Always looking to make his SeaSpray faster, easier to sail, and less fragile, Don Snell has submitted this information to the Class Newsletter.
After some looking on line regarding the possible availability of extruded aluminum dagger boards I found a company from England called Windknife (www.windknife.com) that supplies a product at a reasonable price. Considering all the work involved in building an acceptable dagger board these seem like a bargain at around $100 Canadian a piece. You will have to cut them down to possibly 36″ or so and you will end up with almost enough to make a set of rudder blades. Anyways this may help many of you get a good set of dagger boards and possibly rudder blades without a lot of work and expense. In the pictures you can see that the ends are sealed with an epoxy/filling mixture made thick enough not to run. It can be pushed into each end. You could drill rope holes as I have done and force the mixture high enough to make the rope holes water tight as well. You do want these boards water tight as they weigh a bit more than a reinforced wooden dagger board. They are 5.25″ wide or cord length and after calculating the surface area of a 4.5″ wide board 40″ long a 36″ length will give the same surface area. They are the minimum required thickness of 1/2″ and should be acceptable class rules wise and there is no reference to material of the dagger board or rudder blades. Some consideration as to fitting them properly into the trunks is the next step. Possibly a cassette or blade holder would enable moving these dagger boards to a few different boats with the one inch trunk size. The trailing edge of the boards are very fine and I could see them doing some damage to the lower dagger board trunk if the board bottomed at higher speeds. Anyway hope some of you will try these boards and come up with some acceptable ways of incorporating them into your boats. Here are pictures for a better look.
Shows finished length and one with protective cover
Shows loops for pulling out and epoxy filled end
Bottom end, epoxy filled, showing cross section of board
North Sails Update on SeaSpray Sails
Some discussion with North Sails may have us again able to get our sails from North. Apparently design work will have to be done first. Possibly a start with a fairly full sail will be easier to modify than a flat sail so this may be what an initial set will look like. More discussion with North urging some progress on this will have to take place I am sure.
2019 SeaSpray Canadian Nationals will be held in conjunction with the Prairie Wind Regatta, Sat. & Sunday, July 13 and 14. Check on the Newell Sailing Club website for more information. If you are planning on camping at Kinbrook Island section “I” will likely have some sites held in reserve (by phone for this event). There will be complimentary tent camping on the club’s lease during this event.
2019 SeaSpray North Americans will be held in Osoyoos, BC at the Osoyoos Sailing Club on Sept 13, 14 and 15th. More information to follow or check on the Osoyoos Sailing Club website. Remember to book your accommodations. Pre Registration on the club website will likely be available a little later.
We hope you will plan to attend one or both of these events this year.
If you have been itching to settle your 2019 racing calendar, you are in luck because here are the dates and locations for the 2019 Championship Regattas.
2019 Canadian Nationals will be held in conjunction with the Prairie Wind Regatta, Sat. & Sunday, July 13 and 14. More information to follow or check on the Newell Sailing Club website in a while. If you are planning on camping at Kinbrook Island section “I” will likely have some sites held in reserve (by phone for this event). There will be complimentary tent camping on the club’s lease during this event.
2019 Seaspray North Americans will be held in Osoyoos, BC at the Lake Osoyoos Sailing Club on Sept 13, 14 and 15th. More information to follow or check on the Lake Osoyoos Sailing Club website. Remember to book your accommodations. Pre Registration on the club website will likely be available a little later.
We hope you will plan to attend one or both of these events this year.
Recently we found out that North Sails lost our race sail pattern. This is unfortunate if you are looking to purchase a new set of sails. After a couple of conversations with Dennis at North in Vancouver there is some hope that either a new pattern (design) can be made or the old pattern is found. Perhaps we may have to look for a new sail maker. If any of you have some thoughts on this issue let us know.
All for now.
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.
Some Trip Highlights
Here are a few personal highlights from the trip to the North American Regatta written by Don Snell:
- Ritzville, Washington: Top Hat Motel – Great price and it smelled clean, it seemed ok until the trains started to go through town all night long. Must have been a dozen or more. Picked better ones after!
- Sailing in fog in one of the races was a new experience for me. Boats literally appeared and disappeared like apparitions. You weren’t sure at times which direction you were sailing.
- Hearing the waves crashing on the Pacific side while sailing along the sand berm in light wind.
- Hiking and driving in the Redwood forests of norther California
- Visiting Ferndale, California and seeing the Artisan displays in the shops.
Upgrading Your SeaSpray
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.
L-R: Jay Gardner, Don Snell, Mike Butler
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.
Pictured above are most of the competitors and their spouses enjoying the weather.
If you are wondering why we didn’t sail on the Pacific side of the big dune the picture below will help explain why. Water temperature in the low 50’s Fahrenheit.
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.
Ferndale, California was another worthy visit and had many interesting and surprising delights.
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.
Thanks to the Osoyoos Sailing Club for hosting the 2018 Canadian Seaspray Nationals Regatta.
There was no Annual General Meeting for the Seaspray Association at this event.
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.
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