About Dave.

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far Dave. has created 272 blog entries.

Fall Nightcap Series 2018 – Races 6A & 6B and Final Standings


For the last afternoon of racing this year, the wind forecasts agreed on 6 mph. SE moving to SSE and adding rain as the afternoon progressed. Any forecast with an E in it is a worry for the RC when planning a course. If the wind is light it may die and slowly, but steadily, back to NW, if it is stronger and more established it may be unstable and oscillating by ±25° or more, or it may be wildly erratic. (more…)

By |2018-10-29T21:46:46+00:00October 27th, 2018|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Fall Nightcap Series 2018 – Races 5A,B & C, Results and Standings

Raven leads the pack

Falcon tries to catch Raven

Magic Bus tries to catch Falcon


The weather forecast indicated that conditions this week would be similar to last Saturday but with cool, heavy clouds. The pictures above show otherwise. We, long ago, lost our faith in forecasting accuracy in our local micro climate. It was a beautiful day and we were able to run three races in less than three hours. (more…)

By |2018-10-22T18:26:52+00:00October 20th, 2018|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Fall Night Cap Series 2018 – Race 4A &4B Results and Standings

We are very sad to have to announce the sudden, unexpected and untimely passing to Fiddler’s Green of fellow sailor Eric Anderson, Skipper of the Bystead 30 Andiamo Again and persistent competitor in the PHRF Fleet. Our condolences go to his Crew, Family and Friends. He will be missed. ( Fiddler’s Green )

Forty five second video of Raven taken from Magic Bus:

Raven tries to catch Magic Bus in race 2.













This week were again presented with steady firm winds and were able to run two races. As the fleet completed the three mile course in only about 40 minutes each time, a third start was offered but was declined (Some responses may have been impolite, but it was difficult to hear above the wind). (more…)

By |2018-10-15T14:50:41+00:00October 13th, 2018|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Fall Nightcap Series 2018 – Race 2 Results and Series Standings.

Once again the CB left the Boat Haven to find a glassy sea surface and a long frustrating wait for the wind to make its intentions clear. After a while there were occasional puffs, up to 3 kts. but from random directions. For a while the wind appeared to strengthen in the outer bay as a Northerly but, just as the CB was preparing to head over to set up between T and B, the breeze switched to SW and died. After a few puffs from the South the wind settled on NE (as forecast). The RC hurriedly set tets about a 1/2 mile apart in a SE/NE line in the middle of the bay, set the pin and anchored, setting course SWLF2 (2 nm.). Whereupon the wind veered about 20 deg. Apart from re-squaring the start line the other marks were not adjusted. (more…)

By |2018-10-01T01:37:46+00:00September 30th, 2018|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Fall Nightcap Series 2018 – Race 1 Results

There was confusion over the start time for the first race of the series due to the calendar on the website, and the race reminder, showing a noon start, while the SI’s (and history) called for 13:00. In the event the wind was so wildly capricious in strength and direction that the race did not start until 12:48 so it appeared no boats were inadvertently left at the dock. The on-line calendar has been corrected to match the SI’s and an e-mail sent to all members to set the start time at 13:00 for the rest of the series. Maybe the wind will have stabilized by then. (more…)

By |2018-09-23T13:18:34+00:00September 23rd, 2018|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Next up – Fall Nightcap Series

After a not so restful break, and to greet the equinox, the Fall Nightcap Series begins this Saturday (Sept. 22). Jazz will be CB. Start at Noon.

The dates for the rest of the series are on the calendar (right hand column of this page, or click on calendar tab).


By |2018-09-18T13:26:46+00:00September 18th, 2018|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

On a Mission to Maximize Participation!

Maybe in 40 – 50 years there will be enough of these, cheap enough, to replace the Thunderbird.  And enough local sailors to crew them.


Scuttlebutt Sailing News logo

On a Mission to Maximize Participation

Published on September 9th, 2018

The late great Paul Elvstrom said it best: “It is much harder to build a solid class organization than to design a new boat.” But commerce motivates people to try, and while we may get excited at the latest shiny new object on the water, class building remains hard.


By |2018-09-10T10:19:45+00:00September 10th, 2018|Interesting Articles, One-design|0 Comments

Ted Pike Memorial Regatta 2018 – Results

Nine boats came out to honor and celebrate Ted. Limfiord, Pacifica and Sparkle have participated in all three of these annual races.

As usual there was a variety of means of beach access. Pacemaker and Falkor improved their handicaps by swimming in. BetsyD (a CB Sharpie Cat Ketch) won points for dropping anchor, grounding her stern and stepping ashore. She lost them again for not furling her sails. Limfiord gained points for the extraordinary quality and scarcity of her entry fee.

Wind at the start was steady Northwesterly but not yet up to the 6 kts forecast. Course #2 (SMBTBGCBMBF 13.7 nm.) was announced. This kept the boats mainly outside the bay.  A temporary mark M was set to provide a windward start. It was hoped that the wind would build in the bay by the time the fleet approached G, but instead the usual hole persisted all afternoon. Several boats retired from the race and went cruising to enjoy the afternoon rather than fight for air at G.  The course was shortened to 10 nm. for Class B but only Ariel of Victoria persevered.

The follow-on BBQ and testing of the rum blend (to general approval) was as successful as usual.


By |2018-08-20T20:49:28+00:00August 20th, 2018|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

The Ted Pike Memorial Regatta – Next Saturday

Next Saturday, August 18 th., is the third Ted Pike Memorial Regatta. Here PTSA celebrates and honors Ted’s life and contributions to the sailing community.

The format of this regatta is as unique as Ted was. The key features are:-

● 12:00 – Boats arrive and anchor off the beach in starting area.

● 12:15 – Skippers arrive on beach by any un-motorized means.

Entry Fee of one (1) fifth of good quality Rum deposited in keg. (Non alcoholic beverage OK if necessary).

Racing and Cruising classes assigned.

PHRF ratings invented for those without. Modified for various excuses.

Courses announced.

● 12:30 – Start with Skippers on beach, boats anchored out.

Get to boat and sail off anchor.

● Race around and out of bay (4.0 hr time limit).

Challenging Course. (Dependent on conditions).

● Finish by any Crew Member reaching the beach to test rum in keg (or alternate beverage).

●16:30 – Awards and party at the Schooner Martha Boat-shop (Port Hudson).

As the keg gets emptier the lies and excuses get greater.


Registration Forms, Sailing Instructions, and Courses are available right here.




By |2018-08-12T21:59:21+00:00August 11th, 2018|Race Reminder|0 Comments