2009 News Archive
COMMITTE BOAT: We need to cover the committee boat for the winter,
Andy Sajor can donate the tarp. Craig Meyerson can donate framing
material. We will need a rough frame set up and the people power to
erect it and cover it. (club will buy necessary materials) If there are any
volunteers, please contact Andy Sajor (email@example.com).
As many of you know, VSC
will be holding our annual meeting at 5:30 pm November 20, 2009 at The Barracks
just before the fall banquet. You do not have to attend the banquet to
attend the meeting. Only full members and associate members holding office, have
voting rights. There will be a number of items for the membership to vote on as
well as our slate of officers for the coming season. Andy Sajor will have
the list of proposals ready before the meeting so you will have time to think
about them. Some proposals will be amendments to the bylaws and others will
be about club operations. As of now, the current club officers have
indicated that they will serve another term (except Justin who has moved) individual
officers are willing to step down however if there are others who
want to volunteer to hold an office. Now is the time to email Andy Sajor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with your nominations.
Trophy Search: Please return the following
trophies to Tim McCormick email@example.com
1) Soling Tuesday 1st place
2) Soling Tuesday 2nd place
3) The Kent Delord Cup
4) The Gorman Cup
5) PHRF B Overall Winner
6) Broach of the year award
C'est Fini! - Thanks to the intrepid crew of Frøya,
the marks are pulled and ashore. The committee boat should be hauled soon
and we will need some volunteers to winterize it. Andy will be out of town
for the next few weeks so we will need someone to follow up on this too
Special Congratulations to VSC couples Amy
& Ty Kretser on the birth of their second daughter, Alyssa Root
(now Pytlak) & Steve Pytlak on their wedding and the Chris
Duley's on the birth of Grace Rosalyn Duley!!!
Sunday Series - By virtue of a bullet in the
Naked Turtle Race, Soundwave edges TBD by one point for
first place in the Sunday Series. Souvenir, with solid early
season finishes, earned third place. Final standings here.
MacDonough Race - A nil to nearly no air race
shortened more than half its intended 73 miles resulted in VSC's only
entry Gallilee (PHRF 33) floating across the finish line nearly 11
hours after the start with line honors and 2d place corrected. The
J-110 MOOvin' (PHRF 96) finished a mere 8 1/2 minutes actual behind Gallilee
to earn 1st place corrected after getting lifted near Port Kent 100 degrees
to the finish at Proctor's Shoal. Full results here.
PHRF B8 - What a way to end a series. A nice breeze from the NE,
relatively warm air for this time of year, and a well chosen race course.
USA 833 put in a call to the wind gods to hold the air for the final race of
night series and he must have lit enough candles because we completed
a triangle and a W/L before he chose the cautious play to shorten with one
lap to go. All finished in time, with Soundwave taking first, Gallilee
second and Souvenir third in the race, and made it back to the docks
before running lights had to be lit. Thanks to Ed and Tammy for a grand
finale. With a second place finish in this race, Gallilee
clinched first, Soundwave takes second and Witchcraft third in
the Wed. B series. Race Results here.
Series Standings here.
Soling 14 - abandoned due to lack of wind
Omnium VSC's Gallilee earns 2d
place in the spin A Class. Full Results Here
PHRF B7 -
or not to B, that was the question. After a wild start and a couple of parking
lots, it was not to B7. A very tough night for the RC. Galilee
sails far enough a head to sail into a hole at the leeward mark and the
fleet catches up, bummer for the big Beneteau.
Then, Galilee goes right and sails a full leg a head while the fleet bobs
around the leeward mark, making it impossible for the fleet to finish even a
shortened race. Bummer for the fleet. The result? Abandoned, just one
of those things that happens when you rely on the wind for propulsion.
all boats will participate in the Omnium
this weekend, and a reminder, we will run two races September
20. The Naked Turtle in the AM and Fall Classic in the PM. The
Naked Turtle will count for the Sunday Series as one of the Fabled 9, and
since we have a trophy for the Fall Classic, it will be run and awarded, but
does not count for the Sunday Series. Tim is planning a gathering at Olive
Riddley's after the races.
nice evening for racing. Dave Bashaw sent the solings to the center
mark for two races this evening with (no surprise) Peter
Hall and company collecting another couple of bullets. Jet lag
did not slow Peter, who was fresh off his convincing win at CORK held in Kingston,
Ontario. USA 833 and 835 tied for second in points with 850 just
one point behind for the night. See results here.
just one Soling night left in the season, it looks like it could be quite a
shoot out for second and third place for the year. Soling Standings here.
B6 - Thanks to
Roland Sherman's willingness to drive from Vermont,
to NY and then take the Committee boat back to Vermont, he was able to set
up a nice long course that used up 1 hour and 40 minutes of the
allotted 2 hours of race time. It has been a while since we have sailed back
under lights, and the setting sun sure made a pretty scene. Results here.
last Sunday Series race will be the Naked Turtle Cup. Due to
scheduling conflicts and yes, a wedding, we ran out of weekends. Since the
Sunday series consists of 9 races, the last one will be held on
September 20. That
said, if we do have a trophy for the "Fall Classic" and want to
run it, we could run two races that day, the point totals for both races
would count for one Sunday series. If someone knows more about
the Fall Classic, please email Andy Sajor.
Soling 12 - A warm breeze and fortunately warm water, greeted the
soling fleet tonight. Yes folks, once again the forecasters had it wrong,
and instead of little or nothing from the west, we got a good south wind
with enough velocity and wave height to teabag the droopers for the
two races. Peter Hall,
with Mike and Tuge aboard CAN 225, collected a pair of bullets. John
Trombley, driving USA 833 with a Commodore over the side, collected a
second in the first race, and was so eager to improve upon that finish, he
suffered a premature start in the second, forcing him to dip
down to restart behind everyone. John recovered enough however, to
score a third in that race taking a second place for the evening. Brian
White, scoring a 4th and 2nd was third, with the Ultra light
Sherman/ State machine, taking a 3rd and 4th was 4th. Finally, Brian
Dowling, valiantly filling in for the expectant Papa to be on
USA 850, Shanghaied two, new to soling sailors as crew, filled out
chicken parts were enjoyed by all after the race. Full results here.
Gorman Cup Results here.
Community College Regatta
got off to a great start under fair skies and 15 kts of south wind. Jean
jumped out to an early lead and looked unstoppable until the second mark
rounding when a blown jib sheet made the big Beneteau dive down to the wrong
side of the course. Ty Kretzer, skippering Soundwave,
sailed a good clean race, tacking on the proper shifts to win the regatta by
just under 4 minutes corrected. Tom Metz, skipping his Hunter 28 in
the JAM fleet took a first. Full results here.
Looking at the forecast to tomorrow's race, the Weather service has
predicted South Winds, around 12kts. (yeah right). Since we would like to
have about a 2 hour race since there is a lobster and seafood bake at
the college starting around noon, I came up with a 12 mile course that will
allow us to sail by the community college, and they will be able to see the
spinnakers pop at the windward mark.
start will be at the VSC Center mark, and go to a point just South of the
College Bluff ( VSC Yellow: N 44d 38.469m, W 73d 25.782m) If the South
has a lot of east in it, it will be a 2 lap, windward leeward,
it has a lot of West in it, it will be a modified Olympic
triangle starting at the Center mark, Crab
to port, VSC Yellow to port, Crab to port, RN10 to Port , VSC south to Port,
VSC center to port, Crab to Port, VSC Yellow to Port, Crab to Starboard,
finish VSC Center.
Don't forget the
Lobster/Seafood Bake. See info three pennants below this post.
PHRF B5 - Get
this: warm weather, fair skies, nice wind, no rain or T-storms and we are
out racing! Go figure! Despite the horrible conditions, Ed and Tammy
Trombley, set up a west wind, windward-leeward and got us around the course
2 times before calling it a night. JP Turgreon, and first mate Julie Labarge,
got the big 44.7 around the course with almost two minutes to spare
corrected, to take the bullet. Soundwave, enjoying the flat water and
welcoming Chuck Surber, our National Guard Warrior back from overseas duty,
came in second. Mark Stata guided the Dirty Girl to third with Don
Duley just edging out Kjell Dahlen for 4th. Gene Grafals, filling in for
Craig Meyerson, rounded out the fleet.
11 - With a
big hot south wind pumping all day we were all anticipating a wild night
of racing, however when we launched, there was hardly enough air to make
ripples on the water. Then, at 18:00
hours, right on cue, a nice west wind began to build. It seems even mother
nature got the memo that our start had moved up a half hour. So
with a bit of scurrying around we were able to set a course and get two
races in the bank before the sun sank behind Dannemora mountain with Brian
White trading 1st and 2nd place with Peter
Hall. Full results here.
LOBSTER/SEAFOOD BAKE in conjunction with
Clinton Community College Regatta: The Champlain
Valley Business and Professional Women’s group ("CVBPW")
is hosting a LOBSTER/SEAFOOD BAKE ON
SAT., AUG 22 at the Clinton Community College Regatta. The event is
being held in conjunction with the Clinton Community College ("CCC")
Foundation and the Valcour Sailing Club. All the proceeds benefit
higher education and go to endowments at both CCC and Plattsburgh State
University. Each year CVBPW gives over $2,500 in scholarships to
non-traditional aged women students returning to college to better
themselves and their careers. The event will be held on the bluff behind
CCC, overlooking the lake,
which will give fantastic views of the regatta. The regatta
starts at 10
a.m. with coffee and pastries available. From noon to 3
p.m. will be the Lobster/Seafood Bake. There is a choice of Lobster
or a Fisherman’s Platter with all the sides and dessert. A cash
bar will be available. There are ala
carte items for landlubbers & children. The event will be
held rain (inside CCC's beautiful dining room) or shine (outside on the
CCC terrace). Tickets must be pre-ordered to ensure enough lobster.
Contact Jennifer Meschinelli
Soling N.A.: For those of you who do not
sail solings (and those who do but didn't), you missed a great regatta.
Brian White, and all who helped him, did a magnificent job organizing the
event which drew 16 competitors resulting in close competition and great
rivalries'. He also arranged for good winds which allowed a full seven
race series despite the forecast for anything but. Lake
Champlain will no longer be just another bass fishing lake!
As many of you now know,
Peter Hall, who sails here (but is not a club member if our membership
list is up to date) won the event by half a boat length in the
seventh race, getting revenge on Hans Fogh, who beat Peter for the
Canadian Championship just two weeks prior. Stuart Walker finished third.
The highest finish by a complete Valcour boat was turned in by Ed Trombley,
who placed 6th followed by Brian White in 7th. Roland Sherman reminded us
about the unpredictability of spectra, and the need for constant
maintenance. Full results here.
PHRF B4 - Abandoned after starting due to lack
Soling 10 - Abandoned due to storms
Congratulations to VSC's Dan Inhelder &
Katie Konstanty (now Inhelder) on their wedding Sunday August 9. In
keeping with their love and initial meeting on the water, the ceremony and
reception were held on Burlington's tour boat Ethan Allen III. Brian
Larkin performed the ceremony. Great time, great food, great drink
and great people!
PHRF B3 Results Here
Soling 9 - Small
craft warnings did
not keep three solings from toeing
the line for Soling race # 9. However the real hero of this
story was Don Duley, who braved the wild waves and 20 plus knots of true
wind to set a race course in our intrepid committee boat (those of us who
have operated it in good conditions knows what Don and Crew went through).
Droop hiking was more like a dunking
booth, yet Brian
White driving Solstice, won the night despite a broach and a man
overboard. Ed Trombley was second in USA 833, and Roland Sherman with
Mark Stata and Laurie Gagliardi
were third. It
must have been quite a show, because when the boats returned to the lift,
there were several spectators from Clair and Carls' all remarking that
those sailors must have had a screw or two loose to go for a boat ride on
a night like that! Other hard core sailors were envious not to be out to
enjoy the fun. Results Here
Well for a change of pace we thought it would be fun
to race in the rain. As our suntans changed to rust Craig, Kathy and
Alain's daughter Christina sent the PHRF fleet on the "Tour de
Islands". Beating South in 20+ kts true, JP Turgeon's, Galilee, was
able to grab an early lead and hang on due to his boat raiding
skills. Snaring Gene, Alain and Guy, which were invaluable crew to
add to his already worn out regulars just back from a third place finish
at the LCYC Ladies Cup.
place went to Kjell Dahlen and Frøya, Third to Soundwave and fourth to
Don Duley's J100.
Ladies Cup - VSC's Gallilee and Souvenir finished
3d and 4th overall and in class on this 13 mile triangle course featuring
two beats and two tight spinnaker reaches on the broad lake and Burlington
Bay in SW 6-15 kt winds. 29 spinnaker & 13 JAM boats participated.
The course conditions favored an asymmetric spin boat and K2 took
advantage winning the cup. Full results here.
PHRF B2 - Abandoned due to T-storms.
Soling 8 -
Well it looks
like even Mike "Fingers" Parson can't slow down CAN 225. Peter
Hall, drove Obelix to double bullets tonight under lumpy seas and
fair winds. Good thing the team sails with a Doc aboard (and Mike Hagadorn
thought they picked him for his sailing skills!). Scoring two seconds was
Don Brush driving the Mark Stata/ Roland Sherman USA 835. That team picked
the right shifts to pass Ed Trombley, who brought that West
Coast tower of power, John Pytlak aboard to hold the boat in the
water and fly the kite. Ed took two third place finishes which made the
committee boat think they were seeing double because the first three boats
finished the races in the exact same place. Only Brian
White and Chris Duley swapped places (4/5; 5/4 respectively) to
finish tied for the night.
fine barbie was held after the race where Beth White's cookies were
consumed like a bunch of dopers looking for munchies.
Full Results here.
Gallilee, the only VSC
boat entered in the Regatta for Lake Champlain, takes 2d place in this
staggered start race. Of the 40 boats participating, only K2 kept
Gallilee in check. Complete results here.
Welcome our new Jib & Main
Fleet (JAM) boats, The First, a Beneteau 38 skippered by Marc Deslauriers,
and O'de Vent, a Beneteau First 345, skippered by Daniel Hancock.
to JP and crew on their first victory on the new Gallilee! PHRF
B1 race results here.
to Gallilee and Souvenir on their second and third place
finishes in the 62.5 mile Lake Champlain Overnight Race. Gallilee earned
line honors as well. Full results here.
Congrats to the crew of Soundwave
for her first place finish in PHRF Wednesday A series.
coordinates for the VSC marks are as follows:
VSC Center Mark
N44 41.316 W73 24.950
East Mark N44 41.434 W73 23.921
South Mark N44 40.276 W73 24.752
North Mark N44 42.793 W73 25.583
are new Time on Time Factors being used this year click here
to view an article discussing the new factors.
time for Wednesday and Tuesday Races are 18:30 until August 19th when the
start time is changed to 18:00. Sunday races shall start at 10:00
is an article for your viewing:
A Comparison of Old and New Section C Rules by Dick Rose et al.
2009 schedule has been updated please see the schedule and results tab to
get your copy today.