Buccaneer 18 The Sailing Experience


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BNAC 2015 notes from Ed Montano

First off I would like to thank my wife/crew Shannon.  We have been a team in the Buccaneer for 9 years and

our teamwork during BNAC 2015 is what put us on top.  This win really meant a lot to us, as we have been

committed to it since we started dating and got into the Buccaneer class in 2006.  Thanks babe!


BNAC 2015 was all about adapting to conditions and boat handling.  We sailed the boat differently from how

we usually do, this is probably because we don’t usually sail in 20-25 knot, puffy and shifty

conditions.  Everybody should be using the “Ease Hike Trim” approach in anything over 10 knots of breeze, this

is very fast. Here is a great article on the subject.  In the article he says “If you try to sail a 420 the way you’d

sail an FJ, you’ll slip sideways almost as fast as you go forward.”  We sailed the boat more like a 420  when it

was 20+, we worked the jib AND main together.  Easing in the puff keep the boat flat, hike to get it as flat as

possible and trimming to accelerate and come up. This helped keep the boat balanced and fast.    The VMG

upwind was better than pinching, sticking the boat up and potentially slowing down.  We tried to keep the boat

moving fast first, then try to get the boat going higher.


Boat Setup Upwind: We kept moving the cars back throughout the regatta.  On the last day we had them ALL

the way back.  We had as much rig tension as we dared (like 425lbs.  I know, it sounds crazy).  We had the

vang on very hard to flatten the main.  We sailed with some Cunningham, about 50%. We also adjusted the

cloth tension on the jib to keep the draft forward (we adjust this in most conditions). I think a big reason why the

boat was fast in the very breeze conditions is our mainsheet tension.  Its noticeable how much the headstay

sags when you ease the mainsheet, so by easing the jib it allows us to keep some sheet tension on the main

keeping the jib (forestay) from sagging.


Downwind:  Easing the vang was critical  as we approached the windward mark, not easing probably would

have broken something at the bareaway. Other boats were faster than us downwind, so ask them about

speed!  Looks like braveness pays off until it doesn’t, we played it pretty conservatively.  We just tried to keep

the boat under the sails and when the wind piped up, we did heat it up and plane.  If we were afraid to gybe

with  the chute up, we would just hold that course a little longer, douse then gybe and jib reach to the leeward

mark. About 5 boats capsized at the finished line and finished capsized.  This looked to be because they were

sailing by the lee to make the finish.  Sailing by the lee in that much wind can end poorly, you’re better off

gybing ,even dousing and gybing.


We didn’t have that great of starts (except for our port tack start in race 4, see pic ) and our downwind speed

wasn’t that great.  Teamwork, staying upright, upwind boat speed and upwind tactics were king in this regatta.


We look forward to hosting BNAC 2016 at the Racine Yacht Club August 8-12.  Mark your calendars!  The

Racine Yacht club and the Kenosha Yacht Club (home of Fleet 15) are co-hosting the event.  We already have

had a lot of communications about the event and it is looking to be a great time.  See you in Wisconsin, the

land of beer, brats, cheese and no hurricanes except the drink!


Ed Montano

Atrevida 5223

BNAC 2016 August 8-12, Racine, WI @ Racine Yacht Club

Winter is here, time to work on our Bucc’s, store them and start planning what events to attend in 2016. Definitely mark your calendars for BNAC ’16 which will be in Racine, WI on August 8-12, 2016.

Loose Schedule
Monday: Aug, 8 – Measure/Practice/Setup Welcome Party
Tuesday: Race Day 1/Annual Meeting/Crew Party
Wednesday: Race Day 2/TBA
Thursday: Race Day 3/TBA
Friday: Race Day 4/Awards

Racine Yacht Club is a great facility with a very established race program and regularly holds championship Regattas. Kenosha Yacht Club’s Fleet 15 will be lending a hand for the off the water duties and promises to put together a great event. We look forward to getting together with you. Mark your calendars. More details to come.

Some photos of Racine

Thank you.  David Neely

BNAC 2015 …and the winners are…

Congratulations to Ed & Shannon Montano for taking first place in a rather convincing BNAC performance.

Congratulations as well to Tim Olkowski for winning the B-Fleet & being forever banished from the B-fleet!

Here is a link to the full results, more stories to come soon!


2015 BNAC bothFleets



Ed & Shannon




Tim(right) & Scotty

Nomination Period for National Committee Officers is now Open!


The Online Nomination period or three National Committee positions is now open.   The Closing date is 10/11/15.


The Positions are:


  1. Secretary/Treasurer


  1. Publicity Chair


  1. Membership Chair


The Position descriptions and responsibilities are described in The Buccaneer Class Constitution.


Our current Secretary/Treasurer, Tony Chapman has agreed to serve for an additional two years.


Additionally our current Publicity Chair, David Neely has agreed to serve for an additional two years.


The National Committee endorses both of them for these positions and is seeking a nomination for each along with a second.  Please show your support as well be Nominating them and  making a Second for each.


We need to also Nominate and Second a Class Member that will serve on the National Committee as the Membership Chair.


Please discuss this with your fleet members and help us fill this Chair position by Nominating someone who will accept this position.


Voting will commence on 10/12/15 and close on 10/25/15 in a separate posting


Thank you,


Larry Schmida


Buccaneer Class Association Commodore


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