2017 Butterfly Open & Junior National Championship

2017 Butterfly Open & Junior National Championship

Torch Lake Yacht Club 
Bellaire, MI, USA 
July 18 - 20, 2017
For more information: Entry Form, Entry List, etc.

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Racing 7/8/2017

                                                                                                                                                    by Cathy

Beautiful clouds and light air.
The forecast was for very light air but we ended up with just enough breeze for 3 races. Race committee set up Windward-leeward courses with two downwind finishes (shortened in one of the races) and one upwind finish. They were just about the right length and RC made some little tweaks along the way for the wind shifts.

John took two bullets in the first 2 races and Burton was first in the last race. I went from DFL in the first race to taking a couple of seconds. Larry got a 3rd in the 1st race. And Gary got 2 thirds.

Overall since we had not sailed since the Wrangle all 8 of us were happy as can be to be out there!

This summer has been a little strange. Lots of rain. Not complaining there but sometimes it has timed itself for our sailing time and/or there has been not enough wind or too much. Let's hope it continues to be strange as far as more rain but we get better sailing weather for our Saturdays.    

Setting off it did not look too good - wind-wise! 

Pam joined Sandy and Miles on race committee.

Doug joined us on his Laser and gave his young friend a sailing lesson. 

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2017 Wrangle Results

Results                                                                                                                                       by Cathy 

Paul takes 1st place. Photo by Bruce 
John takes 2nd place. Photo by Bruce
Burton takes 3rd place. Photo by Bruce
As luck would have it, the wind was pretty close to perfect, from the SSE at 10-20 mph.  The previous weekend the poor Flying Scots didn't get a single race in with some flooding of the docks and then zero wind. Regattas get planned in advance and then we just take what comes. We got lucky this year though it could have been just a bit lighter for some (me included). Everyone who sailed all the races remarked that they had gotten quite a work-out. And Nancy wisely added crew for the 2nd day. I would have too if I could have found someone!

The Flying Scots did a great job of managing the race course and even helping out with the food. Thank you Nina and Melissa.  We felt like we got the A+ team with all the talented sailors helping out on the course and in the rescue boats. And special thanks to PRO-Mark Smith. Great job!

Thanks very much to Bowman for all the delicious food! You are one talented lady and sailor too! We know you're out on the Scot but we hope to see you back on your Butterfly sometime soon.

Thanks to Brad for the t-shirts, Melissa and Bruce for the photos, Frank for all he does behind the scenes, and Tom for getting our very nice trophies.

Additional notes from Race Chair Jim:  Thanks to all who organized, volunteered for, and raced in the Wrangle last weekend.  We managed to sail a complete, seven race series. The wind and waves added extra challenges for the hardy competitors.  It was remarkable for the very  low number of capsizes.  Congrats to the "Wrangle Survivors."  And, many thanks to the Scot fleet, who served as race committee!

Nice trophies!
Paul finishing 1st. Photo by Melissa

John finishing 2nd. Photo by Melissa

Burton finishing 3rd. Photo by Melissa

Top woman Nancy and crew Kathaleen finishing 4th. Photo by Melissa 

Gary finishing 5th. Photo by Melissa

Award winning women's team. Photo by Bruce
Nancy. Photo by Bruce
Jackie and Cathy. Photo by Bruce 

Gary. Photo by Bruce

Larry. Photo by Bruce
Photo from my sailboat from the first day.

Race committee on the first day. Thank you!

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2017 Wrangle Registration

                                        ***** NOTICE OF RACE *****

                            The Wrangle Regatta (A Single-Handed Event)

       Butterfly Fleet 20, White Rock Boat Club, White Rock Lake, Dallas, Texas

                                                June 10-11, 2017

Click here for online registration: Registration

The NOR is posted on the CSC website and copied in below: Notice of Race

Rules: The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.

Eligibility: The regatta is open to all boats of the Butterfly classes. Skippers who are under 17 years of age as of 12/31/2016 will be considered juniors.

Registration: Registration is available online and prior to the races on Saturday morning. Competitors must register by May 29 to insure pre-order of regatta t-shirt. The entry fee of $40 may be paid at checkin. Fee includes continental breakfasts, Saturday lunch and regatta t-shirt.

Seven (7) races will be attempted. One (1) race will constitute a regatta.

Saturday – June 10
   8:30am – 9:30am Registration and continental breakfast at WRBC
   9:30am Competitors meeting
   10:15am Warning signal for first start
   Lunch ashore
   Afternoon races to follow lunch
   After race refreshments

Sunday - June 11
   9:00am Continental breakfast at WRBC
   10:00am Warning signal for first start of the day
   No race to start after 1200 (Noon)
   Award presentation to follow the last race as soon as possible at WRBC

Sailing Instructions: The sailing instructions will be available at registration.

Courses: Courses will be as provided in the Sailing Instructions.

Scoring: Seven races are planned. One race will constitute a regatta. The low point scoring system, Appendix A of the RRS, will be used except that no score will be excluded.

Prizes: Trophies will be awarded to at least the five top finishers in each class.


Information: For further information contact Paul Miller at paulmiller100@tx.rr.com. White Rock Boat Club - 340 E. Lawther Drive, Dallas, TX

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Racing 5-20-2017

more photos                                                                                                                               by Cathy

Jim's first ever 1st in the Butterfly races. Woo hoo!
The weather didn't look so good for sailing and then it did. It's been that kind of May. It was cloudy and cool which was nice after all the humidity and there was a steady breeze from the northwest at about 7-12 mph.

I got to do race committee with Gary which is an excellent way to learn . . . about everything! He let me practice driving and then gave me a play by play account of the racing - who should be doing what, when. That made it so much more interesting.

Burton, 1st in the first two races.
With only 4 Butterflys it was easy to keep an eye on everyone and really see what was happening. Jim led in the first race and for several legs on and off during the day - plus I think Gary pointed out he got a really good start in that 2nd race. For the last race which Jim won, he led around the jibe mark but at some point going downwind, Burton caught up and passed him. On that last leg, Jim played the east side and went from looking like Burton and Sandy might beat him - to crossing the finish line with a wide lead. Way to go!

Start of the last race on a cloudy, cool day in May.
Everyone looked like they were enjoying the mild temps and steady wind. No capsizes and smooth sailing.

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Racing 5-6-2017

                                                                                                                                                    by Cathy

Heading downwind on a beautiful day. That is Tom giving Shannon a sailing lesson on the far right. Photo by Sam.
Springtime in Texas has brought us too much wind to sail so when we finally had a nice 5-10 mph SE wind, ten of us showed up to race. It was a beautiful day. Sam and Bruce were on race committee and due to shifting wind they reset the course a few times and we ran three races back to back as the wind began to dwindle. I have not seen the scores and was pretty far back - but rumor has it that Larry was on fire and was sailing quite well, with many commenting that they were going to start following him. Amber and Tom were out and then Tom went in and took Shannon out for a sailing lesson.

Butterfly Wrangle coming up June 10-12

Amber, waiting for the races to start. 

Marshall, between races.

 Photos by Sam:

Look who Sam ran into after the Butterfly races. Come back Brad. We miss you! 
And from Sunday WRBC sailing class:
Trace on Sam's Butterfly. Hope he'll join us some Saturday.  

Bruce (hidden) mentoring some potential Butterfly sailors on Sunday.

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Stephen Nelson (5-26-1994 - 4-5-2017)

by Pam
Another young sailor gone too soon.  I first met Stephen when he and his brother came over one Saturday many years ago to sail double-handed against the Butterfly fleet.  They were quite young, had received coaching from Jim Young and were quite talented.  An eye opening experience for us all.  

Later, when Stephen was just 15 years old, he sailed in the 2009 Wrangle Regatta where we had 46 boats in three fleets on the course.  He showed up with that beautiful Butterfly with the Texas flag on the bow and he easily won in the Butterfly fleet against all the adults.  We saw him again at the 2009 and 2012 Single Handed Nationals.  He was a good kid with a promising future in sailing.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

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Racing 4-1-2017

                                                                                                                                                    by Cathy

Look at all the Optis, the next generation of sailors. 
The wind was from the south-east and in the 10 to 20 mph range. Nine Butterfly sailors dwindled to five in the last race for a variety of reasons. For me, it was just too much wind! The women made a good showing again, with Pam beating Nancy in the first 2 races. And both of them beating me and Laurie being the only one of us to make it through all 3 races. Go Laurie!

Meanwhile, before racing started we had a capsize. An empty bleach bottle at the top of the mast will help make it easier to self-rescue but even then it is not always possible. In this case, the bottle was missing so not much time to get the boat up and the committee boat had to help out.  But it went really well, they got the boat up and running very quickly and before you know it, we were set to start the first race again. Way to go - Jim and Larry!

Note: once the mast and sail are under the water, the sailor will likely not be able to get the boat up by pulling or even standing on the dagger board. However, holding onto the dagger board can keep the mast from digging into the mud which does make the rescue go much easier.

Below I describe what I saw but feel free to comment if something seems incorrect or if you have something to add. Let's make the capsize/recovery process as easy and safe as possible and share any tips that we have.

The start sequence stops since a boat has capsized. Since the mast and sail are under water - the committee boat will need to help.  

Committee boat gets the ladder ready, but the sailor decides to stay in the water.

Larry positions the boat while Jim grabs the fore-stay. 
Jim lifts the mast out of the water as Larry drives the motor boat alongside the Butterfly starting to point it into the wind.  
Larry drives the boat around and Jim stabilizes the boat so the sailor can get in.

Sailor gets in while RC continues to stabilize the boat until the sailor is ready to go again.
Otherwise, in racing Doug, Paul, and Gary all got one of the top 3 places in the various races with Burton getting some 4ths. It was a great day on the lake but the wind just kept picking up and after the Butterflys came in, the Optis stayed out and those kids are tough! Then a "fun race" began with some of the WRBC sailors. With that much wind hopefully the "fun race" sailors made it to the dam and back with no mishaps. It's springtime in Texas with great sailing in between the storms!

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