UPDATED – It’s A Wrap

FULL RESULTS CLICK HERE

The 2019 SeaSpray North American Championships marks the end of the racing season for the class and while I haven’t received the full results, I can announce that Don Snell has regained the NA Championship.

Friday saw the usual dying wind conditions which meant only one race was completed and Saturday, once the direction stabilized, saw near perfect winds for SeaSpray racing and some very exciting racing.

As soon as the full results are available, I will post them on this website. In the meantime, here are a few photos from Friday & Saturday.

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2019 Nationals

REGATTA RESULTS

Click here for full results of Prairie Wind Regatta

The 2019 SeaSpray Nationals held at Lake Newell and hosted by the Newell Sailing Club went smoothly enough with fairly consistent light winds that enabled seven races.  It was a large regatta with light winds and close to 80 boats across several classes.

2019 Winners
L to R, Richard Braul 3rd, Hamish Ferguson 2nd and Don Snell 1st.

A fleet of 10 SeaSprays competed with the exception that one of the SeaSprays was really a Sol Cat.  Seven were from NSC, one from St. Mary’s Sailing Club and one from Calgary.  In the photo from left to right, Richard Braul 3rd, Hamish Ferguson 2nd and Don Snell 1st.  The race results are posted in the attachment.

TRAMP WOES

On another topic, we found during this event that some of the competitors boats had trampoline problems, namely their tramps were pulling out from the extrusion.  I took the time to take some pictures to show what your trampoline extrusions should look like.

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The left extrusion is Glenmore sailboat’s supplied extrusion.  The space is slightly less than 1/8″ and this is the correct gap spacing.  Note also the rounded entrance to allow easier placement of the trampoline into the extrusion.  The top extrusion is a typical awning extrusion supplied by your local tarp or tent and awning or upholstery shop.  The gap on that extrusion is closer to 1/4″ and is too wide.  You can pinch this to a 1/8″ gap with pliers or using a bench vise.  You should also round the sharp corners with a file for easier placement of the trampoline.  If your tramp is consistently pulling out you will have to remove it and correctly space the extrusion.  If it is at the proper spacing, likely the bolt rope is too small or has deteriorated and will have to be replaced.  Make sure that you or whoever replaces the bolt rope uses the correct size rope.  You can try wrapping a piece of tramp material around a potential sized rope (I think 3/16″) to test to see if it will fit into the extrusion before using it for the new bolt rope.  I have seen rotted wood in place of the bolt rope which seems that someone thought wood doweling would work, not!  Polyester rope is the best, a bit more expensive but the advantage is it doesn’t shrink in length like nylon.  Polypropylene will work but may deteriorate in time.  If your bolt rope is consistent but a bit too small you may be able to close the 1/8″ gap a bit smaller to make it hold.  Make sure your extrusion is clean.  Use some spray lubricant to help slide the tramp into the extrusion.

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This picture shows the end of the extrusion holding the trampoline.  You will note that waxed thread has been used to hold the tramp here from pulling out.  This works very well.  Some variations are to use wire which is acceptable but try to find some waxed thread and a heavy needle to do this work.  If your extrusion gaping is at the right width and your bolt rope is consistent and you sew or wire the ends you shouldn’t have problems with your tramp pulling out.  You may have to use a nail to drive out the rivet remnants out of the rivet before sewing.

(Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl – you should consider this a must for your sailing toolbox) Available online and in stores.

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Covering your trampoline to protect it from sunlight and some dirt will greatly extend the life of your tramp.  If you don’t cover your tramp the sewing thread will go first, the hiking strap material next and finally the tramp material itself will eventually be destroyed by the sun’s rays.

The Verdict on the Aluminum Dagger boards from windknife.

I used the extruded aluminum dagger boards in this race and found them to work well.  There was no hum like my wooden/glass boards make. When considering all the work involved to make wood/glass/carbon fiber boards they should be a consideration if you want to upgrade your standard boards.   Downside is that they do not float and the trailing edge is near knife sharp so be careful when handling.  Consider some way of tying them to the boat if capsize is a possibility or just do it anyways.  There was time spent to make them fit precisely in line.  I used pieces of maple (oak would do) for a guide for the trailing edge.  A saw cut 1/8″ deep was made dead center lengthwise and these boards were varnished and placed inside the trunks before being glassed into place.  The trailing edge of these boards are almost knife edge sharp and could do some real damage if grounded.  These saw cuts act as a guide to keep the boards aligned.  Tape around the boards when doing your bondo or epoxy putty work to make a precise fit.  Care must be taken to make sure the boards align as perfectly as possible with the lengthwise center line of each hull.  At around $100 each with shipping they are a bargain and could/should be part of your boat upgrade solutions.

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Shows loops for pulling out and epoxy filled end

LIGHT WND SKILLS

Hamish mentioned that during some of the really light upwind wind sailing, flattening the mainsail was better than leaving it full.  My observation was that sailing with a bit of jib luff flapping but with the leach streamers still streaming worked for some of the time going to windward.  Most of the boats were fairly close speed wise.  Wind shifts or being on the right tack or side of the course made big differences.

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Foil Fun by Don Snell

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.

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Shows finished length and one with protective cover
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Shows loops for pulling out and epoxy filled end
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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 Championships

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.

 

2019 Championship Details Released

Championship Dates

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.

 

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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.

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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.

Other News

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.

Fall Newsletter

Trophy Upgrade

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.

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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.

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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.

Butler Wins Second Championship

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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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Ferndale, California was another worthy visit and had many interesting and surprising delights.
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Summer Newsletter

PRAIRIE WIND REGATTA

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.

NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP

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,

Michael

707 961-1891

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:

 http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/16993

 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

 Hi Michael,

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

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