Wednesday, November 28, 2012

US Sailing 2013-2016 Racing Rules Study Guide

US Sailing has posted a study version of the 2013-2016 Racing Rules of Sailing.  The guide highlights all f the rules changes, and also has an appendix with references and rationales for each of the rules changes.  It's a big book, 283 pages, but then again, it's a long winter and it's always good to curl up with a book.

2013-2016 Racing Rules of Sailing Annotated Study Guide

Sunday, November 25, 2012

No News Today

Somewhere in the Sunfish world there may be racing today, but not here. In honor of Thanksgiving, there is no Frostbiting at Barrington today. Given the heavy gusts and the colder than average temperatures, that is probably not a bad thing.

This break also gives us time to work on the new Sunfish events that are being planned for next summer.  Stay tuned for more announcements!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Bullets for Massapoag @ Barrington

Gary Werden reeling in Bill Brangiforte in the last race at Barrington

The blue and yellow Massapoag Bumble Bee Fleet pulled off another good showing today at the Barrington Frostbite Series.  After six races in gusty and shifty conditions, Gary Werden took 1st Place in the Masters division (Yes they are a big enough and old enough fleet to have one), and Mark Stoughton bested close competition to take 1st in the 5 boat B Fleet.

We've even got video.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Sunfish Class Site Back Online

The new look New England Sunfish Site

The Sunfish Class website is back up and running.  Plus it has been redesigned and looks great.  Thanks to Rich Chapman and Eric Woodman for all their hard work in getting the site back up and running.

New England Sunfish Class Association Web Site
International Sunfish Class Association Web Site

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sunfish Class Web Site Update

Due to the ongoing malware infestation at, the Sunfish Class web site has taken up temporary residence at

From the web site:
"As you may know, the website was hacked about 4 weeks ago. Eric Woodman and Rich Chapman are currently in negotiations with a web developer to start a new website for the class. In the meantime a temporary solution is needed in order not to present visitors with messages about a page that may harm their computer. For the moment traffic is redirected to this site. I will try to create Sunfish Class information pages asap. "

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Massapoag @ Barrington

Don't tell anybody, but Gary Werden is really good at sailing a Sunfish!

Mark Stoughton and Gary Werden Frostbiting in Barrington
Gary and Mark Stoughton are representing the MYC at the Barrington YC Fall Sunfish Frostbiting series. Today, the BYC Race Committee able to get in five races, under perfect conditions. Many of the Sunfish racers there are the world class hotshots that race in our Annual Regatta.  Gary finished 5th overall (Not bad for a Laser guy) and Mark finished 9th, which was good for 4th in the B fleet.

Full results are available on the BYC web site here.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Rapid Buttner Gets Life Membership Plus Other Sunfish Class News and Rule Changes

The International Sunfish Class met at the recently concluded Open Worlds in Sarasota, Florida, and Chris Williams, the Advisory council Chair, has posted an update on the web site. The class passed three new rules, two of which pertain to the use of a second halyard to secure the various versions of the Jens rig and the third to allow the use of a through bolt on the daggerboard stops to keep the stops from falling out.

Rapid Buttner (Sail # 9102) Sailing backwards for fun at 
the 2011 MYC Annual Regatta

The class also awarded Rapid Buttner a life membership to the class for his work as class historian.  Rapid sails with the traveling Sunfish circuit and visits MYC every September to race in our Annual Regatta.  Congratulations to you Rapid!

Snow on a Sunfish is a Depressing Thing to See

Frosting belongs on cakes, not sailboats

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Sunfish Frostbiting in Barrington, RI

All the Sunfish have gone home for the winter.  All that's left to take pictures of are the club boats.
The boats are out of the water, the docks are put away and the club is buttoned up for the winter.  The problem is, the summer went by too quickly and some of us (well, at least me) still want to race.  Fortunately, there is still Sunfish racing to be had.  Every fall, the Barrington Yacht Club has a Sunfish Frostbite series.  The races start at 1:00, and run every Sunday until December 16.  It costs only $10 to race, or $50 for the whole series.  The NOR and other documents can be found in the frostbite section of the BYC web site.