Saturday, July 3, 2021

29th BYC Moth Boat Regatta. Part 2


Joe asked Ingrid to take shots of him planing.  She took a boat load, but this is the money shot.

A couple of shots of Greg Duncan's Vintage division "Connecticut" Moth.

Skip Etchells designed this Moth in the late 1940s and it was a winner right from the start.  The Etchells Moth is still highly competitive within the Vintage fleet.

Things got a bit sloppy out on the bay during the early going.

John Z. working his Mistral to weather.

Bob Patterson and I were close most races but he had my number.  I only managed to beat him once during this regatta.

Erik also crossed in front of Bob once.  Bob bested us during the other five races.

Hurf Sheldon came down from Ithaca, NY with this Connecticut Moth.

Hurf's boat was probably the last one built at the Old Greenwich Boat Works.

Another view of John sailing Y2K2.

Erik in our glass Euro.

Me in our woodie.

Bill Boyle sailing his Abbott Moth.  Fran Abbott was a well known boat builder in Ocean City, NJ.

Love the swoopy transom on the Mistral design.

How did Greg get in front of all these Mistrals?!

A rare view of me crossing in front of Bob.

At the start of one of the heats.

A father/son shot.  Bill Boyle in Nr 1603.  Shane Boyle in Nr 43.

This was the first time in several years that Shane could race with us.  Glad to have him back.

Racing in the Vintage fleet was evenly matched.

A nice shot of my new sail from the Evolution loft.

We got in seven short races.  This was taken during the seventh.  Greg looks over his shoulder just as Bill gets tangled in his main sheet and is a few seconds away from a big swim.  Bill had a bit of luck in that he flipped in what is probably the deepest part of the bay and so he didn't auger in and get muck all over the top of his sail.  But yes, the boat turtled and yes, Bill is in the early running for the Turtle Trophy, awarded at the end of the season during the Nats for the most memorable capsize. 

Here are the results:  In Vintage, Greg was first, followed by Bill and Hurf.  Bob won Generation I while I was second and Erik third.  Joe took top honors in Gen II ahead of John Z. and Mike P.  Hopefully we'll see a good turn out for the 30th running of this regatta next June.

29th BYC Moth Boat Regatta. Part 1

Covid canceled the Classic Moth regatta in 2020. 2021 should have been the event's 30th running--but it wasn't. If fact restrictions were barely lifted in time for this year. The Classic Moth Boat event is traditionally held on the Saturday before Father's Day so to not conflict with the club's other events. But I suppose a cancelation once every 30 years isn't too shabby a record. This year's regatta attacted 10 boats with three Vintage Moths, four in Gen I and three Gen II boats. Conditions were a bit blowy at first but we got in seven short races and were eating lunch by 2-ish. As per usual, my daughter Ingrid helped out on the RC boat and took the photographs which follow.
The day started off cloudy and blustery with wind  predictions in the 15 to 20 knot range.  By race time the winds were 15 out of the SE and softened slightly as the day wore on.
Joe Bousquet was first to launch.  Here he finishes adjustments to Try-Umph before heading out.  Joe was using his new Evolution sail for the first time.  He used the number "11" for this regatta.  He wants to do a bit of sail testing before he decides which of his boats will have the new sail.  Once decided, he will apply the correct number.
Erik was second to test the water.
Most skippers followed Joe B's lead and rolled their boat down the small ramp that leads to the floating dock rather than use the launch ramp seen by the bulkhead.  When the wind is out of the SE or SW, it is difficult to launch from the ramp while it is much more relaxed to launch from the leeward side of the float.  Fortunately, Moths are light and narrow enough to roll down the small ramp to the float!  In this photo we see Greg Duncan's vintage division Connecticut and Mike Parsons' Gen II Mistral on the float.

Joe B. wanted Ingrid to snap some shots of him planing.  We'll see how she did as I go through the pix.
Here's Mike P. on a slight plane.
Even the Europes want to play.
Your old diarist staying sunny side up.
John Z's Mistral.  John was impressed enough with Joe B.'s new Evolution sail that he ordered one at the end of the regatta.  Blogger is giving me problems so I will end this post now and continue with Part 2 in a little minute or so.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Please forgive the spammy comments on numerous old posts

Some spam blot has left a comment about HIV on a number of this blogspot's old posts. No doubt some of you will receive these comments. I'm in the process of removing them and have set my comment setting to "moderate".

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Lost and Found Dept.


While going through a bunch of Moth Boat related stuff today, I came across this old news clip from the Seven Mile Times featuring Bill Schill sailing Pegasus.  Bill was the man to beat during the 1963 racing season.  A few Mothists like Pam Taylor, (as well as Bill Jr's parents) are mentioned in the adjoining column about Comets.  Hopefully, blogger will allow interested readers to enlarge the news clip above for easier  reading.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The 2020 Nationals--The Regatta that almost wasn't

The Classic Moth Boat Nationals, by tradition, follows on the 3rd weekend in September.  The combination of Covid-19 restrictions and hurricane remnants almost derailed this year's regatta. Even delaying the regatta from the traditional date to the Columbus weekend in October didn't get us completely out of the cross hairs of this year's hurricane season. Winds were predicted to be on the light side of the spectrum for Friday and Saturday. Sunday was billed as a probable day of steady rain. Whenever one changes the date of an event, there are winners and losers due to unmoveable obligations and other commitments. We were happy to have sixteen boats assemble for the regatta. What follows is a collection of photos taken by Greg Duncan and/or Lloyd Griffin during Saturday, the single day which we sailed. Racing was abandoned on Sunday.
Joe Bousquet brought four boats.  He was uncertain as to how many student sailors would be free to sail in the morning but he rigged them all anyway.
After getting the boats set up, Joe pulled them over on their sides for the night.  Very light wind were predicted overnight.
He placed the blades on the sails for a bit of weight against the odd puff of breeze.  The boats were fine the next morning.
Bill Boyle's vintage division Abbott Moth.Add
Jay Yerkes did a lot of structural and cosmetic work to his Mistral since the last time we saw her.
The same can be said for Donald Hewitt's Mistral.
Mike Parsons' Mistral. 
For the  sake of comparison here are the bottoms of  the four boats which Joe brought down from Norfolk.  First his Mistral.
Next we see the  lines of the Lane Reeves designed "Savannah Mistral".  Lane wanted to make the Mistral shape a bit more user friendly.  He did succeed but at the expense of the amount of skipper weight which the boat will accommodate.  This would be a great boat if one weighs 90 lbs. 
The bottom of the  Fletcher-Cates.
The bottom of the Fletcher-Swiss.
Here we see Joe Bousquet in the blue Mistral leading Parker Purrington in the Swiss Moth (Nr 2739) at the weather mark.  Matthew Panek (Nr 71) and Bob Patterson (Nr 217) are keeping the Gen II boats honest.
Here, your old diarist, sailing his wood Europe, Nr 151, rounds just after Joe's Mistral proving that in light air most logs drift at about the same rate.  I was sporting a new sail, stitched up by Justin Ailsworth (Evolution Sails, Chesapeake).  This sail gave me more boat speed than I've seen in many a day.  I hope the shape works in a breeze as well!
A sign of the times.  Bill Boyle is that masked man.  We all wore masks while launching and retrieving and some forgot to remove them once away from the dock!
Jay Yerkes, Mistral.

Maggie Mayer, one of a pair of sisters racing at this regatta, is a summer sailing student at the community sailing program.

The Abbott.  Bill was the default Vintage Champion since he was the only  Vintage division boat competing. 

Donald Hewitt's primary objective was to complete the course in the tippy and new to him Mistral.  In that regard he had a successful day even though he slipped in the boat and put a foot through a side tank panel.

Generation II and overall winner, Mike Parsons (nr 79)/

Bob Patterson (Shelley, Nr 217) and Logan Weeks (Europe Nr 99).

The new sail has a loose foot rather than the more familiar bolt rope foot, so I'm sure there's lots for me to learn about proper adjustment.  Additionally, the top batten is full length, and although fairly soft, the batten, at least in this wind range, had the annoying tendency of staying inverted after a tack and requiring a smart snap of the boom to get it to pop over.  So much for "attached flow"!  This was so even with no tension on the batten.  I'll need to seen if RBS has a softer tapered batten.

Glassy.  The wind ranged from zero to about 2 knots.

We get our due in the Daily AdvanceAfter over thirty years of holding this regatta in Elizabeth City, Moths are still newsworthy in this small northeastern North Carolina town.
One last look at 2020.  The remnants of Hurricane Delta were pushing rain up from the gulf and so racing was abandoned for Sunday.  In hindsight, we could have probably gotten several races in before the rains came, but then we would have been loading boats and driving home in the rain.  All in all I think the RC made the right decision.  With no regattas on the schedule until the Mid-Winter regatta down in Gulfport, Florida, we bid adieu to the pandemic year and hope that the virus doesn't cost us more lost regattas in 2021.