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.

Cliff

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.