Sunday, January 17, 2016

2016 Racing Schdule

While its winter outside with Annapolis temperatures in the 30's, CBYRA, the clubs and the fleets have been active preparing for the upcoming racing season.  CBYRA will hold a meeting this Saturday, January 16th, to set the racing schedule for the Chesapeake Bay.  While the schedule will not be set in stone this week, it is time to settle on the races in which the Association will take part this year.   Without further ado, the tentative 2016 racing schedule, with other activities added to minimize the need to check multiple sources, is

02/13               Racing Seminar with Racing Tips & Secrets by Towney Townshend at the Eastport Library
03/21               CBYRA Green Book published
04/29 - 05/01   Sailing World NOOD Regatta
05/07               Spring Rendezvous at Bay Ridge Clubhouse
05/14               Spring Regatta, Gibson Island Yacht Squadron (GIYS) (non-High Point)
05/15               Spring Classic, Magothy River Sailing Assoc. (MRSA) (non-High Point)
05/28               Annapolis to Miles River, Miles River Yacht Club (MYRC) 
06/04 - 06/05   Children's Cruise, Rhode River
06/11               Moonlight Race, Potapskut Sailing Assoc. (PSA)
06/24 - 06/26   Syronelle Regatta, Great Lakes Alberg Assoc. (GLCC)
06/26               Ted Osius Memorial Race, Sailing Club of the Chesapeake (SCC)
07/09               Boomerang Race, Eastport Yacht Club (EYC)
09/10               Race to Oxford, Naval Academy Sailing Squadron (NASS)
09/11               Hammond Memorial Race, Tred Avon Yacht Club (TAYC)
09/17 - 09/18   Bruce Rankin Memorial Regatta  
09/24               Race to Rock HallPotapskut Sailing Assoc. (PSA)
09/25               Rock Hall Race BackPotapskut Sailing Assoc. (PSA)
10/01               Fall Rendezvous
10/01 - 10/09  Fall Cruise
10/22               Football Cruise (Tentative)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Victory on Lake Ontario

The Chesapeake A30 Association sent 8 sailors north to try to win the Syronelle Trophy.  We had two days of great wind and great one-design sailing, and the victory was on the edge, but in the end we won and the trophy is heading south for the first time in 20 years.

Details will follow but here is the bottom line.  Towney and his team got 4 bullets in 4 races aboard Jazz, and George Dinwiddie and team went 6-5-4-6 out of 7 aboard Le Papillon .  We were tied with the team of White Opal and Gemini  but took the trophy because of Towney's 1-1-1-1

Monday, December 22, 2014

A few 2014 pics from the Wednesday Night Races

A 2014 year end Wednesday Night Racing photo dump from the Laughing Gull - this racing page was looking rather lonely, and needing some pics.

View of the finish line from AYC

Monday, February 17, 2014

The 50th Anniversary 2014 Calendar is up on the Cruising Blog - including all the racing events.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

LinGin Wins 2013 NOOD Regatta - Top Three Tied for High Point

The first CBYRA High Point event of the year is now in the books with Tim Williams and the crew of LinGin providing a solid performance to win the 2013 Annapolis NOOD Regatta.  The Maple Leaf Trophy was on display at the awards ceremony on Sunday.  In addition to the NOOD Regatta trophy, Tim was presented with the Maple Leaf Trophy at the same time.  Congratulations to Tim and his crew on their hard fought victory.  For complete results please visit Yacht Scoring.

The racing was close throughout the weekend.  Going into the last race, Argo and Windswept were tied for second with LinGin in first with a comfortable lead.  LinGin only needed to not finish last to secure the regatta victory.  The last race was shortened due to the dying breeze.  By winning the last race, Argo and crew edged out Windswept by only one point.  LinGin's third in the last race was enough to win the regatta but it did complete the weekend with the top three boats all tied for High Point.

High Point scoring is a very complicated formula.  In general, you get a point for starting a race and another point for each boat you beat in a race.  There are also bonus points for races over 25 miles.  For  regattas with more that one race in a day, the combined score for the day is used to compute the scoring.  Multi-day regattas like the NOOD score each day individually.

And that is how we end up with a three-way tie for first in High Point.  Argo, LinGin and Windswept each scored first, second and third during the 3-day NOOD regatta.

Daily Results

So it's all square for the top three spots going into the Mile River Race on May 25.  Once again, it looks like it's going to be a close battle for High Point.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Alberg 30 2013 Racing Schedule

Chesapeake Bay Alberg 30 One-Design Association

2013 Racing Schedule

** Non-High Point
Date Event
May 3-5 Annapolis NOOD Regatta
May 25 MRYC Annapolis to Miles River Race
June 15 PSA Overnight Race
June 22-23 Syronelle Regatta – Toronto, Canada **
June 30 SCC Ted Osius Memorial Regatta
July 19 EYC Race to Solomons
September 14 NASS Race to Oxford
September 15 TAYC Hammond Memorial
September 21-22 Bruce Rankin Memorial
September 28 PSA Race to Rock Hall **
September 29 PSA Rock Hall Race Back **

The 2013 Alberg 30 Racing Schedule includes 11 days of High Point racing with two events on the calendar which are non-High Point.  Two changes of note this year is the return of the EYC Solomons Race to the High Point Schedule.  Another change finds the Albergs starting first for the Hammond Memorial.

Please let me know if there are any questions and feel free to comment on the schedule.  Perhaps next year we can make the Rock Hall event High Point.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Queenstown Race Weekend, or "Why you need cash even for a weekend anchored out"

As Tim Williams noted in an earlier post, we had good winds of 15 knots or better for this year's PSA Race to Queenstown.  I learned a lesson the previous week when I did not reef the mainsail during the Oxford Race in similarly strong winds.  This time we put the reef in on Skybird before turning upwind at the Chester River nun buoy, only to have a jib car fail during our second tack.  While trimming in the genoa we heard a loud bang and I saw the jib sheet running directly from the clew to the winch.  Not good.  Examining the pieces later it looked like the delrin sheave cracked and broke.  This loaded up the bolt attaching the jib block to the car, promptly snapping the bolt.  Luckily nobody was hurt, and after tacking back and putting a snatch block on the rail we were able to complete the race.  Whew!  After getting through something like that what else could go wrong....

Sunday morning came with winds from the north, not quite as strong as the day before but still good racing weather.  On the way out to the start I got careless, trying to do a bunch of little things to prepare for the race while driving, and I ran Skybird aground.  Hard.  We revved the engine, tried heeling the boat and using the sails, all to no avail.  Tim brought LinGin as close as he dared, took a line and tried to pull our bow around with all his engine's might.  After numerous attempts that only succeeded in ripping apart one of my bow chocks (oh yeah, that was the chock with the crack in it - really should have used the other one - sorry Tim, not your fault), LinGin had depart in order to reach the starting area in time for the race.

Eventually one of the workboats from the previous night's party, Dipping Time, came by and offered their assistance.  While they helped us we heard a call for us on the radio.  Apparently after leaving us LinGin went to assist another Alberg that had grounded (due to engine trouble I think), and since we were the last start the PSA race committee decided to hold the start until the Albergs were ready.  I had not seen a race committee hold a start in a multi-class regatta for a couple of late boats, but I am most grateful, as is the rest of the Alberg 30 class. 

To get Skybird off the mud the two-man crew on Dipping Time went above and beyond the call of duty.  Between when LinGin left and Dipping Time came upon us we had tried just about everything, including tossing an anchor off to the side to try and pull the bow around.  Nothing worked.  As our anchor rode was our longest line, Dipping Time pulled up our anchor (a difficult task in itself) and  used the anchor rode to try and pull us off.  After about a half hour they finally got Skybird's bow to turn and pulled us back into the channel.  Free at last!  I just had to give the Dipping Time crew something in appreciation.  Unfortunately I had very little cash in my wallet.  After all, we had just spent the night anchored out. Why would I need cash?  After taking up a quick collection I handed the Dipping Time crew what we came up with as they returned our anchor.  Given all they did for us it wasn't nearly enough.

Finally all the Albergs reached the starting area and the race was started.  LinGin had to recover from being over the line early but had rejoined the leaders by the first mark.  After rounding, Argo worked far up to north side of the river while LinGin stayed on a more westerly tack.  By the time the fleet  approached Love Point Argo's move had paid off.  They held a huge lead and just loosely covered LinGin and the rest of us while cruising to an easy win.  On Skybird we shook out the reef and tried playing shifts and avoiding foul current to get back in the game and somehow managed to reach the Chester River nun buoy "2" in third.  We closed on LinGin while crossing the bay but couldn't catch them.  Argo had such a lead that I never saw them finish.

Congratulations to Argo for a commanding win and thanks to the PSA Race Committee for holding the start for us.  Most of all, thank you Dipping Time.  If not for you Skybird might still be at Queenstown.