The race for the prestigious and coveted Cal Creaser Cup was held on Sunday, July 10, 2014. It was a beautiful sunny day. By race time, the wind had picked up to a northwesterly breeze of 10-15 kph. In short, the conditions were no less than stupendous. Ten boats assembled from all over the majestic St. John River, our treasure of pleasure, including two new to noble sport of sailboat racing (three cheers for “Springthaw” and “Windward”). The run upriver to the island was downwind all the way, allowing the boats to sail wing on wing, which trim is also known as “milkmaid” – an apt description if there ever was one. After rounding the island, several tacks were required to get back – the boats crisscrossed each other, heeled over for much of the time. The actual race duration time for “Raven” (Tanzer 26 – fifth place, if I’m not mistaken) was 2:33:47. The Cup was awarded to Gaston Damecour whose hobie went around the course like it was her manifest destiny – who says cats can’t fly? Very high honour and glory go to the second and third place winners – respectively, John Beal (Dragon “Yvonne”), who was the only skipper to fly a spinnaker, and Rod Pickles (Tanzer 7.5 “Sail La Vie”) and his crew of merry men. Also, kudos to diminutive but mighty Hannah V. for skippering Gaoth on the upwind leg. The race was followed by a delicious bbq of sausages, corn and other tasty morsels (expenses: 130.78; fees, donations, sale of corn: 88) – many thanks to Kim, Faye, Janice, and everyone else who helped prepare the cornucopia. See pictures attached – many more will be found on the MSA website. I think you will all agree that it is beautiful to behold so many sailboats together on the water. Fortunately, there will be further opportunities to do so and to be part of the fun – there will be a race in September (date tba) – and, between now and then, you can come out on Wednesday evenings to hone your skills and tactics (evening races will be starting earlier due to the ever-diminishing hours from dawn to dusk) – stay tuned (and keep your stays tuned) for more great racing action. See you on the water.
And the winner is…well, we’ll get to that in a moment. The field was large last night – seven boats – Raven, Sail La Vie, Sea Sprite, Just Us, Perry G, Work of Art, and a lone wolf dinghy (you can’t keep a good sailor down). It was a beautiful evening, with the wind picking up to a steady 10 kph, allowing the course to be extended for an extra leg. Ah, the course – admittedly, there were several waypoints – however, at one point, the boats appeared to take off in all directions like bugs in brandy – perhaps it was the headiness induced by the beautiful mid-summer evening – as a result, all boats were winners in their own right – having said that, after much discussion, it was decided that Sail La Vie very likely was the winner. At the risk of repeating what at times looked like bees dancing drunk with nectar, next week’s race will follow a similar tight pattern (course tba). Other highlights from last night included the flying of a spinnaker by Sea Sprite – so effective was this maneuver that she took off and was last seen heading into the setting sun – and it would be remiss not to mention the serious luffing up tactics of Work of Art. No pictures – there is no medium that could capture an evening like that – come out next week and experience it for yourself.
Below you will find some pictures of last night’s race – yes, that is Gaoth nipping at the heels of Sail La Vie. Given the forecast, the course was kept close to the Cove, utilizing several of the remaining buoys. Although the wind dropped a bit by race time, it was still strong enough to make for a quick race – Perry G indicated that extra hands on the ropes would have been useful – so, if anyone interested in partaking on Wednesday nights, but would prefer to crew initially, please come out as there is usually space on the boats. Disappointingly, the Cat did not materialize last night, no doubt still sharpening its teeth – or perhaps it’s feeling a bit daunted by the field – come next week and find out which is the case. Although the Cat didn’t show, the still blushing Dino K did, tacitly admitting that freshwater sailing (is there any other kind?, ed.) is pretty sweet. Raven was first over the finish line, but Sail La Vie hit the mark dead on – Gaoth, Justus, and Perry G rounded out the field. See you next week.
The first Wednesday night race of 2014 was held on May 28. It was a beautiful evening – sunny, a good breeze, and not too cold – certainly much finer than the evening last week when Corey M found hail on his boat. Five contestants entered the field.
Confusing Starts? Not at all. As you can see from the photos the starts were very well explained to each skipper.
Ahoy… your 2012 Race Committee has been busy pulling those seasonal marks. Thanks Rod & Geoff for getting the closest up river mark and Kevin P for getting the highest mark.
“Irfan of the Mystically Fast Mirage 26” and “Dino of the Da Dufour Two Four” got your lowest mark out.
Let me say, these marks know how to bury themselves into the mud. As you can see from the photos, Irfan who remained very clean was the brains of the operation and directed operation…
Another great race with 14 sailors, 5 boats, and our first honest start! If you ignore the false commands shouted from the committee/start/cheater’s boat.
We never get tired of saying… ” And our winner was Rod Pickles” Yeah, right. Well, congrats Rod to a race well run. Ya think the cranky old son-of-a-gun could manage a smile.
…Christ Guys… I gotta work for a living… give me some time to get this stuff posted. Hey Brian M… we all ain”t retired ya know.
- Rod cheated ….
- The Catalina 22 Water’s Edge was was ordered from the course for the showing of breasts. Sadly they were Brian’s breasts
- Winning boat was a “first timer” but wining skipper was an Old Coot of the MSA and filled his boat with fellow Old Coots including one of the cootiest who we have not seen in a year or 2. When we same him we knew something big was going to happen… not necessary good but big.
Your fifth Wednesday Night Race winner can only be called a Club Icon, an MSA Original, a Vet of the sport… but it was nocake walk and our winner had to work.
This race saw an increase to 20 people and 8 boats with both Mike & Heather C and John R putting in the effort to make a showing from “the upper reaches”. Thanks guys as this was John R.’s first race at Mactaquac in 2012.
The start was less confusion but in pure Rod P. style our boy Rod faked a faulty signal horn and got a head start. Limey Devil! But in Pure Wed Night Fashion, the start does not tell all.
Your fourth Wednesday Night Race continued the “Holy Shirimp Theme” with yet another new winner stunning the field with a dramatic victory.
This Races saw an increase to 12 people and 5 boats make a showing on the course as Kevin and Stephanie P were good enough to take the trouble to bring Wild Wood a Wayfarer down for the event. Thanks guys. It was nice to see her back at Mactaquac
The start was pure confusion with Rod P. and Geoff W rounding the starting mark so far ahead of the fleet it was not a staggered start but a “2 Time Zone” start. But in Pure Wed Nnight Fashion, the race was not to evolve as expected.