Great Ocean Race. 28 April 2018
“Spirit of Graham” (aka 90) wins Graham Millington Mug
It’s hard to explain
When it’s pouring rain
That sailors would be so bold
As to sit for hours
In zephyrs and showers
For a chance at a cup of gold
There was Simon for Tim,
Bob with Jim
Don with George,
Doug, other George
Bill with John,
and Bill and Ron
Chris with Tom,
Then Bill came along.
Colin and Marsha were hiding,
Sandy and Ange were biding…
Some over earlies we’re told.
With time running short
Most the fleet did abort
To the pub where the beer was cold
All their skills they did tap
To get through The Gap
Colin got silver and Angie gold
Out of Towner Series 3
17 March 2017
|Out of Towner Series 3|
Winter Series: 03 March 2018
Venue: Nanaimo Yacht Club
We all gathered on the NYC breakwater at about 11:00 in pleasant, even sunny, weather featuring moderate and shifty winds from the south. We began with A sails. The course was set with 2 upwind marks to the south and one downwind mark to the north. As the day progressed, the wind backed to the west then back to the north then back west. Shifty is the word. The fleet continued with A sails. The “old school guys” came through with many firsts. The winner was Tim (80), followed by Bob (03) and John (55). We were a bit light on membership at the pub, but for those of us who did attend, the beer was fine and the conversation finer.
Winter Series: 17 February 2018
Venue: Nanaimo Yacht Club
We all gathered on the NYC breakwater at about 11:00 in pleasant weather featuring moderate and shifty winds from the south west. The consensus was that B sails were in order. The course was set with 2 upwind marks to the south and one downwind mark to the north. As the day progressed, the wind moved to the west coming down the channel, and best of all it gradually increased. After about race 8 we began to change to C sails. Perfect conditions! We stopped only because we reached race 15 and we were freezing! Doug wasn’t freezing. He was HOT! He started with 3s to 5s but soon progressed to an almost endless stream if 1s. Ken was also a standout. First place honours went to Doug sailing RC04, second was Ken (93) and third was Colin (42).
Winter Series: 03 February 2018
Venue: Nanaimo Yacht Club
We all gathered on the NYC breakwater at about 11:00 in pleasant weather featuring VERY light winds out of the south-east. Definitely a day for A sails. The course was set with 2 upwind marks to the south and one downwind mark to the north. As the day progressed, the wind disappeared altogether. After race 4 when only one boat finished (let’s hear it for Colin), we adjourned to the pub. First place honours went to Colin sailing RC42, second was Tim (80) and third (again near the top of the list) was Ron (61). Who says old farts can’t sail.
Winter Series and Out of Towner Series #2
20 January 2018
Venue: Towner Road, Saanich Peninsula: Chez Colin and Marsha
Race report received from Bob: It was south southeast, really shifty with huge puffs, a bit of rain but not much. A sails with a few people switching to B, but between the puffs there was nothing so one needed the A. 8 boats, Colin had technical difficulties with all 3 boats early and about halfway through Angie’s electronics compartment filled with water and her servos went haywire. We did get 15 races done.
Since the Towner Series is cumulative, some will have a bit of a lead. Never fear, there are two more race days in the Series for others to catch up.
Winter Series: 06 January 2018
Venue: Nanaimo Yacht Club
We all gathered on the NYC breakwater at about 11:00 in pleasant weather featuring light winds out of the south-east. Definitely a day for A sails. The course was set with 2 upwind marks to the south and one downwind mark to the north. As the day progressed, the wind began to increase, weed was almost no problem, the conditions were great and we had 2 really good races. Then, with little warning, the wind fell to near zero and after race 8 we adjourned to the pub. As so often happens at the NYC, 01 (Tom) ran off with top honours. Second place went to 93 (Ken) and third to 80 (Tim).
Fleet Championships December 9th 2017
A beautiful day with a 3 knot southerly greeted the 8 sailors who enjoyed 14 races in this no throw out event. Consistency was important and with some of the top boats unable to attend the results were interesting and hard to guess until we gathered at Miller’s Pub to figure it out. Tim80 had three bullets and top three finishes in every race except one 5th. That gave him 33 pts to win the day. Bob03 had five bullets but had to carry a 5th and three 4ths to finish 2nd with 36 pts. John55 had 3 bullets but a 6th and four 4ths pushed him back to 3rd with 39 pts. Ang90 was 4th with 48 pts, Ron61 5th with 73pts, Bill58 6th with 105 pts, Colin42 7th with 106 pts and Betty44 8th with 113 pts. An excellent day, congratulations to Tim, our 2017 Fleet 17 Champion!!
Fall Series and Out of Towner Series #1
25 November 2017
Venue: Towner Road, Saanich Peninsula: Chez Colin and Marsha
We all gathered at Colin and Marsha’s place at about 11:00. It was a bit cold so we rigged our boats in the living room in front of a warm fire! Pretty Nice! Then the trek across the lawn, down to the dock and launch! Well not quite launch. We waited a bit and then another bit for a bit of wind and then launched. It was an A sail day. The wind came from the east the west the north and the south. Class and experience won out. Colin (42) took top honours, followed by Tim (80) and Ron (61). By 15:00 one of our intrepid crew announced that he was either suffering from Parkinson’s or hypothermia. Luckily it was the latter, and Marsha’s hot chilli and delicious bread and salad took care of the problem.
Since the Towner Series is cumulative, some of us have a bit of a lead. Never fear, there are three more race days in the Series for others to catch up.
Fall Series: 11 November 2017
Venue: Nanaimo Yacht Club
We all gathered on the NYC breakwater at about 11:00 in cloudy weather with 6-8 knots of wind out of the south-east. Everyone chose to use B sails. The course was set with 2 upwind marks to the south and one downwind mark to the north. As the day progressed, the wind began to increase slightly but we all stuck with B sails which provided great performance throughout. Weed was only a minor problem, but the weather deteriorated and by the end of the day we all were really pretty wet. Tim (80) was in his usual excellent form and scored top honours followed closely by John (55) who has been a bit of a standout these last few races. Third place on the day went to Tom (01).
Fall Series: 28 October 2017
Venue: Nanaimo Yacht Club
We all gathered on the NYC breakwater at about 11:00 in pleasant weather featuring light winds out of the south-east. Definitely a day for A sails. The course was set with 2 upwind marks to the south and one downwind mark to the north. As the day progressed, the wind began to increase slightly and then “as so often happens” in light wind conditions at the NYC, the wind swung to come out of the north-west and then back to the south again. Weed was a problem for the first few races but after about race 8 the course was pretty weed-free. Naturally we all adapted and got in some pretty good sailing. Also “as so often happens” at the NYC, 01 (Tom) ran off with top honours. Second place went to 80 (Tim) and third to 93 (Ken).
THIRST Regatta. Combined results from first day, 30 September 2017 and Saturday October 14.
I asked Bob to remind us about the origins and meaning of the THIRST Regatta. Here is his summary:
“Thank Heavens Its Radio Sailing Time was invented by Bruce McQuade and has evolved to include 5 events. They are the (1) Lemans (renamed by Doug C as the Lamaze to signify the birth of the boat), (2) then fleet racing, (3) then a singlehanded race (which originally involved one hand holding a beer) or putting one hand in your pocket, (4) then there is a “skybox” race which means everyone stands on our deck, (5) then there is a long distance race which used to go to Pearce’s or the pub. As participation grows the “skybox” is getting too small for everybody and it is difficult to get enough chase boats for a long distance. Scoring is best 4 of 5 events, so one can throw out any one event. Racing at NYC will mean we’ll have to change the skybox, perhaps to a “scramble” which means rounding every mark once in any order and any direction. The distance race will just have to be longer, maybe more laps.”
Results from Saturday Sept 30, have #55 John with the fastest assembly time at 55.96 seconds and winning the Lamaze race as well. John also won the first and only fleet race that we managed in the light conditions so he is looking good for his second THIRST trophy.
Results from October 14 brought changes. Several sailors were unable to make the race and Tim joined us introducing Bill Jones to his first RC laser experience. The two shared Tim’s boat and Bill sailed like the pro that he is. The venue was the NYC. The wind was from the east starting at about 2 knots and increasing slowly through the day to >10 knots. There was no rain. Really excellent conditions allowing the fleet to shift from A sails to B and even to C sails. At the end of the day, 01(Tom) won both the fleet race and the overall THIRST TROPHY. A great result! 55(John) maintained his excellent first day results to finish second and 03 (Bob) was third. Another successful event with Tom’s name added to the trophy for the second time (winner of Thirst 2016 and Thirst 2017).
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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.
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!!
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|
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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.
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!
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!
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!
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
|Skipper||Sail Number||Race 1|
|Race 6||Race 7||Overall|
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 #||R1||R2||R3||R4||R5||R6||R7||R8||R9||R10||R11||R12||R13||R14||R15||R16||Total||Position Overall|
2015 THIRST Regatta
|Sail #||LeMaze||Single-Handed||Skybox||Long Distance||Fleet Racing||Total||Position|
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,
Great Ocean Race 2015 Results
|Open Class||RC Laser Class|
|Dale Chase||Wing Cat (Fang)||1:05:20||Tim Daniel||80||1:25:20|
|Tom Stevens||Marblehead||1:13:55||Ken Holland||93||1:25:26|
|Steve Kibble||IOM||1:29:28||Paul Kantor||36||1:27:02|
|Roger Kibble||IOM||DNS||John Vallis||55||1:27:40|
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.
Frozen Thumbs Overall
|Sail #||Frozen Thumbs #1||Frozen Thumbs #2||Frozen Thumbs #3||Frozen Hearts #4||Frozen Thumbs #5||Frozen Thumbs #6||Total|
Frozen Thumbs #1 – January 3, 2015
Location: Nanaimo Yacht Club
|Sail #||R1||R2||R3||R4||R5||R6||R7||R8||R9||R10||R11||R12||R13||R14||Total||Position Overall|
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.
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.
|34||3||5||3|| ||4||4||3|| ||3|| ||3||5||2||5||5||41||4|
|49||8||7||7||7|| ||7||6||5||7||6||4||7|| ||6|| ||77||7|
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|90||5||3||5||4||5||9||4||4||4||3||2||4|| || || ||52||5|
Frozen Hearts #4 – February 14, 2015
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!
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|06|| ||9||8||9||9||9|| ||7||5||9||8|| ||8||6||7||93||9|
|55||1||6||5||6||3||8||3||6||4||7||6||2|| || ||57||7|
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Frozen Thumbs #5 – March 14, 2015
Frozen Thumbs #6 – March 28, 2015
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 # R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Total Position Overall
03 4 4 1 2 3 1 3 4 2 4 20 2
04 1 1 2 4 5 4 5 5 3 3 23 3
36 dns dns 5 dnf dns dns dns dns dns dns 74 7
58 3 dnf dns dns dns dns dns dns dns dns 72 6
90 6 3 4 5 1 3 4 3 5 5 28 5
93 (Ken H) 2 dnf dns 3 4 5 2 2 4 1 23 4
93 (Don) 9 6 dns dns dns dns dns dns dns dns 75 8
80 5 2 5 1 2 2 1 1 1 2 12 1
Fall Series Results
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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...
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