2014 White Tiger Tailgate – ECU Pirate Football

It’s been a great year visiting friends and seeing the ECU Pirates play football with the WhiteTiger.  Here are some of the highlights:

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2014 Tulane vs ECU Football

After nearly a moth away we were all finally back together for another Saturday afternoon ECU football game against Tulane.

11/22 Tulane vs ECU

Pictures starting here.

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2014 FBYC Laser Frostbite Regatta

It was great to be back in a Laser today for what will likely be my last day of Laser racing at Fishing Bay Yacht Club‘s Laser Frostbite regatta.  The winds were light, but that didn’t stop us from getting 7 races in while the wind steadily shifted from West to North and then a little east as the day went on.

With 9 boats on very short lines I focused on just sailing well and not getting myself into a hole – wind-wise or situationally. We had great group of sailors out and everyone had a good game and so anyone had a chance to win races. After a few races Stephen Sparkman and myself started to make it a two boat race.  In the end he had the better day and got me by a point.  Clark Dennison, back in the Laser for the first time in a couple years finished up 3rd.

All in all it was a fun day sailing with Len, Keith, Brad, Luke, Mike W, Mike T, Stephen & Clark and was a perfect way to end the season – racing, drinking beer and sailing with my Laser buddies.

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2014 FBYC Closing Day Regatta & Oyster Roast

Fishing Bay Yacht Club‘s closing weekend started with a staggered start distance race for the offshore boats.  I sailed on Wavelength for what might be our last race as the boat is now up for sale.  The course took us up into Fishing Bay and then back out by the entrance to the Rappahannock River and then back to Stove Point near Jackson Creek.  It was mostly a reaching race and some boats were really able to get away from us and put some distance between us and them.  We finished mid-pack, had fun and made it a great way to end the season.

Racing was followed by a big oyster roast and pot luck and season awards.

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2014 J/70 Chesapeake Bay Championship

Fishing Bay Yacht Club held their inaugural J/70 Chesapeake Championship Regatta and I was sailing on Steve Q’s Hotty Toddy among the 18 boat fleet. The weather forecast for Saturday morning called for some pretty epic winds to move in and little did we know we’d all have some pretty epic sailing before the day was done.

Racing was moved into Fishing Bay and even before we got there, boats were already broaching on there way there. After 1 general recall the first race was started.  The wind in the bay was blowing 25+ from the NNW so our course took us from Godfrey Bay, across the Piankatank River and around the windward mark on the western end of Fishing Bay.

Sailing upwind in that kind of wind was a real slog.  While we had heard from plenty of others how to sail in those conditions, actually doing it was another story and it definitely took us some time to get into a groove with it.  The teams that had clearly done it before easily pulled ahead in what was less about who was fast and more about who was upright especially when it came to the downwind.

Being new to this boat in this kind of wind, we took a conservative approach downwind and after watching plenty of boats wipe out, we only put the chute up when we felt the wind was going to hold and not be so gusty.  That didn’t last and a few minutes after putting it up we were on our side.  In the process of recovering it, one of the panels split and we quickly took it down and hauled it in, not to be used again.  [Watch this whole sequence on the video below.]

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After two races in those conditions the race committee abandoned further racing for the day, and ultimately for the weekend.  The slog home around Stove Point grueling with 5-6 foot waves and 40 knot gusts.  We sailed under main alone with waves sometimes crashing over the boat.

While we weren’t competitive in those conditions, we were happy to have had fun this weekend and learned a lot in the process.  We’ll definitely be able to be a lot more competitive and comfortable with the conditions when they are up like that in the future.  Thanks Steve Q for having me aboard and I enjoyed sailing with Jerry L and Tom F.

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Spinsheet November 2014 Racing Profile

This is pretty cool – I got profiled in Spinsheet Magazine’s November issue in their racer profile.  Page 76.

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2014 FBYC One Design Closing Day

What wind we didn’t have yesterday we made up for today at the Fishing Bay Yacht Club One Design Closing Day Regatta.  6 boats ventured out into winds in the upper teens with puffs into the 20′s.  While those aren’t horrendous conditions and in the right boat, that just when it becomes fun.  But for anyone who’s tried to sail a Front Runner in wind – you know the boat becomes a lot to handle in those conditions and quickly becomes anything but fun.

10/26 One Design Closing Day

Crewing today was Steve Q after I sailed on his J/70 in racing yesterday.  To deal with the higher winds we left the jib partially rolled to make it a little more manageable.  We started the race with the fleet and about halfway up the beat one of the Front Runners broke their tiller, rounded up and capsized.  We retired for the day while the other Front Runner completed the course with 2 of the 3 Flying Scots.  All of the boats were back on shore after that one race and eating a fantastic chili cooked by the Almany’s an hour later.

10/26 One Design Closing Day

RESULTS | PICTURES (starting here)

With the short day, Carol, Eric, Matt and I jumped on a cruising boat and went for an afternoon sail in the bay.

10/26 One Design Closing Day

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2014 FBYC Offshore Fall Series #4

The final day of Fishing Bay Yacht Club‘s offshore fall series started out like it was going to be a nice sailing day, but didn’t last and the wind died before we could complete a race.  I was sailing on Steve Q’s Hotty Toddy with Larry and his son.  Despite not finishing a race, we still had fun and learned a lot. We’ll be back at it at FBYC’s inaugural J/70 Chesapeake Bay Championship regatta with 20+ boats on the line.

10/25 FBYC Offshore Fall Series #4

10/25 FBYC Offshore Fall Series #4

10/25 FBYC Offshore Fall Series #4

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2014 ECU Football vs UCONN

I was in Greenville Thursday night for a blackout game against UCONN.  ECU got off to a slow start, but won the game putting them 6-1, bowl eligible and hopefully in the drivers seat to win out and go to a good bowl game.

10/23 ECU vs UCONN

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2014 Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship

This year’s Chesapeake Bay Laser Masters Championship was probably one of the best yet – good turnout, good weather and great food made for a smooth event.  It was also the year FBYC hosted it as the Laser Masters Atlantic Coast Championship and with it, a few more folks from New England and Kansas.

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For racing on Saturday we had 7-12 and clear skies.  Ned Rennolds joined Mike Russom and me on the safety boat with his drone and we got some great photos and video of the fleet from overhead during the first and second races.

Photo by Ned Rennolds

For the rest of racing on Saturday I did my usual of floating around and taking pictures and video.  This year we even dress up the committee boat – Mr. Roberts as seen with the red lettering below.

By the end of Saturday we had gotten a good day of 5 races in for the sailors and we called it a day as the wind started getting light and fluky.  We had a few visitors join us for dinner including past fleet captain and chair of this event – David Hazlehurst.  Alain Vincey did another wonderful dinner followed by plenty of Laser stories and a viewing of some of the drone video for today.  Sailors hung out in the club house and later by the fire at their campsite well into the night.

Sunday’s wind was much greater than Saturday and a number of sailors, didn’t go out, took advantage of the rig-swap opportunity, or retired before starting a race.  Fortunately only one sailor needed any assistance and thankfully Mike R was onboard the safety boat and ready to get wet.  Three more races were sailed as the fleet slowly dwindled.  I didn’t get many pictures due to the waves and activities, but I did get some video of some screaming reaches.

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Once again it was a very successful regatta.  I really want to thank all of the folks on the race committee, Alain, Brad and all of the FBYC fleet for all of their help putting this event on.  This was my 10th one and I’m looking forward to just a few more years when I can join in!

RESULTS | PICTURES | VIDEO

 

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