Pirates Plunder Recap

Pirates Plunder results are below. Many thanks to the pirates for coming out for the last race of the season. There was plenty of wind and more shallow spots than usual as several can testify. The technical aspects of scoring the race may be a bone of contention, but I want to remind that the first challenge of this race is using the RaceQs GPS application. The second is going out and sailing the course. And of course having a good time!
The course wound up being about 20 miles with all tacks considered. It was really fun to watch the replays and see the tactical decisions/ indecisions that went into play Saturday. Hopefully the prizes will surface, if not we will refund your money!
I’m off to the dentist finally!
Peace out~ Rob

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Pirates on the Prowl - Pic by Troy M.

Pirates on the Prowl – Pic by Troy M.

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The Great Minnow Recap!

The Great Minnow Recap – by Frank Kersting

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Blustery Race Day as Nate comes calling

Hurricane Nate entered the Sunday race, so it was canceled.  Luckily Bill Miller, living up to his reputation as ‘The Master of Racing,’ ran 7 races on Saturday.  After the 7th grueling race, Bill polled the racers; Frank Kersting tiredly responded, “I AM 71.6 years old, Bill!”  The winds were a constant 9-11 miles an hour with hints of white caps throughout the day as Nate cast his initial cloud cover over the southeast.

Holding 7 races in the span of 3 hours meant that the marks were set to the wind, so they were demanding.  The POYC racing has 9 options for courses.  Bill ran several of the longer courses and then shouted his own version of course challenges to the passing cruisers. At the party, Steve, who was also on the committee boat, said that “They thought about adding ‘D,’ ‘E; and ‘F’ to the mix for good measure?”  These new course designations were both a test of long-term memory and seamanship!  A good time was had by all!

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Dale Sturm – Winner  Dinghys

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Rob Hatcher – Winner Cruisers

The first race was punctuated by barging at the windward buoy followed by a hull-on-hull scraping.  As Dale observed, “Sailing is the fastest 4 miles an hour in racing with no brakes!”  As the 7 races progressed, the cruisers sorted themselves into predictable finishes with Rob Hatcher never mixing it up as he flew away from the fleet.  That left the rest of the fleet to figure out who was ‘really starboard, as both captains freely called out for right of way!  What fun!

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Dale Allison – Second Place – Cruisers

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Carol Kersting – Third Place Cruisers

As all the boats were returning to the docks with exhausted crews, Dale Sturm was not only first in the dinghy class but also first to the docks.  When Tom Cripps debarked from Dale Allison’s classic cruiser, Tom’s arms were so bruised that everyone commented that ‘the beating must have continued until Tom’s morale improved because they came in second.’  Third place belonged to Carol Kersting as she captained her able crew through puffs, headers and gusts.  Debbie Champion and Kevin Klarer ran solid races as Denise was sidelined with a mending heel.  Troy, his son Dillon, and friend Frank rounded out the cruiser class as they were tested on their maiden voyage in their newly purchased Oday 25—well done, Troy and crew.

Leah, the social chair, set a fine banquet as Troy had volunteered to ‘smoke some butts.’  The bar-be-cue was delicious and the sides well-complemented the meat dish.  Thanks to everyone who brought a side dish.  In the evening, Allen and Denise serenaded the mellow group with songs from Fleetwood Mac, the Beatles and other artists whom we all knew and loved, Thanks to everyone who made the event so memorable.

The Great Minnow ’17 is in the books.

The next race is Saturday, Oct 14, the Pirates Plunder with skippers’ meeting at 10:00.

Also Friday October 13th – is our October Meeting and Movie Nightmare ..  See Details on Facebook page!

ALERTA !!! NOW HEAR THIS!

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1.) IF YOU AREN’T SAILING IN THE GREAT MINNOW – PLEASE REMOVE YOUR BOAT FROM THE DOCK TO MAKE ROOM FOR THOSE THAT ARE SAILING THIS WEEKEND.

2.) THE CORP OF ENGINEERS HAS ANNOUNCED AN EARLY DRAWDOWN OF BARREN RIVER LAKE TO ACCOMODATE SHIPPING ON THE OHIO RIVER.

The lake measured 551.96 ft., at 9 a.m. today. Summer pool is 552 ft.
The drawdown will begin with a 0.5 ft., drawdown through Oct. 17.
Beginning Oct. 18, the drawdown will proceed as needed to drop Barren River Lake to winter pool of 528 ft., with the target date of Dec. 1, to reach the winter pool level.

3.) THIS EARLY DRAWDOWN MEANS WE NEED TO MAKE SURE ALL BOATS ARE OFF THE DOCK BY OCTOBER 23RD.

4.) WE WILL MOVE THE DATE FOR THE PIRATES PLUNDER REGATTA TO SATURDAY OCTOBER 14TH.

THANKS FOR YOUR ATTENTION!

 

Great Minnow is Next Saturday and Sunday!

Can’t you just see yourself at the Great Minnow Regatta next Saturday and
Sunday?

Come sail like the Skipper
Party like Gilligan
Plot your course like the Professor
Pay your race fee like the Howells,
(only $25 for racing AND meal, or $10 meal for non-racers.)
.. and if you look like Mary Ann or Ginger, there will
probably be plenty of boats needing crew.

Pancake breakfast at 9:00, Skippers meeting at 10:00

Dinner at 5ish Bar-b-que (Thanks Troy) baked beans and coleslaw

Members please bring a dessert, so we can have a dessert island.

Music on the island provided by Denise and Alan Janes.

The Great Minnow Regatta October 7th and 8th

Calling all Skippers and Gilligans,
Prepare ye for the Great Minnow Regatta
Oct. 7th-8th.
Kick off with a pancake breakfast at 9:00 Saturday morning.
Skippers’ meeting at 10:00.
$25.00 race fee which includes dinner.
All members invited to dinner $10.00/person.
Troy will be smokin’ butts for dinner(the pork variety.)
Baked beans, coleslaw and beer will be provided.
The wonderful Alan and Denise Janes will be providing music.
Fun continues Sunday morning with a light breakfast before
racing.

Salty Dawg BVI Relief

Guys, you are all painfully aware of the devastation of British Virgin Islands, and some of the other northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean. Our news has featured the destruction in Florida and Houston, but the people of BVI wish they could trade places with the people of Florida and Texas. Not only are their homes and businesses crushed and blown away, their livelihoods are largely gone for the foreseeable future. Tourism doesn’t spring back to life when the debris is bulldozed into landfills. Tourists have other places to go; and who wants to go to a wrecked island that has no hotels, no restaurants or bars, no grocery stores with provisions, no reliable services, and virtually nothing green left on the island? The British Virgin Islands are almost completely dependent on tourism and boating, but no islands other than Barbuda were more completely devastated than Tortola, Virgin Gorda, and Jost Van Dyke in BVI. Many of our club members have happy memories of chartering in BVI. The charter fleet there is destroyed, along with the docks at the Moorings/Sunsail, Nanny Cay, and Bitter End Yacht Club.

Diana and I have followed the news of BVI from every possible source. What can we do to help the people in BVI during this catastrophic time? We are members of the Salty Dawg Sailing Association, a non-profit organization that has been sailing from the Chesapeake to BVI every November for several years. Last fall our boat was one of 80 that sailed into North Sound on Virgin Gorda to be hosted by the Bitter End Yacht Club, which exists no longer. The SDSA has strong connections with BVI and is raising money to work through the Rotary Club of BVI and some other civic groups to provide immediate relief for the people most severely affected by Hurricane Irma.

I have forwarded to you the announcement of the Salty Dawg BVI Relief Fund. Could you please post it on our website and send it out to our club members? If you want more information about the Salty Dawg Sailing Association, I will be happy to provide that. I know the leaders personally and I know their hearts. Not a penny will be spent on administrative costs. Contributions are tax deductible and can be made by credit card.

Thanks,

Larry and Diana Caillouet

Click here to view – Salty Dawg BVI Relief