Flying Scot Open House - Oct. 22-23, 2016

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David B. did a great job as PRO!
Thank you to all the Butterfly volunteers who helped out with the Flying Scot Open House: Paul and Nancy on both days, Bruce, Doug G., John, Sandy, Cameron, Jim, Gary, and Stacy. You are all very much appreciated and you make us all proud to be a part of the Butterfly fleet. Heartiest congratulations to PRO David for the amazing job he did, not only controlling the weather to perfection, but leading us to a very successful regatta!

Some Sunday morning clouds with lots of Flying Scots and downtown in the background.

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Racing 10-16-2016

After coming in from the race and Snipe rescue - Jim explains what happened! 
                                        by Cathy

This would have been the first Saturday that the Butterflys returned to regular racing. However, that was not to be because we received an e-mail on Friday saying that all the boats on the west pad side needed to be moved elsewhere for the next month in order to allow that area to be rebuilt. By the time I arrived around 9:15, the committee boat was loaded and ready to go and both Jim and Larry were helping to move boats - along with Butterflyers John K., Doug G., Ken, and Miles. It was a little chaotic!

Burton stopped by and at that point we only had Bruce and Burton ready to sail. Since we need at least 3, Burton was going to go see who was at the other club but then he saw Sandy drive by - so we had our 3. Unfortunately I didn't communicate that very clearly so races were late getting started.

After weeks of minimal wind it was pretty exciting to have a lot - and steady from the south. But due to the chaos and late start and then the committee boat rescuing a Snipe - only one race was run with Sandy 1st, Burton 2nd, Bruce 3rd, and Nancy 4th. The Snipes usually have a committee boat of their own tied up to the dock but since the water was warm and skippers experienced they did not this time, but will in the future. Stuff happens.

There was disappointment that there was only one race but at least all the boats got moved off the west pad side and nothing got broken or lost - except for the Snipe's crew lost their prescription glasses. Darn.

Butterflyer with child who was not part of the racing and a Snipe being rescued on the right.
Joyce crewed for Gene and they ultimately towed in the rescued Snipe. 
Next week - there will not be any Butterfly racing since we will support the Flying Scot Open House. We have enough volunteers and appreciate everyone who has volunteered or considered volunteering for the event. After that we will return to usual Saturday sailing and if the past repeats itself we will have some of the best sailing weather!

Thank you to Jim and Larry for all your multi-tasking: moving boats, running a race, rescuing a Snipe.

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State Fair Regatta - October 8th, 2016

results                                                                                                                                    by Cathy
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Sharing a course - 11 Butterflys, 9 Lasers, and 9 Snipes.
It was a gorgeous October day with winds 5-10 mph and even lighter in the first race. The wind was mostly from the north - pretty shifty with a few auto-tacks for the unwary. A total of 44 boats participated in the regatta with the Flying Scots and Corinthians split into a separate race course on the South end of the lake. That left the single handed boats and the Snipes on the north end.

Sandy took 1st place overall in the regatta.

He was 3rd in the first race and said that he'd considered giving up and calling it a day since the wind was so light and he was pretty far behind at the beginning of that race.

We broke for lunch after the first race and then Sandy took 1st in both the second and third race.

Way to go Sandy.

Paul took 2nd overall with one bullet and two seconds.

Bruce took 3rd overall with two fourths and one third.

Marshall took 4th overall with a fifth, third, and eighth place.

Other Butterfly sailor prize winners: Frank took 3rd in the Flying Scots and Doug P. took 2nd in the Lasers.

It was great to see the Butterflys so well represented plus even better to see so many sailboats out on the lake.

Full results and more photos in the links above.

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Commodore's Cup - October 1, 2016

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Before the practice race - which is all we had since the wind was so light.
There is light air and then there is no wind at all. Mostly we had no wind at all. The race committee tirelessly stood by to see if the wind would pick up. Thank you, race committee! Finally we had a few waves of light breezes and we had one practice race in the middle of the afternoon. By that time we were all grateful to get out on the lake and then go back to the great socializing, food and drink.

For the practice race, finishes were not recorded but I think the unofficial winner might have been Logan on his Hobie Cat pedal board. Several tried that out and seemed to have a lot of fun with it. Truth be told - some days are just better for pedaling or paddling.

It was a good day for pedaling.

For the Butterflys - Paul 1st with Gary 2nd. 
It seems October can be anything and is often windy. Let's hope we get into that trend soon as we have the State Fair regatta coming up on October 8th: State Fair NOR

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Commodore's Cup - October 1st - Registration Now Open

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Coming Up:

WRBC all-club Regatta – the Commodore’s Cup – is on October 1st. A great day of camaraderie on the water and fun testing your sailing skills. And if you aren’t a sailor? Come out to watch one of the loveliest days of the year on the water. Or pitch in with managing the refreshments, working on the race committee, and just being part of the club. We’d like to have everyone out!
This is an especially fun event because it pits sailors from our club against not only each other but also against many of the best sailors at CSC! After all of the racing everyone can retire back to the club for a bite to eat and drinks with friends. Sailors of ALL skill levels are encouraged to participate. This is meant to be a FUN event which means the more racers the merrier. Trophies will be awarded to the winner in each class as well as an overall champion. This race is open all one design or Portsmouth class boats. If you’re not sure if your boat is a Portsmouth class boat, contact us and we’ll look it up or try to pair you with someone looking for a crew.
We hope you will come out for this event, there should be some exciting racing and some good fun out at the club. More details as well as the official NOR are available on the clubs website. Looking to volunteer or have a question? Contact Miles Zitmore at miles.zitmore(at)
(Please note that results will only be available after some races have been created and scoring has begun.)
Check in will start at 8:30 a.m., first of five races will be at 10:00 a.m.., breakfast, lunch and adult beverages will be provided. This race is a FREE event.

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Racing 9-3-2016

Photos from Pam
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Start of the 2nd race.
It was a beautiful morning and while the wind was light and from the east, it seemed like we'd have enough to sail. This turned out to be barely true so we ran two races but shortened each one. Burton and I were on committee and Pam also joined us. It was great to have an extra set of hands to take some photos, wave a few flags, and spot the over early sailors. As far as setting the course .  . well, we tried, then tried again. We set up closer to the southern end hoping for more wind and avoiding the Snipes. It worked out but not as well as we would have liked.

We had twelve Butterfly sailors on the line but not everyone participated in racing. Bowman placed 2nd in the 1st race, then sailed down to the northern end and mentored Kaili (bought Franks's boat). Audrey, new to the Butterfly, tied for 4th with Marshall in the 2nd race and Laurie barely beat them for 3rd, managing to miss hitting the finishing mark at the last second. Way to go - all you girls!

For the guys, John K. placed 1st in the 1st race. In the 2nd race, Paul managed a 1st with Doug closing in for a 2nd with some last minute maneuvers which would have worked in the Laser but didn't work so well in the Butterfly. Oh well . . it was worth a try!

Here is a short video of the leeward rounding in the first race. Bowman well ahead which she managed to the end and Paul and Doug following behind. There was actually a little more wind at this point. It tended to come in waves. Soon we will have more wind. Can't wait!


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Very Competitive Summer Series

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After 30 races the Summer Series came down to the last race on a light wind summer day. Paul won series, but the next three places were within 3 points during the last weeks of the series. Sandy and Burton tied for second, with Sandy taking second place because he beat Burton by 3 racespoints. Throw outs played a big part in the scores with many newer sailors making improvements/gains as they sailed competitively in many races with the good sailing weather this summer.

Paul       318        
Sandy    269        
Burton   269       

Tie breaker scores - points made in only the races when they both competed against each other
Sandy    377
Burton  374 

Why do I sail a Butterfly?  -- Because of the friendly competition!

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Racing 8/27/2016

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We have two regattas coming up in October. Paul said he wouldn't be here for the State Fair regatta since he'll be in Illinois, participating in the Championship of Champions!  How cool is that?

We only had one race yesterday. It was a beautiful morning but the wind was light and getting lighter. There were some problems with the motor boat so we had to borrow one from CSC. It took awhile to get things going and then as the wind dwindled . . . the course was shortened and Larry and I got towed back to the docks. Everyone else made it in under their own power.

What we've figured out is that if you have Laurie on race committee . .. things will go wrong.  lol! She always shows up on time but I noticed that somehow racing never happens. Usually it's the weather or one time Paul had just done a lot of sailing and volunteered to take her place on committee. This time it was problems with the motor boat AND the lack of wind. Of course this is all just superstition but after asking her to substitute for someone else then seeing the dwindling wind forecast - I did have some second thoughts. I think she gets extra credit for showing up over and over again and though we only had one race, she still got a workout towing us around, switching boats, etc. And Sandy set up a great course and we were very thankful it was shortened!

Then of course after we put the boats away and sat in the club . . . the wind filled in and we enjoyed the nice breeze. But no one made a move to get the boats out again and enjoy it, except John rowed out in his beautiful green wooden Drascombe and promptly put up his red sails. Very colorful and for a minute there we seemed to be in a much more exotic location than our little White Rock Lake in the middle of Dallas.

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Racing - 8/6/2016 & 8/13/2016

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8/6/-2016 - We had 10 boats on the line in light wind conditions running only 2 races. In fact the 2nd race I had a butterfly (crazy I know) land on my tiller, then my arm and then shroud, staying with me though out the entire race. That’s light air!

8/13/2016 - Great day of racing Saturday, North shifty wind 5-10 and under 90° in August! If you didn't come out you missed out! We only had 7 boats on the line but it was awesome conditions with very tight racing in every race. I hope next Saturday will be as nice:-)

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We had racing this past Saturday with about 10 Butterfly sailors out, nice in the morning but the wind seemed to dwindle and I think several of us bailed for the last race and I'm not sure if anyone went back out.

This blog is not about Saturday sailing. Sailboat racing is always fantastic just to be out on the lake with a great bunch of people and race committee out there taking care of us. Instead this blog is more about the art of capsizing and recovery. Unfortunately I am quite good at capsizing . . . but can't say too much about recovery. So, I'm inviting some comments of those who are better at recovery. 

For capsizing I can say it happens in a variety of ways and my best chance of self recovering is if I can quickly jump over the high side out to the end of the dagger board and pop the boat back up, hopping in. An empty bottle at the top of the mast is very helpful in this situation as it may keep the mast on the top of the water. (A more elegant solution is the flotation panel that is sold specifically for the Butterfly.) If the mast sinks, it will most likely get stuck in the mud and just being on the dagger board will not help.  Check it out. If Dave K. at his weight can't get the boat up, then it's unlikely you can either - which is when the committee boat has to come in and help.

Awaiting rescue. 
Even if the mast has not sunk, it can be difficult to get on the dagger board unless you jump over the high side and you have to be fast, even with the bottle. Check out Paul.

Moving fast!
 And love this whole series of Pam. She pops that boat right up and climbs in. If you're lucky you don't even get wet!

Marshall also has a method which consists of taking the extra halyard from the mast and throwing it over, putting your feet on the bottom side of the hull and pulling the halyard. It's similar to the "righting line" concept for a catamaran. I tried it a few weeks ago and did get unstuck - but still couldn't get the boat up. And all of that struggling takes a lot of energy . . .

So, then what happens if you didn't move fast enough or the boat capsized in such a way that you just didn't have a chance to self-rescue? That's when the committee boat comes in. I'm going to suggest that the safest thing to do is to get the sailor into the committee boat first before trying to recover the boat. It's up to the parties involved - but unless you have good visibility and the water is warm - having everyone in the boat adds a margin of safety. When everyone is in the boat they can all help get the boat up - so then you have an extra set of hands on deck. It's also easier to step into the Butterfly instead of climbing over the side - especially if you have your life jacket on.

I'd like to hear what others have to say as far as suggestions for recovery by RC. Get the painter and pull the sailboat into the wind? Grab a side stay and pull the boat up? What's the best method or does it just depend on how the boat is stuck . . .

Capsizing is a part of sailboat racing! Let's get better at the recovery part.

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Racing 7-23-2016

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Joyce in 2nd place on the 1st leg of the 2nd race. Way to go! We had another beautiful summer day with winds from the SSW at 5-10 mph with ten Butterfly sailors for at least some of the races. It was a nice day to sail and definitely cooler on the lake. Photo and video by Doug P. (Thanks!) 

Kurt and Doug P. on race committee did a great job setting up the course and running the races. 
Joyce, getting rigged and ready to go.

Paul, taking 2nd in the 2nd race, with Sandy, Jim, and Gary closing in on the finish line. As I remember it, in the 2nd race the east side had worked and Jim and I took advantage of it - with Jim leading several legs. 
The Snipes were out running races closer to the dam. Mark and Martha catching up to Cameron and Miles, Gene and Jess in the lead - having already rounded, then Greg and Brian. 

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Racing 7-16-2016

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3rd race - getting in place for the start - photo 1.

3rd race - getting in place for the start - photo 2. 

Burton, Sandy, and Nancy - the race is on!
Thanks to Gary for posting scores.  I was too far back to know for sure but looks like Sandy placed 1st in the 1st race before Gary took over and placed 1st in the last 2 races. Burton took 2nd in all 3 races, Larry got a 4th in the 1st race, and Nancy got a 3rd in the last race.  

Great to see some familiar faces which we had not seen in awhile. Laurie, Nancy, Amber . . . and Bowman sailed over in her new beautiful Butterfly on her way to race committee.  Cool to see all the girls out there! Tom, Jim, and Bruce were all rambling around the docks but not sailing . .. well, maybe next time!  

I had missed sailing for several weeks but heard the reports of all the great wind we'd been having and that we had lots of boats on the line each Saturday. I was so jealous but enjoyed some cooler climes up north. Still it's always cooler on the lake and yesterday was no exception. The morning temperature was fantastic, winds just a little on the light side, but overall very nice. This allowed me to get out early and give a friend, Gina, a ride on my Butterfly and we also participated in the 1st race. She had crewed on a Snipe a couple of times before and I think she saw the joy of being in the Butterfly, too - with it's simplicity and usually just being single-handed. 

Meanwhile, Paul and Bowman were on race committee and went above and beyond! It seemed they were not still for a moment, either dragging logs out of the lake, taking photos and videos, rescuing capsized Butterflys or just hovering nearby while self-rescue was attempted. Four capsizes in all with only one being able to self-rescue. And all of this after Paul had driven back from Michigan where he was 1st in all 6 races, capturing 1st place in the Butterfly Open National Championship while also giving advice to younger sailors about mast rake in heavier air, etc. And not only that he brought back a new hull for Bruce in the back of his pick-up truck. We are so lucky to have Paul as our fleet captain. Yea, Paul! And yes, he admitted to being tired at the end of the day.

Meanwhile, I was usually pretty far back except in the 2nd race, I rounded the first W mark in 2nd place, right after Gary - but then fell behind Gary, Burton, and Sandy to finish 4th.  I was pretty happy with that plus I grabbed Burton's hat out of the water before rounding the L mark and heading up to the finish and I didn't lose a place! 

The 3rd race?  Here is the start captured by Paul:
Not my best start and it seemed we got a wind shift and it looks like several of us just had to tack onto port to get over the line.  I know I did.  But the start turned out to be a lot better than my finish, as I caught a gust and shift right before the finish line and then capsized.  I'd been waiting for a few years to see if Marshall's method would work for me if I didn't succeed in getting the boat up by jumping over the high side and standing on the dagger board.  As it worked out I wasn't able to self-rescue but have some ideas about what I did wrong - some things having to do with the cleat and some things having to do with not following Marshall's directions to a T.  I'm sure there will be a next time and certainly do appreciate Paul and Bowman's patience while I tried a few things.

Here is hoping we continue to have some beautiful summer days with enough wind to sail. Hope to see everyone out there soon!


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Butterfly National Open Championship at White Lake Yacht Club in Whitehall, Michigan

Paul Miller -  won the open nationals with 6 straight wins.
Congratulations to Paul Miller 2016 Butterfly National Championship Open winner and Noah Wolters and crew Nyle Eggert 2016 Jr. Winner!
Open - 2nd place Ben Finkelstein, 3rd place Chris Oertel
Jr. - 2nd place Ben Finkelstein, 3rd place Murphy Wynsma

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  results                                                                                                                                                                video - finish of last race on last day
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Saturday, before the storms blew in.
It has been 4 years since Dallas hosted the Single Handed Nationals. We had 20 competitors and we ran 5 full races over 2 days with a practice race on Friday. The conditions were very nice with a gentle breeze from the south and Doug P. won the practice race. We returned to a relaxing barbecue dinner on the docks.  

On Saturday morning, the wind was 8-15 mph from the south.  A perfect light breeze but not too light.  We headed down to the south end of the lake again and completed 2 windward 2 1/2 races. Paul and Doug P. traded places with Doug 1st in the 1st race, and Paul 1st in the 2nd. Bruce was in 3rd, Burton 4th, and Marshall 5th.

Meanwhile, back at WRBC boat-club, Bowman and Aris set up lunch and we sailed back in to relax a bit. However, just as the race committee headed out and we started to raise our sails and head out - I looked south and could see a storm brewing.  
The rains came and we delayed racing.

A few headed out for a few minutes then returned quickly as the storm got closer. Then we stood around and watched wave after wave of heavy rain and lightning as we played a waiting game, hoping it would clear off.  

Most of us had sailed back to the docks but Bruce had tied up at the finger pier.  We were all standing around talking when we heard an instantaneous "flash crash" and maybe a few even saw some sparks flying around Bruce's boat. I jumped a few feet then looked out to where everyone was pointing and I could see the mast down.  
C. won't take lightening lightly on a sailboat ever again. 
Once the rain lightened up, we all went out to examine the boat. It was pretty sobering to see the damage caused, shrouds fried, little black holes in the sail and boat - both top and bottom.  Of course we are all glad no one was hurt and then of course, sorry about Bruce's boat - and in the middle of the regatta too. Lots more photos in the link.  

We were all aghast but also a little fascinated by the damage. It kept looking like it was going to clear off, but by 3:15 or so, it was apparent there was another storm coming through so race committee called it a day and dinner was moved up. Several of us sat on the docks and it was nice and cool from all the rain.  A perfect afternoon with a lightning show to the east from storms that had moved off.  Then dinner was great again!  Let's have Bowman always do the food!!!  She is so good at it.  Thank you, Bowman.  

The weather didn't look that promising for Sunday when I checked Saturday night.  However, we got lucky and had a beautiful morning with a little more wind than Saturday but still from the south.  Bob G. and his race committee volunteers did a great job again of setting and moving the race course and we managed 3 windward 2 1/2 races before lunch, then calling it a day.  Great lunch provided by Bowman once again, then awards were presented, and all returns to regular Saturday racing now!  Hope to see everyone out there soon.

The Flying Scots provided the race committee and a huge shout-out to Bob G. for his leadership and expertise. Another huge shout-out to Bowman, for her excellent planning as far as providing the great food and drinks for the regatta. Special thanks to White Rock Boat Club (WRBC) for the donated beverages. And most of all, thank you to Paul for deciding that there should be a Butterfly Nationals this year - and it should be at WRBC in Dallas.  Then he worked really hard to make it happen! 

So many have contributed to this event. These things just don't fall from the sky. Everyone on race committee did their part.  Thanks to Jim O. for the scoring and Frank for the NOR and SIs, plus helping clean-up and set-up prior to the event.  

And then there were our sponsors.  Thank you to the Butterfly manufacturer, Windward Boatworks, for the generous cash donation in support of the event. And to Aris and Mariner Sails for all the help during the event and generous cash donation. In addition, he had a small parts inventory on hand for our every need but it's hard to prepare for a sailboat being struck by lightning! 

And thank you to Brad for the fantastic t-shirts.  We love the design and material and sorry you didn't end up making it out for a race but hope to see you on the race course soon.

Paul and Doug won lots of awards and everyone commented on how great they were sailing.  
Nancy sailed great and took Top Woman and 12th place overall!   

The various trophies went to:  1st - Paul
                                                 2nd - Doug
                                                 3rd - Sandy
                                                 4th - John
                                                 5th - Burton
                                                 Top Woman - Nancy
                                                 Junior (changed to most Senior) - Tom 

Perpetual trophies by race went to:  1st & 4th - Doug
                                                          2nd, 3rd, & 5th - Paul
Longest Distance Traveled - Colorado (Doug C.)                                                                                            

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Butterfly Nationals - Final Announcement

The Butterfly Nationals are this weekend and race committee will consist of an experienced group of Flying Scot sailors with Bob Gough as PRO. The weather looks good with 10-15 mph wind from the south and temps in the low 90's. 

This will be a great event and it's not too late to register! Registration 

Also if you aren't sailing but would like to attend lunch ($6.00) or dinner ($10.00), just let us know so we can have enough food and drink. We will be turning in a head count soon. 

The Notice of Race is here:  Butterfly Fleet 20: 2016 - Single-Handed Nationals - NOR.  Here is the schedule. Hope to see everyone starting with the tune-up race on Friday!

June 10th    2:00 pm to 6:00 pm         On-site registration and check-in                         
                    4:00 pm                           Competitors meeting for tune-up race followed by the tune-up race
                    6:00 pm                           Dinner

June 11th    8:30 am to 10:00 am       On-site registration and check-in
                    8:30 am                           Continental breakfast
                    9:30 am                           Competitors meeting
                  10:30 am                           Warning Signal - First race of the day
                                                            Subsequent races and lunch break will follow
                    6:00 pm                           Dinner

June 12th     8:30 am                          Continental breakfast
                     9:00 am                          Warning Signal - First race of the day
                                                            Subsequent races and lunch break will follow
                                                            No races will begin after noon
                                                            Snacks and awards will follow the last race   
No more than 5 races will be sailed on Saturday and no more than 7 races total.
The race committee shall attempt to complete all scheduled races. 

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