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

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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

Ferguson Wins 7th National Title

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.

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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.

 

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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.

Sea Spray North Americans

Info on Big Lagoon, California.  Big Lagoon

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.

 

Spring Newsletter

​The Canadian Seaspray Nationals are coming up real quick…

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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!

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

Winter Wonders

In the last few days of run up before the end of 2017, it is a good time to reflect on the good times of the past year and look ahead to 2018. Feet up, hot beverage in hand, watching out the window as the inevitable winter freeze takes a hold of the landscape, the mind goes back to the warm water and steady breeze of the summer.

It is easy to forget the days of rain in the spring, the stifling heat of July, the air choking smoke from the forest fires, and the endless hours sitting on the beach or on your boat waiting for the wind to blow at some regatta. Ah, but remember that big blow at Osoyoos in ’07 when, as you sailed downwind, the spray from crashing into the waves soaked everything on the boat all the way to the top of the mast as you hiked off the rear doghouse, toes barely hooked in the straps, rudders singing, and how the bow tube would smash into the back of the odd wave bringing everything to a momentary, screeching halt only to release and begin the whole sequence again?

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Race start just before the big blow in ’07

Maybe the pirate battle comes to mind, a giant water fight with the junior sailors at Lake Newell in ’13 as we waited for wind in the heat of that July day. Cooled everyone off and kept the adults away from John’s wine.

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Pirate battle of ’13

Around these parts, winter has slowly arrived with ski hills now open but eagerly awaiting the “big dump” of snow in order to really get going in time for Christmas break.

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy holiday season and have a Happy New Year.

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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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