The Fall Is Coming!

One of the best times to get out on the water is coming up as the sticky days of summer turn dryer.  NBYA has just announced a two for one deal of enjoyable and competitive racing for September 19 that you should consider.

We are combining our Fall Regatta open to all boats with the Yacht Club Challenge for three boat teams.  The way we will do this is to have all those who sign up racing in their choice of spinnaker or non-spinnaker divisions.  At no extra cost, boats from the same club or sailing organization can also sign up to be scored not only for the Fall Regatta but as a three boat team for the Swanson or Bay Cups.  Racing will be at Half Way Rock, the mid-point of the bay.  Your commuting time should be less than an hour.    The Fall Regatta is a qualifier for the GMT Boat of The Year trophy.  More info at NBYA.org or on https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eid=14796

Our other big boat regatta this summer was the inaugural ‘Round The Bay’ Race.  We had over thirty boats signed up to either do the crazy 8 course of 33 miles or one of the around an island courses of 17 miles.  The day of the race was a perfect summer day; if you wanted to play golf!  Sunny and cool but NO WIND until mid day.  Dull at the start but once the sea breeze filled in, everyone had a grand sail.  Most of the boats doing the shorter courses finished.  On the long course, only the two fastest boats made it by the time limit.  A few more like Audacious, SAFIR and Zig Zag decided to complete the long course even after the time limit expired.  We received more than a dozen enthusiastic comments after the race along with great suggestions on how to improve it for next year.

On the Junior side, we are happy to report that summer regattas were back to near-normal as the virus took a welcome retreat.  NBYA organized 10 events for racing in Opti’s, Lasers and 420’s.  Over 250 sailors raced in at least one of these regattas this summer.  The season finale for all three classes attracted 125 enthusiastic juniors.  The fleets completed 6 races.  You can see the results at https://phlotilla.com/searchresults;searchFilter=events;searchString=**;selected=events;partnerId=null.  Just type NBYA into the search field and it will show you all the races for this season and 2020 as well.  The only thing missing was socializing after the racing.

We do plan to hold the Annual Awards Dinner this year.  Set aside October 23 for the event at Bristol Yacht Club.  Details to follow in the next newsletter.

David Schwartz


August 29, 2021