Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The 2011 Easterns

Regatta Results:
13 boats participated with new comer Brad Wright (LA-24), noted class alumni Eric Horrocks (LA-12 ) and 6 time Easterns Champ Scott Callahan (BH-11). Easterns Champ and Iron man John Harkrader (BH-1) also came out of retirement. We had an awesome day of sailing on Saturday with a nice ENE wind between 10 and 15 mph with 6 races sailed. PRO Bill Scheyer and his committee did a great job setting the perfect short course configuration to make the racing exciting. Racing was intense with more mark roundings, crowded roundings, and many lead changes.
Tim Faranetta (LA-5) with daughter Julia won the first race in shifty conditions but it was Kevin Flood (LA-1) with his 11 year old son Brendan who led the regatta after the first two races. The lightweight crews of these boats showed that they were not afraid to hike in the windiest races of the day. Eric Horrocks chased the John Applegate (LA-150) and Scott Callahan but made a brilliant passing move on the last upwind to win race 2. In race 3 John Applegate made an impressive comeback and won after a deep mark rounding at the first mark. Dave Ventimiglia (LA-9) showed good speed and finished second.
After lunch racing resumed with race 4 and a nice 20 shift to the east which was played well by Dave Applegate (LA-50) and Tim Faranetta who worked the right side of the first leg. The committee did a great job adjusting for the wind shift. Anticipating the oscillation back to the left much of the fleet worked the middle to left side of the course but gains were still made on the right allowing John to move up to second with Tim able to hang on for the win. Race 5 saw the left oscillation as much of the fleet tried to squeeze out another righty off the start. John Applegate was not fooled and went on for the wire to wire win with Scott pressing for the lead.
At the end of 5 races and the drop included LA-150 and LA-5 were tied for the lead. Team LA-5 prepared for the race by emptying water bottles and removing spray tops to intimate the competition. Race 6 was started in a dying easterly with 5 to 7 mph wind. Tim was able to duck a couple of transoms to work the right side and led at the 1st mark. John and Scott were close behind. The drama came to a peak in the last downwind leg as Scott jibed mid-way down the leg to round the left gate and work the right side on the last leg. With the help of his six grader Julia, Tim was able to master complex mathematics prior to the start and knew he had to cover John and go around the right gate. Fortunately there was also more breeze building to the northeast which made the decision easy. The left side continued to build allowing Tim to cover John up the leg and win the race.
Racing on Saturday was followed up by post race cocktail party and dinner at LYC catered by Shore Catering of Brick. The bar was busy till midnight with dancing and DJ Lewis spinning his ipod.
2 races scheduled for Sunday were canceled as a result of wind with gusts excess of 25 mph.
Award Summary
Mid Fleet Award: LA-9 Dave Ventimiglia
Race 1 Award: LA-5 Tim Faranetta
Race 2 Award: LA-12 Eric Horrocks
Top Master: John Applegate
2011 Easterns Champion: LA-5 Tim Faranetta

Pictures and Video
I will have pictures for the website shortly. Also have loaded video from the windward mark to YouTube on races 1 thru 5. Search on M Scow Easterns.
Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/user/pfaranetta
Tim's Tuning Notes
Sailed with mast raked at 24' 7" with 180 pds on the stays. I decrease the stay tension to 150 pds prior to the last race. I feel that the new mast is very fast and allows me to depower the rig by trimming hard on the main sheet. With some vang, traveler down and a tight main we are able to point and keep our speed up in the breeze. Sailing with 150 to 180 pds of pressure is preferable with the flatter jibs cut by Henry Bossett. Another big discovery this season for me was sailing with the board ¼ down downwind. I have sailed with too much board all season and finally realized in the last few regattas of the year. Better late than never!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Hello all -

Attached is the NOR for M-scow Easterns on Sept 17 & 18. Yes - this will
be a 2 day event and we are excited to be hosting at LYC! We are
scheduling 8 races over the 2 day event which should provide for action
packed racing.

The $70 regatta fee does not include dinner Saturday night - please let
me know ASAP if you are planning to attend the regatta and also would
like to attend the dinner. Tickets will be sold separately.

Look forward to seeing you on the 17th!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Down Bay Regatta, LEHYC

Below is the link for Little Egg regatta next weekend. Please let me or Tom Welsch know ASAP if anyone will be traveling for this outstanding sailing venue, as dinner tickets are limited.


Friday, August 5, 2011

Another Successful North Americans!

Congratulations to 2011 M-Scow North American Champ -- John Applegate!
17 boats competed in the 2011 Championship, held July 30-31 at Pigeon Lake Yacht Club in Ontario, Canada. Winds on both days were light and variable which made the sailing challenging and even sometimes frustrating. 4 boats from NJ and one boat from another lake in Ontario travelled to compete. The dinner Saturday night (roast beef, chicken, vegetables, salads and of course dessert) was excellent, as was the local band who played for everyone's enjoyment.

Local TV station CHEX sent a reporter who interviewed several sailors and captured video of some great scow sailing. Below is the link to the segment. Thanks Joe Bowland & Curt Morton for the interviews.

A special thanks goes out to Joe Bowland and Mike Burton-Davies for organizing a truely outstanding event, and to all the PLYC members who contributed and helped.

Local TV spotlight of M-16 Championship

Friday, June 10, 2011

The North Americans Are Fast Approaching!

Pigeon Lake and its members are working feverishly to make 2011 North American Championships the best regatta ever! The regatta committee is deciding delicious menus, entertainment, and all the extras that go with a World Class event. In that regard, Joe Bowland (regatta chair) would like a preliminary head count if you plan on attending, and has even offered a discount if you register by June 30: $120 before June 30, $140 July 1-30. The registration & housing forms can be found on our new website, and sent to PLYC.

Please reply directly to Joe (joebowland@sympatico.ca) if you plan on attending. This preliminary head count will help them in planning the regatta.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hey Everybody, here is the Notice Of Race for the upcoming North Americans at Pigeon Lake Yacht Club. Rules are below, and registration information and housing info can be found in the Regatta Schedule tab above.


1. RULES 1.1 The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in the 2009 – 2012 Racing Rules of Sailing. 1.2 Racing rule A4.1 will be changed as follows: A boat starting later than four (4) minutes after her starting signal will be scored Did Not Start. Racing rule 33 will be changed as follows: During the race, “gate” marks may be repositioned without signal for minor changes in course. Racing rules 35 and A4.1 will be changed as follows: Boats failing to finish within thirty (30) minutes after the first boat sails the course and finishes will be scored Did Not Finish. Racing rule 44.3(c) is further modified to calculate any applicable scoring penalty based upon the number of boats starting the applicable race.

2. ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY 2.1 The regatta is open to all “M-16” class boats. 2.2 Eligible boats may enter in advance by completing the attached form and sending it, together with the required fee to; Pigeon Lake Yacht Club, Box 622, Bobcaygeon, Ontario, Canada K0M 1A0 .

3. FEES Regatta fee: $140.00 per boat (includes 2 lunches and Saturday night dinner for skipper & crew as well as 2 regatta shirts per boat).

4. SCHEDULE Skippers meeting 9:00 a.m. Saturday July 30th. Races 1 & 2 beginning 10:00a.m. Lunch on shore. Races 3, 4 & 5 beginning 1:30p.m. Skippers meeting 9:00a.m. Sunday July 31st. Races 6 & 7 beginning 10:00a.m. (No race will start later than 12:00 noon on Sunday).

5 .THE COURSES Windward-Leeward Triangle” and “Windward-Leeward” around the buoys courses.

6. PENALTY SYSTEM The Scoring Penalty, RRS 44.1 and RRS 44.2, will apply.7. SCORING 7.1 The Low Point scoring system of RRS Appendix A will apply.

7.2 The number of scheduled races is 7 of which 1 must be completed to constitute the series. 7.3 When fewer than 3 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of all her race scores.

7.4 When 4 to 7 races have been completed, a boat’s score will be the total of all her race scores excluding her worst score. 7.5 Points shall be awarded to a boat and may not be transferred except by specific written permission of the Regatta Committee.


A boat shall neither make radio transmissions while racing nor receive radio communications not available to all boats. This restriction also applies to mobile telephones.


All participants must carry a paddle, bailer, towline of sufficient strength to tow a swamped boat and currently approved PFD’s.


Awards will be presented at PLYC following the last race of the regatta.


Sailing is an activity that has an inherent risk of damage and injury. Competitors in this event are participating entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4, Decision to Race. The race organizers (organizing authority, race committee, protest committee, host club, sponsors, or any other organization or official) will not be responsible for damage to any boat or other property or the injury to any competitor, including death, sustained as a result of participation in this event. By participating in this event, each competitor agrees to release the race organizers from any and all liability associated with such competitor’s participation in this event to the fullest extent permitted by law.


Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum coverage of the policy limit of their homeowner’s insurance policy per event or the equivalent thereof.


For further information please contact; Joe Bowland (705)738-6468 joebowland@sympatico.ca or Mike Burton-Davies mbddurnan@nexicom.net.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Just A couple new updates

Happy 2011 everyone, 2011 North American's are set for July 30 & 31 at Pigeon Lake Yacht Club in Bobcaygeon, Ontario Canada. When PLYC hosted the North American's in 2008, the water was flat, the wind breezy, the scenery amazing, and the hospitality outstanding. I'm sure it will be another fabulous event (hopefully minus the storm)! This is Canada's August long weekend, so the lake may be a little busy, but PLYC will work around that. Joe Bowland is the chair for this regatta. PLYC would like to have 10 confirmed from the US by early May, and we will forward details (price etc.) in the near future.

Up and Running.

Hello sailors! As of the 16th, the North American M-Scow Association's website is up and running, and as we speak being modified to accommodate all upcoming dates, any recent news or developments, and all things sailing (M-scow). If you want to request any news be posted, you can email me at jwelschsketch33@gmail.com or twelsch@pferdusa.com. Thank you.