RACE REPORTS

 

Summer Series: 10 June 2017

Venue: NYC dock – Nanaimo.

We began the day watching the start of the VanIsle 360. There were about 32 boats and the start was pretty sedate. The only bit of excitement came when one of our members had to tell the “PortAuthority Authority Authority!” to move their boat as they were blocking the start mark at the eastern end of the course. We then moved over to the NYC visitor dock which was almost completely empty and surprisingly remained that way through the afternoon. The weather was relatively sunny and we began with A sails in a modest 3 knot wind blowing down the channel. As the day progressed the wind shifted a bit to the north-west and increased just enough to warrant the use of B sails. There was almost no seaweed except for about 30 minutes when the tide changed. Overall the conditions were excellent and our small fleet managed 20 races. Post-race calculations were made at the Dinghy Dock Pub and the results verified that Bob (03) was the convincing winner followed by Doug (04) in second place and Tim (80) a very close third.

Boat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Total Place
03 1 1 4 5 1 5 6 2 1 2 2 1 1 2 3 1 1 5 1 1 25 1
04 3 2 1 1 3 1 2 1 4 4 1 4 2 4 2 3 5 2 3 3 34 2
06 5 3 5 4 5 3 3 4 5 5 5 2 5 5 4 5 3 3 5 4 63 5
80 4 4 3 2 2 2 1 5 2 1 4 3 4 1 1 2 2 4 4 2 36 3
90 2 5 2 3 4 4 6 3 3 3 3 5 3 3 5 4 4 1 2 5 49 4

 

 

Summer Series: 27 May 2017

Venue: Mark Bay – Nanaimo.

 

Ron hosted the race onboard Contessa. It was sunny all day. We anchored in Mark Bay about 300 m SW of the gap between Newcastle and Protection Islands. This location provided excellent steady winds of 3-5 knots blowing in from the Strait. Racing got underway at about 11:30. The tide began to flood at about 13:30 and but had little effect on the race. Three marks were set on the port side of Contessa and one on the starboard side. We used them all. Conditions were so good that we ran 20 races! The post-race “meeting” involved libations onboard Contessa. Third place was a tie between Ron and the still injured Angie. Second place was won by Doug C and FIRST place went decisively to BOB. Another excellent day!!

Boat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Total Place
03 1 1 1 1 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 1 3 2 1 1 3 1 19 1
04 2 4 4 2 1 1 2 4 2 5 2 1 2 2 1 1 4 4 1 4 32 2
06 3 6 3 4 2 6 6 f 3 6 3 5 5 3 2 f 6 3 6 2 61 5
35 5 5 5 6 4 4 5 3 4 3 4 6 6 4 5 4 5 6 6 5 71 6
61 6 2 2 5 5 2 3 5 6 4 f 4 4 5 4 f 2 5 3 3 54 3
90 4 3 6 3 6 5 4 2 5 2 5 2 3 6 6 3 3 2 2 f 54 3

 

 

 

 

Spring Series: 23 April 2017. The Great RC Ocean Race

Venue: Dinghy Dock Pub.

 

The fleet comprised 9 RClasers and two IOMs. We met at the Dinghy Dock at noon, signed the register, paid our $10 entrance fee and enjoyed a pre-race spot of lunch, coffee and/or beer. The skipper’s meeting was held at approximately 12:20. The NOR stipulated that the race would be run counter-clockwise around Protection Island keeping the land to our port side. Chase boats were to steer clear of the start line and to avoid interference with competing boats. We then headed off to the water to prepare for the 13:10 start. The weather was a mixture of sun and cloud. There was no rain and absolutely no snow. At the start, the wind was from the south-east at approximately 5 knots. The fleet headed off on time and without incident. Several boats chose to round outside the log boom and others chose the shorter but perhaps less windy inside route between the shore and the log boom. In most cases the shorter, inside route proved to be quicker and by the time we had rounded gallows point, the fleet was spread out over several hundreds of meters. There was only one near-fatality at Gallows as a single RClaser attempted the ultimate shortcut between the lighthouse and the shore. Unfortunately the water was too shallow and both racer and chase boat fetched up on the shore. No worries, both cleared and continued on. The downwind run north up the outside of Protection Island was generally incident-free although there was a bit of a loser-breeze and the fleet began to close up. During the trip north one chase boat insisted on running over it’s race-boat on two occasions bettering another which managed to run down it’s race boat only once. At the gap on the north side of Protection, there was very little wind and a gentle current flowing out into the Strait.  So it was very weak and shifty wind, sometimes with and sometimes against a weak current flowing in the wrong direction. This challenge resulted in a further closing of the fleet. Steve proved again the IOMs are fast and crossed the line 12 minutes before John’s RClaser. Roger’s IOM was two minutes behind and four minutes later Colin crossed the line. Doug was about 5 minutes back, then Bob, Tim, and Don in succession. Doug N. had to fight a substantial increase in wind while exiting the gap and sailing upwind to the line. A special “tip of the hat” to Tom who sailed the race using a computer controlled self-sailing version of RClaser 01. His boat eventually succumb to the log boom which was not on it’s GPS map. Is this a harbinger of the future? Racing while sitting in the pub drinking beer?

Among the RClaser racers, the winner was 55 (John) who whipped the fleet good and proper. Second place honours to 42 (Colin) and third to 04 (Doug C) despite being run over twice. The award for the nearest predicted and actual time was also won by 55 (John).

Among the IOMs, 69 (Steve) prevailed over 90 (Roger), and Steve wins the much coveted Mini Barn Door Award as first to finish overall.

 

RCLASER – April 23 2017
Name Boat number Elapsed time Clock time Predicted time Chase boat
John 55 1:38:28 14:48 14:39* Sandy
Colin 42 1:44:11 14:54 14:30 Marsha
Doug C 04 1:49:42 14:59 14:40 George
Bob 03 1:53:28 15:03 14:33 Jim
Tim 80 1:56:13 15:06 14:31 Ken P
Don 06 1:57:10 15:07 14:27 Geoff
Doug N 35 2:16:55 15:26 15:00 David
Ron 61 DNF Art
Tom 01 RET Doug V
IOM
Steve 69 1:26:32 14:36 14:24 Irene
Roger 90 1:40:06 14:50 14:25 Bill

 

 

 

 

Spring Series: 01 April 2017

Venue: Dinghy Dock Pub.

Eight racers assembled at the Dinghy Dock at noon and began the event with coffee and/or beer. Very civilized. The weather was a mixture of sun and cloud. No rain and absolutely no snow. The day began with a 2 knot breeze from the south-east, then after a few races, the wind shifted to the north-west, then after 2-3 more races the wind went back to south-east and stayed there. Of course all of this required several shifts in mark placement, but after race 9, the SW wind built nicely to a steady 4 knots and the true pros moved to the top of the list. A special “tip of the hat” to Angie, who broken leg and all, participated fully until her boat went belly up after the 9th race. Podium places were taken by 42 (Colin) third, 03 (Bob) second place and 01 (Tom) who took away FIRST place! Congratulations to all. It was great day. The beer was close at hand, we sailed from comfortable chairs and a warm room was just through the door.

 

Boat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Total Place
01 2 5 3 1 2 5 7 1 6 6 1 3 1 1 2 27 1
03 5 1 5 2 6 3 5 2 1 1 4 2 5 4 4 34 2
04 1 6 1 4 7 2 4 7 3 3 6 6 4 6 3 43 5
06 6 7 6 7 1 7 2 8 7 4 7 5 3 8 5 60 6
42 3 3 4 3 5 4 8 4 9 2 5 1 2 2 1 34 3
55 4 2 2 5 4 8 1 5 5 5 2 4 6 3 6 42 4
61 7 9 8 9 8 6 3 3 4 7 3 7 9 5 7 68 7
90 8 4 7 6 3 1 6 6 2 9 10 10 10 10 10 72 8

 

 

 

Spring Series: 18 March 2017

Venue: Colin and Marsha’s front yard

Many thanks to Colin and Marsha who went out of their way to ensure that we enjoyed great competition, facilities and food! The weather was relatively warm and in the afternoon, the sun actually proved that it is still up there somewhere. The big feature was wind (15-29 knots) and the waves (about 1/2 m). We began with D sails! Wow. Then the wind fell a bit and we all switched to C sails. That lasted one race and then we all went to B sails. Eventually we all went back to C sails and stayed with them for the last half of the day. The course was:  start line, upwind mark and return. For longer races we rounded the upwind mark then a downwind mark placed between the start and the upwind mark, then back to the upwind mark and home. It was so fast that we completed 20 races. The score sheet that follows is a direct copy of the one that the score keepers used. The results are the ones that they provided. Given that we ran 20 races with 4 throw-outs, the scores are really close. It was great racing!! Top honours were taken by Tim 80 (third), Aidan 33 (second) and Fraser 05 (FIRST PLACE). It was another fine day of RC-Laser racing!

 

Race
Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 111 4 111 111 4 80 33 33 33 4
2 80 5 58 80 111 5 6 5 5 33
3 4 58 80 4 80 33 80 6 111 80
4 58 111 4 5 33 4 5 4 6 111
5 6 80 6 6 5 6 111 80 4 5
6 5 6 5 33 6 111 4 111 80 6
Race
Place 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
1 33 5 6 5 5 5 5 6 4 6
2 5 33 33 111 111 80 33 5 6 5
3 4 6 4 33 80 111 111 111 80 111
4 111 80 5 6 33 33 4 80 5 4
5 80 4 80 80 4 44 80 4 111 80
6 6 111 111 4 6 4 6 33 33 33
7 44 44 44 44 44 6 44 44 44 44

 

Boat Score
Fraser 5 35
Aidan 33 39
Tim 80 48
Doug 4 52
Mike 111 56
Don 6 59
Betty 44 110

 

Spring Series: 18 February 2017

Venue: Nanaimo Yacht Club breakwater.

The weather was “warm hats with rain clothes nearby”. No rain, cloud with a bit of sun peeping through. It was another pleasant day for sailing. The wind was from the west at 3-4nm. It held up pretty well for the first 90 minutes or so then began to drop and at one point near the end of the race, the wind changed direction! The course was set in the channel with 2 upwind marks and 1 lee mark with the start line about equidistant from each end. Everyone used A sails.  Algae and sea grass were absent, but part way through the race we did experience floating sticks and “sea crap” which caused a bit of trouble for some of us. As always, pure sailing skill won the day. Top honours were taken by Tim 80 (third), Ken 93 (second) and Tom 01 (FIRST PLACE). After the race a few of us retired to the pub at Stones, drank some beer and enjoyed a nice warm-up.  It was another fine day for Nanaimo RC Laser sailing!

 

Boat number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Total Place
Tom 01 3 1 1 2 2 1 4 6 4 1 3 4 5 3 29 1
Bob 03 2 7 8 8 6 9 5 3 6 4 8 8 8 7 73 9
Doug 04 6 4 6 7 5 3 7 7 1 5 4 6 4 6 57 6
Don 06 7 8 3 5 10 6 9 5 7 3 9 5 2 4 63 7
Betty 44 11 11 10 9 8 10 10 10 10 11 10 9 10 2 109 10
John 55 4 5 4 6 4 4 3 9 9 6 6 3 1 8 54 4
Ron 61 9 9 9 10 1 8 2 4 2 9 7 7 3 9 70 8
Tim 80 8 3 5 3 3 7 8 2 5 7 2 1 7 1 46 3
Angie 90 5 2 7 4 9 5 6 1 3 8 1 10 6 11 57 5
Ken 93 1 6 2 1 7 2 1 8 8 2 5 2 9 5 42 2

 

 

 

February 4th, 2017
7 sailors greeted the snowy venue at the Dinghy Dock pub. We started with A sails and by race #3 everyone was wearing a B. The last few races were with C sails and a cold drizzle which turned to snow as we finished race eleven and retired to the pub for hot soup and cold beer. In a most unlikely turn of events, Tim80 did not win the day, he actually finished 5th! Ken93 had some technical difficulties which gave him some deep finishes but he was one point in front of Tim. Doug04 had a strong day in the fresh breeze finishing in 3rd 2 points ahead of Ken. Tom01 sailed his usual excellent day but was second by 3 points to Bob03. Ron61 beat Ang90 by a point to claim 6th.

 

 

Spring Series: 21 January 2017

Venue: Nanaimo Yacht Club breakwater.

The weather was “mitts and hats”. No rain, cloud with a bit of sun peeping through. Pretty pleasant really. The wind was from the south at 3-4nm. The course was set in the channel with 2 upwind marks and 1 lee mark with the start line about equidistant from each end. Everyone used A sails.  Algae and sea grass were absent and played no part in the outcomes. Pure sailing skill won the day. Top honours were taken by John-55 (third), Bob-01 (second) and Tim-80 (FIRST PLACE). After the race we retired to the pub at Stones, drank some beer and enjoyed a nice warm-up.  It was another fine day for Nanaimo RC Laser sailing!

 

Boat Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Drop 3 Score Place
Bob 03 2 4 7 3 2 1 2 6 2 5 3 6 1 1 3 28 2
Doug 04 1 5 3 5 5 2 4 8 3 7 4 7 3 2 7 41 5
Don 06 3 6 5 4 7 7 5 5 4 3 7 4 6 6 4 55 6
Betty 44 96 8
John 55 3 3 4 2 7 5 6 1 1 2 2 2 4 4 2 30.2 3
Ron 61 9 9 6 6 3 7 7 7 7 6 6 5 5 5 6 69 7
Tim 80 8 1 1 1 4 4 1 2 5 1 1 3 2 3 1 21 1
Angie 90 4 2 2 7 1 3 3 3 6 4 5 1 7 7 5 39 4

 

 

 

Spring Series: 21 January 2017

Venue: Nanaimo Yacht Club breakwater.

 

The weather was “mitts and hats”. No rain, cloud with a bit of sun peeping through. Pretty pleasant really. The wind was from the south at 3-4nm. The course was set in the channel with 2 upwind marks and 1 lee marks with the start line about equidistant from each end. Everyone used A sails.  Algae and sea grass were absent and played no part in the outcomes. Pure sailing skill won the day. Top honours were taken by John-55 (third), Bob-01 (second) and Tim-80 (FIRST PLACE). After the race we retired to the pub at Stones, drank some beer and enjoyed a nice warm-up.  It was another fine day for Nanaimo RC Laser sailing!

Boat Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Drop 3 Score Place
Bob 03 2 4 7 3 2 1 2 6 2 5 3 6 1 1 3 28 2
Doug 04 1 5 3 5 5 2 4 8 3 7 4 7 3 2 7 41 5
Don 06 3 6 5 4 7 7 5 5 4 3 7 4 6 6 4 55 6
Betty 44 96 8
John 55 3 3 4 2 7 5 6 1 1 2 2 2 4 4 2 30.2 3
Ron 61 9 9 6 6 3 7 7 7 7 6 6 5 5 5 6 69 7
Tim 80 8 1 1 1 4 4 1 2 5 1 1 3 2 3 1 21 1
Angie 90 4 2 2 7 1 3 3 3 6 4 5 1 7 7 5 39 4

 

 

Fall Series: 17 December 2016

Venue: Nanaimo Yacht Club breakwater.

 

Preface: The Fleet 17 “2016 Championship” was scheduled for 10 December 2016, but was postponed until a future and as yet, undecided date early in 2017. Stay tuned for further announcements.

Report for 17 December 2016: In the meantime while waiting for the Championship, the 2016 Fall Series continued on 16 December with a meeting of 6 intrepid sailors who braved the cold to do battle at the NYC. Actually the conditions were pretty good. The wind was from the southeast at 5-8 nm. The course was set in the channel with 2 upwind and 1 lee mark, start line about equidistant from each end. Everyone used A sails.  Algae and sea grass was rarely seen and played almost no part in the outcomes. So it was just down to pure sailing skill (and a bit of luck) and top honours were taken by Ken (third), Bob (second) and Tim (FIRST PLACE). After the race we retired to warm up, crack a few libations, and tell the usual lies aboard Ken’s sail boat which was moored conveniently alongside the dock. It was another fine day for RC Laser sailing in British Columbia.

 

 

Boat Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Drop 3 Score Place
Bob 03 7 3 2 2 2 2 4 1 4 1 3 5 1 6 1 26 2
Doug 04 2 5 6 5 6 6 2 5 1 4 2 3 6 3 2 40 4
Don 06 5 6 4 4 4 5 6 6 6 6 5 4 5 4 6 58 6
Tim 80 4 1 3 1 1 1 1 3 2 2 6 1 4 2 3 21 1
Angie 90 3 4 5 6 3 3 5 4 3 3 1 6 3 5 4 41 5
Ken 93 1 2 1 3 5 4 3 2 5 5 4 2 2 1 5 30 3

 

 

 

 

Fall Series: 26 November 2016

Venue: Dinghy Dock Pub

 

We all gathered at the Dinghy Dock a bit later than usual as the pub opened noon. Eight sailors set up and got ready to go, but there was almost no wind. So we did what sailors all over the world would have done and we headed inside for a beer and a bit of lunch. At about 13:30 the wind began to build from the northwest, and a really nice moderate-wind sailing day got underway. Given our late start we managed only 10 races. Bob’s 03 packed it in after race 1 and despite his best bedside manner it never really recovered. Tim (80) and Ken (91) fought it out for top honours taking 3 races each. John and Tom were close behind and the rest of us were not so close. All in all it was a fine, rain-fee, if somewhat cold day enjoyed by all.

 

Boat Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Drop 2 Score Place
Tom 1 3 3 1 4 4 4 3 3 2 4 23 4
Bob 3 4 8 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 72 8
Don 6 8 5 7 6 7 5 5 6 6 2 42 6
John 55 6 4 3 2 1 2 4 5 1 6 22 3
Ron 61 7 7 6 7 6 7 6 7 7 7 53 7
Tim 80 2 2 2 1 3 1 2 1 4 3 14 1
Angie 90 5 6 5 5 2 5 5 4 4 1 31 5
Ken 93 1 1 4 3 5 3 1 2 5 5 16 2

 

 

Fall Series: 12 November 2016.

Venue = Nanaimo Yacht Club.

Marsha “in charge” and ruling with an iron fist.

Eleven sailors began the day at 11:00. The wind was from the south-east and was light with A sails all around. The course was set pretty much north to south with the start line about mid-course, two upwind marks and one downwind mark. At about the 5th race the wind pickup up and some switched to B sails, then for the rest of the afternoon as the wind moved to the west and then to the north-west and then back east, A and B sails were exchanged many times by many participants. Four of the 11 sailors were from Victoria (Thanks folks!!) including Betty or newest member (Welcome Betty!!). Angie started the day by whipping us all and that’s pretty much the way it went all day with Angie placing THIRD behind John, a man of mystery who appeared for the first time this year, grabbed the pencil to figure the scores and somehow placed SECOND, behind Tim who sailed way with top honours FIRST. The post-race meeting at Millers was excellent as always and we all made our way home ready to fight again on November 26th Venue TBA.

race

Oct 29, 2016

Colin and Marsha were our gracious hosts for 12 boats in zero to light conditions. There were a lot of small current lines to mix things up, boats stopping and going backwards seemingly at random. The light rain in the morning gave way to a beautiful sunny day but the breeze remained inconsistent with a huge and changing transition zone near the start/finish. Due to the light and flukey conditions we only managed 8 races but much fun was had by all including newcomers Mike #111, Betty #44, and guests Steve #42, Andreas #50 and Aiden/Barry/Bob #58. Fraser hasn’t learned to not win the practice race but otherwise did well. Congratulations to guest Steve (a very experienced IOM sailor), who showed us all how to deal with the challenging conditions.

#42 Steve 2, 1, 1, 3, (4), 2, 3, 1, 13pts
#05 Fraser 4, 4, (8), 1, 2, 4, 1, 5, 21pts
#03 Bob 1, (7), 4, 6, 3, 5, 4, 2, 25pts
#111 Mike 6, 5, (7), 2, 5, 1, 2, 6, 27pts
#61 Ron 5, 6, 6, 5, (10), 6, 9, 8, 40pts
#04 Doug 3, (9), 5, 8, 6, 3, 7, 9, 41pts
#90 Ang 8, 2, (13), 7, 7, 7, 8, 4, 43pts
#93 Ken (13), 8, 3, 4, 8, 13,5, 7, 48pts
#58 Aiden/Barry/Bob 7, 3, (13), 11, 1, 9, 11, 11, 53pts
#33 Dave (13), 10, 2, 10, 13, 10, 6, 8, 59pts
#50 Andreas (13), 11, 13, 9, 9, 8. 10, 10, 70pts
#44 Betty (14), 12, 13, 14, 11, 11, 13, 12, 86pts

Oct 01, 2016
The venue was NYC, 4 boats in attendance, Because 2 large boats were tied up on the channel-side of the south visitor’s dock we set the course from the south corner of the dock where it meets the main breakwater. The start line was set on the channel-side of the south corner of the breakwater. At 11:00 the wind was southwest so the first upwind mark was set 150 m from the breakwater about halfway to shore. Because the forecast called for SE, the second upwind mark was set in a SE direction about 100 m from the start. The downwind mark was set 20 m north of the start line. This proved to be an excellent setup as the wind shifted through the day it was easy to set good courses. All went well until about 12:30 when the rains came. And gosh it really rained. We all got quite wet and during race 7, 06 lost transmitter power and sailed smartly for about 1/2 mile towards the pub on Protection Island. Clearly this was a hint from the gods that we should end the day and head to the pub, but this is the fall series and racing went on! After 11 races we called it a day and 01Tom’s score of 2,2,1,2,1,1,3,1,1,1,1,1, gave him 12 points to win the day. 80Tim was second with 20, then 42Colin with 23 and 06Don with 31. A great start to the fall series, hope to see a full turnout on Oct 15th.

THIRST Regatta, Sept 10
Sunshine and light NW greeted the 10 boats and we began the day with the “Lamaze” race, 03 splashed in 1:04 and went on to win with 80 and 04 2nd and 3rd. Next were 5 fleet races with 01 winning 3 and 90 and 93 taking the others. The singlehanded race was won by 80 with 93 and 90 close behind. Another fleet race and another bullet for 01. Then we had the skybox race, another win for 01 with 93 and 90 behind. 4 more fleet races saw 01 with 2 bullets and 80 and 93 with the other two. The final was the long distance race with 01 winning again followed by 90 and 93.
Lamaze: 03, 80, 04, 06, 99, 93, 50, 42, 90
Fleet, after 2 throwouts:
01Tom 12pts, 93Ken 26pts, 90Ang 31pts, 80Tim 32pts, 42Colin 33pts, 50Dave 36pts, 03Bob 38pts, 04Doug 45pts, 06Don 56pts, 99Peter 80pts
Singlehanded: 80, 93, 90, 42, 04, 01, 03, 06, 99, 50
Skybox: 01, 93, 90, 04, 42, 80, 03, 50, 06, 99
Long Distance: 01, 90, 93, 03, 80, 50, 06, 04, 99, 42
Overall results, after throwing one event:
01 Tom 9pts
93 Ken 9pts
90 Ang 11pts
80 Tim 12pts
03 Bob 19 pts
04 Doug 20 pts
42 Colin 22pts
06 Don 28pts
50 Dave 29pts
99 Peter 35pts

 

 

 

 

 

RC Ocean Race – April 16, 2016

The race went around Protection Island counterclock-wise this year.  The race seemed to be proceeding a lot like last year, with Ken on 93 way out in front and Tim on 80 trying to catch up and spoil his win.  However, with both 93 and 80 stalling in the light air at the entrance  to the gap, the rest of the pack closed in like wolves.  93 and 80 had committed to the north side of the channel but it turned out to be a mistake.  In the end, Bob and driver Frank were the winning team, with Paul (36) and Tom (01) filling out the podium.

The Graham Millington mug goes to Bob.  Angela was the first girl to finish, predicted time award goes to Roger, and the “If it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all” award goes to Ken Keith.

June 11, Raft up south of NYC
We’d all seen weed and we’d agreed that weed would be trouble, but we’d not seen weed like we’d seen that day. It was light air, ‘A’ sails and weed with a few raindrops as well. It was good tactics to miss the weed so we’d watch for leads through the weeds and we’d tried to keep weed free but we’d all suffered weed. After many rescues from the weedy embraces of Mother nature we’d agreed that the weed won and called it after 13 races. 04 won the first race and despite a good day ended up 2nd to Tim who found his way through the weeds better than the rest of us. Many thanks to Ron for offering his mothership as a race platform.
80Tim 2, (7), 4, 4, 2, 1, 3, 2, 2, (5), 1, 3, 1, 25pts
04Doug 1, (7), 2, 2, 4, 3, (6), 1, 4, 2, 2, 2, 4, 27pts
03Bob 3, 7, 1, 1, (7), 2, 5, 5, 1, 4, 4, (7), 2, 35pts
90Ang (7), 2, 3, 3, 1, (7), 1, 4, 7, 1, 6, 4, 7, 39pts
06Don (7), 1, 5, 5, 3, 5, 4, 6, (7), 3, 5, 1, 7, 45pts
61Ron 6, (7), 7, 6, 7, 4, 2, 3, 3, 6, (7), 7, 3, 54pts

May 29
Sunshine and westerly, perfect B sail conditions greeted the 5 boats who sailed at Bob and Angie’s, Some boats tried a C sail since there were several downwind pirouettes but it wasn’t quite that windy. 03 won the first race and suffered the jinx. 93 wisely held back for a 2nd in race one and won the day not needing to sail the last 3 races which was good because he ended with a string of 5ths. Ang counted 4 bullets and still ended up 4th. After 15 races:
93Ken 2, 1, 3, 2, 1, 2, 4, 1, 2, 1, 1, 3, (5), (5), (5), 23pts
03Bob 1, (5), 1, (4), 3, 3, 1, 2, 1, 3, 2, (4), 2, 3, 2, 24pts
04Doug (5), 2, 2, 1, 2, (5), 2, 4, 3, 2, (5), 1, 4, 2, 3, 28pts
90Ang 3, (4), (4), 3, (5), 1, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 2, 1, 1, 1, 30pts
06Don 4, 3, (5), (5), 4, 4, (5), 5, 5, 5, 3, 5, 3, 4, 4, 49pts

SSSS #2
The week long westerly died away as we started the 2nd day of the spring series at Bob and Angie’s. 5 boats completed 20 races in the light and shifty conditions. Several different course options were tried including a round the dock option reminiscent of round the pilings at Stones. Some of the transition zones made it feel like a light air day at a Maple Bay Regatta. Ken93 once again made the fatal mistake of winning the first race and even with 6 more bullets it wasn’t quite enough. Complaints of local knowledge were heard..
03Bob 3, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, (4), 1, 1, 1, 3, 3, 2, 2, (3), (4), (4), 1, 1, 1, 23pts
93Ken 1, 2, (6), 2, (4), 1, 1, (4), 2, 3, (4), 1, 4, 3, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 4, 30pts
01Tom (6), 4, 2, (5), 1, 4, 2, 2, 4, 2, 2, 2, 1, 4, (5), (5), 3, 4, 5. 2, 44pts
80Tim 4, (5), (7), 4, (5), 3, 3, (5), 3, 4, 1, 4, 5, 1, 2, 3, 2, 5, 4, 3, 50pts
90Ang 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, (5), (5), 3, (5), (5), 5, 5, 3, 5, 4, 2, 5, 3, 3, 5, 56pts

Spectacular Sunny Spring Series #1
A beautiful day with a light northwesterly greeted the 10 boat fleet at NYC. A sails to start with some big holes and strange shifts which gradually gave way to an easterly that had everyone switching to B sails by the end of the day. At one leeward mark rounding a seal was grabbing the mark and pulling it underwater. During one start sequence it was playing with one of the start marks, dragging it completely under water and then letting it pop back up. It’s probably not a good idea to paint your keel to look like a fish.. There were no breakdowns or tangles that required rescue as we completed 15 races. Bob#03 overcame some early technical and weed issues to take the win, Ken#93 had several brain farts with his usually excellent grasp of the rules allowing Colin#55 to sneak through into 2nd by one point. Sunshine#55 beat Doug#04 in a tiebreak for 4th. Tom#01 made the fatal mistake of winning the practice race which doomed him to some inconsistent results and 6th place. Ang#90 would have been in the hunt for 4th but a dead boat gave her 2 dns’s at the end of the day.
Don#06 won race 2 showing his occasional flashes of brilliance. Ron#61 and Doug#35 rounded out the order.
#03Bob (11), (9), 1, 3, 2, 1, 3, 2, 1, 3, 1, 1, (7), 3, 1, 22pts
#50Colin 3, 3, 2, 2, 5, 4, (6), 1, 2, (7), 2, (7), 5, 4, 4, 37pts
#93Ken 1, 2, 3, 7, 1, (9), (8), (7), 6, 4, 4, 2, 3, 2, 3, 38pts
#55John 2, (8), (9), 1, 7, 5, 4, 6, 5, 5, 6, 4, (10), 1, 5, 45pts
#04Doug 5, 4, 6, 5, 4, 3, 1, 3, 4, (6), 5, (9), 2, 5, (8), 45pts
#01Tom (9), 6, 5, (8), 6, 2, 2, 4, 6, 1, (7), 3, 1, 7, 6, 49pts
#90Ang 4, 5, 4, 4.3, 6, 5, 8, 3, 2, (8), 6, 4, (12), (12), 54pts
#06Don 6, 1, 7, 9, 8, 7, (9), 5, 3, 2, 8, (11), (9), 8, 7, 65pts
#61Ron 8, 7, 8, 6, (10), 8, (11), (9), 9, 9, 3, 5, 6, 6, 2, 77pts
#35Doug 7, (10), (10), 10, 9, 10, 7, 10, 10, (12), 9, 8, 8, 9, 9, 106pts

Frozen Thumbs 2016 overall results.
72 races were run over 5 weekends, 14 competitors in total. Counting 4 of 5 days results in a tie for 1st with John “Sunshine” #55 winning. Congratulations John.
55John (8), 4, 4, 1, 1, 10pts
03Bob 1, 2, 5, (9), 2, 10pts
34Ken 4, 7, (12), 2, 5, 18pts
04Doug 5, (12), 6, 3, 4, 18pts
01Tom 2, 6, 3, 9, (9), 20pts
93Ken 3, (12), 2, 9, 9, 23pts
80Tim (11), 5, 1, 9, 9, 24pts
90Ang 6, 8, 8, (9), 3, 25pts
36Paul 11, 1, (12), 6, 9, 27pts
58Colin 7, 3, (12), 9, 9, 28pts
61Ron 9, (10), 7, 5, 9, 30pts
06Don (11), 9, 9, 4, 9, 31pts
35Doug 11, (12), 10, 7, 6, 34pts
99Peter 11, (12), 12, 9, 7, 39pts

Frozen Thumbs #5
7 boats sailed 15 races in a 3 to 5 knot southerly at the Dinghy Dock pub. PaulKenTimTom were missing so 5 different boats shared the bullets. Ken34 jinxed his day by winning the first race and sure enough some traffic problems and circles and hitting the lone piling put him back a bit till he won the last race. 5 different boats had at least one first. Sunshine55 was hot and posted several good races, throwing out a 4. Bob03 had some technical issues including struggling with a backward mainsheet that could not be fixed since the switch was rusted. His boat died completey in race 9. A replacement transmitter solved the problem. Ang90 had a great day including 2 bullets and 6 seconds, also throwing a 4. If there were no throwouts she would have won the day. Doug 04 had 3 bullets and bunch of thirds. Doug35 had some good results and Peter is still on the steep part of the learning curve but he had good day and gets better all the time.
At the end of the day there was a tiebreak for first, 55 and 03 had identical scorelines with the tiebreak going to throwouts. There was some discussion about using who beat who in the last race as a tiebreak but John had that too.
Results:
55John 2. 1, 2, 3, 1, (8). 1, 3, (5),1, 3. 4, 4, 2, (4), 27pts
03Bob 3, 3, 1, 1, 4, 1, 2, 4, (8), (9), 2, 3, 2, 1, (5), 27pts
90Ang 4, 2, 3, (6), 2, 2, (4), 2, 1, 2, (5), 2, 1, 4, 3, 28pts
04Doug (6), 5, 4, 2, (6), 3, 3, 1, 3, 3, 1, 1, (5), 3, 2, 31pts
34Ken 1, 6, (6), 4, 3, (8), 5, 5, 4, 4, 4, (8), 4, 4, 1, 46pts
35Doug 5, 4, 5, 5, 5, 4, 6, (7), 2, 5, 6, 5, 6, (6), (8), 58pts
99Peter 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 9, 7, 6, 8, (9), 7, 8, 7, (9), (9), 87pts

Frozen Thumbs #4
7 boats enjoyed the best weather yet for a winter race. Sunshine and wind and B sails to start, soon changing to a C although Paul36 tried a D for awhile. The wind eased toward the end and everyone switched to A’s. There were some technical issues, a lost rudder, tangled boats and the usual mayhem at marks. 5 boat were rescued from tangles and rigging trouble. Dark cloud has been renamed sunshine since nary was heard a discouraging word as he ran away with 10 bullets to win the day. Don06 had his first bullet as his results keep improving. Many thanks to Don06 for marks and rescue boat duties.
Results:
55John 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 1, (2), (2), 1, 1, 1, 1, (3), 1, 1, 14pts
34Ken 2, 1, (8), (6), (5), 4, 3, 3, 3, 3, 2, 3, 1, 4, 2, 31pts
04Doug (8), 3, 2, 4, 3, 3, (9), (9), 4, 2, 3, 2, 2, 2, 3, 33pts
06Don 3, 4, 4, 1, 4, 2, (8), (9), 7, 4, 4, 4, (8), 3, 4, 44pts
61Ron 4, (8), (8), 5, 6, 5, 4, 4, 5, 5, (8), 6, 5, 8, 5, 5, 62pts
36Paul (9), (9), 3, 3, 2, 8, 1, 1, 2, 8, 8, (9), 9, 9, 9, 63pts
35Doug (9), 5, (9), 6, 7, 6, 5, (8), 6, 5, 5, 6, 4, 6, 6, 67pts

Midwinter Regatta
The 14 boats attending the Midwinter Regatta at Towner Bay saw sunny conditions and a southerly that gradually backed to the southeast. A sails all around except Paul36 who started with a B to maintain control in the puffs. However there were more lulls than puffs so he soon switched to an A. The start line was in a bit of a transition zone as the SE bent around the point south of the bay and met with occasional easterly, almost northeasterly, puffs over the land. Starts were crowded, several over earlys and 2 general recalls. Finishes were equally crowded, sometimes with several boats overlapped. Marsha did a great job of keeping track, although the fleet needed to be reminded to clear the line after finishing and not sail through twice. With 5 marks to choose from there were several interesting choices for courses including some where the mark was far enough away to create confusion trying to identify your boat in the pack. Tom01 won the first race and was consistent through the day (except race 9) to win by 3 points. 3 boats were tied for second with Paul36 finishing unusually deep in 5th. Tim80 was 6th in front of another tie for 7th where Colin beat Angie. 11th was also a tie where Ron61 beat (guest) Charles sailing #50.
Results after 10 races, 2 throwouts:
01Tom 1, 2, 1, 4, 3, 4, 5, (6), (12), 1, 21pts
03Bob 2, 1, 5, 1, 5, 1, (6), 4, 5, (9), 24pts
05Fraser 4, 3, 6, 2, 1, (11), 3, 1, 4, (6), 24pts
93Ken (6), 5, (9), 3, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 24pts
36Paul (8), 4, 2, 5, 6, (8), 4, 5, 1, 2, 29pts
80Tim (15), 9, 3, (15), 9, 3, 1, 2, 7, 5, 39pts
42Colin 7, 7, 4,(8), 7, (10), 8, 7, 2, 8, 50pts
90Ang 3, 6, 8, (9), 8, 5, 7, (11), 6, 7, 50pts
04Doug 10, 8, (11), 6, 4, 7, (11), 10, 11, 3, 59pts
06Don 11, 10, 7, (15), 10, 6, (15), 13, 9, 11, 77pts
61Ron 5, (15), 12, 11, 12, (15), 9, 9, 8, 12, 78pts
50Charles 13, (15), 10, 7, 11, 9, 10, 8, (15), 10, 78pts
35Doug 12, 12, (13), 10, (13), 12, 12, 12, 10, 13, 93pts
58Kieran 9, 11, (15, (15), 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 15, 110pts

Frozen Thumbs #3
The day began with overcast conditions and a very light to zero southeaster. As the day progressed the sun came out and the breeze built to a fairly steady 3 to 4 knots making for excellent A sail racing. With newcomer Don sailing #91 we had 11 boats on the line, over half the fleet from Protection Island. Ken93 won the first race then got an 8th, a 2nd, an 8th, a 1st, then settled down to a string of good finishes including three more bullets. He had better throwouts however it wasn’t enough to catch Tim80 who owned the pin for most of the day. Either ahead and to leeward or port tacking the fleet, he seemed to always be first to the left. With the crowded line there was the usual share of contact and over earlys, circles and muttering. Tom01 had consistent results to take 3rd, 10 points out of second and 3 points in front of John55 who had to settle for 4th. Ron61 got his first bullet on a race day and enjoyed it so much he got the next one as well. Circles03 kept hitting boats and marks but scraped into 5th. By mutual agreement we ran a bit over our usual 3 hours since we wanted 15 races, actually much of the fleet had their 3 throwouts early in the day, and the conditions were excellent.
At the end of the day:
#80Tim 3,(5),4,2,2,1,(5),3,1,1,(5),2,1,3,2, 25 pts
#93Ken 1,(8),2,(8),1,3,3,4,5,(8),1,1,2,4,1, 28 pts
#01Tom (7),2,(7),4,4,5,1,5,3,4,2,4,3,1,(8), 38 pts
#55John 6,1,5,3,(10),4,(7),2,6,3,4,(8),4,6,3, 41 pts
#03Bob 2,(6),6,5,(7),,6,4,1,(7),2,3,3,5,2,4, 43 pts
#04Doug 5,4,(8),7,3,2,2,(8),2,(7),6,5,7,7,5, 55 pts
#61Ron 9,3,1,1,6,8,6,7,4,5,7,(10).(12),9,(10), 66 pts
#90Ang 4,9,9,(9),8,7,(10),(10),8,6,8,7,6,5,6, 83 pts
#06Don 8,10,3,6,5,9,8,6,(10),(10),(12),6,8,8,7, 84 pts
#35Doug (12),7,(11),11,9,11,9,9,9,9,9,9,9,(12),9, 110 pts
#91Don 10,11,10,10,11,10,11,11,11,11,10,12,(12),(12),(12), 128 pts

Frozen Thumbs #2
Warm and sunny conditions and a light northwesterly greeted the 10 boats who came out for our first adventure at Departure Bay. All agreed it is a good venue and we should return. Many thanks to Paul for the suggestion and the organization of a marks/rescue boat. We started with A sails, a slightly skewed, port tack favoured line, and shifty, puffy breeze. There was adverse current inshore from freshwater runoff halfway up the beat. Tom01 nailed the port tack start in the first race and led all the way to an easy first win. Bob03 and Ang90 followed at a distance to give Protection Island a 1,2,3 to begin the day. It wasn’t to last however as Paul36 recovered from a first race DNF and a couple of “deep” 5th places to once again dominate the day. The breeze built until eventually everyone switched to a B and then back to an A at the end of the day. There were lots of spectators and interest in the boats, maybe we’ll get some more people in the fleet.
Paul36 (11),(5),(5),1,2,1,1,3,4,1,3,1,1,2,1, 21pts
Bob03 2,2,1,2,5,3,2,1,1,(6),5,3,(6),4,(6), 31pts
Colin58 4,1,(8),5,6,5,5,4,2,2,2,(8),(7),1,3, 40pts
John55 6,7,3,3,(7),2,3,2,6,3,(9),(7),2,3,5, 45pts
Tim80 (7),(9),2,7,3,4,7,5,5,4,4,6,(8),5,2, 49pts
Tom01 1,8,7,4,1,7,4,(8),7,5,(8).4.4.6.(11) 58pts
Ken34 5,6,4,(8),(8),6,8,(12),3,7,1,2,3,7,8, 60pts
Ang90 3,3,6,6,4,(8),6,6,(8),(8),7,5,5,8,4, 63pts
Don06 9,4,9,9,(12),9,9,7,(11),9,6,(10),(11),9,7, 97pts
Ron61 8,10,10,10,(11),10,10,(11),11,(12),11,9,9,10,9, 117pts

Frozen Thumbs #1
9 boats came out to NYC for 12 light air races on a nice January day. We had from 0 to maybe 2 knots max, generally light current with lots of rivers and swirls to keep it interesting, and very little weed. The start line was short and crowded, there were several over earlys, and congratulations to the fleet from PRO Marsha when we had a rare “all clear”. The short weather leg made for some interesting 1st mark roundings, some contact, and some circles. Bob03 won the first race and it looked like the jinx was on as he got a 7 and a 6 in the next 2. However his remaining score line of 2,1,2,1,(9),3,4,2,(8) gave him 29 points for a 1 point margin on Tom01 who had a 4,(8),(7),1,3,3,6,1,4,1,1,6 for 30 points. Ken93 was 2 points back with 2,6,3,4,(8),1,3,2,6,3,(7),2. Ken34 had a 3,4,1,3,(9),5,4,4,7,(9),3,5, for fourth overall. Doug04 had 8,1,(9),5,6,(9),2,8,1,6,4,1 to take fifth. Ang90 had 7,2,2,6,2,7,5,5,2,(8),(8),7 for sixth. Colin had (9),3,5,(8),4,4,7,7,5,5,5,3 in seventh. John55 had 6,(9),(8),7,5,6,8,3,8,7,6,4 in eighth. Ron61 finished the day with 5,5,4,,9,7,8,9,2,(9),(10). Much fun was had by all and after racing we gathered at Miller’s for results and beers.

Boxing Day Blowout
It was cold, it rained, it was cold, it was windy, it was cold. 7 brave souls enjoyed the C sail conditions at NYC for the Boxing Day Blowout. Ken93 won the first race and never looked forward, in one race making 7 attempts at the weather mark… Tim80 found the conditions to his liking with 4 bullets, throwing out a 3rd for an easy win. John55 had an excellent day, throwing out a 4th on the way to a solid 2nd place 5 points back. 03 had technical issues in race 2 but Ang90 generously let him sail her boat from race 4 onwards to finish a distant 3rd, 9 points further back and just squeaking by 2 points in front of Ken93. The Paulinator36 was late and missed the first 3 races and very unusually did not win a race to finish 4 points behind Ken. John’s brother Ron found it a challenging day to learn the boat but showed some good speed and had a few good finishes. Ang 90 sailed the first 3 with middling results then got very cold and retired. It was cold.

2015 Fall Series Overall Results 

SkipperSail NumberRace 1
NYC
Race 2
Towner Bay
Race 3
Piper's Lagoon
Race 4
NYC
Race 5
Dinghy Dock
Race 6Race 7Overall
Tom Barchyn01dncdnc11dnc
Bob Serenius03 2 13 4 2
Doug Compton04446dnc dnc
Don McQueen0686975
Ken Keith34dncdncdncdnc 4
Doug Naylor35107dnc8dnc
Paul Kantor36 1 dncdnc dncdnc
John Vallis55 7 dncdnc 6 dnc
Colin MacGruer58657dncdnc
Ron Campsall619dnc8dnc6
Tim Daniel805dnc421
Angie Serenius9033553
Ken Holland93dncdnc23dnc
Peter Frewin99dncdncdncdnc7

 

Fall Series #5
It was a bright and sunny day…2 knots from the south greeted the fleet at the Dinghy Dock for the 5th and final day of the Fabulous Fall of ’15 series. The wind soon did a 220 and we raced in a typical “gap breeze” with light spots in close to the pub. Start in close and maybe fetch it? Start out farther in more wind and tack twice? The gorgeous sunny day created a bit of trouble as competitors were blinded by the reflection of the low winter sun as we got near the leeward mark. We changed courses and valiantly carried on with some competitors choosing to fortify themselves with a hot or cold beverage from the friendly staff at the pub. There were some over earlys, some contact, some circles, some weed, some technical issues, a few hookups, and some excellent sailing. With a bunch of different courses there was sometimes confusion about where we go next. Follow Tim was the call. However when Tim called a particularly complicated course and then just said “follow me”, the jinx happened and Angie won the next race. Tim only got 2 bullets in the next 8 races after winning 5 of 7 to that point. #03 now has a couple of firsts in Fleet 17, the fire last spring and today as he was doing well, right behind Tim, suddenly #90 blows through his lee and #34 climbs off his hip and passes to weather…..WTF? Limping in after a deep finish reveals a moon jellyfish on the keel! This is almost December, global warming is here. After 15 races #80Tim won the day with 7 bullets, throwing out a 2nd and two 3rds. In second was #03Bob 8 points back with #90Ang a further 6 points behind to take the final podium position. #34Ken, #06Don, #61Ron, and #99Peter rounded out the order.

Fall series #4
Light air again…lots of current and weed. Colin had electrical issues so he helped Marsha with race committee including calling 2 tight finishes where Angie beat her husband within inches of his Finnish line. After 12 races #01 Tominated the fleet once again with 4 bullets and an 11 point lead on #80 Tim. Where are you Paul??

01 1 3 2 1 1 3 (5) (8) 2 1 2 4 20
03 2 2 5 5 (7) 5 1 6 (7) 5 3 2 36
06 (dnf) 1 (8) 5 6 7 3 3 8 7 6 7 53
35 7 (8) 4 4 (8) 8 8 7 8 6 8 5 65
55 4 (7) 7 3 6 7 2 5 5 3 1 (dnf) 43
80 3 6 (6) 3 2 3 4 1 1 4 4 (7) 31
90 (6) 6 3 (dnf) 2 4 4 2 6 3 5 3 38
93 5 5 1 2 4 1 6 4 4 (7) (6) 1 33

Fall Series #3
Light air at Pipers, with an ebb that made it very interesting at the (usuallly) leeward mark. Those who were unfortunate enough to arrive there in a lull were quickly swept out of the lagoon. After some abandoning and postponing and rescuing boats we quit using that mark. After 8 races Tom dominated the day in Paulinator style with an 8 pt lead on Ken93.

Fall series Race #2
A light air day at Colin and Marsha’s, 5 Protection Islanders made the trip and we managed 10 races. 03 won the day, 33 beat 90 in a tiebreak for 2nd, 04 was one point back in 4th, then 58, 06, and 35.

Fall Series 2015 – Day 1

Awesome sunny C-sail conditions persisted through the day, with a stiff chop to add to the challenge.  With the great turnout, the key strategy was getting off the start line cleanly.  There were many sad stories to tell with multiple circles for many boats.

Sail #R1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14R15R16TotalPosition Overall
032113353136413249312
045634122511546355414
068778847985697634808
35101011711101010109810911111111310
36422151145413111111301
557585666767375773737
58334277464811526611596
619899999891211888861089
806456488322221527445
90112611235273764912393

2015 THIRST Regatta

        
Sail #LeMazeSingle-HandedSkyboxLong DistanceFleet RacingTotalPosition
0171dnsdns8309
03561096268
04104172144
066988103110
34862105216
36313531121
35121074113211
5515354133
5898917257
8043623122
9027469195
No Number1111dnsdns124812

SSSSS – June 27

6 intrepid sailors braved the sunshine and baking hot temperatures as the Mark Bay raft up endured C sail conditions with overpowered nosediving runs mixed with underpowered lulls and big shifts. 20 races were run and the "Tominator" 01 won the day with 6 bullets and 32 points. Doug 04 had a solid performance with 5 wins and 40 points to take second. Ken 34 was on the podium with 4 bullets and 43 points. "Circles" 03 was 3 points back in 4th and Angela 90 another 3 points back in 5th. Don 06 had some good results but ended up 6th. Thanks to Tom for providing rescue boat service with his kayak and to Angela for setting and retrieving marks.

SSSSS – June 13

5 sailors enjoyed sunny beautiful weather competing in a Mark Bay raft-up.  Puffy B-sail conditions prevailed with occasional wipe-outs downwind in the bigger gusts.  16 races were held and in the end the results were Don/06 – 45 points,  Bob/03 – 35 points, Angie/90(podium finish!) – 33 points, Ken K./34 – 25 points and (cough, cough) some boat with a red stripe with 15 points.  Old sails rule!

Towner Bay Spring Regatta

Wow, what a day – sunshine, breeze, sailboats, kids, kayaks, dinghies, dogs, kites, bevies, bbq.

Major brain-teaser on course – wind shifts galore – really had to keep the brain cells working – had to keep both hands on the ‘wheel’

Dock was full of players & spectators – introduced a bunch of folk to the both the joys when the boats scoot and the frustrations when they don’t   – may even have a couple of converts…

The Pollinator brought almost his whole clan which was fantastic – the junior Pollinites helped with setting the marks and retrieving errant boats – and 36 rocked the day (again).

We had serious racing followed by fun races letting people try out the boats.

Shades of summer to come,

Marsha

Results:

boat            points

36                    18

05                    34

50                    37

58                    45

33                    66

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Great Ocean Race 2015 Results

Open Class  RC Laser Class  
CompetitorBoatTimeCompetitorSail NumberTime
Dale ChaseWing Cat (Fang)1:05:20Tim Daniel801:25:20
Tom StevensMarblehead1:13:55Ken Holland931:25:26
Steve KibbleIOM1:29:28Paul Kantor361:27:02
Roger KibbleIOMDNSJohn Vallis551:27:40
Bob Serenius031:29:30
Tom011:30:10
Angela Serenius901:30:41
Colin MacGruer501:30:55
Doug Compton041:31:04
Don McQueen061:33:15
Dave Campbell331:38:39
Ron Campsall611:48:01

Super Spectacular Sunny Spring Series

SSSSS #1 – Dinghy Dock Pub – April 11, 2015

The fleet was greatly cheered by the re-appearance of Bruce (aka RSO), his boat #70, and both sunshine and wind.  Today was an ABAC day with the breeze gradually rising from the west and southwest, then easing, then coming back with a vengeance to end the day off.   The weather marks were placed far enough up the course that it was difficult to see the situation when rounding, and there were numerous giant hair balls at the weather mark.  There was also a strange “weird zone” a few boatlengths from the weather mark – a kind of sand trap for RC Lasers – which would appear and swallow up a boat or two, then disappear.  Avoiding the weirdness became a significant strategy upwind.

Bruce kindly won the first race, accepted the “Curse of the First Blood”, and then spent the day working off the rust.  Half the fleet won at least one race today including 03, 36 (more than a few), 50 (the out-of-towner), 70, 80 and 93.    In the end, Paul and #36 schooled us, though this time there were only two points separating him from the next two boats.  Tim and #80 were first mortal, and Ken (“let’s not have throwouts”) with #93 grabbed the last podium position.

Many thanks to Marsha and Jamie for excellent race committee work, and especially to the little girl who came out on the end dock and reminded us old farts what it is all about with her enthusiastic attitude when she sailed Ron’s boat in absolutely no wind.

Sail #R1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12TotalPosition
03221358288735384
0610107111010101110810109511
345947211832557587
366621115161322271
5012856871275261556
5541312586441393465
618412912461011121288410
70151287999712711739
807312233154116292
909761065769689698
93313442323444293

Mid-Winter Regatta

We had our first fire-in-the-hole incident today before racing, with Bob’s 03 trying to give itself a premature  viking funeral.  The first clue was the bubbled surface of the coffee can lid.  No serious damage was done but some components need to be replaced…
The best part of the day was the addition of two new members to the fleet, Doug and Ron – Fleet 17 welcomes you!
The breeze was on at NYC, and the day started with C sails and a bit of bow-burying even with those.  Later the wind died down and the fleet shifted to B.  Tide was a major factor in the middle of the course.
The Victoria crowd came up to give us a run for our money and did very well, except that no-one could really touch Paul, who started the day with six bullets in a row.  First mortal was Tim with 80, and then noob Tom with 01 snuck in to the third place spot – well done Tom!
Sail #R1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14R15R16TotalPosition
018632882256441622453
06 54757 97887 8 86556827
3368786410111111768777918
361111113115 1 14244191
5092644651141553363514
55745753610dncdncdncdncdncdncdncdnc1029
61dncdncdncdncdncdncdnc7711117988812010
80 4 723 224522 322111272
9035463784646 9 5435585
932310111151333231191111666

Frozen Thumbs Overall

        
Sail #Frozen Thumbs #1Frozen Thumbs #2Frozen Thumbs #3Frozen Hearts #4Frozen Thumbs #5Frozen Thumbs #6Total
01dncdncdncdnc65
033232529
0454dnc38315
0669dnc9dnc731
34dncdnc48dncdnc
3671dnc11dnc10
49dnc8710dncdnc
55dnc6874dnc25
61dncdncdncdnc106
8025143410
9047569dnc22
91dncdnc6dncdncdnc
931325717

 Frozen Thumbs #1 –  January 3, 2015

Location: Nanaimo Yacht Club

Sail #R1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14TotalPosition Overall
0312514724534421333
0445326455343254445
066666dnf56dns66665dns646
368dnsdnsdns1dnsdns1dnsdnsdnsdnsdns5877
8021232132255532282
9034455346122146384
9353143213411313261

 Frozen Thumbs #2-  January 17, 2015

Location: Pipers LaGoon

The ‘Goon served up the usual smorgasbord of difficult conditions, with a strong flood tide and a shifty and variable strength south-to-southwest wind.  Racing started with a mix of A and B sails in marginal conditions, and it looked for a while like B might survive, but the breeze dropped a bit and A sails were the sail for the rest of the day.  Jedi Paul clearly had the force with him and kicked ass, to the point where he didn’t need to sail the last two races – good thing because #36 wasn’t in the mood for more racing and stopped working.  Our newest sailors, Don and Mike, showed that they have learned well from Master Paul and had some higher results, including a fifth from #49 and a 6th from #06.  Bob was first mortal (after we corrected a mistake in the results) followed by 93 in 3rd.   Of the non-newbs, everyone won at least one race, except for Pokey the Wonderslug, but #55 had three 2nds to make up for it.  There were two protests which were resolved in the bar with #80 deciding to RAF after reading the rules on boats tacking inside the zone, and #93 taking a DSQ after tacking too close.

Sail #R1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14TotalPosition
0346131375154334343
0453744246891651414
06881098878968778929
3611212121337101111341
4995689989779887928
5524367757486422526
806104755104213543495
90771026462625176567
9332553613542215362

Frozen Thumbs #3 – January 31, 2015

Location: Pipers LaGoon

The wind took its time showing up and came in a bit from the northeast, so the first set of races were run without the weather mark placed in its usual spot in the “death zone” at the entrance to the lagoon.  Eventually a nice westerly wind filled in and the call was made to move the mark into the channel where the flood tide was wicked – and the carnage began.  There were more than a few giant hairballs at the weather mark, as boats tried to complete a last second tack after not quite fetching.  New racer Tom took a bullet away from the geezers and showed good pace and tactics upwind all day, and demonstrated style smacking the big rock on the west shore while at full speed downwind.  Mike, still working #49 up to speed, managed to sail to a 4th place finish in one race – a great  result for such difficult conditions.   Ken with #34 showed he hasn’t lost his touch after some time away and was in contention in every race, distinguishing himself as the only boat to have no worse than a 6th place finish.  Several boats had to sit some races out due to technical issues, including 93, 55 and 90.  80 managed to disappear into its own private black hole at the start line due to an encounter with some local floating foliage – kindly rescued by John.  If there were two or three more races or one more throwout it would have been 93’s day, sailing consistently and finishing with 7 bullets.  However, 93 ended up having to keep one 6th while 80 managed to ditch all her bad races, so 93 and ended up in a tie-break with 03 for second.   After 15 hard-fought races, frosty beverages were enjoyed by all.

Sail #R1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14R15TotalPosition
03221323532461133263
04
06
34 3 5 3 6 4 43 63 535255414
36
498777 87657647 96 10777
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801121 7122 62 92422221
90535459444324 9 10 10525
91466565 771756544576
9369101012115113311262

Frozen Hearts #4 – February 14, 2015

Location: NYC

At the end of the end of the day we were all wondering “how does he do it?”.  Sure enough, the Paullinator schooled the fleet again today with 7 wins out of 15 races – impressive by any measure.  Consistent starts and rarely out of first place at the weather mark were the keys to success, not to mention blazing downwind speed.   First mortal was Bob with 03, followed by Doug and 04 – Doug won three races to Bob’s two.   It was an unusually shifty and choppy day in Newcastle Channel, with big gusts bringing the fleet down to C sails for most of the day.  The wind eased for the last 5 races but everyone stayed on C sails to avoid further delays – we all wanted to get 15 races in.  Sunshine and strong breeze were a nice change!

Sail #R1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14R15TotalPosition
033313146210662524352
04 6 2 4 55 1 2 1 7 1 5 3 3 5 5 383
06 12 9 8 9 9 9 12 7 5 9 8 10 8 6 7 939
34547776993765779718
36 413123 1 46DNF 1 1 10 11231
49989DNCDNCDNC8888999101010510
55165638369476 2 9 8577
80 8 11 112 427313 34442394
902 7656545454 7 63 6556
91PracticePracticePracticePracticePracticePractice PracticePracticePracticePracticePracticePracticePracticePracticePracticePracticePractice
937524575112228183455

Frozen Thumbs #5 – March 14, 2015

Location: NYC
If you don’t like the wind speed or direction, wait 30 seconds.  The conditions today went from drifting to boat-flattening gusts in a moment today, with 30 degree shifts on top, as the wind was alternately from the southwest, west, and northwest.  There were lots of passing lanes, however, and you were always one wind shift away from first, or last.  A most interesting sailing day to be sure.
We are all in awe of the Paullinator’s consistent performance in our fleet.  So consistent that he finished with exactly the same number of points in 15 races as he did with 16 races in the MId-Winters, with 25 points separating his first place finish from second place.  There was good news today from our newest sailor, Ron, who torched the fleet with a cunning switch to the A-sail during the biggest lull of the day – not quite enough to beat Paul but his first second place finish in a race!   Consistent racing with the slick new #50 put the Collinator into first mortal, and #80 survived several tragic races and a RAF to somehow end up third.
Sail #R1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14R15TotalPosition
013910671599781475626
037628118243965813555
0410845693282775611638
36221313132122221191
505231546753581411442
55448737866414382514
61910910921111101199dncdncdnc11010
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9087594678781066511779
9363648541464dncdncdncdnc637

Frozen Thumbs #6 – March 28, 2015

Location: Mark Bay
 Newsflash:  Ken Holland wins the Frozen Thumbs!
Ron Campsall kindly provided his amazing RC sailing platform Contessa for the day’s racing in Mark Bay.  The wind was gusty and shifty, and at times it was a bit too much for the A sails that everyone stuck with.  In the end, Ken Holland dominated the day and as a result won the Frozen Thumbs.!
Sail #R1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14R15R16R17R18TotalPosition
015732462841131dncdncdncdncdnc675
03265851631232532332402
04631113443555231444433
0634657575787686dnf75dnf907
358877878787887dncdnc66dnf1108
617284383666676544dnfdnf776
80114364515344345511444
93452622122421421223321

 

Fleet Championships  –  Dec. 20, 2014

There was a lot of breeze and difficult sailing conditions with a strong current going with the wind in the middle of the course.   Everyone had D sails.  Boat control was very difficult and completing a tack was never assured even with the D sail - boats were caught in irons frequently.  First to get it all figured out was Doug - 04 (Digit) who scored two bullets early on.   Angie on #90 had a win in the middle and looked strong all day.  Tim (#80) had a couple of bad races to start with including one with 4 circles at the start line and looked to be having a bad day.   Paul arrived a little late, but then suffered a boat failure that took him out of the running.  Ken  on #93 had to sit out a race after a DNF due to his boat shutting off after hitting the dock.   Boat failures and other issues took out Colin on 58 and Don on the "other" 93.    In the end, only 4 boats completed all the races, and shared the top of the podium with #93, who only missed two races.  Doug and Ken ended up tied for third, with the tie-breaker going to Doug with two wins to Ken's one.  Luckily for #80, Bob on #03 had to keep a couple of 4th place finishes, which put #80 on top for the day.  Thanks for an awesome day everyone!

Fleet Championships Results

 

Sail #R1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10TotalPosition Overall
034412313424202
041124545533233
36dnsdns5dnfdnsdnsdnsdnsdnsdns747
583dnfdnsdnsdnsdnsdnsdnsdnsdns726
906345134355285
93 (Ken H)2dnfdns3452241234
93 (Don)96dnsdnsdnsdnsdnsdnsdnsdns758
805251221112121
                                                                                     


               

Fall Series Results

SkipperSail NumberRace 1Race 2Race 3Race 4Race 5Race 6Overall
Bob Serenius032232
Doug Compton043
Ken Keith347
Paul Kantor36115
MIke Silverton4989
John Vallis557496
Colin MacGruer58766
Arne Hensen68
Bruce McQuade7075
Tim Daniel803311
Angie Serenius904775
Tom8
Ken Holland9324
Don91/0658410

 

FALL SERIES #2 AT N.Y.C. OCT.4,2014

Eight sailors showed up at the Nanaimo Yacht Club for a near perfect fall day of Rc Laser sailing on Saturday. A light south-east breeze allowed 16 fun races with A-sails all around. Paul ( The Paulinator) #36 dominated the day, winning by 25 points over Bob #03, Who claimed second place over Tim #80 on a tiebreaker for the second race day in a row. only six points separated 4th t0 7th place. There were a few weed issues, but as the eel grass rose to the surface of the ocean, the "cream" of Fleet 17 also rose to the top of the leaderboard. Thanks to Marsha for her great rc work, and to Paul's son for his weed picking abilities. 

 Towner Bay Regatta – November 22, 2014

There was no sign of November that morning - t-shirts and lawn chairs 
in the sun on the dock waiting for the wind to kick in

It did but only in the very Canadian 'Eh' sail range

Adventurous 93 and 80 made the road trip south upping the 
competitiveness level, but local 05 swept the day, leaving the two 
Billys (58 and 33) to come in last and laster

Overall, not too shabby a day for late November...
Sail #R1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13TotalPosition Overall
053411211112311151
931125124441222222
802233333223133253
335544445555544495
584352552334455404

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