Spring Newsletter

​The Canadian Seaspray Nationals are coming up real quick…


LOSC Spring Catamaran Regatta

Starting 2018, the Lake Osoyoos Sailing Club will be hosting a Spring Catamaran Regatta.  This year’s racing event is scheduled to occur April 21 & 22, 2018.  This event is open to Formula 18/16, Hobie 16’s and Hobie 18’s.  There will be no handicapped rating starts.  HCANA membership is required for crew or skipper of Hobie Classes.

Concurrently, we will be hosting the 2018 National Sea Spray Championshipson April 20 – 22, 2018 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).  

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN.  Online registration is available by clicking on the appropriate registration button under Regatta Tab on the Osoyoos Sailing Club’s website.  A form must be filled out for each individual sailor or for a pair sailing the same vessel. You will be sent an email with instructions for payment upon confirmation of your registration.
If you register, on line, on or before April 16th the fee is $100 for Seaspray and $120 after.  Regatta phone contacts on Notice of Race for further information.
Remember to book hotel rooms or campsites real soon!

And Now For Something Completely Different..

I have been watching this guy’s Youtube channel as he sails around Great Britain, but as soon as I saw this one I thought of Don Snell and Stan Storwick. Two guys that are always messing about in boats — might be good for flooded fields on the prairies.

Newsletter Update Jan. 2018

Event date and location info for 2018

SeaSpray Canadian Nationals at Osoyoos, BC on April 20, 21 and 22nd 2018.  This event planning is in the early stages and would include the F16 catamaran class.  Reason for the date change for the regatta is the fact that the spring winds are more reliable.  Check the Osoyoos Sailing Club website for Notice of Race.
North Americans in 2018 at Big Lagoon, Humboldt County, California on Sept 1, 2 and possibly 3rd.  This location is in the northern part of the state on the Pacific Ocean but is an enclosed body of water.  Reason for site location is the fact that it is a days travel shorter than Southern California.  There is a regatta at this site called the RedWood Regatta on this weekend.  I do not have any more info concerning places to stay but possibly there is a campground or it might be ok to camp near the regatta site.  Early bookings would be good planning if you are going to attend. Some pictures below show last year’s event?.

More Winter Project Thoughts

In the last newsletter I used a number of photos to show how to remove portions of the decks to facilitate repairs or upgrades.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW these photos on the website.  Here are a couple more thoughts regarding the re-decking portion of the project.
You should use a layer of glass cloth between the hull and deck lip or contact area.  Wet, with catalyzed resin, both sides of the hull and deck lips where contact will be made.  You can use a table or bench covered with a bit of polyethylene to facilitate wetting the glass strips or just place the strips of glass on the contact area and wet it out there.  Click Here for Example Photo
After the glass strips cover all of the contact areas and the glass strip has been wetted with resin, thicken the remaining resin with some micro-balloons or some other type of filler and use the paintbrush used to apply the resin to dab a little bit of the thickened resin (thickened enough that it hardly flows anymore) along the contact area.  This thickened resin and the glass strips will help to fill any voids and make for a strong joint when the deck is re-attached and clamped. Click Here for Example Photo

SeaSpray Molds

Glenmore sailboats still have an alignment jig, a number of hull, deck and daggerboard slot molds located at the retail outlet in Calgary.  The association has been tossing the idea of doing something with the molds and some discussion at the September 2017 AGM took place.  A committee of three members was struck to investigate and determine whether or not to proceed with an action regarding the molds and to report back within six months of this meeting (March 2018).  The right of first refusal was granted to the association by Glenmore Sailboats in August 2012.   Glenmore Sailboats had offered the molds and equipment at sometime in the past for a set price however no action by the association has been undertaken.  Hopefully, the committee will recommend some definitive action be taken to finally take care of this business.

Editorial Comment

For those of you who like to tinker, an old SeaSpray is an excellent platform to start with.  Disregarding the class rules and looking at whatever possibilities modern sail, spar, foil, weight reduction and hull shape advancements have happened, do whatever you like to enhance the performance of the boat.  Future SeaSpray events could welcome a modified boat to help gauge performance.  Perhaps a loose set of rules would be enough if the boat length of 15′ stays the same, the sail size limits of 125 sq. ft  and maximum boat width of 6’6″.   An addition to the class rules to allow an experimental class with a different boat name and the above loose rules to compete at SeaSpray events would be a positive evolvement of the present rules.
If you have any comments, questions or articles, please submit by  email.
If your email address has changed please Email me: editor@canadianseaspray.com
Don Snell

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.   

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)


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.

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.