Keelboat Fleet - Past Seasons
Keelboat Fleet - 2014 Season
Keelboat Fleet Captain: Jeff Wong, email@example.com, 608-831-8860
Keelboat Fleet Members:
||Knot 2 Scale
||Chuck Duroni and David Niemann
|Jerry & Joye Ebert and Grant Abert
||Hoofer Sailing Club
||Hoofer Sailing Club
||Hoofer Sailing Club
||Pam Olson and Jeff Wong
||Hoofer Sailing Club
||Hoofer Sailing Club
||#Life is Hard
||Jon Gero and Nate Baertsch
Keelboat Fleet News
MYC Keelboat Match Racers Hold Fifth in Nation (2014)
by Dave Gorwitz
We’ll be competing for the Prince of Wales Cup in the US Match Race Championship at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco next week (October 1-5). Eight teams qualified through a series of regional qualification events. We qualified by winning the East Coast regional in Oyster Bay, New York. Our crew will be Dave Niemann (helm), Dave Gorwitz (jib/spin trimmer), Mark Johnson (tactician/main trimmer), and Tyler Black (bow). Here's some info:
U.S. Match Racing Championship
for the Prince of Wales Bowl
St. Francis Yacht Club - San Francisco, CA
October 3-5, 2014
About the Championships
Match Racing competition for the Prince of Wales Bowl started in 1931 at the Arcadia Yacht Club under the sponsorship of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron. Similar to the Sir Thomas Lipton Cups, there are numerous ‘Prince of Wales Bowls’ in competition among yacht clubs in North America. In 1937, it was permanently retired by the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club, Massachusetts in the days when the club had so much talent, e.g. the Besse brothers, John H. (Jack) Ware, Kingman Brewster, Frank Jewett, Jr. (who sailed in the singlehanded class in 1936 Olympics) that its members drew lots to see who would compete in which NAYRU championship. It is fitting that the helmsman of the 1934 POW winning crew, Frank Jewett, Jr. was instrumental in persuading the Club in 1965 to restore the Bowl to active competition as a perpetual trophy for the Southern Massachusetts Yacht Racing Association’s interclub match racing championship.
In 1967, Mr. Jewett requested the Southern Massachusetts Yacht Racing Association’s Executive Committee to open up the event for the first North American interclub match racing championship. Jewett became the first chairman of the NAYRU POW Committee. Under his leadership, conditions and courses were refined in ways that affected events such as the America’s Cup by, for example, drastically shortening the length of the starting line for match racing. The Championship no doubt had an influence on the special section of the racing rules for match racing.
In 1975, the event grew still further to become the U.S. Match Racing Championship.
One of the premier American match racing events, this championship is by qualification through a series
of events run throughout the country. Winners go on to Grade 1 and 2 match racing events. In even years, it is also the regional qualifier for the Nations Cup. See more at US Sailing - Match Racing.
Championship Facts & Features
Prince of Wales Bowl
We’ve had a pretty good season so far and have continued to move up the ISAF world match race rankings. As of August 13, we stood at number 5 in the USA and number 46 in the world.
Earlier this month we competed in the Oakcliff International, the second Grade 2 event we’ve qualified for. The International was the final race in the US Match Race Grand Slam Series. We’ve been sailing well, but the competition at these higher-level events is pretty stiff. The twelve teams at the International were comprised of many of the top teams in the world, including entries from France, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, England and the USA. We were eliminated in the knock-out round by the eventual regatta winner, Pierre-Antoine Morvan of France (ISAF World Rank: 7). In August, we placed second (for the second year in a row) at the York Cup in Toronto, losing to Canadian America’s Cup veteran Terry McLaughlin in the final. Looking forward, in addition to San Francisco, we’ve got an event in Chicago planned in October and possible stops in New York and the Caribbean before year’s end. Dave Elsmo, the coach of the UW Sailing Team, is also a regular on our team.
SUMMER ADVENTURE TRIPS
From Bruce Wampold (Village Idiot) on his trip to Fiji this summer to visit his son.
I thought I would catch you up a bit about my son Phillip's solo sailing trip around the world in Bonne Femme, a Metalu 27. Some of you will remember Phillip at the helm of the Village Idiot I, when we first began with the MYC. He left Victoria BC in June of 2013, with stops in San Francisco, Hawaii, Marquesas, Somoa, Tonga, and Fiji-- I have joined him in Hawaii last summer and Fiji this summer. Surely, he is traveling economy style, and when he finds himself in a marina, he is the dwarfed by the other cruisers, but nevertheless, he is having an amazing adventure. Check out his blog: https://bonnefemmesails.wordpress.com/
May 10th, 9am crane will be ready. Approximately a dozen boats will lift-in and step masts.
If you haven't paid, here is the LINK
2011 Fleet Page Slide Show Photos
Keelboat Fleet - 2011 Notice of PHRF Change
NOTICE OF PHRF CHANGE FOR ODR J80s/RESCORING OF PAST RACES - August 2011
Recently, several competitors asked whether, perhaps, we should re-score some MYC keelboat fleet races held before July 7 as a result of a mid-season rating change for J80s issued by US PHRF. I suggest that we should not retroactively re-score races sailed prior to the date of the rating change.
MYC keelboats are scored using Lake Michigan PHRF ratings. MYC does not require all competing boats to purchase a PHRF certificate. If a boat has a valid PHRF certificate, that rating is used. Several MYC one-design J80s applied for and received PHRF certificates over the past winter. The assigned rating was 126. Accordingly, we scored the J80s using that handicap. PHRF ratings change from time-to-time. In early July, PHRF issued a new rating for one-design J80s. The new handicap is 120 and went into effect for MYC races after July 7, 2011.
Notably, we did not inadvertently apply an incorrect PHRF rating for the J80s – we at all times have applied the official US Sailing LMPHRF rating. Since our MYC sailing instructions are silent as to this matter, I checked with Paul Ansfield, US Sailing’s PHRF guru, to be sure we are getting this right. Here’s my question and Paul’s reply:
QUESTION FROM MYC PHRF LIASON, DAVE G:
Paul, Hi. I hope your summer is going well. A question has come up in our club with respect to scoring races that were sailed before the recent revision to the J80 handicaps. Our club sailed several races in our season championship series this summer before PHRF sent out revised J80 handicaps. Our ODR J80s were scored using 126 for the early season races. Then, we started scoring the J80s using the new 120 handicap as soon as the new certificates arrived.
Our sailing instructions do not address whether to retroactively re-score the early races. My inclination would be to leave those pre-rating-change results alone, as competitors may have sailed differently if they knew they had a higher or lower handicap at the time the race was sailed.
Can you refer me to any authority as to how we should handle this scoring question?
ANSWER FROM US SAILING PHRF GURU, PAUL ANSFIELD:
All is well here. To your question: follow your inclination. This is what is usually done. Your reasoning is correct. There is no specific rule that deals with this. However, from the time the current handicap is issued, that is the one that is used to score races because it is the only valid PHRF handicap.
Hope that helps. Cheers, Paul
So, unless or until we change our MYC sailing instructions to provide otherwise, I suggest that we go with what is usually done and not retroactively re-score races sailed under a previous PHRF rating. That’s a real relief to me, because my first few years sailing an M24 we were rated 120, not the 90 handicap the boat has now. I’d really hate to give up those trophies we won back in 1993 if we were to go back and re-score the season. Plus, think of the cost to the club of re-engraving all of the trophies!
A FEW OTHER PHRF NOTES:
If a boat does not have a current PHRF certificate, then the MYC PHRF LIASON (that’s me) goes on the internet and attempts to find a similar boat registered in the Lake Michigan region and we apply that rating. A pre-requisite for challenging the rating assigned is that you must apply for a PHRF certificate. The US Sailing PHRF folks then determine the rating that we use. Historically, with the unanimous consent of fleet members, MYC will locally alter an assigned PHRF number. We have done this on occasion for Hoofers boats which have had to compete with old, donated sails (sorry, nobody else can use that excuse). Another instance of varying from PHRF came up a few years ago when the MYC Division 3 boats (yes, we had a Division 3) agreed unanimously to race with a level rating, even though their PHRF handicaps varied by about six seconds per mile. In that case, several boats were rated 200, others 203, and a couple 206. They all raced at 200, so whoever go to the finish line first, won.
A SALES PITCH FOR US SAILING / PHRF:
US Sailing provides numerous services and benefits to sailors like us and clubs like ours. I encourage everyone reading this to join US Sailing. I also encourage all MYC keelboat owners to pop for the few bucks it costs to get a PHRF certificate each season. Many clubs require a valid PHRF certificate to race. To date, MYC has not adopted this requirement. One of the reasons Paul Ansfield was willing to help us out with the answer to our J80 ratings question is that several of our boats purchased ratings certificates this year… not because they had to… but because supporting our sport is a great thing to do!
I continue to welcome your PHRF-related questions and will do my best to come up with answers.
Enjoy the rest of the season, Dave Gorwitz
Keelboat Fleet - 2010 News
MYC Sailors Rescued After J24 Sinks off Greneda - February 2010
Via Don Sanford: In the oft-told annals of sailing in the chapter titled, "Everything was fine... and then it wasn't," we have a story for you. Lou Slamar of the Village Idiot crew sent this story and photos asking that I share it with all of you.
On January 30,2010, four MYC members: Gregg Lewis, Mike Moninger, Lou Slamar, Dennis Kennedy and skipper David Tod, a Canadian, went "down south" to participate in the Grenada Sailing Festival. You'll recognize Gregg, Mike, Lou and Dennisn as crew on the J24 Village Idiot on Lake Mendota.
January 30 was a beautiful day on the water blowing 20-30 with gusts higher than that. Lou reports, "We were going down wind with no problem" when their fun was interrupted as they were "smacked down flat" on a spinnaker leg. "We were ready to take down the chute when the skipper either turned up to a close reach or the wind shifted and that was it." Though they released the spin sheet and halyard, the boat never came up.
Someplace along the line, the mast broke though Lou does not recall why or how that happened.
For a while, air trapped in the lazzerettes kept the boat afloat. Prudently, the crew had locked them before racing. The starboard one had a broken latch and they'd jury-rigged it closed. It finally failed and the cover blew open. The boat was gone in 15 or 20 minutes. All of the MYC sailors had life jackets on. The Skipper did not. Fortunately, the water was warm and a nearby photography boat came along right away and pulled our intrepid friends from the drink.
Our guys lost some personal possessions; cameras, dry clothing, eyeglasses, etc. but everyone is safe and sound. The Grenada Yacht Club had insurance on the boat, the skipper and crew had no liability.
Lou says that he has Googled j24 sinkings and found out that this is more common than he imagined. You can see the rest of the story in the newspaper article
PS "Note to self, check the latches on lazzerettes before launch day!
Keelboat Fleet - 2009 News
Key West Update from Anma Ingeana - January 2009
Team Veloce finished 11th in a fleet of 19 at the end of Key West Race Week. The winds of 30 knots and 6 foot waves proved challenging for us flat water sailors on Day Two of racing. Our division had 5 dismasting, a couple of holes in various hulls and three medical emergencies so we were pretty happy to come in all in one piece both mechanically and physiologically. We did manage to have a 6th place finish on day three once the winds calmed down to only 20 -25 knots and we got into our grove. All in all is was a lot of fun and it sure beat shoveling snow.
Keelboat Fleet - 2008 News
Cruiser Photos Now Posted! - August 2008
Here is a page
of pictures from Bill Schellpfeffer took while doing ROA duties on August 6, 2008.
Weekend Racing Photos Posted - July 2008
MYC MEMBERS PLACE 1st OA IN THE 2008 100 MILER - July 2008
MYC sailors Dave Gorwitz, Andrew Lewis, Bruce Renwick and Elise Renwick teamed up with skipper Chris Schoendorf (Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club) on the Melges 24, Taz, to place 1st overall in the 72nd annual 100 Miler race sailed out of the M&M Yacht Club in Menominee, Michigan, this past weekend.
Team Taz led the 28-boat spinnaker class scratch for much of the 42 nautical mile course. Another 19 boats sailed the somewhat shorter non-spinnaker course. The race was sailed under perfect sunny skies in a puffy 15-25 knot WNW breeze. Second place overall went to the Melges 32, Peerless, out of Muskegon, Mi. Third was the DuBois 50, Twister. Fourth was the J145, Main Street (owned by Sailing Magazine editor Bill Schanen). Fifth was the Mumm 36, Mrs. Jones.
Fast is fun. The first half of the race was mostly downwind with the fun-meter on Taz consistently showing boat speeds in the upper teens to low twenties. On the decisive 15-mile reach, most of the fleet chose to stick to the rum line under main and jib while Taz opted for maximum VMG while close reaching some 15-20 degrees low of course under spinnaker, prompting tactician/jib trimmer Gorwitz to confidently proclaim to the crew, “I have no idea if we’re going the right way, but we sure are going fast!”. The strategy worked as Taz led the entire fleet around Horseshoe Island, near Fish Creek, Wi.
Taz then held on through a 10-mile beat into building seas across Green Bay, just north of Chambers Island, and finished the race off with a 14-mile jib-reach up the Michigan shoreline to cross the line behind only four boats. MYC Vice Commodore Andrew Lewis earned his rum by trimming (hanging on to?) the M24’s spinnaker for over two hours without a break (for those unfamiliar with the boat, the M24 does not have winches). Bruce and Elise Renwick expertly handled the sail changes and kept Taz on her feet by calling every puff. Taz is owned and steered by Chris Schoendorf of Sturgeon Bay, Wi. (Taz’s picture adorns the cover of the 2008 MYC directory).
2008 100 MILER Sail Race Score Sheet SP OVERALL
Race Name: 100 Miler Race
Course Name: COURSE 1
Course Length: 41.80 Nautical Miles
RACE RESULTS: SPINNAKER OVERALL
RANK OVERALL Boat Name Sail No. Boat Owner City ST Boat Type Corrected Time
1 TAZ USA 458 SCHOENDORF. C STURGEON BAY WI MELGES 24 4:59:53
2 PEERLESS 110 TORRESEN, B MUSKEGON MI MELGES 5:10:36
3 TWISTER USA 5115 WAKE, H MENOMINEE MI DU BOIS 50 5:10:59
4 MAIN STREET USA50048 SCHANEN, B PORT WASHINGTON WI J 145 5:17:23
5 MRS JONES 50399 JONES, E BROOKFIELD WI MUMM 36 5:19:29
6 REGARDLESS 40625 TEAM REGARDLESS WILMETTE IL NELSON-MAREK 5:24:26
7 TANGO IN BLUE 50593 TRISCO/FONS BAYSIDE WI CM1200 5:25:29
8 NORTHSTAR USA 246 GUSTMAN, D WILMETTE IL J 109 5:29:17
9 HASTEN 25103 STRITT, F DELAVAN WI C & C 41 5:30:20
10 DASH 539 BONVALLET, J ONEIDA WI S2 7.9 5:32:13
11 SIROCCO 2 50791 KLAIRMONT, R LAKE FOREST IL J-120 5:33:57
12 GRAFFITI TRAIN IRL 3600 BERGER, C CHICAGO IL MUMM 36 5:34:07
13 WHISTLER 549 BEYER/BANNOW MENOMINEE MI J 80 5:35:12
14 THUNDER 6759 KEYS, S DE PERE WI PETERSON 34 5:45:55
15 WIND CHASER 32112 MUELLER, L MILWAUKEE WI BENETEAU FIRST 38 5:50:56
16 LATIS 43937 MIETZ/KUPTZ CUDAHY WI J105 5:51:26
17 SHOWDOWN 30383 NORDAHL, K STURGEON BAY WI MERIT 25 5:52:33
18 ZIPPY R USA37 THOMPSON, S NEW BERLIN WI BENETEAU 10R 5:54:02
19 BRAVO 42330 DEKKER, T CEDAR GROVE WI TAYLOR 40 5:55:08
20 FLASH GORDON 25293 HUBERT, M MENOMINEE MI TRIPP 33 6:04:19
21 DRUMBEAT 26609 PETERS, T NEENAH WI NA 40 6:11:47
22 JACELYN 511 AGERTER, T SUPERIOR WI RANGER 6:15:02
23 PERFECTION USA 6307 STEPHENSON, I MENOMINEE MI LE COMTE MEDALIST 6:23:15
24 MERLIN 16087 MILLER, J PULASKI WI SLOOP 6:24:02
25 COOT 2582 or 6258 SHEPRO, J MENOMINEE MI CATALINA 6:38:45
26 NOBLE BUFFALO 42738 JAHNKE, R KENOSHA WI J 35 DNC
27 PROMO 52791 KUBER, J RICHFIELD WI NM 52 DNC
28 KANA WA 402 GOWER, J OCONTO WI TARTAN 27 DNF
Keelboat Fleet - 2005 News
WITS Team Wins Silver At S2 7.9 Class Championship Regatta - August 2005
WITS Team Wins Silver At S2 7.9 Class Championship Regatta The WITS team took Barigenae #78 to the Racine Yacht Club for the S2 7.9 Class Championship Regatta and made a respectable showing for their first off lake regatta. Jill Schleis helmed for three hard days of racing on Lake Michigan placing 4th over all in the Silver Division, 3rd on Saturday Silver Division and First in the inboard division. Betsey Day served as Tactician, Peggy Elath trimmed jib and flew the chute, Judi Trampf trimmed jib and Anma Ingeana on foredeck. Conditions on Thursday were moderate winds but rough seas. Storms blowing in from the west shortened the race day to only one completed race. Friday brought calmer seas and a variety of wind direction and speed, which allowed for 4 complete races. Saturday allowed three races to be completed. Next year S2 7.9 CCR is in Holland Michigan and the team hopes to convince more of the S2 fleet to join in the fun.
Hot Day - July 2005
John writes, "Here are some J-80 photos MYC's hottest one design sport boat fleet. They had a great race going this morning." Photo Credits: John Hayashi.