More downloadable photos from the 2021 NAC at Annapolis can be found at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/kdrpl8xy1f308eb/AACRBxcXBs7tBi1MRhmsk2IWa?dl=0 and https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0obpoj8tp987m73/AACUnyjPUGEHuAr5T04f-vqya?dl=0
Congratulations to this year's winners:
Hans Gottschalk DSA Merit Award: Claudia Minicozzi
Cruising Award – cruising exploits of a DSA member: Mandy Root-Thompson
Rebel VP Award – promotion and growth of class: Brian Wilson
Robert Smith Award (Young Competitor): Matthew Blake
Orin Adams: Corinthian sailor award – voted on by sailors at the regatta: Chandler Owens
Delores Bayer Old Salt Award: Jim Fisher
Radke award (biggest age difference between skipper and crew): Bob and Matthew Blake
Al Santorillo Award: Bonnie Urban/Amy Harris and Scott Graham/Kevin Flanagan
Treadway Tankard Award (highest related pair finish): Barbara and Jonathan Foot
Honorary Membership: Dave Keran, Bob Gaffney
Activities started early at SSA: unpacking boats – particularly the long hauls from California and Florida! – measuring sails (lots of brand new ones) and foils, weighing boats, and “fixing” things…with lots of shade and water breaks.
Much appreciation to Bob Damon for keeping an eye out and being a great consultant, to Erik McCaffery for laying out the sail measurement tapes and overseeing sails with Mary Heimer and Amy Harris, to Chris Lewton and lots of hands helping on weighing boats and measuring foils.
Thank goodness for the Harbor hurricane keeping a gentle breeze blowing from the north (not typical) as it was a bit hot and humid.
Registration went smoothly thanks to Tom and Michele – nice swag! And the tech shirts are great.
Seems like some DS’ers may sail in SSA’s Tuesday Evening Social One-Design (TESOD) racing in the Harbor, starts around 6 pm.
Practice race tomorrow afternoon!
We are glad to see everyone – will post final registration list tomorrow.
Eight races were held for the Day Sailer 2021 Atlantic Coast Championships on Lake Quannapowitt, Wakefield, Massachusetts, 4 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. It was a beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the 60's and 70's, morning wind at about 10 to 20 mph and afternoon wind at about 5 to 10 mph. The Lemaire, Bush, and Lannen family teams showed great teamwork. The other 3 boats had first time crews for a Day Sailer championship regatta, but showed remarkably quick learning to get up to speed with the family teams. Windward/leeward legs were between 1/2 mile and 1 mile long, with most races windward-leeward, some finishing upwind, some finishing downwind, and one with a triangle added. The racing was very close, with 4 of the 6 boats wining 2 races each, and some races had many boats finish within a few seconds; some inches apart. At the jibe mark in one race, all 6 boats rounded within a few boat lengths. The spinnaker work improved as the day went on, particularly with the new teams. Bob and Marc Lemaire recovered nicely from a broach in a 25 mph gust with the spinnaker up, then bailed lake water out of the boat with a 5 gallon pail, and with the surge of adrenaline from their near capsize, worked their way up to second place in the race. The Lannens raced their DS 2 that does not have a spinnaker or other normal go-fasts, and are looking forward to getting their DS 1 ready for racing in the near future. The 2021 Atlantic Coast Champions were Bob and Marc Lemaire, and their names will appear again on the historic Atlantic Coast trophy. The top 4 boats (Lemaire, Boohar, Bush, and Wilson) were separated by only 6 points (2 points between 2nd and 4th), and the final finishing places were not set until the last race was completed. Photos by Deb Mason-McCaffrey