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Ed & Shannon’s Race Summary from BNAC 2016

Ed & Shannon made a clean sweep of the 2016 Buccaneer North American Championships.  Despite racing in such a talented field (competing against multiple past champions) they managed to do something that has not been done in class history.  Congratulations!


Here’s their story:

BNAC 2016 – From Ed and Shannon
Thanks to the event organizers and a great race committee, we feel BNAC 2016 went off nearly
flawlessly. After getting a call that the original venue wasn’t going to work out, the members of Fleet 15
in Kenosha really stepped up. Racine Yacht Club were great hosts and everyone I spoke to felt welcome.
We are already talking about attending Niantic BNAC 2017. Get it on your calendar!
Atrevida’s BNAC 2016
The first two days of racing gave us nearly identical conditions and 4 races each day! SE breeze 5-10 and
a mild wind driven chop. It was a pleasant day on the water, but the chop was formidable. We don’t get
a lot of SE breeze around here, at least not typically. But SE breeze generates some pretty consistent
breezes with only slight wind shifts.
The pin paid off almost every race. The RC set up the line with about a 10 degree favor to it (to spread
people out away from their nice boat). Also it was a pretty long line. Which meant after a short jog to
the left to get out into the lake where there is typically more breeze you would just about lay the
windward mark.
Starboard tack was a little easier than Port tack. The waves (like in most venues) were more head on
when on port tack and on the beam when on starboard tack. So when sailing on port we tried to keep
our leads forward, sails slightly eased, VANG OFF and the telltales streaming straight back. I also tried
holding the tiller as still as possible even though we were slamming through a bunch of chop (remember
everyone else is too so stay calm).
On Starboard tack we could trim in a little tighter and point the boat up a little more as the waves/chop
were in a more favorable direction.
On both tacks we tried to compress our weight as much as possible (“You almost can’t be too far
forward!” said Randy Shore of Quantum Sails) and tried to keep the bow in the water to reduce slapping
(slow), also keeping the boat as flat as you feel comfortable with is important.
Keeping the boat moving was difficult in the waves. Often the sails would flog and slap which made it
easy to over trim them. Having eased sails down wind was crucial, I tried to keep the vang loose and the
mains leach open while Shannon tried to get max rotation on the kite. Good communication was
critical, we often corrected each other if I was sailing too low or I thought the kite could be eased some.
On Fridays Race:
Friday brought some storms through and the RC managed to get a race off in a short window after the
wind settled in. The wind was probably about 15-18 knots and this race was reminiscent of BNAC 2015.
Key notes were having enough vang (with some Cunningham) on to flatten the mainsail. Also keeping
enough mainsheet tension to keep the headstay taught was critical. So if we found ourselves eased off
the main, we would also crack off the jib to balance the boat a bit better. Ease – Hike – Trim was the
mantra in puffs to keep the boat flat and fast.
We didn’t have the greatest starts, but our boat speed was good and great boat speed makes you look
really smart. Fleet 15 is a great fleet and sailing against some great Bucc sailors throughout our season
really pays off.

Buccaneer North American Championships –Wrap Up

28948140941_3c5ecb70df_oBNAC 2016 is a wrap and its time to start thinking about heading east for BNAC 2017 – at least considering it 🙂  We’d like to thank all those who attended this years event.  The field included racers from all corners of the country. We could not have held this event without our sponsors (see the list at the bottom – please buy something from them).  A special thanks to the many volunteers that ensured the event’s success.  Your many hours of preparation ensured everything happened like a well oiled machine.  And a big thank you to the Racine Yacht Club for their hospitality and the use of their facilities and a special thank you to Bob Sample and his expert race committee for the excellent racing they provided.

We’d like to congratulate Ed Montano and Shannon Devine as our repeat champions for 2016.  We’ve asked them to write up their thoughts on how they sailed so fast. Let’s all read carefully so we can go faster at BNAC in 2017!  See the attachment for their write-up.

Results – http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=1543 <http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eid=1543>

RaceQs – http://raceqs.com/regattas/53686 <http://raceqs.com/regattas/53686>

Photos – https://www.flickr.com/photos/140998118@N06/collections/72157665872843756/ <https://www.flickr.com/photos/140998118@N06/collections/72157665872843756/>
Many thanks to our photographer, Gary Powell. If you would like to download a photo but are not familiar with Flickr, just click on
the photo, then look to the lower right corner of the black frame and click on the download symbol (an arrow pointing down).

Nickels Boat Works / WindRider International – http://www.windrider.com <http://www.windrider.com/>
Quantum Sails – https://www.quantumsails.com <https://www.quantumsails.com/>
Red Gear Racing (www.redgearracing.com <http://www.redgearracing.com/>)
Harken (www.harken.com <http://www.harken.com/>)
Piggly Wiggly (www.pigglywiggly.com <http://www.pigglywiggly.com/>)
J + S (www.JandSVision.com <http://www.jandsvision.com/>)
Chipotle (www.chipotle.com <http://www.chipotle.com/>)
Lemon and Line (www.lemonandline.com <http://www.lemonandline.com/>)
Kenosha Yacht Club
The CRAW members who donated the frames, artwork, and printing for the trophies
That’s all for now.  Please keep an eye out for information for BNAC 2017 as it becomes available.

We look forward to seeing you all at Niantic for BNAC 2017.

Fair winds from Buccaneer Fleet 15 at Kenosha Yacht Club

Kyra Tallon wins a tough Virginia Governor’s Cup


The Virginia Governor’s Cup regatta at Ware River Yacht Club in Gloucester VA is an annual favorite of the Mid-Atlantic Buccaneer crowd.  The venue is centrally located between  Washington DC and Raleigh NC, two of the classes largest fleets, and even in low participation years with big conflicts (like this year’s class championships taking place at the same time!) still draws a crowd.

Seven Buccaneer crews hit the water for this regatta on the beautiful Ware River, a wide tributary to Mobjack Bay on the Chesapeake Bay.  While sailing we enjoy see breezes, occasionally see pods of dolphin & other cool sea life.

The racing is always interesting, since WRYC hosts just this one regatta each year they come out in full force to support their event.  The RC sets up interesting courses and pays close attention to the racers needs.

This year’s Buccaneer fleet had seven competitors, just 2 shy of the largest fleet at the regatta.  Kyra Tallon won it with consistent sailing and a killer day 2 performance scoring a 1-2-1 on the last 3 races of the 6 race series.  Jen Marbourg-Miller’s “Christopher Dragon” was 2nd with a 3-1-2 score on day 2.  Both boats were extremely well sailed, passing Saturday’s leader “Wasabi” crewed by Jimmy Yurko & Justin Meddock who went into Sunday’s racing with a 2 point lead.  Overall the fleet was very competitive with 4 different boats scoring wins over the weekend, and lead changes occurring often during all 6 races.

Below you can see Kyra (Right) & Jen proudly displaying their new hardware!

Kyra & Jen

Buccaneer Championships underway…Montanos off to a commanding lead

17 Buccaneers are racing in Wisconsin right now….but after 2 days of racing, and 8 races, team Atrevida is off to the most commanding lead in recent class history.  The Montanos have won all eight races, and are on fire!


Teams from across the country have come to compete.  Above you can see “Artful Dodger”, Steve & Margaret Kimele from Western Carolina Sailing club on the course at this year’s BNAC in some lively conditions


Results are posted for day 2 of the Buccaneer 18 North American Championships –http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=1543


Photos are also posted for Tuesday – https://www.flickr.com/photos/140998118@N06/collections/72157665872843756/

MacAlpine-Downie/Gibbs Cup Regatta for 2016

Ahoy Buccaneers,


Commodore Larry has designated the Glimmerglass Regatta held by the Ostego Sailing Club as the MacAlpine-Downie/Gibbs Cup Regatta for 2016.  Ostego Sailing Club is located in beautiful Cooperstown, NY.  This year will be the 49th consecutive Glimmerglass Regatta held at the club.  Buccaneers have been competing at Glimmerglass since long before I started sailing Bucs.  OSC knows how to throw a great party, both on and off the water.  Club members take pride in preparing appetizers for Saturday’s dinner and it’s usually a challenge to finish the entree after gorging on these nibbles.  The racing and the social fun combine to make Glimmerglass the highlight of the Nor’easter’s racing schedule.


The racing is scheduled for Sept 17 and 18 with full-day racing on Saturday and half-day racing on Sunday.  Many competitors camp on the club’s grounds, either in RV’s or tents.  Note, there is no electricity for campers.  There are mens and womens rest rooms in the clubhouse, but no showers.  For folks wanting a bedroom there are plenty of B&B’s and relatively inexpensive motels in the area.


The winds are almost always plentiful for the Glimmerglass Regatta, but be prepared, they are incredibly fluky.  As a registration gift in 2011 all competitors received a “Shift Happens” refrigerator magnet, and boy does it.  The weather is likely to be 65-75 F during the day with nighttime low temperature of 45-50 F.  The water temperature will be about 70 F.


Consider bringing the family and making this a mini-vacation.  Cooperstown is home to the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Farm Museum, both well worth a visit. There are three micro-breweries within a few miles of Cooperstown, include the reknown Brewery Ommegang, famous for its Belgian-style beers.  Glimmerglass takes place at the beginning of foliage season.  Leaf-peepers will enjoy the colors of the leaves contrasting the clear blue skies and lake water.


Visit the Otsego Sailing Club website, http://www.otsegosailingclub.com/glimmerglass-regatta-and-pictures.html for more information.  OSC usually has the online registration form available around the middle of July.  If you have any questions about the MDG Cup regatta, Glimmerglass, OSC, or visiting Cooperstown, don’t hesitate to email me at bobboat at Verizon dot net.  If you are planning to participate at Glimmerglass, send me an email so I can alert the organizers of the probable number of Buccaneers that will be competing.


Life if too short to not experience Glimmerglass at Cooperstown.


Shifty Winds,


Bob DeRoeck

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