We don’t often get to sail in February but Super Bowl Sunday saw 7 Lasers come out for their winter series and another 8 compete in the impromptu N-10 Super Bowl Match Racing Championship.
It was mostly light and variable with a couple races seeing moderate winds and temps in the 40s.
Dan Vought won the match racing extravaganza and Chris Henkle topped the Laser fleet with 5 wins in 6 races.
Friends there is a Nor’easter coming our way for late Friday thru Saturday with 8 to 12 inches of heavy wet snow
AND Very High Tides on top of a moon tide which means there is a strong possibility of water in the first floor of the club
tides are high 8:13 am & 8:40 pm Friday 8:58 am and 9:24 pm Saturday
Please if you have a frostbite boat in the yard remove it by Friday afternoon
If you have a items in a locker please make sure they are removed or placed on a high shelf
I would like any one who is available to come by the club Friday afternoon around 3:30 so we can move items from the first floor out of harms way
Because of the tide’s the yard will not be plowed please consider the club closed till mid week and let the snow and ice and mess melt before coming by after the storm
Winter has arrived and last Sunday was a real frostbiting day with snow and cold. The conditions reminded me of my old frostbite days in Rochester, NY about 45 years ago. Snow during racing was not unusual and it was cold! There is a nice write up about Sunday and a lot of pictures on the MBC website, www.monmouthboatclub.org. Scores are up on the website.
N10 sailors were slow to assemble and we did get going with 5 or 6 boats for each race. The N10 Fleet sailed six races and Dan Vought had a great day with two firsts and a 2nd. The scores for race #6 did not make it to the scoresheet. Who has the scores for that race?
Possibility of Ice: I did some checking on the Shrewsbury River in Monmouth Beach this morning and ice has formed near shore. It will be cold the rest of the week and we could have ice on the local rivers in a few days.
Wind and Weather Forecast: There is a snow storm forecast for Saturday with up to a foot of snow and blizzard conditions with wind blowing 30 to 50 mph. The yard will flood some of the Lasers may be floating around. The snow is supposed to be over by Sunday but it will be windy. It will be a good day to be indoors watching football.
Frostbiting finally lived up to it’s name yesterday as 13 Laser sailors braved the snowy conditions at MBC. These intrepids were rewarded with excellent sailing, a steady 5-10 kts out of the NE, and close tactical racing. John Surgey figured out the currents by race 3 and took a win. Marc Gordon also picked up the pace until later in the day as his boat started sinking — sailing tip, gallons of water in the hull isn’t a go-fast. Also, using a shark bitten daggerboard like Gary did is also not recommended for peak upwind performance. Chris Stone played it conservatively in the 5th race after realizing his dry suit’s back zipper had been open all day. Matt and Thom Lee also picked up wins and kept it tight, but Larry took the light-air day with 3 bullets. Heat, football, beverages and stories were enjoyed by all in the MBC clubhouse afterwards. Thanks to the N10 sailors who helped out with RC duties today and for sharing the race course.
New Year’s Day Regatta: Unfortunately for the N10 Fleet the weather forecasts were accurate: 15 to 20 knots with higher gusts to 25. This did not faze the Laser sailors and there were 14 boats that sailed. There were lots of capsizes and only six boats finished the last race. Six races were scheduled and four races were held. It all came down to the last race and Dave Watts,
MBC, finished ahead of his closest competition to win with 11 points. Rob Gruskos, SSYC, finished 2 with 14. Robby Gearon was 3rd with 15, and Larry Nociolo was 4th with 15. The top sailors had great close racing. Results are posted on the MBC website.
John English had a great way to describe frostbiting: “When the real racing starts.” I have been frostbiting for over 50 years and always look forward to the opportunity to compete against great sailors.
Larry Nociolo sent an email to me and his comments follow: “Would you mind adding a special thank you in your next Chilblain to all the N10 sailors and also to Bill Henry and Bob Markoff who helped make the Laser New Year’s Day regatta a success? It was unfortunate the N10 sailors couldn’t go out, but without even asking they jumped in to assist on RC and chase boat, launching and retrieving Lasers, and even in breakfast and lunch setup and cleanup. I heard from several of the Laser sailors how moved they were by the generosity and community spirit.”
Sunday, January 3: Same forecast and same wind as on January 1. The N10’s did not compete but there were three Lasers.
The next scheduled frostbiting date is Sunday, January 10 and the current forecast calls for temperature about 50 with rain, and light wind.
Below are some photo’s taken by Bob Markoff of the New Year’s Day Laser regatta. Results are posted on the results page. A write-up of the day’s excitement is on the way.
We should have more days like December 20! Sun, a medium breeze, and temperature in the mid 40’s made for an ideal frostbiting day. That makes nine consecutive Sundays that we have been able to sail.
N10 John English Regatta: There were 12 sailors sailing six boats and the fleet was divided using the traditional method using the first four races as qualifiers for the Championship Fleet and the Challenger Fleet. Dan Vought won the regatta and managed to run his streak of 1st’s to five before falling to 3rd in the final race. Denis Farley won the Championship final race and finished 2nd in the regatta. Taugh Lynch sailed consistently and finished 3rd overall. Dale Barney won the final race of the Challenger Fleet and was declared king of that fleet. Pat Corr was 2nd, and Alan Walkow was 3rd.
Lasers: The Laser Fleet sailed a good distance to the east and had good sailing. Rob Gruskos from SSYC won the day. Brendan Gilman and Matt Geittig did well. There were 15 Lasers racing.
Chris Henkel was absent yesterday but won the overall for Lasers followed by Michael Ehnot and Brendan Gilman. MBC sailors were represented in the top five by George Harrington in 4th and Larry Nociolo in 5th. Fourteen sailors qualified for the series. Scores are posted on the MBC website.
Beer and Pizza: The N10 Fleet hosted short meeting after sailing. Cole Barney announced the John English results. Randy Dickerson presented long sleeve T-shirts to the N10 sailors. They have a statement about the N10 racing on the back “When the real racing starts.”
We were joined by some MBC Laser sailors. There was a suggestion to use one course for both fleets. It was pointed out that this does not work well in light air or for special events like the John English Regatta. There is excellent cooperation between the fleets and things will get worked out.
Sunday, December 27: No racing for either fleet.
New Year’s Day Regatta: Both fleets will sail. Details for N10 Fleet to be sent next week.
Sunday, January 3: The start of the Winter Series.
Thanks to Larry Nociolo for the following write-up:
We had another big turnout Sunday on the Navesink. 16 Laser sailors played the shifts on a sunny afternoon in 4-10 Kt winds that initially came from the North, but persistently shifted West. Students and coach battled out for the lead as Rob Grukos, Brendon Gillman, and Matt Geittig each claimed wins. Peter Jones, who’s new to sailing this year, is not only closing the gap, but picked up a top-half of the fleet finish in one race. Ever the coach, Matt generously offered on-the-water sailing tips to everyone between races. Thanks Matt! That camaraderie is what makes sailing at MBC such fun.
Robby Gearon was home from Boston Univ. and made his first appearance for the series. He was glad to be back on the water after a month and a half rest and we can expect to see more of him during his break.
Thanks to all who helped out other sailors quickly launching and retrieving Lasers at the docks. That cleared the way for the N10’s and their annual “John English regatta.” Also, a shout out to all the RC volunteers. At the end of the day, let’s remember to help the last RC person get the Carolina out of the water. One note, we’ve been sailing in the basin recently, but for safety reasons we’ll be moving the Laser race course closer to MBC in future weeks as the water gets colder.
We had 26 sailors take part in our Fall Frostbiting Series with 14 of them “qualifying” by participating in at least one-third of all races. Special recognition goes out to the two sailors who competed in 45 or more races this series – John Suguy (50) and Talbot Pratt (45). Also, thanks to Thom Lee for serving as our official scorer (and unofficial photographer).
1. Chris Henkel
2. Michael Ehnot
3. Brendon Gillman
4. George Harrington
5. Larry Nociolo
6. Bob Slook
7. Bernard Friel
8. John Surguy
9. Phil Angelo
10. Thom Lee
11. Talbot Pratt
12. Marc Gordon
13. Gary DePriece
14. Peter Jones
To recognize everyone’s participation and support in making this the best series I’ve been a part of, each person listed above will be given an award commemorating our series. They will be handed out by Larry Nociolo at the New Year’s Day Regatta, so be sure to attend…and spread the word.
The NOR for the Laser New Year’s Day Regatta is attached. Considering that we are getting 10+ boats every Sunday for frostbiting, I’m hoping we can attract a strong turnout from around the area. To help with attendance, we’ve made it a delayed start for those who like to sleep in or need to recover J. The “winter” series will kickoff in the New Year.
See you on the water!