Friday, July 7, 2017

2017 BYC Classic Moth Regatta

Nine boats in two divisions contested the 26th annual Brigantine Yacht Club's Classic Moth Boat Regatta.  The conditions featured fog and light (5 to 10 out of the SE) winds.  This is the first time we've encountered fog at this venue.  Racing started on time in spite of that and although the fog made it difficult at times to see the next mark it had the benefit of keeping the Sea-Doo fleet idle.

A little murky at the launch ramp.
Joe Bousquet came up from Norfolk, VA with his Generation II Mistral.  One didn't have to go very far to lose sight of the houses and docks.
Bob Patterson, McCutcheon-Shelley, Chestertown, MD

Victor Stango, Lindenberg, Chestertown, MD

Erik Albaugh, Reeves Round Bilge, Brigantine, NJ
Your old diarist, Winner-Europe, Brigantine, NJ
Shane Boyle, Odenton, MD, borrowed one of my sails and raced his newly completed Boyle-Europe.  His father, Bill Boyle, has now built two of this design using the cedar strip method of construction.  The boats look good and perform well.
Bill Boyle, Kent Island, MD sailing the first built of the two cedar strippers.  Both boats feature stayed, deck stepped masts rather than the Europe's normal keel stepped free-standing mast.  The choice of mast was driven by availability and cost of good carbon free-standing masts.  In this country carbon free-standing masts are rare and expensive.
Mike Parsons, Media, PA, Mistral rounded out the Gen II division.

Ed Salva, Winner-Europe from Scott Township, PA completed the Gen I fleet.
Waiting for the start.  It was just as foggy over by the marsh island.

The breeze started to pick up and that helped.

However there were pockets of dense fog even as the breeze filled in.

"I know the weather mark is up there somewhere..."

A Sea-Doo invades our starting line.  Fortunately they didn't stick around.

The Yacht Club and houses on the bay shore of Brigantine at times disappeared from view.

It did get clearer as the morning went on.

Returning to the dock at the conclusion of racing.  I still am not used to looking for this building.  It seems like it should be someone's house rather than the yacht club.
As is often the case, the fog pretty much disappeared by the time we pulled the boats out for the day after five races.  In Gen II Mike beat Joe by a single point.  In Gen I Bob Patterson beat me by three points.  It might have been closer if I hadn't gone brain dead at the start of the third race.  Maybe next year.


  1. wow...the building has really changed ! dad's ramp is still there !!!! and there was a 1603...mine was 1608

  2. Yes, a completely new building. See here: and here: The boat carrying Nr 1603 is borrowing that sail for the day from the surviving Abbott (scroll down through the pix of last year's regatta): Your old Miss America, Nr 1608 survives but in poor condition.

  3. Nice review. Where did you get your sails for you Classic Moth sailboat as show in boat #69.

  4. Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it. Sadly, the Winters Sail Loft down in Hampton, VA (built sail Nr 69) has ceased operations. Dan and Brett Winters decided to retire earlier this year. Currently, the North Loft down in St. Petersburg, FL is building sails for Classic Moths.