Another Sunday filled with BIG puffs and small lulls for the TTL racers. The scores from week 7 of racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page, or by clicking here.
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From 20kts+ to 0 to 20kts+ all with in 5 minutes, Lake Pleasant served up a great final weekend of racing.
Congratulations to the Spring Series Winners: Steve Grothe, C22; Greg Atwell, Multi-Hull; Victor Felice, PHRF Non-Spin; Norm Anderson (by one point over Tom Baker!), PHRF Spin; Martin Lorch, Santana 20; Chris Smith (by two over Mike Ferring), PHRF Sportboat; Jason Rziha, Thistle; Steve Dolter, TransLoch.
And the Combined Fall-Spring Winners: Steve Grothe, C22; Brian Willess, Multi-Hull; Victor Felice, PHRF Non-Spin; Norm Anderson, PHRF Spin; Martin Lorch, Santana 20; Chris Smith, PHRF Sportboat; Jason Rziha, Thistle. All but Multi-Hull will represent their fleets in the Club Championship Regatta in May.
March went out like a lion, as the wind blew over 15 most of the afternoon (3/31) for the TTL spring series. And most everybody stayed upright. The scores from week six of racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page, or by clicking here.
By the way, if you’re interested in what the City of Tempe is doing to replace the TTL dam, here’s information on an upcoming public meeting.
Lake Confusing lived up to its name on the weekend (3/23-24), with lots of shifts and mostly light to no wind. In spite of that we got in several races. And it was warm. And Martin Lorch’s dinner was fabulous. Here are the results, subject to some corrections to come.
The TransLoch fleet suffered most, with only three boats able to complete the distance by the 4 o’clock cutoff. Here are the (revised) scores.
Light wind and light turnout for this weekend (3/16) of Tempe Town Lake racing. Here are the results.
High winds, no winds—Lake Pleasant served up a full helping this weekend.
Saturday the wind topped out at 30 mph and kept everybody on the edges of their boats. Speed records tumbled. Fortunately, no boats.
The scores can be found on the results page or by clicking here. And this second weekend for the TransLoch fleet
The scores from the this last weekend of racing at Temp Town Lake are posted on the results page or you’ll find them by clicking here.
It was a chamber of commerce weekend at Lake Pleasant (Feb 22-23), with nice breeze and temperatures pushing 80. After a delay waiting for the wind to shift Saturday, the breeze continued to fill, making for some great race conditions. Meanwhile, back on shore, Peter Lehrach lit the fire in his big smoker at 6:30 am to deliver tasty meat for hungry sailing carnivores.
This was the first outing for the TransLoch fleet and 8 boats showed up for the long run around Horse and Balance Rock islands and then back to the finish line. The race brought out some never-ever race people and some been-a-while race people, such as Craig Seaman, who hadn’t raced his J/27 since being transferred to Atlanta a decade ago.
You’ll find the results here. (The Delta correction gives all boats not flying a spinnaker a 20 second bump.)
Warm, sunny, with (mostly) nice breeze. How’s that for a prescription for a Sunday afternoon of sailboat racing?
The scores from this weekend of racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page, or by clicking here.
Saturday we had to wait for wind and Sunday the wind went away early, but with temperatures in the mid-70s, who could complain?
Some of the highlights: Tom Baker finished out front of Norm Anderson in PHRF Spin. Greg Woodcock gave Martin Lorch a fight, finishing the weekend just two points back. Greg Jackson headed the Sportboat bunch.
Good work by the Thistle and PHRF Non-Spin fleets, with high marks for Peter Burgard’s rib dinner.
The scores? Oh, here you go.
The scores from this past weekend of mast crunching racing are posted on the results page, or by clicking here.
Light air on the first weekend of Tempe Town Lake spring racing, but the fleets managed to sail several races before the breeze disappeared altogether. Here are the scores.
Sure, the East was just hit by a snow storm, but we’re ready to begin the spring racing series in Arizona.
Sign up now for race series at either Tempe Town Lake (racing beginning January 26) or Lake Pleasant (beginning February 8). The registration information is here.
Coming off the successful Birthday Regatta & Leukemia Cup, we’re fired up for more competitive sailboat action.
Good wind and close competition produced a strong 2014 Birthday Regatta & Leukemia Cup.
On Saturday, boats were starting, finishing, and X-coursing continually, scoring as many as 6 races in a single day for a single fleet. Some of the fleets finished the two-day event with 8 or more races, while the Vipers got in 12 in three days.
Not only were there a lot of races, but they were competitive as well, with two fleets needing tie-breakers to determine a winner, PHRF Spin (Lehman/Quant squeaking past Johnson/Bennett) and Wrinkle Boat (Stan Susman besting Gary Overbeck).
The other fleet winners were: Matt Davis, Buccaneer; Bob Worrall, C22; Brett Johnston, Multi-Hull; Victor Felice, PHRF Non-Spin; Martin Lorch, Santana 20; Mark Folkman, Viper 640.
Dennis Lynde won the new “TransLoch” fleet race Saturday, heading a list of a dozen who came to play in this fun fleet (winning extra handicap with such things as cooking on the barbecue during the race).
One nasty event: the collision of Chuck Sears’ Monsoon and Dave Spira’s Bucc on Saturday, producing damage, but no injuries.
The weekend continues to be a good fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, with lots of help from Tony Chapman. Tony estimates that the event brought in more than $20,000 for LLS, aided by 48 boats entering the Leukemia Cup.
Much credit goes to event organizer Emory Heisler, who has put the Birthday Regatta together the last two years, setting it up so that it once again makes money and takes less effort. Nonetheless, Emory says there were 30+ volunteers who made it happen. He thanks Principal Race Officers Bob and Star Malouff of Dillon Lake, Colorado. And he thanks the marina staff for “giving us such a great environment and helping coordinate logistics.”
Meredith Townsend from Sailing World visited and sailed all weekend. Emory’s friend Peter Howson from San Diego was the photographer and we’ll have lots of pictures soon.
We had 84 boats registered, 78 boats raced and 77 races were run over the 3 day event.
Congratulations to the winners—and all the participants—of the fall race series at Tempe Town Lake!
Emory Heisler is the Buccaneer fleet winner. In C14, Cedric Lorch takes the prize. New Laser sailor (and longtime Thistler) Ben Doane wins in Laser. And in the very lightly-contested Portsmouth class, Clay Poulson reigns.
Now, an explanation of the way the Buccaneers have been scoring their races, which will be up for discussion for all fleets for fall of 2014.
The RRS scoring method (A4.2) says, “A boat that did not start, did not finish, retired after finishing or was disqualified shall be scored points for the finishing place one more than the number of boats entered in the series.”
The Bucc fleet felt that this inflicted too great a penalty on boats that missed a race day and have had a fleet rule that says that instead of scoring “one more than the number of boats entered in the series,” they would score one more than the number of boats that had shown up to compete that day.
As an example, if there are 10 boats signed up for the series and you missed a race day, under the RRS you’d be scored “11″ for each race run that day. However if, say, three boats competed that day and you missed it, you’d be scored “4″ for each race run. It could affect the series outcome, though we throw out 20% of each boat’s finishes, which mitigates the effect of missing a day.
Fleet Captain Greg Woodcock noted that the RRS is clear that this scoring change can only be made by changing A4.2 in the Sailing Instructions, so the Bucc fleet’s change will need to be written into the SIs. And other fleets like the Bucc rule and will consider adopting it in fall of 2014 (the first time it could be done without disrupting our club championship). If you’d like this rule adopted, let your fleet captain know.
The wind was so strong when the 2013 Governor’s Cup was scheduled to start that organizer Ralph Vatalaro decided to postpone for half an hour. Then another half hour. And some of the entrants decided it was still too much and turned back to the city.
They missed a nice day on the water. Wind slowly dropped in velocity, but still the first boat across the finish line, Paul Liszewski’s Hobie 33, Rollin’ in the Deep, covered the 26 mile course in less than four hours. Chris Smith’s J/80, Sloop Dogg, was close behind. When the PHRF handicap was applied, a visitor from Las Vegas corrected over both to win possession of the big cup (click here for scores).
Glenn Frank towed from Las Vegas for the event and since he might need a bigger trailer to tow the trophy home, we’ll plan to put it on display in Tempe.
Thanks to Ralph for putting the race together, based on Mike Parker’s course design.
The results from the final week of Fall racing at Lake Pleasant are posted on the results page or by clicking here. Cool temperatures and brisk breeze polished off a windy season.
Congratulations to the fleet winners: Steve Grothe, C22; George Tingom, C22 Saturday-only; Martin Lorch, Santana 20; Brett Johnston, Multi-hull; Victor Felice, PHRF Non-Spin; Norm Anderson, PHRF Spin; Trey Harlow, Thistle; Greg Jackson, Sport Boat.
The results from week 7 of racing at Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page or by clicking here.
The scores from week 6 of Tempe Town Lake are posted on the results page or by clicking here.
Rescued from rogue electrons, the scores from last weekend of racing at Lake Pleasant, can be found on the results page or by clicking here. (Dave’s computer needed major surgery in order to produce the results.) Some more pictures from Kyle Clark are available here.