Fun Sail Report – November 2017

That little cold snap we had towards the end of October had me a bit worried about the Fun Sail planned for early November; but it turned out the weather was grand, with high temperatures in the low 80’s and lows in the high 60’s—just lovey. Our winds ranged from 4 kts to around 14, and pretty much came from the northeast the whole trip. We had good winds for sailing at least part of each day, with a tendency for the lulls to occur around midday, but picking up again in the later afternoon. The crew included two experienced sailors both fresh from summer ASA 104 courses, and three “newbie” sailors, who recently did the club’s sailing course and had never been on a cruising sailboat before. The moderate winds were perfect for convincing them they could take the helm and practice tacking and jibing in the 35-foot Comfortably Numb. All was well as we anchored the first night off DeSoto Point close to the mouth of the Manatee River. Cooking preparations resulted in a marvelous feast complimented by red wine and cibiatta laced with our own roasted garlic. The next day we headed out for the gulf; but again the wind died midday, so we anchored for lunch off Egmont Key, then headed back to the Manatee River to dock at Twin Dolphins Marina in Bradenton. The wind picked up again about half way back across the bay, so we got some nice sailing in. After showers and dinner on shore, we had great sleeping weather; but fog in the morning. Heading back to St. Pete’s the weather followed the same pattern again, so we had some good sailing in the afternoon, and returned to the Vinoy Marina at exactly 1700. Comfortly Numb performed well, although we did have a couple of issues (like with the head and the main sail); but if we didn’t have any issues, it wouldn’t have been sailing…right?

–Paula

November 2017 Race Results

Sunday was a tremendous day for sailing!  With winds starting out around 14 knots and then settling in to around 10 for most of the race, you couldn’t ask for better conditions.  We had eleven sailors join us this time, including a couple rookies(Caroline and Andy) hiking out for their first race with the club.  There were no capsizes on the day and no fouls called.  Being the last race of the season, bragging rights for the next year were on the line.  In A Fleet, Kurt was trailing Rick by just four points coming in to the race.  As you’ll see below, there was a two way tie for first place on the day, and a three way tie for third place.  That means we had to dig in to the tie breaking rules.  With two first place finishes, Matt and Jesus win the tie vs Kurt and Caroline.  The cup for 2017 came down to a photo finish in this final race of the season, but of course we don’t have a photo to refer.  We think Kurt and Caroline edged out Rick, Natalie and Walter by a foot or two following a great comeback rounding the final mark.  That’s what the record will show.  It was a great 2017 season, and everyone is looking forward to 2018.  Stay on the lookout for Matt as he scored several first place finishes recently and is poised for a run at winning in 2018.

Race Times

Sailor 1 Sailor 2 Boat Race 1 Corrected Race 2 Corrected Race 3 Corrected
Kurt Walker Caroline Dales JY15 8:23 8:38 8:44
Matt Rood Jesus Gonzalez JY15 10:21 8:18 8:03
Penny Potter Creston Swaim H140 10:38 9:05 8:39
Charlie Crowther Andy H140 10:08 8:41 9:03
Rick Best Walter & Natalie JY15 9:44 9:11 8:46

A Fleet Points

Sailor Race One Race Two Race Three Total Points Place
Matt Rood 4 1 1 6 1
Kurt Walker 1 2 3 6 2
Penny Potter 5 4 2 11 3
Rick Best 2 5 4 11 4
Charlie Crowther 3 3 5 11 5

B Fleet Points

Sailor Race One Race Two Race Three Total Points Place
Jesus Gonzalez 4 1 1 6 1
Caroline Dales 1 2 3 6 2
Creston Swaim 5 4 2 11 3
Walter Hammond & Natalie Eager 2 5 4 11 4
Andy 3 3 5 11 5

2017 – Top 5 – A Fleet

Name 2017 Total
Kurt Walker 68
Rick Best 69
Penny Potter 86
Charlie Crowther 88
Matt Rood 97

2017 – Top 5 – B Fleet

Name 2017 Total
Natalie Eager 104
Michele Schott 105
Creston Swaim 117
Jesus Gonzalez 123
Jeremy Leshin 125

October 2017 Race Results

After an August race cut short by the doldrums and a September race cancelled all together by uninvited guest Hurricane Irma, The Sailing Club help it’s first full race since July. Our patience was rewarded with 8 – 10 knot winds and zero rain. Once again the point totals were extremely close, save for a malfunctioning Sunfish.

Race Times

Sailor 1 Sailor 2 Boat Race 1 Corrected Race 2 Corrected Race 3 Corrected
Kurt Walker Matt Rood JY15 10:41 11:59 9:54
Phil Styne Michele Schott JY15 11:15 11:07 9:56
Penny Potter Natalie Eager H140 10:43 11:24 10:31
Rick Best Jeremy Leshin JY15 10:28 14:21 10:45

A Fleet Points

Sailor 1 Sailor 2 Boat Race One Race Two Race Three Total Points Place
Kurt Walker Matt Rood JY15 2 3 1 6 1
Phil Styne JY15 4 1 2 7 2
Penny Potter H140 3 2 3 8 3
Rick Best JY15 1 4 4 9 4

B Fleet Points

Sailor Boat Race One Race Two Race Three Total Points Place
Michele Schott JY15 3 1 1 5 1
Natalie Eager H140 2 2 2 6 2
Jeremy Leshin JY15 1 3 3 7 3
Creston Swaim Sunfish 4 4 4 12 4

July 2017 Race Results

The June race was yet another close one with a tie for first place on the day in both fleets. Here are the final tally’s:

A Fleet

Corrected Times Points
Sailor Boat R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 Total Place
Rick Best JY15 15:35 11:29 6:09 3 1 1 5 1
Kurt Walker H140 14:05 11:30 6:34 1 2 2 5 2
Charlie Crowther JY15 15:12 11:47 7:19 2 3 3 8 3

B Fleet

Corrected Times Points
Sailor 1 Sailor 2 Boat R1 R2 R3 R1 R2 R3 Total Place
Rick Best Lauren Swaim JY15 15:35 11:29 6:09 3 1 1 5 1
Kurt Walker Shea Glenny H140 14:05 11:30 6:34 1 2 2 5 2
Charlie Crowther Creston Swaim JY15 15:12 11:47 7:19 2 3 3 8 3
Natalie Eager Karen Goodrum H140 17:34 14:33 9:02 4 4 4 12 4
Jesus Gonzalez Jeremy Leshin H140 18:46 20:12 10:00 5 5 5 15 5

June 2017 Race Results

The June race began with all eyes on the horizon as thunderstorms were in the forecast.  There were three rookie racers on the water as well as five of the usual suspects.  It may have been the closest race in years with a three way tie for second place points and just two points separating first place.  Penny and Rick showed how important it is to keep accurate time.  After portsmouth corrections were applied, just one second separated second and third place.  Because of the looming storm, the second race was shortened to just one lap.  In a show of mercy, the rain arrived just as the gate was being locked up with all the boats properly stowed.  From there the post-race activities were moved to the pavilion over at the dog park.

Corrected Times

A Fleet Sailor B Fleet Sailor Boat Race 1 Corrected Race 2 Corrected Race 3 Corrected
Kurt Walker Jesus Gonzalez JY15 16:06 5:29 14:38
Charlie Crowther Natalie Eager H140 100:00 5:55 13:17
Penny Potter Karen Goodrum H140 17:02 8:51 13:26
Rick Best Walter Hammond JY15 17:03 5:54 14:12

Results

A Fleet Sailor B Fleet Sailor Race One Race Two Race Three Total Points Place
Kurt Walker Jesus Gonzalez 1 1 4 6 1
Charlie Crowther Natalie Eager 4 3 1 8 2
Penny Potter Karen Goodrum 2 4 2 8 3
Rick Best Walter Hammond 3 2 3 8 4

Congratulations June 2017 Students

Congratulations Brad, Alyssa, Maggie, Shea, James, Hector, Christine, Randal, Matt, Stacie, Rhonda and Kyle for completing the Community Sailing Program.  Good luck in your future sailing endeavors and we hope to see you back at the club.

 

Congratulations May 2017 Students

Congratulations to Emily, Jordan, Amanda, Paul, Alex, Chait, Fernando, Karen, Thomas, Scott and Jesus for completing the Community Sailing Program in May.  They had to deal with some pretty high winds, but everyone made it through and learned a lot.

 

April 2017 Race Results

The wind was perfect for racing on 4/19….at 5pm….when the boats were getting stowed for the night.  Nevertheless it appeared just often enough that we were able to fit in all three races.  In his first race with the club, Matthew showed us all how it’s done.  When a puff came through the course, he was right on top of it, increasing his lead with every one.  Here are the complete results:

A Fleet

Sailor 1 Sailor 2 Boat Race 1 Cor’d Race 2 Cor’d Race 3 Cor’d Race One Race Two Race Three Total Points Place
Matthew Boutelle JY15 28:50 14:27 13:44 1 2 1 4 1
Rick Best Christian Oliver JY15 35:28 14:02 17:25 4 1 3 8 2
Mykola Aleshchanov Charlie Crowther H140 30:46 16:36 16:08 3 3 2 8 3
Jeremy Leshin Kurt Walker JY15 30:43 17:40 19:48 2 4 4 10 4

B Fleet

Sailor 1 Sailor 2 Boat Race 1 Cor’d Race 2 Cor’d Race 3 Cor’d Race One Race Two Race Three Total Points Place
Mykola Aleshchanov Charlie Crowther H140 30:46 16:36 16:08 2 2 1 5 1
Rick Best Christian Oliver JY15 35:28 14:02 17:25 4 1 2 7 2
Jeremy Leshin Kurt Walker JY15 30:43 17:40 19:48 1 4 3 8 3
Al posey Brian McMaster H140 34:23 17:36 22:27 3 3 4 10 4

March 2017 Race Results

The Sailing Club capped of the winter and welcomed in the spring this Sunday with a fantastic BBQ prepared by Greg and Kathy. The annual Spring Fling usually brings out more members and this year was no exception. We had six Hunter 140’s on the water for the race, as well as one Sunfish out for a leisure sail. There were very light winds in the first couple races and even one near dead stop in the second race. In that second race on the final leeward leg, there was a fair amount of distance among the fleet. The lead boat around six boat lengths from rounding the leeward mark…at a dead stop. One boat was maybe 100 yards away, barely inching along. The rest of the fleet was crawling towards them, but back near the windward mark. This is when a lake Baldwin brought us a little puff, starting at windward of course. The back of the fleet caught the puff first and two minutes later all six boats were coming up on the leeward mark all together. It made for a fun finish. For the third race, it was getting late but the wind had picked up dramatically. After some kicking and screaming from the fleet, Rick agreed to run the third race, but only a single lap. I guess we need better negotiating so that the wind arrives before the race rather than after. Here are the results.

A Fleet

Sailor 1 Sailor 2 Race One Race Two Race Three Total Points Place
Rick Best Michele Schott 1 2 2 5 1
Charlie Crowther Kurt Walker 2 3 1 6 2
Penny Potter Matt Rood 3 1 3 7 3

B Fleet

Sailor 1 Sailor 2 Race One Race Two Race Three Total Points Place
Rick Best Michele Schott 1 2 1 4 1
Eleanor Foerste Natalie Eager 4 1 2 7 2
Belkis Rodriguez Kathy Locke 2 3 3 8 3
Paul Anthony Jeremy Leshin 3 4 4 11 4