Down the backstretch we go. BACKSTRETCH Jonathan (62) has a stranglehold on his horse with the reins pulled in tight, Nelson (54) has moved up along side to challenge for that lead, a length back Jay (81) has moved into 3rd, Sean (16) has slid back to 4th, it’s a gap of two where Gary (59) remains in 5th followed by Terry (71) a half length back on the outside in 6th and further back is the rest of the field.

We were able to fit in 5 heats before time expired for the day. Neil Atkins surprised everyone when he took a bullet in the second heat. ( I think he has been sand bagging it for some time now.)  Richard finally went weedless in the last two heats to take bullets in each of them, and the Admiral was able to pull off a couple of his own.

After watching the wind pick up when we were putting our boats back in their stalls we decided to change the racing hours for the remainder of the year so as to get some of that more pleasant wind that fills in at the end of the day.  Our new racing times will be 4:30 pm till 6:30 pm. If there happens to be no wind I am sure someone will have a relevant topic for us to discuss.

“Sturdy and Bold” by Bold Laddie-Durendal, by Rameses

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Coming Off The Turn

horse photo 1There was not much change coming off the turn.  Jonathan continues to lead with Sean second, and Nelson close on the outside. A length back is Jay, Gary Schmidt and then Terry. IMG_1938 And then the rest of the pack is jockeying for position.  At the start of the race the odds makers had:

Jonathan at  1-5, Sean at 16-1, Nelson at 8-1, Jay at 6-1, Gary at 4-1, and Terry at 30-1.

We were able to complete 5 races on an afternoon that was very pleasant. The wind was another matter though.  Up,down,north,south, and everything in between.  So, out of the five races we had four different winners.

It is a very long backstretch so there is still a long way to go.

Our next race date will be Sunday July 16th off the south dock CYC 4-6 pm.

See you at the races.

Pleasurable Buck!!!




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Around The Clubhouse Turn


IMG_1529Around the clubhouse turn we go, and it is Jonathan (62) maintaining a comfortable 1&1/2 length lead over Sean (16) who has a 2 length lead over Nelson (54) with Jay (81) a neck back on the outside and a gap of 2 to Jack (005), Terry (71) and the rest of the field. “RESULTS”

There was a lot of bumping and impeding other boats going into the turn but you wouldn’t expect anything else with Jack in the race.

The day was about as messy as the radar.  In the middle of the second race the course was shortened to one lap in order to get everyone’s boat to shore and pack up before the storms.  No more racing but an excellent opportunity to show our hospitality to Jack Ward (48) who was nice enough to bring his laser up from Florida to race with us and finishing second and third respectively .

With everyone chomping at the bit to get back out there we will not be racing July 2nd so that all can enjoy the holiday weekend, but will again be at the south dock 4-6pm on Sunday July 9th as we head for the backstretch.

Second Son by Talc!!!!


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At 3:30 pm what wind there was came from the south. So, I set out marks that gave us a range of south east to south west.  At 3:50 pm the wind, light as it may be, came from the west.  I returned to the dingy and reset the marks for a west to east course.  At 4:15 pm the wind picked up, as it usually does, and we raced a north/south course which included a mooring ball as a windward mark.  (I was getting tired of rowing) IMG_2516

Don’t let the photo fool you.  It may look like very light wind but if you look very carefully across the lake in the photo you can see that the wind is filling in from the east shore and soon to be upon us. Net effect was we were able to spin off five races before the clock struck 6pm.

If I were calling a horse race the call today would be Jonathan 62 takes the lead by a length, Sean 16 and Nate 73 are neck and neck in second followed by 54,005,and 68 fighting it out for forth, then a gap of four to Jay 81 then a gap of five to Neil 172 and the rest of the field.  Tune in next week as they go into the club house turn.

Post time will once again be 4pm off the south dock CYC.

Until then, charge your boats.

The Admiral

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Spring Series Cut Short

We had a late start this spring which shaved off the first couple of weeks and then came the last couple of weeks. Week 5 had plenty of 15-20 knot winds which were “C” sails.  All was going well with 5 races in when the scorekeeper decided to leave his post.  Yep, you guessed it, in the water went the score sheet.  Although it went in right next to the keel we were trying to recover our efforts were futile and the  total day became a day of throw outs. Or should I say “into the wind”.

Keel & Score Sheet Fishing

Keel & Score Sheet Fishing

Then on week 6 the wind gods decided there would be no wind at all. So as the spring series comes to a close it was Jonathan Gorbold taking first with a net score of 33, Sean Quigley second with a net 48, Nelson Habecker third with a 50, and just shy in fouth with a net of 51 was Nate Heinzelman for the series.
Law of gravity — If the keel is not clipped in place it will fall to the bottom. Lesson to be learned!!!!!


Congratulations to Sean and Nate, new junior members to our fleet late last year. Only 4 boats separated the second, third, and forth place finishers.

“Complete Results”

Next “Sunday” we will begin our 9 week Summer Series.  Racing will be off the south dock 4-6pm.

See you on the water!!!!!

The Admiral

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Rain & Snow Hold Off For Week 3

We did not have to worry about using suntan lotion on this May day.  Once again it felt like early November but 7 of us did show up to  race for a couple of hours.  There actually was a conversation as to whether or not you could get frostbite if the temperature was above 32 degrees.  I suggested that we not find out.IMG_2481

We started with downwind starts to the east and ended with Gary Schmidt moving the marks to race north and south for the final race of the day.  Most of the time the wind remained just off shore which made it difficult to keep our boats moving around the windward mark.  We did manage to get in 6 races that were very close due to the lack of wind when sailing the final leg.

Sean Quigley (one of our junior racers) captured the day by winning 3 of the races followed  by Nate Heinzelman with one and Jonathan Gorbold having one.

Next week (Mother’s Day) we will once again be racing from the south dock CYC 4-6pm hopefully with much better weather.

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Week 2 Generates 7 Races

After what was a somewhat slow start everyone got organized and in the water to begin week 2 of our spring series.  It must have been that the cooler weather in the morning was affecting everyone’s blood flow.  IMG_2479By afternoon Barb was still convinced that it was cold but my forecast held true to form.  Partly sunny, winds out of the east at 8-10, and temps around 65 Fahrenheit.

Jonathan and Anna Gorbold returned from a trip abroad ready to race.  Out of the 7 races that we had Jonathan had 4 wins, 2 seconds and 1 third.  Nate Heinzelman had 2 wins and Bill Schmidt was able to pull off one.  “RESULTS”

Next week we will be moving our starting time to 4pm so that those pesky big sailboats have room to get in and out of the water. Maybe with the later start we will all show up before the start time of the first race.

See you Sunday May 7th for week 3 of the spring series.

The Admiral!!!!

PS Following racing that day all the J-22 racers are invited to attend a fleet meeting at John Wright’s home scheduled for 7PM.


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Spring Series Has Rough Beginning

RC Laser Spring Series Began by exposing many problems for both boats and skippers.  While many of our fleet were away on spring break those that weren’t were eager to get in the water.

THE PROBLEMS:  Sean Quigley developed a transmitter/receiver problem before the first race had begun.  We tried changing batteries and battery holder in an effort to solve the problem but nothing worked. Our solution was to keep him racing with my boat which was making a constant ticking sound coming  from the main sail servo. That lasted for about an hour until the servo decided to quit completely.  We then decided to use my transmitter/ receiver in his boat that had working servos to keep him racing for the last hour.  Anne Lambert had her rechargeable batteries fail after 30 minutes and needed to replace them before she could continue.  Barb Urich missed the first race wanting to be fashionably late and Jay Niggli missed the first six races realizing he needed to go back home and get his transmitter.


The weather was perfect for a spring day of racing.  The temperature was in the high 60s, sunny, and winds that came and went every 10 minutes 2 knots up to 6 knot with a few gusts thrown in.  We were able to get in 8 races with two hours of racing.  Richard Mikulec ripped off 3 wins  early, then Nate Heinzelman and Jack Bennett each had 2, while I struggled to win one borrowing Jack’s boat.

Next week we will be racing at CYC off the south dock 2-4pm  Sunday April 30th.  I’m looking forward to another Sunny day in the 60s with plenty of wind..

The Admiral!!!!!!


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Jonathan Gorbold Cruses to Victory in Frostbite


“Doesn’t look like Frostbite”

We finished the frostbite series at Holiday Harbor racing off the boardwalk with moderate breezes that were very unpredictable much of the time. The spectators arrived early to try and get a close viewing of the event but were disappointed when asked to leave because of the lack of “Porto Potties”.

It was never a contest for first (Jonathan Gorbold) but it was a close race for second. In the end it was Bill Schmidt hanging on to take second by just .5 points over Jay Niggli finishing third. “RESULTS”

Richard Mikulec surprised all of us following racing by bringing a cooked stack of ribs to go with Anna’s Black Bean soup.

There was some talk that the season should continue but at the time of this writing our weather is to take a turn towards winter in the next few days and the music will soon change to holiday classics. Therefor I would like to wish everyone the best of holidays and look forward to seeing everyone for the beginning of the Spring Series.

The Admiral

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“Mary’s Lasagna Takes First Place”

It was cold, damp, and rainy at the canal but ten brave racers showed up to take part in what we now call Canal Days.  The advantage of racing near a bridge is that you can get out of the rain and park your wares where they won’t get wet.img_2418 img_2417 img_2416

The course was set so that you would pass under the bridge with each leg to get a minute or two out of the rain while continuing to race. I personally found that my boat does not like the rain.  Every time I passed under the bridge my boat would stop and just shiver in the wind.  That is what I contribute to my lack luster performance.  Mary and Nate would start out in front in each race but by the third or forth leg I found their boats taking cover under the bridge as well.  In the two hours of racing we managed to reel off four races.   Bill won two, Jonathan won one and Jay won one as well. “RESULTS”

Finally it was time to eat.  Bill & Mary led the way so that Bill could get a fire going and Mary could organize the meal tables.  I decided to follow Jack and Neil which wound up being a tour of the south side of the city.  After passing the same streets twice I took the led with google and got us to their home.

Just the smell inside was enough to warm you up.  Wasting no time when told it was ready, I took the first piece of Mary’s lasagna and tested it for scoring.  Yep that’s a 10.  No need to go further.  While everyone else brought great dishes to complement for which we were all thankful, First Place went to Mary’s lasagna.  Thank You Mary!!!!!


Just as a reminder:

Annual dues for Fleet #14 RC Lasers expired at the end of October 2016. Your payment of $20 makes you an active member from 11/01/16 thru 10/31/17.

You can pay your dues online if you wish! Click here. Or in person to Maggie Atkins or Nelson Habecker

Thank you for your membership.

The Admiral

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