Tuesday, December 18, 2012

MYC Board Approves Plans for Formal Sunfish Series Next Summer

Soon to be seen every Saturday at MYC?
At their December 17 meeting, the MYC Board of Directors agreed to move forward with a plan for a formal Sunfish/Laser racing series starting with the 2013 racing season.

The plans as presented have the Sunfish fleet joining the Laser fleet for joint small boat racing to be held on Saturday afternoons. The informal Saturday races will convert to a formal series, like the Flying Scot/Day Sailer series on Sundays. Moving the main Sunfish racing from Sundays to Saturdays allows 5-6 races on courses more friendly to Sunfish. It also allows regular Flying Scot and Day Sailer skippers to try the smaller boats, and conversely, to allow Sunfish sailers to try the bigger boats on Sundays. An alternate suggestion from the Board at the meeting was to hold Sunfish races on Friday nights to attract skippers from the Laser fleet as well.

The board has asked Mark Stoughton to reach out to MYC's Sunfish owners with the plans, and to hold an informational meeting in January, with the goal of presenting a final plan to the full membership at the February 2013 General meeting.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Last Frosty Week for MYC@Barrington

A poorly timed freezing raindrop gave the BoatCam a case of Macular Degeneration this week

After giving us six weeks of excellent racing weather, it was payback time for Mother Nature at the races this week.  Freezing rain and sleet dropped on the racers, and even took out the BoatCam.  Racing has been extremely tight in both the A and the B flets over the course of the entire series.  Scott Greenbaum lost first place overall to Andy David on the last leg of the last race.  Eric Woodman took first place for the day in the A Fleet, and in the B Fleet Lazz MacKenzie had an outstanding day on the race course, and came in second in the Masters Division.  The B fleet has seen huge improvements over the course of the series, going from distant finishers to finishing in the pack more often than not.  Less than a point separated the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishers.  As far as MYC goes, Mark took second for the day in the B fleet behind John Hause, and also took 3rd for the series in the B fleet.  Gary took 7th in the series for the A fleet.

With the completion of the Barrington series, the extended 2012 MYC Sunfish season has come to a close.  Tomorrow night's Executive Board meeting starts the planning for the upcoming 2013 Sunfish Season at MYC.  We're looking to start a new Sunfish racing series, and we're actively looking for racers.  If you're not a member of MYC, no worries, non-members are welcome to participate in the racing.  Just show up and race!  

We'll also keep up with developments in the larger world of Sunfish racing as a whole, of which MYC is just a small part.  We'll keep you posted.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Next to Last Week for MYC@ Barrington

This week's Boat Cam victim

It was a strange day on the race course today.  The conditions were gentle enough but the racing wasn't.  There were collisions, mark rounding incidents and general recalls galore.  You'll even get to see one involving the boat cam.   As far as the Bumblee Bee fleet goes, Gary moved up in the overall standings while Mark moved down.  The B fleet standings are so close that it's going to come down to the wire next week to see who takes it.  After the races, Santa showed up at the BYC, greeted by a terrific trumpet rendition of "Here comes Santa Claus" by Corey Charles.  Unfortunately the Boat Cam's batteries were dead, so we don't have video of Santa's arrival or Corey's great trumpet work.

This week the BoatCam sailed with Eric Woodman.  YouTube also is now allowing us to post videos longer than 15 minutes, so the whole day's sailing is on one big video.

All Eric, All Day
(There was a lot of wind interference during Eric's introduction, and our crack audio team had to apply a lot of processing to be able to hear him, so it sounds a little tinny for the first 30 seconds)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Backwards Day @ Barrington

Mark Stoughton (in the blue and yellow Bumble Bee Boat) rounding the mark in 2nd place

At times this week it seemed like backwards day at the BYC Frostbiting series.  For most of the last leg of the last race, the 5 boats in the B fleet led the field, and the B fleet's Alan Silk took third overall in that race.   Alan had an incredible day, besting both of the MYC Bumble Bee boats. Alan took the Masters honors for the day from Gary Werden and took first in the day's B fleet races ahead of Mark Stoughton, who took second for the day.  Overall, Alan leads the B fleet and Mark is just edging out Nick Senich for second place in the B Fleet series.

Bill Brangiforte had the boat cam this week.  Here are this weeks races from his vantage point:

Race 1

Race 2