No Racing 14 Jan 2017

Once again, the weather discouraged the Fleet from showing up in numbers sufficient for racing.  Better luck next Saturday.

The WRBC's rescue boat is out of service for at least one more week.  The gearbox of the outboard motor apparently leaked, and water froze and cracked the housing.  Many thanks are extended to Larry Kousal for tackling the repairs.

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Racing 12/31/2016

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Marshall rounding the jibe mark with Jim, Nancy, and me trying to catch up. 
New Year's Eve was good to us. We all started shedding clothes and life jackets as the weather warmed to almost 70 degrees, the sun came out, and the wind dwindled. We had great wind in the first race, then lots of shifts and a few of us sailed into holes in the second race, then managed to go back out for a final race with just enough wind to make it enjoyable.

Burton and C. were on race committee. Thank you both and especially C. for letting me sail! We don't always take a break in the winter but with tamales and chili provided by Burton, we all joyously celebrated the New Year by chowing down! Except for Nancy  . . . we tried to save her some tamales but it was not to be. Thank you Burton!

Out of 6 Butterflys, Paul took 1st in all 3 races, but in that last race Marshall was closing in rapidly. Marshall got 2nd in 2 races, and Nancy got 2nd in the 1st race. I managed 3rd in all 3 races but had to do a circle on the starting line in the 3rd race after colliding with the committee boat. Ouch. That was fairly embarrassing.

Here is hoping 2017 is a great year for Butterfly sailing. Happy New Year!

More photos from the 1st race, rounding the jibe mark:


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Merry Christmas

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Miles, Jim, and Burton checking out the fog.
Driving across the Mockingbird bridge about 1:30 pm, no Butterflys to be seen and a light layer of fog was still hovering over the lake. I was returning from out of town and was sorry to miss sailing but when I checked CSC's site - the wind was 0 mph! Suddenly I was not so sorry to be arriving too late to race as I fear conditions were not favorable for racing.  

After awhile I got some photos from Bob with a message "Merry Christmas from WRBC" and then one from Paul "Crazy fog"!

Wow - that really was some crazy fog. It's about 72 degrees and Christmas Eve. I guess we almost got our white-out Christmas.

Thanks for the photos and Merry Christmas to all!

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Racing 12/17/2016

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Bruce joined Jim and Sam on race committee.
The forecast was that the wind would shift from SW to W, then N and the temperature would work it's way up to the low 70's and then start dropping like a rock as the cold front arrived. Meantime the wind would be pretty nice around 10-15 mph then drop a little as the wind shifted to the W and then there was a wind advisory from 3 pm to midnight as the front began arriving. It sounded like the timing would allow us to get in some races and that is pretty much how it worked out.

There were 7 Butterfly sailors and 5 Lasers with the Lasers getting a separate start. We managed to get 2 races in before the race committee  had to reset the course but that 2nd race had a big shift as the race started. All of a sudden the committee boat turned parallel to the starting line and several of us had to circle and jibe to get back across. It was an exciting start!

As race committee was resetting the course for the 3rd race, several of us bailed out because by then the wind had shifted to the N and started to pick up. At my skill level, going in was the right thing to do.

All the Butterflys stayed upright with no capsizes. The Lasers tend to capsize but can mostly right themselves but apparently one of their fleet boats had some problems and the mast filled with water and the boat got stuck in the mud. Race committee had a challenging job with all the wind shifts and the high wind, the cold front coming in, resetting the course, and rescuing the Laser. Thank you race committee!

Race results: 1st race - Sandy, Paul, and Burton
                      2nd race - Nancy, Paul, and Sandy
                      3rd race - Paul, Sandy, and Burton

The day in photos:

Race committee setting the course for the 1st race.
Still setting the course.
Checking the wind.

Before the 1st race. Warming up nicely.
Doug P. talking to race committee, Nancy off to the right - before the 1st race.

Probably telling the Lasers they'll get their own start after the Butterflys.

Race committee on the finish line - boats in the distance have finished.  

Downwind (Gold Cup) finish - 1st race.

Finishing up the 1st race as the dark clouds roll in.

White Rock Boat Club with some nice fall color before the front arrives.  

End of the 1st race.

Mix of Butterflys and Lasers at the end of the 1st race.

Finishing up the 1st race.

Waiting for the course to be reset for the 3rd race. Then I left . . . 

Downtown from Peavy on my way home. Cold front has moved in . . .

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2016 Annual Christmas Party/Awards

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Front row: Bob, Cathy, Bruce, Amber. Middle row: Jackie, Burton, Laurie, Larry, Martha, Doug P., Jim. Back row: Sandy A., John, Nancy, Marshall, Paul, Gary.  Photo by the other Bob.
This year's annual Christmas party was hosted by Jim and Selena. It was a perfect place for the party. Great turn-out. Great food. And their beautiful home with lots of Selena's beautiful paintings as a backdrop. Wow!   

Thank you Paul, Jim, and Selena for all your hard work in putting the event together and thank you to everyone who brought food. It was all wonderful.

Awards were presented at the meeting and then there was some discussion about whether or not we should be sending dues to the National Butterfly Association. I am not sure what was decided. Maybe that we should request their treasurer report to see how they are spending the money and what we would get for our dues.  

The series winners for 2016 were:

Winter Series: Paul, Burton, Gary / Cathy
Spring Series: Paul, Sandy, Gary / Cathy
Summer Series: Paul, Sandy, Burton / Nancy
Fall Series: Sandy, Paul, Bruce / Laurie

Butterfly sailor of the Year: Paul

Below: Paul presents the Fried Shroud award to Bruce. Previously this was the Broken Dagger-board award but as that has gone missing and since it was rather cumbersome, Paul created this smaller plaque for the most spectacular accidental sailing event of the year. Bruce certainly earned it this year when his sailboat was struck by lightning during the Butterfly Nationals! Poof.

Note from Paul: Bruce was the inaugural winner of the award when he hit a hidden log underwater, it split the board lengthwise, still all the way down in the trunk. He didn't capsize but knew something was wrong, no flow of course as the board went two different directions. He could barely get it out when he got to the dock and I believe it was in 2013. 

Lots of clapping as the awards are presented. Burton accepts his various quarterly awards. Gary accepts his awards and details the winners and sailing participants by quarter and Paul presents the awards:

The ladies accept their quarterly trophies! Yea! 

Paul accepts the Butterfly of the Year award for the 3rd year in a row:

Congratulations to all!!

The new officers for 2016 are:

Fleet Captain: Paul
Race Chair: Jim
Secretary/Treasurer: Bob

Gary continues in his mostly thankless role of scoring the races! This can be time consuming and it's great that he keeps track of things then hands off the results to Frank who posts the scores. See link at the top right of the blog site.  

Thank you Paul for being our fleet captain since 2014. You make it look easy and are such a hard act to follow that no one is even considering stepping into your shoes. Seriously. You do so much for the fleet. We thank you!

And I am not sure how long Bob has been secretary/treasury but as long as I can remember and we appreciate your keeping track of everything and continuing in your role. Thank you!

As for Jim as new race chair. You will do a great job and put your own twist on it. Race chair is a funny behind the scene role - setting up combos where people have fun together and we all keep safe. Sometimes it is challenging to find those perfect combinations but our program is the best and everyone does their part! 

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Racing 11-26-2016

  more photos and videos by Sandy                                                                                         by Cathy

L. to R. Burton, Bruce, Nancy, and Gary on a light air day. Photo by Sandy.
Like watching paint dry. But actually it is amazing to see how these sailors can make these boats go in the lightest of air. Below is a little animation from some of Sandy's photos. From light air to non-existent. This requires patience, grasshopper.

Photos from various races as the wind gets lighter and lighter - by Sandy.

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Racing 11-19-2016

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Great day on the lake today, brisk NW winds and cool temps.  Winds averaged 11-15 mph, some gusts as high as 18. We had 7 Butterflys on the line, with Laurie running the show (with me) from the committee boat. Yes, her curse is finally broken, the fleet actually sailed 3 races while Laurie had duty!  Anyway, the race finishes were as follows:

1. Paul, Sandy, Nancy
2. Paul, Burton, Nancy
3. Paul, Burton, Sandy

Here are a few photos:

Paul approaching the windward mark with Burton close on his heels. Nancy in the foreground keeping the pressure on.
Cathy and Bruce in a tight duel heading for the turning mark second race. 

The next two pictures capture the race 3 finish, with a four-boat gaggle vying for the line.

Near to far are Sandy, Cathy, Nancy, and Bruce.
Four boats with less than a boat length separating them all, very cool! 
We had to review the photo finish, and it was Sandy, Bruce, Cathy (hidden behind Sandy's sail), and Nancy. 

We did have one capsize at the start of race 2. Of particular note was the ease with which we were able to right the boat due to the bottle floats at the mast head. This saved a lot of time, and allowed the skipper, who began to get leg cramps from the cold, to sail home quickly.  Something to consider in challenging cold conditions. 

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Racing 11-12-2016

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Shannon, Marshall, Amber on race committee.
Everyone commented on the beautiful day - it was a little cool but then the sun came out and felt wonderful. Ten Butterfly sailors were on the line for the first race. After that a few wandered off, probably due to the fact that we didn't quite have the 5-10 mph wind that the forecast had promised. Lots of the time it seemed more like 3 mph and some of us spent some time drifting backwards.

The course was set for wind from the NE and that worked pretty well. At least part of the time we'd be close-hauled - though  it might be when we were heading to the jibe mark.

Sandy took two bullets and Jim and Nancy both took a 3rd and 4th. Laurie took a 3rd and Burton took two 2nds. He impressively righted his Butterfly after a capsize at the W mark, fell a few places back and then moved up again. Yea, Burton.

Thank you to Marshall, Amber, and Shannon for running the races. It was great to sail three races on such a beautiful fall day!

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Butterflyers at the Wurstfest Regatta at Canyon Lake - Nov. 4-6, 2016

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Congratulations to Marshall for placing 1st in his Butterfly in the portsmith handicap fleet. Eight boats participated in the fleet.

Congratulations to Doug P. who placed 1st out of 25 Lasers.

Lots of CSC sailors also participated. Full results are here: Wurstfest results

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Racing 10-29-2016

more photos                                                                                                                                by Cathy

L to R - Burton, Nancy, Gary, and Sandy.
Beautiful day with medium air that got a little heavier after lunch. We had 9 Butterfly sailors out and there were also 5 Lasers joining us on our course and 4 Snipes on an adjoining course that was also a little intersecting in the 1st race. Warm temps, sunny skies, warm water - just a glorious day.

There is some video and more photos in the link above. And videos by Paul below.

My partner in crime on race committee. 
Jim, Laurie, and Tom R.

Start of 1st race - video by Doug P.


Start of 2nd race - video by Doug P.

Start of 3rd race - video by Doug P.


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

more pictures                                                                                                                              by Cathy

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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