Fall Newsletter

Traveling to a regatta

 
Perhaps next year is the year to get to one or two regattas.  It takes a big effort to attend sailing events and to help make it more enjoyable, why not plan a side trip or plan to visit some people you know along the way.  Try to book accommodations in the same campground or hotel with other competitors and plan to get together after the racing is done for some socializing.
Break up a long trip with some stops of interest and to change drivers.  Work on your boat trailers to double the boats up so that two competitors can travel with one vehicle and one trailer — this can save expense, alleviate driving fatigue and boredom.
If you attend a non SeaSpray regatta and sail in X-class don’t forget to brag up your boat.  SeaSprays still have a lot of appeal and are a low cost competitive boat compared to many other classes.  Thinking about a new laser anyone?  $10,000 to buy one now.

Fall Project Anyone?  

No it’s not a foiling project yet…..

A few pictures may help better than words.  Fairly rustic work but gets the job done.  Removing the foam, putting rudder blade downhaul tubes for line, and converting to boom end sheeting are three very good improvements.

Removing all the foam could be done in stages starting with the area behind the rear doghouse to the transom.

Tip-after removing the foam, cutting through the bottom of the reinforcing fiberglass tubes can be done easily with a 1″ spade bit on a cordless drill using the bottom of the hull to help guide the drill bit through the fiberglass tube.  These holes will allow water to drain easily.  CLICK ON FIRST PHOTO TO  SEE SLIDESHOW.

Items needed besides those pictured include fiberglass cloth, polyester resin or to keep the fumes down if working inside, use epoxy resin,carbon fiber (if you have it) to reinforce any joints or deck undersides, bondo with short strand glass fiber (if using polyester resin, if using epoxy get some microballoons or some easily sanding filler to make epoxy thick for finishing work), sand paper, clothespins or other suitable clamps, gloves (latex or plastic and work gloves, throw away paint brushes to apply the resin, acetone, scissors to cut cloth, dust mask etc. probably forgot some stuff too.  Wear your dust mask when digging out the foam as there will be a lot of glass fibers floating in the air and wear long sleeved clothing as the fiberglass is very irritating.Don’t forget to reinforce with fiberglass the aluminum plate and carriage bolt heads that you spent time to square the holes with a small file to fit properly through the plate and the gudgeon on the outside of the transom.  The plate should also be fitted in place with a layer of bondo between the plate and the transom.  Use layers of glass to reinforce the transom and run the glass along the hull sides to the corners and over to the plate as well.   

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Snell Wins 5th North American Title

It was a smokey start to the 2017 N.A. Championship in Osoyoos, BC. Most of the west, from California to BC was plagued with wild fires in their forests which had filled the air in the Okanagan Valley with thick smoke.

The first day of racing was in smokey and generally calm conditions and only one race was completed, however a strong breeze arrived in the early evening. Day two started with a sprinkling of rain, building wind as well as almost smoke free conditions, this  allowed for 5 races to be run. Day three returned to calm conditions which kept sailor on shore — fire fighting water bombers took over the lake as they made pass after pass scooping water from the area in the race course.

Full results have not been received, however the top three places are:

1st – Don Snell (Newell Sailing Club)
2nd – Hamish Ferguson (Newell Sailing Club)
3rd – Mike Sonnie (Newell Sailing Club)

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L-R Hamish Ferguson, Dave Mills, Don Snell, Kieran Mill, Mike Sonnie

Notice the water bomber in the background.

Snell Wins 2017 Nationals

The results of the 48th Canadian Nationals: 2017 Seaspray Nationals

We had 8 Seasprays out with a couple of new participants, Jesse Kittleson from St. Mary’s Sailing Club (Lethbridge, Alberta) and Aaron Neifer from LNR, Alberta were able to come and take part in the racing.  Both participants will be on the Seaspray Association membership  and hopefully will consider attending the North Americans in September in Osoyoos.

Don Snell defended his title again with Hamish Ferguson placing second and Mike Sonnie in third spot.

A total of 10 races were sailed over the 3 days.  Temperatures were in the mid 30’s on Friday and Sunday so with lighter winds on those days made for challenging conditions for hydration. Saturday served up some ideal Seaspray wind conditions and more moderate temperatures where four longer races were completed.

Hope to see you all in Osoyoos in September.

Canadian Nationals Update

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To be held July 7,8 and 9th at Newell Sailing Club.  For more details check the Newell Sailing Club’s website.  The Notice of Race or NOR on the regattas page will give you all the details.

Things to remember..  Regatta registration is Thursday evening from 7-9 pm and Friday morning 8-9 am .   First race starts at 11am on Friday
This is the 48th annual Canadian Nationals, so getting close to 50.  Hope we all can make that one!
I hope that you will try to attend this year’s event especially if you live close to Newell Sailing Club.  Attending a few regattas will help you become a better SeaSpray sailor  and it is always more fun to sail with other Seasprays.
Upcoming Seaspray North Americans will be held in Osoyoos, BC  September 8, 9 and 10th (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).  Remember to book your rooms or campsites soon.  Stan tells me that the Lasers and Optimist dinghies will not be attending this year.  Perhaps there will be an x class besides the Seasprays so the lake will be mostly ours for this event.   The Notice of Race will be posted a bit later this summer so check in a few weeks for the details.

America’s Cup Hype Begins

As much as I marvel at how fast these BIG cats go as well as the advancements in design, it just doesn’t seem to be sailing. I’m not sure how many remember the first on board, live feed in the 12 meter monohulls, but hearing the creaking and groaning the boat was making as they headed up wind in heavy seas was real racing and it left you with a sense of how hard it was.