Racing 11-11-2017

Eight Butterfly sailors, including Nancy and her two brothers, Steve and George, came out to enjoy the day. I stayed on the docks after sending Steve out on my boat so am not too sure the details are correct. From what I gathered there might have been only two races with both being 2 1/2 Windward. The CSC Championship regatta was also taking place on the lake and three Snipes were out doing their short races. The wind was gusty and shifty but there was a nice breeze from the south. It was a little cool out there but pretty nice for a November day.

On race committee, Miles and Larry, were joined by Martha, also part of the "Nancy entourage". Unfortunately a Snipe capsized and needed assistance so Martha reported that she had a pretty interesting time out there.

I also got the debrief later regarding the fact I neglected to discuss the athwartshp hiking strap so Steve struggled with keeping the boat flat and George capsized which I think went pretty well since he was able to self recover. Just goes to show that Nancy's siblings need to return for more Butterfly adventures!

Our Saturday sailing is a good time for inexperienced sailors to come out and learn with us with the knowledge that if help is needed it is not far away. We had intended to have a rescue seminar to discuss best practices but the water might be getting a little cold to actually practice in the lake. Maybe some discussion at lunch break would be helpful. I also wrote a blog eliciting comments some time ago and it would not hurt to review some of the suggestions here: Capsizing

Happy birthday to Nancy, turning the big 60 on Tuesday!

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State Fair Regatta 10/7/2017 - Results and Photos

CSC State Fair Regatta Photos                                                                                               by Cathy

Butterfly start of first race. Photo by Bruce
Ten Butterfly sailors participated in the State Fair Regatta and shared the course on the north end of the lake with the Snipes. The Flying Scots and Corinthians shared a separate course on the south end.

The weather was great and the wind was pretty much as predicted, clocking from the SW to the W to the N by afternoon. That presented challenging conditions for the race committees as far as setting and deciding whether or not to change courses mid-race or between races. For the sailors, there was some pretty light air in the morning as the wind started clocking around to the north.

Paul placed first, Burton placed second, and John third. Congratulations!

Overall it was a very successful regatta and we appreciate the race committees on both courses and all the various volunteers for the rescue/chase boats, registration, food preparation. Lots of work done by lots of people. White Rock boat club had several volunteers for the second week in a row with Robert Hunt, Bruce, and Mark. Thank you everyone!

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State Fair Regatta 10-7-2017 - Registration now open

State Fair Regatta - October 7, 2017

What: One day of racing, open regatta for all centerboards, three races scheduled.

Where: Corinthian Sailing Club at White Rock Lake.

When: 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM in the Clubhouse - Registration. Breakfast, coffee and donuts.
            9:45 AM Skippers' meeting on the dock outside the CSC Clubhouse.
           10:30 AM First Race.
            After the first or second race, lunch will be served.
            After the races, snack-refreshments will be provided and awards given.

Price: $20.00 registration fee for single handed boats (Butterflys).  40.00 for double handed.

Notice of Race
Online Registration
Registration Form

Come sail a Butterfly in the regatta! 

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Commodore's Cup - 9/30/2017

More Commodore's Cup photos                                                                                            by Cathy

Five Butterflys starting along with the Lasers.
The WRBC Commodore's Cup was a big success. We had enough wind for 3 races though the wind was shifty and fairly light at times. Comments from a Snipe friend regarding one moment during the afternoon racing:  ". . . boats to the north had a steady north breeze, boats to the south had a steady south breeze…feelin’ lucky?  Boats were sailing side by side on the run and both decided to jibe at the same time?????"

The food and drink were excellent, with Claire managing along with a whole cadre of volunteers.  Wow!

Robert Hunt did plenty of organizing and then left the "heavy lifting" to the Corinthian club sailors who did a great job managing the race course and providing rescue boat support.  

Cool awards and the whole event was free! Thank you to WRBC and all involved.

Paul takes 1st place among the Butterflys.
Gary takes 2nd place among the Butterflys. 
Nancy takes 3rd place amount the Butterflys.
Laser sailor Griffin takes the overall regatta trophy and will get his name on the perpetual trophy which has only recently resurfaced after . .. 25 years or so. 

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Commodore's Cup - September 30th - Registration Now Open

                                                                                                                                     by Paul and Cathy

White Rock Boat Club Commodore’s Cup - September 30, 2017 - Notice of Race

Note from Paul: This coming Saturday Sept. 30th is the WRBC Commodore's Cup and registration is open. This is a 1 day regatta. Let’s see if the Butterfly’s can be the biggest fleet on the lake. It’s hard to get bigger numbers than those darn Flying Scot’s but I think we can do it! Best part about this regatta is it’s free! (VERY RARE). C’mon out even if you haven’t raced for a while and enjoy some fleet and club comradery. 

Event: The White Rock Boat Club cordially invites you to an open regatta for all centerboard boats and the Corinthian Class Keel Boats.

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

Entry: The regatta entries are limited to members of the White Rock Boat Club and Corinthian Sailing Club (White Rock Lake)

Registration may be completed on line at: WRBC Commodore's Cup Registration

Late registration may be completed at the regatta site at 340 E Lawther Drive, Dallas, TX 75218.

Sailing Instructions will be available on line and at check in.

Classes: Three boats of any one design will race as a class. Boats that do not form a one design class will be assigned to a Portsmouth handicap class.

Fees: The regatta is free.

Courses: One starting line/course will be used. However, different course options may apply to each fleet. Additionally, fleets may combined for common starts. 5 races are scheduled.

Schedule - Saturday Sept 30
7:30 - 9:00     Breakfast, check in and late registration.
9:00             Skippers meeting.
10:00           Warning signal for the first race. Additional races may follow.
12:00           Lunch at the WRBC Club House. Additional races will follow the lunch break.
5:00             Happy Hour and Awards Presentation

Scoring: The low point scoring system, Appendix A of RRS will be used except no score will be excluded. One race constitutes a regatta.

Prizes: Prizes will be awarded to the top 2 finishers in each class. If the class has 5 or more entries, the top 3 finishers will be awarded. In addition, each prize winner will have their name and place inscribed on the Commodore’s Cup Trophy which will be permanently displayed in the White Rock Boat Club clubhouse.

Disclaimer of Liability: Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4, Decision to race. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during or after the regatta.

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Racing 9/23/2017 and Butterfly Sailing for Beginners

                                                                                                                                 by Paul and Cathy

Nancy gives Monica a sailing lesson before Saturday Butterfly racing. 
Paul: We had great racing this Saturday with  8-9 boats on the line and good breeze. John came out hot and went wire to wire to win the 1st race and then Nancy Franco led at every mark in the 3rd race and finished 2nd only to loose the lead to that meanie Paul on the last leg. Great racing John and Nancy! We have 2 new Butterflyer’s coming out, Claire and Monica. Great to see you two out and welcome to the fleet! 

Cathy: The Butterfly is a great beginner's boat as well as being a fun boat for the much more advanced. Part of the difference is picking a good time to go out as a beginner. A week ago we sent Monica out in a fleet boat but it was pretty windy that day. In retrospect, it wasn't the best day, however she made it out and back safely with nary a capsize. Go Monica!

Yesterday was a much better day and since Nancy had volunteered to give Monica a lesson - that's what happened. Worked out perfectly!

Fleet boats are available for those wanting to try out the Butterfly. Just contact Paul at the e-mail in the upper right-hand corner of the blog site. Happy sailing!

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Racing 9/16/2017

                                                                                                                                                    by Cathy

Nancy, Monica, and Paul on a beautiful September day. 
For such an amazing day, not too many Butterfly sailors showed up. We got Monica out for the first time on a Butterfly and actually for the first time on a single-handed boat. Amazing job keeping that boat upright and getting in a little practice. It was just on the edge of being a little too windy for a beginner and Snipe sailor, Laura, mentioned it was a little shifty too. We were going to get her out on a Snipe too but that ended up not working out.

Three sailors (Paul, Sandy, and Nancy) and I assume three races. Bruce was there helping with the rigging along with Paul giving some excellent advice. Then Paul led Monica out into the lake so she could get some practice. Tiller time! There is nothing else like it . . .

We have fleet Butterflys for anyone wanting to give it a try. Pick a day with winds 5-10 mph and be prepared to struggle a little if your sailing skills are sketchy or rusty. Just contact Paul (e-mail above to the right). Race committee will help you if needed.  The water is still warm!

Paul leading Monica out into the lake - they did some practice circling! 
Monica giving a fleet Butterfly a try. 

Thank you to Marshall and Larry for being on race committee!

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Racing 8-19-2017

                                                                                                                          by Paul/Gary/Cathy

Jim and Tom were on race committee. 
Paul: 0-8 mph. Five boats on the line. Three different winners: Burton won the 1st, Sandy the 2nd, and Paul won the 3rd. A delightful day.

Gary: Race places were evenly distributed. I was surprised to see that almost everyone got the same number of points today.

Cathy: I'm still on the sidelines due to shoulder surgery but have been enjoying coming down and visiting my Butterfly sailor friends and watching some of the races from the docks. I'm afraid to even get on the committee boat because of possibly losing my balance and falling on my arm. I can't put any weight on it, no pulling, no pushing. Oh my. Today was hot but it sure looked like fun! There was a quarterly meeting and I got to visit with Bruce a bit too. Jim and Tom were doing a little extra work - dragging in a log from the recent flood. Traditionally August can be a tough time to sail. Too hot and windless. But this August has been so unusual for Texas there have been several nice Saturdays. And then fall is right around the corner and we'll get lots more wind before too long.

The Butterflys head in with downtown in the background.

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7-29-17 Racing

by Pam
It was a hot one today and there wasn't much wind to found on the race course. Doug and I had race duty and at the beginning of the first race, he asked me which way I would go if I were racing. My reply was, "home."  Doug set a hopeful course that turned out to be pure torture for the racers even though we cut it short. A break for lunch only brought us a hint of more wind and we set some short courses to be on the safe side and make up for the brutal first race.  

On the rescue boat, Doug and I were suffering from the heat. I tried to drive off with the anchor still set and when it came time to put up the "P" flag I handed Doug the blue and white flag and he put and down and said it was the wrong one, that we needed the yellow and white one. No clue what he was thinking.

We had 7 racers today with Miles missing first race, Nancy abandoning the first race and Burton calling it a day after the first.  Marshall spent the day racing while laying down with his feet up. Gary, always quick in the light winds, took an exceptionally long time to start the first race but impressively worked his way back into the mix.  Neither Doug or I can completely remember the finishes but we believe it was Jim by a mile in the first, Sandy with a comfortable lead in the second, and a photo finish in the third with Sandy and Gary and we think it was Sandy.  Then Miles and Marshall had another photo finish with Miles sneaking in there.  I think Miles actually had two 3rds today.  But, it was hot, and our memories are fuzzy so that might be totally wrong.

I managed to lazily snap a few pictures while everyone was in slow motion. Not sure if I'm out of practice in taking pictures, if my camera is acting up, or my vision going, but they just don't seem as sharp as usual.

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7-8-17 Racing

by Pam
Belated pics ...

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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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