National and Regional Champions

Minuteman Model Yacht Club has a history of continued success in National and Regional Regattas. Here are some of our skippers with those successes.

Herb Dreher
2019
American “M” Marblehead Class Region 1 Champion & National Champion
Vintage Marblehead High Flyer Class National Champion
2016 American “M” Marblehead Class National Champion
Vintage Marblehead High Flyer Class National Champion
Vintage 36 Class National Champion
Footy Class Region 1 Champion
2014 Vintage Marblehead High Flyer Class National Champion
Footy  Class Region 1 Champion
2013 Vintage Marblehead High Flyer Class National Champion
Vintage 36 Class National Champion 
Footy Class Region 1 Champion
2012 San Diego Race Week US 1 Meter Class Nationals – 1st Great Grand Master
Footy Class Region 1 Champion
2011 Vintage Marblehead High Flyer Class National Champion
Vintage 36 Class National Champion
Footy Class Region 1 Champion
2010 Vintage Marblehead High Flyer Class National Champion
Footy Class Region 1 Champion
Vintage 36 Class National Champion
2009 Vintage Marblehead High Flyer Class National Champion
Footy Class Region 1 Champion
2007  Star 45 Class Region 1 Champion
2003 Wheeler Class – National Champion


 

Cliff Martin
2019
Vintage 36 Class National Champion
2018
Vintage Marblehead High Flyer Region 1 & National Champion
American Marblehead Region 1 Champion
US 1 Meter Region 1 Champion
2017
10 Rater Region 1 Champion 

Colin Mosgrove
2018 US 1 Meter National Champion
2016  US 1 Meter Region 1 Champion and Soling 1 Meter Region 1 Champion
2015  Star 45 Region 1 Champion
2011 US 1 Meter National Champion

John Whalen
2014 US 1 Meter National Champion

Chris Hornick
2019 US 1 Meter Region 1 Champion

Jim Linville
2005 Wheeler Class National Champion

 

Minuteman Model Yacht Club Hall of Famers

The American Model Yacht Association (AMYA) recognizes its most significant contributors by electing them to its Hall of Fame.  Minuteman Model Yacht Club has two of its members in the Hall of Fame.  See their write ups below:

Pat Butterworth – Elected in 2013 

To our great, good fortune, there have been and are many unsung volunteer heroes serving the AMYA, and Pat Butterworth stands with the group at the top of that considerable list. Nominated by John Davis and Rich Matt, in recognition of his dedicated service to the AMYA as Copy Editor of Model Yachting magazine, Pat Butterworth is one of our 2013 inductees to the AMYA Hall of Fame.

Pat became the official Copy Editor in 2005 with the publication of Issue 140, but he actually started his work with Issue 138, making it 38 issues of hard work, as of this writing, and still going strong. Pat.s work is generally not known, but he has made a world of difference in what we read in our magazine and what there is very little of: spelling and grammar errors, and sentences that are difficult to read and understand. We sailors are not usually writers, but we are readers, and we do appreciate and expect good writing. Poor writing and spelling errors stand out like sore thumbs, and they ruin the credibility of articles in our magazine. You may not know what a copy editor does, but getting the copy (words and sentences) correct makes all the difference between a good read and a struggle. As the new Managing Editor, starting with Issue 137, I knew we needed a person who could spot the details that were wrong and find a fix for them, so I put out the call for help. It turns out that Jim Linville, our Technical Editor and Illustrator, had been a professional copy editor, and he had a friend and fellow club member he thought would be ideal for this volunteer job, Pat Butterworth.

We hit a string of victories when we gained Pat for the Model Yachting staff team. He is a retired engineer and business owner who has applied his significant background skill set to the benefit of our AMYA. Pat has worked hard and developed a real skill for spotting spelling and grammar errors, and he has become a tremendous help to our sailor authors and everyone else who contributes material to our magazine. Did I say we aren’t writers? Pat makes us all look good, and because he is such a helpful wordsmith, more sailors are contributing as authors, and we are gaining more article content in every issue. “I cannot write,” is no longer an obstacle; if an author can speak it and write it down, Pat turns those words into prose we can read and appreciate, while honoring the essence of each author.s voice (occasionally keeping some incorrect gramatical phrasing preferred by an author, columnist, or class secretary).

Pat is an active member of his local club, the Minuteman MYC (#25), serving the Boston, Massachusetts, area. He builds and races model yachts of several AMYA sanctioned classes, and he is an active member of the US Vintage Model Yacht Group. His constant effort to help his club and promote model yachting in his area has earned him the reputation of always being there when you need a hard worker. Since he joined in 2002, Pat has helped write and produce the Minuteman MYC newsletter, is the club.s Secretary/Treasurer, and participates in many other model yachting activities in the Northeast. Also, Pat is a serious amateur photographer who has contributed several cover images for our Model Yachting magazine, and is now the Acting Photo Editor.

As far as I am concerned, all of the members of the Model Yachting staff deserve recognition for their efforts and volunteer contributions to our association. Pat stands out because of his daily (and absolute) commitment in time, energy, and personal effectiveness. Pat spends as much time and effort as this Managing Editor toward making Model Yachting the best publication about our pastime and worthy of the support of our members. As Copy Editor of Model Yachting, the hard work and dedication of Pat Butterworth makes our magazine a real pleasure to read. From all of us, thank you, Pat.

Jim Linville – Elected in 2008

Jim joined the AMYA about 15 years ago. In 1999 he was elected Region 1 Director. The next year he took on the task of US One Meter Class Secretary. As class secretary, with an interest in boat building, he revised the US One Meter Construction Guide. He resigned in 2005, but by 2007, somehow he was right back in the saddle, and still is. Jim has donated his time to the Class Advisory Committees of both the EC12 and Soling One Meter Class. Now, Jim is back where he started, Region 1 Director—again. But a lot of what Jim did outside his club is a reflection of what he did at home—in the Minuteman MYC.

In recent years, Jim has virtually led the club, even though until last year he was not a club officer. He was always there. He prepared the club sailing schedule, brought the rescue kayak to the pond for all of our sailing events, helped new members learn to sail, answered countless building questions, and invited many to his home to help them build their boats. Jim, along with his wife until she passed away, single handedly edited and published the Minuteman MYC Newsletter. That sometimes meant writing the articles and taking the photos. Wherever Jim was needed he was there. He has also routinely helped to organize and administer regattas and boat shows at Woods Hole, Mass. and Mystic, Connecticut.

However, what has occupied Jim most has been his work on the editorial staff of Model Yachting Magazine! He started ten years ago as Technical Editor, a post he held for seven years, followed by Illustrations Editor, a slot he still occupies. As part of that job, he composes nearly all of the ads and illustrations that go into the magazine. This description does not do justice to all of what Jim has done for Model Yachting. He has done whatever was needed, including article rewrites, copyediting, and proofreading. He also helped John Davis assemble the team that now puts out the magazine.

In recent years, Jim has been able to take his boats from coast-to-coast, Florida to Canada, to sail in many regional and national regattas, and when an RD was needed, he was there. Jim has been a real ambassador, and leader of model yachting. Welcome Jim Linville to the AMYA Hall of Fame.