Commodore Dwight R. Haggard
Long Distance Race
Labor Day – September 6, 2021
Winds: W 8-12 with 15+ Gusts
Temperature: 81 degrees F.
Course: S-1-2-F (Long Distance – Windward/Leeward)
The Race: At the skippers meeting, our (VRO) Volunteer Race Officer announced a change to NOR’s that all boats are required to go through the Start/Finish on the downward leg, this is to be able to shorten the course if necessary. With today’s winds we knew this would not be a problem. Pink tetrahedrons course markers were set at Sellers Point and at no wake boundary by the Cranberry bog. With 10 boats entered, RC gave us a great start/finish line and the race was started right on time.
Post-Race Commentary: All of the teams were celebrating on the YC porch. The word is spreading about our Sail-On-Sunday and Long-Distance races and we feel great that more new skippers & crew have joined in on the sailing and racing FUN this year.
Congratulations: Go to Barb Hein on her Laser with winning the Commodore Dwight R. Haggard Labor Day Long Distance Race and Trophy.
SUMMER SERIES WINNERS
Team Endless Summer
American sailors experience headwinds at the XXXII Olympiad
It’s fair to say that this is a strange Olympic cycle. For starters, the Games were delayed by a year, then there’s been the lack of cheering fans in the stands, the social-distancing efforts, and, sadly, circulating fears of Covid transmission. Simply put, the XXXII Olympiad seems different than other recent Games. Unfortunately for fans of American Olympic sailing, however, one theme — at least so far — seems consistent from the London 2012 Olympics, namely a lack of need to play the Stars and Stripes.
The U.S. sent a total of 13 sailors to the Tokyo 2021 Olympics to compete in nine classes [N.B., the USA didn’t earn a country berth for the Men’s 49er class]. As of this writing, the outcomes of eight of these events had been determined.
Pedro Pascual, sailing aboard a Men’s RS:X earned a ninth-place finish, while Farrah Hall ended up in 15th place in the Women’s RS:X class.
Luke Muller ended up in 13th place in the Finn class and Charlie Buckingham also ended his Olympic regatta in 13th place in the ILCA 7 class (nèe Men’s Lasers), while Olympic veteran Paige Railey finished in 37th place in the ILCA 6 class (nèe Laser Radials).
Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea, sailing in the Women’s 49erFX class, ended up in 11th place after experiencing their first two yellow-flag penalties during their Olympic campaign for using their bodyweight to create forward motion in Race 10. In the next race, they accidentally tagged a turning mark; they were in seventh place at the time of the contact infraction.
“After hitting it, we were working to get around the mark as the whole fleet was right there [behind us],” said Shea in an official team communication. “We didn’t want to get tangled up on the mark and cause a pileup. We wanted to get out of the way. We got around the mark, and immediately started spinning [a penalty turn]. In the process of spinning, the umpires flagged us again for what we thought was hitting the mark. We were already spinning for hitting the mark, and kept sailing once we finished, thinking we were clear.”
Roble and Shea crossed Race 11’s finishing line in eighth place, but upon crossing the line they were informed by the umpires that they had in fact earned a second yellow-flag penalty. As a result, they were officially scored DNE for the race.
“These are the first two yellow flags that we have had in five years of campaigning for the Olympics,” said Roble in an official team press release.
The team rallied to a fifth-place finish in Race 12, but this sadly wasn’t enough to save them from their non-discardable DNE in Race 11.
“We’ve done an incredible job growing as team over the last five years to get to the point that we’re at,” continued Roble. “Our coach Giulia [Conti] was a huge leader for us. This result doesn’t represent all that we’ve learned and accomplished. We were sailing well throughout the event, and today we were sailing to win. We left it all out there.”
This means that there are now three American-flagged teams left for possible medal contention.
Stu McNay and Dave Hughes, sailing in the Men’s 470 class, have made it through to the Medal Race in 10th place, while Nikki Barnes and Lara Dallman-Weiss, sailing in the Women’s 470 class, missed out finishing in 12th place overall with a poor final day of fleet racing.
Riley Gibbs and Anna Weis, sailing aboard their Nacra 17, finished 3rd in an exciting Medal Race on Tuesday to finish in 9th place overall.
While the 2020/2021 quad was always considered a building cycle for the U.S.-flagged team, this clearly isn’t the result that any fan of Francis Scott Key’s most famous piece of songwriting had been hoping for, but such is the story of this Olympic cycle, at least for the U.S.-flagged sailors.
The troubling part, of course, is the fact that the U.S. flagged team left the London 2012 Olympics
Sail-World’s North American office sends our best wishes to our Men’s team as they compete in their medal race. Moreover, we hope that the recent leadership changes at US Sailing will translate to some podium time for our sailors at the Paris 2024 Olympic medal ceremonies.
May the four winds blow you safely home.
Zeb, Bryor, Kenzie, & Kyle
at the I-LYA Junior Sailing Championships this week at Put-in-Bay
SPRING SERIES WINNERS
Team Endless Summer
US Olympic Sailing Team Virtual Send Off Celebration
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WATCH LIVE July 9, 2021 on the US Sailing YouTube channel to hear from the athletes as they embark on this thrilling journey to Tokyo.
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– by Jeffery Robb, Bill Collinson, & David Pailgo
On June 11th, myself, Dave Paligo, and Bill Collinson met up and boarded Ariel in Sandusky to set sail for the Toledo Yacht Club for the 2021 Mills Trophy Race. The weather was a bit foggy but forecasted to be partly cloudy to sunny and 75. The crew of Ariel dropped her lines and set sail for Toledo Yacht Club at about 10:05 and hoisted sails at 11:00am, and headed out of the Moseley Channel leaving Sandusky Bay. Wind gods looked favorably upon the crew of Ariel with a healthy 12kts from the northeast, passing by the Marblehead Lighthouse and Catawba Island. After passing by Mouse Island, we trimmed her sails for a beam reach on a heading direct to the Toledo Lighthouse. Ariel was stretching her sea legs with a sporty 8kts speed over ground and put on about 50nm under her keel without even changing a tack.
Upon arrival at the Toledo Lighthouse, we furled in the sails and set a course for the Toledo Yacht Club. While motoring down the Maumee Channel into Toledo we took in the sights of the old coal loading docks and a couple of freighters along the way. We were warmly welcomed at the Toledo Yacht Club with a cannon salute. Once we got Ariel tied up to the dock it was time to relax and enjoy some much deserved dinner and drinks followed by live music on the front lawn of the club.
Friday morning we awoke along with several of the Mills participants and proceeded to make sure Ariel was ready for the night race. Making sure everything was in order, we checked all the lights, electronics, and safety gear. We untied the lines at 3:00 pm and departed the yacht club basin for the journey up the channel. Once we passed the historic Toledo Lighthouse we set a course of 140 degrees to the designated start area. It was at this point when we all realized that this was for real. Sailboats were on the horizon in every direction headed to the start area. Upon arrival we gathered with 112 other eager sailors with their yachts vying for sequence and position. Having considered the position of the start with the wind direction and velocity we developed a start sequence plan. At 5:35pm we were called into the sequence and with a few well positioned tacks we were running for start line. Being a bit early up on the line we executed a gybe and on our 2nd approach we had 10 seconds to eat. We ran the start line and were first over the line at the signal. WE ARE RACING! We were on a closed haul upwind run to the first mark at 5 miles out. Given the wind direction, we couldn’t run direct to the mark, so we beat upwind as tight as Ariel could trimming her sails in as far as she would let us. We ran up further past the first mark, as we witnessed some other boats tacking too early and missing the mark. We put some extra in the bank then tacked to starboard to make the rounding. Upon rounding the mark, we had a developing storm off to the northwest now on our stern and our minds. As we prepared to batten down the hatches for the approaching storm and lightning the weather alert sounded on the VHF radio. The weather alert was warning of the approaching storm with waves producing seas of 4-6ft with wind gusts to 35kts. This certainly got our attention. We proceeding to don our foul weather gear and secure everything on Ariel as we might be in for a wild ride. The time was now 9:15pm, as the sun was disappearing behind the approaching storm, the wind became still. The “calm before the storm” Ariel was now racing to the 2nd mark at a breathtaking 0.5kts SOG (speed over ground). As time passed so did the storm, passing and dissipating into the distance. We endured about two hours of drifting towards the mark.
At about 11:30 pm, the skies were clearing up and the stars were starting to show. The wind shifted and picked up to a nice 15kts. Ariel was now cruising at a swift 8kts. Racing towards the 2nd mark, which was the lighted green buoy off of Catawba Island, we had to maintain course for us to round the mark to our port side. Upon rounding the mark we set course back up to Mouse Island paying particular attention not to get in too close as water depths were of concern, and also paying attention to the other racing vessels rounding the mark. Now heading back north we had to round the Scott Point Shoal lighted buoy
to our port. Winds were maintaining a steady 12-15kts out of the NE. Our next heading was up and around Ballast Island for the final approach into Put-in-Bay Harbor and to cross the finish line. After a series of tacks we made our way around the northeast corner of Ballast Island and now we are running for the finish line. The wind was now directly behind us as we crossed the finish line at 5:12AM. Whew! What a race! As we were approaching the harbor and upon securing Ariel to the dock, we felt it was in order for us to enjoy a celebratory beverage @ 5:30am. We then proceeded to have a well deserved breakfast at Frosty’s.
This was an incredible opportunity to participate in the Mills race. The race exceeded our expectations – testing our seamanship, navigation skills, and racing tactics on the open water at night. We all took turns at the helm, trimming sails, and watching out for other boats. We put in a total 149.7 nautical miles under her keel. We are already looking forward to the Mills 2022! Stay tuned for more updates on Ariel and her crew as the race and cruising season is far from over…….
Note – In preparation of this sailing event we discussed in great length the Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions, our own racing strategy, and, most importantly, SAFETY PROCEDURES. Making sure we were all on the same page with safety procedures was very important. Sailing across Lake Erie at night could be an extremely challenging and dangerous feat. We all made sure we had the proper and functioning safety equipment on board. We discussed man overboard scenarios and what we would do in that situation. We were fortunate to have relatively calm seas and light winds the entire race.
“SAFETY HAS NO QUITTING TIME”
– by Jefferey Robb
Had the awesome opportunity to race in the Mills Trophy Race this weekend on Lake Erie with the best crew and friends from Buckeye Lake, Bill Collinson and David Paligo aboard Ariel. We sailed 149.7 miles in total. Started the race off the Toledo Light House at 5:40pm Friday and sailed through the night to Put In Bay and crossed the finish line at 5:12 am Saturday. Placed 7th in our class and 40th overall of 112 total boats in the race. Here are a few pics of our journey.
It has been several decades since BLYC had an entry in the Mills Trophy Race. It was great to see the Club represented on the course again this year. In addition to the crew of Ariel sailing in the event, BLYC member Steve Harris was the Principal Race Officer for the 2021 Mills and BLYC members Don Harris & Mary Muryn also assisted on the Race Committee Signal Boat.