A short video from a few years ago featuring US SeaSpray sailor Jay Gardner’s development of a wing sail.
A short video from a few years ago featuring US SeaSpray sailor Jay Gardner’s development of a wing sail.
Our venerable 1971 vintage trophy had a nice upgrade thanks to Michael Butler. A new identical but larger bottom layer of the “cake” was added sometime over the last year by Michael.
This trophy may take up a spot somewhere in Glenmore Sailboats shop hopefully close to the Canadian Nationals trophy which is a 1969 vintage trophy.
A milestone of 50 event years will happen next year at the 2019 Canadian Nationals at a location yet to be determined. The North American event milestone would happen two years later in 2021.
We are still fortunate in that we can attract new competitors to our fleet and with the fixing up of a number of Seasprays to a more competitive level the racing has been a lot of fun.
I hope over this fall and winter season you will consider putting a little bit of time into your boat and plan on attending some regattas over the next few years.
An example of an upgraded boat. Improvements include split two piece trampoline, center tube jib cleating, rudder blade through hull downhaul lines, boom end mainsheet system with mainsheet cleat off the boom, rope adjustable traveller line, barber haulers to outhaul the jib sheet for downwind sailing, 2:1 jib halyard system, a lightweight break apart boat dolly and lightening the boat where possible. This boat was painted with high gloss Tremclad (last of the inexpensive oil based paints) using a foam roller. Other improvements that could be done to a standard Seaspray within the class rules include smaller higher aspect dagger boards, side stay levers that allow the rig to fall sideways or forward, shortened bridle wires to lower and move the jib forward a bit, remove any waterlogged foam from the hulls, make drainway gaps in the fiberglass hull ribs at the bottom of the hull to allow any water to drain out of the hulls easily and new or better sails.
If you have a Seaspray that needs work, set some time aside in the upcoming off season to work on your boat. They are always an enjoyable boat to sail. They say that the bigger the boat you have the less you will sail it. The Seaspray is just the right size, and weight for most of us to handle easily.
This year’s Seaspray North Americans at Big Lagoon, California was a success with 11 races sailed over three days. The weather co-operated and provided a decent wind on Friday and lighter winds on Saturday and Sunday.
Congratulations to winner Mike Butler from Fort Bragg, California. Corrected race results had Don Snell in second place and Jay Gardner in third. There were four competitors from United States and three competitors from Canada. Thanks to Mike Butler for providing the Seaspray fleet prizes. Thanks also to all the competitors who made the effort to attend this event. CLICK HERE FOR FULL RESULTS
Many thanks to the Humboldt Yacht Club for hosting the regatta and giving the Seaspray fleet an extra day of racing over the regular Redwood Regatta. The overall attendance was in the mid 30’s for competitors with Hobie 16’s, Hobie 20, Snipe, Pelican, Laser and other fleets competing as well. Competitors were allowed to camp for four nights maximum at this state owned property and it helped to be close to the venue. A wonderful Saturday supper and hearty Sunday morning breakfast was provided as part of the event.
One of the side benefits of traveling a long distance to an event is the opportunity to enjoy a few side excursions. The Red Wood forest is extensive in this area and a drive through the “Avenue of the Giants” afforded an additional opportunity to do some hiking in the Redwoods.
While driving through Eureka, California we passed by the Carson Mansion pictured below. William Carson came from New Brunswick to the California gold rush and ended up making a fortune in the lumber business, shipping redwood to San Francisco and other parts of the globe.
The Prairie Wind Regatta at Newell Sailing Club had seven SeaSprays competing with Richard Braul coming out on top, congratulations Richard. A windy Saturday had the fleet on shore for the first race but out for the afternoon racing where two races were completed in fairly high gusting winds. Sunday races were sailed in a more sedate wind and five races were completed. The race results are part of the attachment (CLICK HERE TO VIEW) and the SeaSpray fleet was part of the bigger overall event with 63 competitors in total.
It is always a bit intimidating launching a Seaspray into a direct on-shore wind of sometimes 20 knot plus gusts. Once on the water however the boat is more controllable. Newell can throw up some pretty big waves at times and it is always a lot of fun either steering the best way through the waves when beating or riding them when broad reaching on the down wind runs. There were a few dramatic pitch poles and sometimes an occasional capsize but everyone who went out had a great sail.
Travelling to a regatta can be part of a bigger holiday. For some of us this is an opportunity to travel to an area you may not normally visit. Check for some attractions along the way and have a great time
The North American Seaspray Championships are coming up next. Aug 31, Sept 1,2 Big Lagoon, California. The following is some more info and a couple of pictures. Please check the link below for more information and pre-registration for the event. You can buy meals on line beforehand as well as register:
From Michael Butler
It is unimproved land that is open for only that week. No showers. They bring in porta-potties and water and kitchen and dining stuff. The nearest lodging that I know of is at Trinidad 9.5 miles south. Also Arcata and Eureka have more options for that.
The attached image shows the layout. There is camping in that open area that gets filled up. We usually end up along the beach somewhere. Things get tight, so a large motorhome would be a problem; but there are lots of options for smaller camper vehicles – they may not be very level. No charge.
Finding the entrance road may take a bit doubling back. From the south, it is about 0.9 miles from a bridge over the estuary.
The entrance location as I see it: Lat 41.1743 Long -124.1025
It is my favorite camping of any sailing venue, but it can be chilly in the evening or if it is foggy a very heavy dew in the morning. Bring hull protection as the beach has rocks and it is usually a lee shore.
You are welcome to call anytime – thanks,
From Larry Fox – host club
Hi Michael, timing is great on your reply because registration for our Redwood Regatta is now up on Regatta Network. Your members can register at:
Definitely don’t think about on- shore tasks; you are our guests. If the right race committee person is available great no worries if not. Also, a registration form is attached here for those who would rather register by snail mail.
We’re super excited about hosting the North Americans!
All the best, Larry Fox
We are so glad to host your North Americans at our Redwood Regatta! As we were discussing plans for the event last night at our board meeting, we thought it would be great if your association could contribute one person to join our race committee. That way your group would have direct input to race course decisions and represent your group with our committee. This is not a huge deal if all of your members are planning to sail in the races, no worries. We just thought it might be nice if it worked for your group.
We are planning to have official races for your group on Friday. We will invite our members to join if they want for practice races with a separate start, of course. Then on Saturday and Sunday, your group will have their official races as a separate class with their own start and since your group is registering in our regatta, you will have a separate class in our regatta as well. That way, we can present trophys for the Redwood Regatta to your winners and you can present awards to your group for the North Americans.
We plan to have our registration forms live on the web very soon and we will send paper to you as well.
All the best, -Larry Fox, Vice Commodore HYC
Twenty-eight years after his first Canadian Championship, Hamish Ferguson has won his seventh National title. This year’s edition of the Canadian Championship was hosted by the Lake Osoyoos Sailing Club in conjuntion with their Spring Regatta.
This years regatta featured a three day event with mixed weather conditions. A total of six races were sailed. It was a mixed catamaran regatta with five other catamaran types in the second fleet.
It included a nice wine and cheese welcoming party for those who attended. Too bad if you missed it.
Info on Big Lagoon, California.
Located North of Arcata and Trinidad California. Arcata is 25 miles South and Trinidad is 10 miles South. Remember to book your rooms soon if you are not camping at the venue. Coming from Canada, the best road may be to Grant’s Pass, Oregon then on Highway 199 to the coast and down 101 to Big Lagoon.The Humboldt YC is very pleased to host the Sea Spray NAs this summer, over Labor Day weekend! Their response is below.Fri Aug 31, Sat Sept 1 and Sun Sept 2. They serve at least one dinner and one breakfast. Very wonderful people there.This is a really nice beautiful venue with free camping that is open that week only. It can get chilly at exposed (waterfront) sites, and a heavy dew is typical every night. Getting out of there with a tight road etc seems like it can be an issue, but it has always seemed to work out. Many stay an extra day after. The red arrow on the aerial image shows the camping area that is opened that week.The Hobie 16s fleet there usually go in on a locally brewed keg and whatever else they have in Humboldt. These are mostly H16s that live on the nearby beach.We would enter their event. I yet don’t know what is needed for the extra day they offered the SSs.The course chart:This has always been one of my favorite events of anywhere. Most people will want hull protection for the variably rocky beach. Bring your dolly or shore pads.BTY the general regatta is open to anything that floats. They usually get something like 60 to 80 boats. I have sailed in it 3 or 4 times.It can get breezy if the fog clears early. Sometimes the fog keeps a lid on it most of the day.For those that want to stay at a hotel you can google the area for hotels and make your own arrangements. There are some places not too far away.Provincial or other area regattas. Many sailing clubs in your area will host an annual regatta. Please try to attend at least one or more of these events to help promote our fleet.If there are any other questions or articles you have for submission please respond to this newsletter.
Concurrently, we will be hosting the 2018 National Sea Spray Championshipson April 20 – 22, 2018 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).