatta so that members can spend more time with their family or attending 4th of July celebrations.

The Old Timers Regatta will still take place on Sunday, July 3rd.

Enjoy your 4th.

Cliff Martin, Commodore

Soling 1M Series #3

Soling 1M Series #3
Mostly sunny day with winds mostly from the Northwest. Herb as RD chose a course that we stayed with for 12 races. Out to Green taken to starboard, down to Yellow taken to port, back up to Green taken to port, then to finish. Nine boats started the day, and 6 finished. Six different skippers claimed a victory. Such closely contested races makes for FUN. Today’s champion was John Martin with 4 victories, closely followed by Cliff Martin, and Greg LaPlante.

US1M Series #3

This Memorial Weekend regatta was projected to have light winds, and for a change the forecast was fairly accurate.  Fortunately, the breezes would occasionally freshen up to make things more interesting. 

10 skippers showed up to sail including our friend Chris Hornick, who showed us the way around the course.  He’s not able to sail with us often, but when he does he’s usually at the front of the fleet.

Greg LaPlante, Jim Linville and your author all had some technical issues with their boats.  Some problems could be fixed so the skippers could get back on the water without having to miss too many heats.  Some issues could not be overcome at the pond.

The sailing was fairly trouble/penalty free, but there were a few more discussions about mark rounding’s, as the wind began to go away during the last couple of races.

It was a good day of sailing and especially nice because our friend Colin Mosgrove dropped by the pond to say “Hello”!

Everybody stay safe!


DF95 Series #2

The day was forecast to be very windy but you couldn’t prove it by the early Zephyrs.  However, as the day progressed, so did the winds.  

One has to be impressed by the ability of the humble DF95 to remain in control through a wide range of wind conditions.  That doesn’t mean sudden high gusts don’t make for interesting starts and mark rounding; somewhat harrowing for skippers but apparently very entertaining for observers.

12 races were sailed under these conditions with a welcome break in the middle for a rescue and to let everyone drain the water from their boats.  The table shows how everyone finished.


Soling 1M #2

Eight Soling skippers welcomed a warm day, finally. Winds were southerly most of the day, so Cliff Martin, as RD, set the course to the yellow buoy, port rounding and back green buoy port rounding back to start/finish line. A few races had an additional leg or two. Typically, Rosemary Lake’s winds were difficult to read and caused difficulties at the marks. The best skipper today was Alain Jousse with his 4 victories of 12 races. Congrats Alain. Bob Pacini and Jim Linville mastered the scoring; so, we thank them both. 😉.

US1M #2

Finally, warmer weather settled in for racing. But, we had winds that switched from Northerly to Southerly at times. Twelve races for 14 skippers, with about half to North and the others to the South. Brisk at times, and dead calm at other times. Frustrating for many skippers, but mastered by Cliff Martin and closely followed by Herb Dreher. Still, we saw 5 different skippers claim a victory.

DF95 #1

Frigid conditions again at Rosemary Lake. Thirteen skippers endured a shifting Northerly to Easterly wind. Cliff Martin acted as race director with Jim Linville and Alain Jousse keeping the scores. Thanks to each of you!
There were 5 different skippers who claimed victories during our racing, and the competition throughout the fleet was fierce. A challenging but fun event even with the frigid conditions. Next week US1M’s will race again.

Soling 1M #1

A gusty, swirling, brisk, Northwest breeze with cool temperatures presented an unusual challenge for 9 Soling skippers. Cliff Martin acted as RD and Jim Linville decided to score the racing. Thanks to both! After 12 very competitive races, the overall winner was Greg LaPlante. Congrats Greg.

Prior to racing, John Lamport used his kayak and Paul’s grappling hook and worked for about 45 minutes trying to locate Jerry Leach’s US1M. No luck! ☹️

US1M Series #1

I don’t usually write up a report for the series regattas, but this regatta seemed to need some discussion.

It’s very early in the sailing season and you would expect some signs of “rusty thumbs” and “creaky boats” with the first race of the season in any class.  However, I have to admit I was tempted to rename this regatta “…the US1M Breakdown and Rescue Regatta”.

As you might expect, skippers got to the pond early to check their boats out and everything seemed to work well on shore.  But once boats got on the water, the situation changed for the worse.  We only had one race in before rescue was needed, and not just one boat.  The initial issues seemed to be loss of signal out on the course, but there were also unexpected battery issuesas well as some rigging issues.  Oh yeah, one skipper dropped his transmitter in the water while tuning.  During the first hour of racing only three races were completed due to rescues and repair holds.  Some skippers were able to get their boats back on the water as racing continued.  However, the troubles didn’t stop there as some skippers continued to have range/signal issues.

Initially the winds were fairly strong, but as the racing continued the course was shortened a little to accommodate lighter winds and make up some time, but the course sailing was still slow. While boats continued to drop out, the good news was that some of the skippers who had electronic or rigging issues, got to re-enter.  Then came race 10, when to everybody’s horror Jerry Leach’s US1M sank (I have to say it!) like a rock, just before the start.

The race was abandoned and a search party was sent out.  Since the time was now about 2:45pm, the RD ended the regatta so people could focus on recovery.  Sadly the boat was not found, but the search will continue again next week, with some sophisticated electronics, and hopefully we will have a recovery.

It was a harsh day of sailing with crazy winds, a lot repairs and a lot of attrition; ending with everybody’s worst nightmare.  What can I say, there’s always next week!  

I really hope we find Jerry’s boat!

Cliff Martin

Ice Breaker 2022

Last weekend (March 27) the Minuteman Model Yacht Club kicked off the 2022 sailing season with its traditional Ice Breaker Regatta at Rosemary Lake in Needham, MA.

Every other year the designated class for this regatta alternates between the S1M and the DF95 classes. This year it was the S1M’s.  The winner receives the coveted Ice Bucket trophy.

While racing didn’t start until 11:00am, it a large number of people showed up around 9:00 to watch and/or help place the marks, and catch up with what’s new after a too long winter.

Ultimately, 15 skippers showed up to race.  13 skippers brought S1m’s to compete for the Ice Bucket trophy and two skippers sailed DF95’s, just to loosen up their rusty thumbs.  While 4 skippers dropped out, during racing, for a variety of reasons, 11 were able to complete all 12 heats. 

The winds were mostly west to south-west, and while the direction didn’t change that much, the variable wind speeds kept everybody guessing.  An unexpected gust could turn what looked like an orderly mark rounding into a frantic melee of skippers trying to control boats that were suddenly rounding up.  Of course, anyone who regularly sails Rosemary Lake would know to expect the unexpected.

It would be fair to say that the racing was very competitive, with 7 different skippers getting at least one first place during the racing.  It was truly hard to tell who was likely to win until the racing was done.  It turns out the no one was more surprisedwhen the scores were finally tallied than the 2022 Ice Bucket trophy winner Greg LaPlant.  Congratulations Greg!

I’m happy to say that the racing was also joined by 4 seemingly enthusiastic new club members.  Some with borrowed boats, some with their own boats.  One new club member who had a baby join the family just two weeks ago, couldn’t sail, but stopped by for a few minutes before having to get back to rejoin the new baby care routine.  He hopes to have enough time to sail his new DF95 with us soon. All seemed to have a good time and we look forward to seeing them again.

Zoom Meeting 2/20/22

The meeting was then called to order at 1:05pm, with 14members in attendance.  

The minutes of the last meeting were sent out ahead of time for review and as a first order of business they were unanimously approved.  

It was then discussed as to whether or not Regatta fees should be charged for non-Series regattas.  Since no trophies are usually given out, there was no reason for regatta fees.  However, that decision could be revisited during the year if the membership decided to issue trophies.  It was further decided that in lieu of trophies Certificates should be awarded as an incentive to newer skippers.  Cliff Martin volunteered to come up with a potential certificate design for the next meeting.

Jim Linville then informed the membership that the Hospital School had not yet restarted the “TUG Program” due to Covid and low enrollment at the school.  We were further informed that the school fully intends to restart the program.

Cliff Martin then presented some proposals for changes/additions to the club rules.  There was lively discussion and the following decisions were made:- The Enduro scoring will recognize first place finishes in two different categories; boats with hull lengths over 40 inchesand over and boats with hull lengths under 40 inches.  This change is to make the Enduro more competitive forsignificant number of skippers who only have hulls under 40 inches.  The winner of the Over 40-inch and over class will receive the Enduro Perpetual Trophy and have their name entered in the website Trophy Room.  The winner of the under 40-inch class will have their name entered in the website Trophy Room.- The make-up for cancelled series regattas will replace the morning free-sail time on the next similar series regatta day.  i.e.  A cancelled Soling Series regatta will be sailed on the morning of the next scheduled Soling Series regatta.o The make-up regattas will start and 10:00am and will end at 12 noon.o 6 heats must be sailed for the regatta to count in the series scoring.o If a make-up regatta is cancelled a second time, of if 6 heats are not completed by 12 noon it will not be rescheduled.o Make-up races will be posted on the website.- The winner of Series regatta will be determined by totaling the five (5) best place finishes.  The skipper with the lowest total will win.  i.e.  a skipper with a 1st, a 2nd, a 3rd, a 4th, a 5th, and a 6th place finish will have a total of 15 (1+2+3+4+5).  A skipper with a 3rd, a 4th, a 5th, a 6th, a 7th, and an 8th place finish will have a total of 25 (3+4+5+6+7).  The skipper with 15 points would win.- The results of the Sue Linville Regatta and the Old Timers Regatta will not count in the series regattas.- Chris Obrien requested that in the future member use the email address crimsonpirate78@yahoo.com to reach him.

In addition to the above actions, the following additional changes were made to the 2021 Local Sailing Rules:- Under Websiteo Delete line 3o Add to line 7, A yacht may have more than one skipper in a regatta with the approval of the RD, but any points scored will be assigned to the yacht, not the skipper.- Under Awards/Trophies o Add to line 2, Winning skipper names will be placed in the Trophy Room on the website.o Add to line 3, …at the discretion of Jim Linville.- Under Regatta Start/Finish Timeso Add as a subset to line 1:▪ There will be an open sailing time from 10:00 am to 12 noon.▪ Any class boat may be sailed at this time; no formal racing will be held except as stated in (b).▪ This open sailing time may be used to sail a make-up series regatta.  Check the website for up-to-date information▪ Series regatta racing will begin at 12:30pm and no races will start after 3:00pm.▪ There will be a ½ hour lunch break from 12: noon to 12:30pm.o All non-series regattas will be from 11:00am to 2:00 pm with a ½ hour lunch break.- Delete Appendix A and change Appendix be to Appendix A.

There was a discussion and much interest about radio-controlled marks (Buoybots) and building vs buying.  Cliff Martin said he would try and find out more information.  

It was announced that the final indoor meeting would be held on March 20, at 1:00pm via ZOOM

Meeting was adjourned at 3:30pm.