Friday, March 9, 2018

2018 Gulfport Mid-Winter Regatta Photos

2018 marked the twentieth time Classic Moth Boats have raced in (mostly) sunny Florida at some point during the winter months.  We first started in 1998 with the "Meet in St. Pete".  These early regattas were conducted out of the St. Pete Yacht Club's small boat sailing center near the Whitted Airport.  After a few years the event moved to the Davis Island YC and then after a couple years to Gulfport.  The Gulfport YC has been our host ever since and the club has proven to be a good and enduring fit for Classic Moths.  What follows is a collection of photos, mostly taken by either Lennie Parker or Amy Linton of this year's action.

First off we now, thanks to Walt Collins, have a perpetual trophy to help us remember who actually won this event.  Fellow CMBA member John Pugh remounted Walt's donated trophy onto the backboard seen here.  The trophy now hangs in the GYC clubhouse.

This poor old SAAB model 96 has been bleaching her bones above the junkyard of the Guide Metal Recycling, Inc. property, outside of the town of Starke, FL for at least the 20 years I've been coming down route 301on my way to St. Pete. Too bad she's a later V/4 model.  If she'd have been the earlier 3 cylinder two-stroke version I would have no doubt stopped and tried to buy her freedom.  Still she serves as a landmark that tells us were getting close to the end of our long slog down from Maryland.

This year we had fourteen boats turn up for the regatta.  Four in Gen II and the rest in Gen I.  All of the Gen I boats were either converted Europe dinghies or scratch built boats using the Europe lines as a starting point.  Similarly, all of the Gen II boats were either Mistrals or based on the Mistral design.

Our cast of characters:  Gen II skippers
Jeff Linton.  Dig the groovy turquoise club house in the background.
John Zseleczky
Mike Parsons
Mark Saunders
Our on the water support team:

Mark boat man of the year and photographer Lennie Parker.
Amy Smith Linton--Mark boat skipper extraordinaire.
GYC Commodore and our PRO Mike Kasper (blue shirt).  Mike is my representative for all of the other hard working members of the RC of whom I don't have pix.  Well done as always!  I hope he shares the rum Amy gives him every year!

Gen I skippers; The Charleston gang:

Tom Kapp
Woody Kapp
Frickie Martschink
Lewis Hay
Rutledge Young

The lone representative from North Carolina

Greg Duncan
From Jacksonville, FL:

Gary Van Tassel--Gary is sailing Anna Tunnicliffe's former Europe.  He introduced this sexy laminate sail to the mix.
Rounding out the Gen I fleet were the Maryland guys:
Bill Boyle from Kent Island.  Bill has built two cedar strip Moths based on the Europe design.  This was his first trip to Gulfport.  We're hoping that he returns next year with his son Shane and the second boat.
Erik Albaugh--my sonny boy.  He sailed my glass Winner Europe while I sailed a woodie Euro that is still a work in progress.
Finally, the old diarist himself mugs for the camera.
John Z in his beautiful Mistral.
Erik holding his own (at least up wind).  During one of the last races on Sunday there was enough wind that Gary and Erik beat all the Gen II boats to the weather mark--I think this has only happened one other time.
Lewis Hay killed us this year with massive boat speed.
A bit of Gen II drama at the mark.
Frickie was also able to push his Euro up among the faster Gen II division.
Mark Saunders in Spyder.
Jeff shows off the bottom of Mousetrap.
Obligatory father-son photo.  If I could just steal a bit more of his air...
Bill Boyle
Mike Parsons
Jeff v Mike during an upwind leg.
Erik and Frickie going hammer and tongs.
Milling around prior to a start
Gen II boats off wind.
Erik rounds ahead of the mob.
The mob.
I like the "see-thru" aspect of Gary's sail.  I wonder how responsive it is to sail shape control tweaks?
At least the boat's pretty.

Rutledge likes to face aft when tacking--very trad!
Jeff going to weather.
In between races Mr. Linton came over to the mark boat for some "electrolites". 
Well, one does need to stay hydrated.
A comparison between my cold molded Galetti and
Bill's cedar stripper
One of the starts.  Looks like I had a clean air lane at least for the moment.
A few seconds later and I was swallowed up.
Another look at Gary's sail.
Erik on my rear bumper just after a mark rounding.
Winds were out of the SE to SW at 10 to 12 with gusts in mid-teens.  Perfect breeze for these boats.  There was a fair  bit of chop however as demonstrated here.  Bill initially had good boat speed but dropped back as the day wore on.  When we got back to the beach we discovered he had a bow full of water!  He'll need to do a soap bubble test after returning home to figure out where the leak is.

Greg is the only one to retain full length battens.  John Z. tried them but didn't like having to crack the whip on light air days and so he removed them from his sail and installed regular length batten pockets.

Woody rounds the mark.  I think I owned this boat at one point. 

At the end of the regatta, Jeff Linton was the overall top dog and thus will be the first name on the new trophy.  Lewis Hay dominated the Gen I fleet.  Do to pressing business back home he and Frickie didn't sail the last two races and they still came in first and second.  Erik had a good regatta and rounded off the podium.  I finished down the list but that's show business.


  1. Great report on the racing, love the photos. There are some very cool looking hulls shapes among the fleet. I like the fueling up on electrolites during the racing - veeeeery civilized, my sort of racing!

  2. Glad you enjoyed the post. Jeff Linton also sails the Everglades Challenge race, a 300 mile long unsupported races for small boats, kayaks, etc: Jeff's "watertribe" name is "TwoBeers". This year's event which took place the weekend just after our Moth regatta can be seen here: