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August 24th Race Draws Four Boats

THIRD RACE OF SEASON HELD AUGUST 24

Four Boats

Our third race of the season was contested by four boats Russ Witzke with crew George Ferris, Armondo Antonini with Conrad Vanino, Tony and Mary Stajkowski, and Tom Stoner with Ron Hrabak.  Years ago the club awarded me the Turtle Award as I capsized twice.  I want all to know that we have a new champion- Armando.  He has two this year and coupled with the one in the 2006 Regatta he now has three.   He didn’t even wait to start racing before he got it out of his system by capsizing while tied up at the dock!

Back to the races- all two of them.  At the start the wind was up and showing lots of promise so we called the first race as ABC twice around.  Even at 12:00 the wind was fairly steady so we called the same race again but we no sooner got started and the wind started dying.  We managed to finish the race but the wind had diminished to the point of not making a third race enjoyable.  Russ took the day with a 1-1; Armando was second with a 2-2 and I was third with a 3-3.

Thanks go as ever to wife Jan for her work as race committee head assisted by Betty and Lou Brown.  Thanks also to the chase boat crew- Barb Vanino, and Jay and Jane Moyer.  We welcomed past member, Bev Bonnville, back to watch the races.  She has moved from Lake City, MI to Hellertown near Allentown.

Tom Stoner- Racing Chairman

Race Standings

    Racing points accumulated toward 2013 Championship
 

Results as of

 

YTD

6/29

7/27

8/24

9/21

10/19

 
 

Handicap

 

 

Skipper

Next Race

             
R. Witzke

1.000

28

12

8

8

     
T Stoner

1.101

23

9

10

4

     
J Rutolo

1.151

22

13

9

       
A Antonini

1.168

9

 

3

6

     
P Correll

1.144

8

8

         
R. Crump

1.204

7

7

         
R Hemphill

1.171

3

3

         
T Stajkowski

1.291

2

   

2

     
B Ciferri

1.093

0

           
M Katzen

1.180

0

           
M. Adair

1.227

0

           
                 
                 
                 
Points represent number of boats beaten plus 1/race.      

 

July Race Sailed Under Favorable Winds

Our second race of the season was a delightful affair as the winds predicted to be in the 7-14 MPH range held true from the beginning race and built gradually all day.  We did an ABC, ABC twice around, and once around the island.  The stronger winds managed to keep everyone competitive so much so that after the first two races three boats were tied for overall.  Russ Witzke with crew Tom Lucas finished first in all three races however with the handicaps mixed in the results changed somewhat.  Tom Stoner with crew Henry Borneman finished first with a 1-3-1 showing; Joe Rutolo and Conrad Vanino finished second with a 2-2-2;  Russ Witzke and Tom Lucas finished third with a 3-1-3.  Armando Antonini sailing alone worked hard and even had a knockdown in the third race but was able to finish.

Again thanks to our committee- Jan Stoner, Ron Hrabak, Lou and Betty Brown and our chase boat- manned by Jay and Jane Moyer and Mary Calcagno.  They make our racing possible.

 

    Racing points accumulated toward 2013 Championship
 

Results as of

 

YTD

6/29

7/27

8/24

9/21

10/19

 
 

Handicap

 

 

Skipper

Next Race

             
J Rutolo

1.151

22

13

9

       
R. Witzke

1.000

20

12

8

       
T Stoner

1.075

19

9

10

       
P Correll

1.144

8

8

         
R. Crump

1.204

7

7

         
A Antonini

1.138

3

 

3

       
R Hemphill

1.171

3

3

         

Sail to Bernville in the Rain

A Bad Day of Sailing Beats a Good Day at Work

We had cleaned and packed everything up and just started out to return when the rain started.  I put a rain jacket on but Henry elected to just enjoy the rain. He finally relented and put one on after about a half hour. We had three boats - Tony and Mary got a late start so were not with us on the way up and then they took a couple wrong turns so they never caught up with us and decided to return when it started to rain. We managed to sail all the way to Church Road - Armando and Ralph, Russ and Tom Lucas and daughter Tegan, and Henry and I. The winds were light but the overcast skies kept it cool and except for a few fishermen we had the lake to ourselves. At the park we had a table and enjoyed our tube steak lunch. On the way back after sailing for a half mile we decided to motor and I pulled the two powerless sailboats back to the dock. The two boats being pulled alongside each other took the opportunity to get even wetter with a water fight between them. All and all it was a fun alternative to the daysail to Nockamixon.

Tom Stoner

Editor’s Note:  Upon contacting the above participants for their perspective on this event a comment was received that one of the captains had the audacity to hide behind his mainsail while sacrificing his crew in order to drench the “enemy,” all the while remaining dry himself.   Instead of revealing who this scoundrel might be we invite you to post your guesses in the Comment box below this post. 

 

 



 

Regatta 2013

Race Participants

Race Participants

Racers Who Placed

Those Who Placed

Tom Stoner

Tom Stoner, Race Chairman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28th ANNUAL REGATTA SAILED ON June 29     (Click photos for full size image)

Our annual Regatta was another test of our perseverance as the wind was teasing us all day.  It was supposed to build to the 8-10 range by 1:00 but it only gave us spurts of 5 or so minutes before falling off again.  At least it didn’t rain but it did dry you out.  We managed only three ABC races each just once around.  Not good for three and a half hours as we started at 11:00 and called it a day at 2:30.

We had six boats come out- Russ Witzke and crew Tom Lucas, Ray and Ingrid Hemphill, Tom Stoner and Ron Hrabak, Phil and Eileen Correll, Joe Rutolo and Conrad Vanino, and Rick and Steve Crump.  Speedy Russ showed us the way by again physically beating everyone.  However the second race did him in as he got caught in some light air and lost his usual substantial margin finishing 5th after handicap giving him a 1-5-1.  Joe Rutolo in his O’Day Daysailer managed a 3-1-2 day to finish first overall.  Tom Stoner was third with a 5-2-3 day.

Thanks to our committee- Lou and Betty Brown, Mary Stajkowski, and Jan Stoner.  Also a big thanks goes to our chase boat crew- Barb Vanino, Mary Calcagno, Jay and Jane Moyer.  It’s nice to know someone is looking out for trouble as well as pulling the marks after the race.

If the chase boat continues to be available maybe we can have more around- the–island races.

Thanks again to Barb and Conrad Vanino for hosting the Regatta party the next day at their home.  Conrad did double duty as a fine auctioneer for the auction of used items for the benefit of the club.  Also thanks to helpers Joe and Michele Rutolo, Jan Stoner, Russ Witzke, Tom Lucas, and Tony Stajkowski for helping make the party a success.

Tom Stoner – Race Chairman

REGATTA PICNIC PHOTOS BELOW – Many thanks to the Vaninos for hosting the picnic and to all those who contributed and participated.

Big Fun at Little Buffalo

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Little Buffalo, Big Fun!

Ten adventuresome souls trekked to Little Buffalo State Park outside Newport, PA north of Harrisburg for a weekend of fun and fellowship in mid-March: Adairs, Stajkowskis, Moyers, Vaninos, Mary Calcagno and Anna Grace. Mike and I picked up the keys to the cabin mid-afternoon on Friday and soon the others arrived to “set up camp” for the weekend. It was a hardship to endure the modern conveniences of the cabin–hardwood floors, comfortable furniture, 40″ flatscreen TV and DVD player, fully appointed kitchen, 3 bedrooms of sturdy bunkbeds, 2 full baths, heat/AC, washer/dryer, and more, but somehow we managed.

Friday night, we enjoyed a dinner of lasagna, garlic bread, salad, and an awesome chocolate cake (Barb, you outdid yourself!). We played some games, the winners of which won prizes out of Kristel’s box of miscellaneous goodies. Next came the PJ Fashion show–lots of style, but Jay in his Grinch jammies was the hands-down winner!

Saturday’s plans included a GPS Poker Run in the park, so after our delicious pancake breakfast thanks to Chefs Tony, Mary, and Barb, Mike and I left in the beginning snowfall to set up the course. Owing to the weather, we didn’t make it unnecessarily challenging for the 4 teams to find the caches of playing cards, unless you wouldn’t think to look inside a porta-potty or were put off by a couple “Road Closed” signs. The snow fell a little harder, accumulating on the grass, trees, and road. Really pretty in this remote setting! While everyone was out on the poker run, Mike and I hiked a trail through the woods, one of many that exist in the park. We regrouped for lunch then finished the Texas Hold ’em game for the poker run and determined the winners to be Barb and Conrad. More prizes from the goodie box.

Foursies started right after lunch as it seemed we indulged in everyone’s snack food all day. A hearty game of Toss the Pigs (more prizes), a trial of Tai Chi by some of ladies, and a Jeff Dunham video rounded out the afternoon. We debated the wisdom of our dinner plans at a local restaurant considering it was still snowing, and we decided since we had all brought enough food to sink a battleship that we would continue to nosh our way into the evening. We entertained ourselves with good conversation, bad movies, and tall tales until some of us headed to our bunks. Michael, known to sleep through earthquakes, indeed slept through the shenanigans that followed…

My head had barely touched my pillow when a loud pounding began, and continued on and on. Then loud voices and hooting and thumping feet. Tony got up and confronted the offenders in his tidey-whities, but despite Tony’s dignified bearing the miscreants continued to behave like teenagers alone in the house for the first time with the parents away for the weekend. Without naming names or pointing fingers at who started the mischievous mayhem, I can relate that the residents of the downstairs bedroom were completely unrepentant the following morning. One claimed to be in the bathroom and completely innocent. Yeah, right! A brother and sister each ratted out the other, while another with a history of practical joking stood by with a saintly look on her face. Well, jokers, just remember, paybacks can come at any time!

We put the hootenanny of the previous night behind us as we sat down to a wonderful breakfast of ham, eggs, toast, and fruit served up by Jane, Anna, and Mary C. Before long we were packed up and heading for home, having thoroughly enjoyed the weekend at Little Buffalo!

Kristel and Mike Adair

Weekend Hosts

Intra Coastal Waterway Presentation a Huge Success

The ICW presentation at the March 13 general meeting was a huge success. Our presenter, Ron Harbin, detailed his May 2012 solo voyage from Middle River, MD to Beaufort N.C. and back. To those of you unable to attend, below are numerous web links Ron provided for use as reference for anyone who may be considering this trip.

An Insider’s ICW

Super Bowl Party 2013

BMSA February 3rd, 2013 Super Bowl Party

It was a great evening with a full house of members of the Blue Marsh Sailing Association gathering to watch the 2013 Super Bowl game on Pennsylvania Avenue. The party was not held in the West Wing because of the number of attendees. It was held in the Flyers Den and Island Bar areas of the Vanino’s Casa.

There was concern this year for the turnout of the event as neither of of the Pennsylvania Teams were playing with few Baltimore or San Francisco fans within BMSA. However, everyone was surprised to see a record crowd turn out to watch the game considering it was just the 49’ers and the Ravens. Even more interesting was that the game was not a 49er “blow out” as predicted and the final results with the Ravens surviving a win by a score of 34 to 31 over the 49ers. Yes, hard to believe, but yes it did happen. It goes to show that the odds makers don’t really know the game as most think they do. We know now the value a made or missed field goal.

With lots of food, drinks, deserts and side entertainment by the Kaia and Hexi Duo, the Century 21 Ads during the game on the three TV’s and the guest appearances of the legendary Gene Paris and his neighbors Pat & Harry Shalter (three prior members who indicated a desire to re-join BMSA this year), it was a very merry time for all, even without the Eagles in the game.

Most interesting was the influence Gene Paris had on the Witzke’s, Tom Lucas, Sissy Elder, Anna Grace, Mary Calcagno and the other “old timers” as they hung around the Island Bar and Kaia and Hexi entertained the Antonini’s, Adairs, Moyer’s, Stajkowski’s and others in the Flyers Den with Barb keeping everyone in line. My job that day was to …. ( I don’t remember).

Conrad Vanino

Commodore’s Banquet 2012

The 2012 Commodore’s Banquet was held at Beverly Hills Tavern and was attended by 32 members.  We ate, drank, and sang Sea Shanty Songs.  Conrad Vanino did a great job of hosting and remembering our Past Commodores.  We watched videos on TV of our trip to the BVI this year and of The Year 2012 In Review.  Our new officers were sworn in and all Past Commodores in attendance received a Past Commodore flag.  Tom Stoner then reviewed our racing season and handed out the racing trophies.  We finished up the evening with a funny game directed by Kristel Adair.  Below are photos from the evening.  Mouse over each photo for the caption and click on each photo for a larger image.

2012 Train Ride to Jim Thorpe

On Sunday, October 14 ten members and friends of BMSA boarded the Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad train at Port Clinton and departed on a 2 ½ hour trip to Jim Thorpe.  The weather was mostly sunny and pleasant and it was an enjoyable ride.  Part of the fun was sitting with our friends in the old fashioned train seats that have seat backs that flip over so four people can sit facing each other while enjoying the scenery.  We had snacks to munch on while we chatted and the time passed quickly.  As we arrived at the train station in Jim Thorpe there were hundreds of people buying food from the many vendors.  I opted for one of my favorites, the pulled pork sandwich with barbeque sauce, topped off with a big old twisted soft pretzel.  After we refueled the engines we walked up the main street and headed for the old jailhouse.  We each bought a tour ticket and waited our turns as it was a busy day.  It took about 40 minutes to complete the tour and we got to see the gallows where the famous Molly Maguires were hung in 1877.  One of the most famous curiosities of the prison is the eerie hand print that never disappeared.  One of the inmates once claimed, in defiance, that he would never be forgotten as his handprint, placed on a wall in one of the cells, remained, even after repeated washing and digging out of the cement on the wall.  The town itself was in a festive mood with a live band playing in front of one of the local businesses and several locals walked the streets dressed in period costumes that took you back to the late 19th century.  We walked past the gorgeous artwork and architecture at St. Mark’s church – a combination of Queen Anne and Late Gothic Revival architecture with beautiful Tiffany and Gibson windows, but unfortunately did not have time to tour the church as we were due to board our train back to Port Clinton at 3 PM for a 3:30 departure.  During our return trip we were asked to fill out a questionnaire about our likes and dislikes.  Our only complaint was that the train left too early to return home as we would have enjoyed more time to visit the town and take in some of the great dining at the local restaurants.  We arrived back at Port Clinton just before dark and some of us drove to Logan’s Roadhouse near Cabela’s for a good dinner.  We ate and drank and dumped our peanut shells on the floor as the sign so directed us.  It felt like a full day by the time we got home.  During the drive back we discussed returning again, maybe by car next time to take along our bikes or kayaks and enjoy more of a great area.

Joe Rutolo

The 2012 Turkey Race

MOTHER NATURE SMILES
DOWN ON TURKEY RACE

 For many of us, the Turkey Race is the last hoorah for our sailing season and Mother Nature supplied just the right amount of wind to make it exciting, yet not overpowering. Just when it looked like you were not going to make your mark She came along with a nice puff to round you up above your mark. The wind gradually increased all day, making each rounding easier to handle due to the knowledge gained on prior roundings. The rain earlier in the week left the lake at high levels, which also helped. In other words, it was a perfect day to be on the lake.

We originally had eight boats scheduled to race, but Bob Ciferri dropped due to his mother’s death. Our sincerest condolences go to you, Bob.  New member, Rick Crump, ventured out but dropped almost immediately, citing the inexperience of the crew. So we sailed on with six boats, all of which finished the five roundings in good time.  The good winds kept most of the boats in close vicinity, which allowed observant crews to keep their boat competitive. Joe Rutolo benefitted greatly from having on board old-pro crew, Conrad Vanino. This kept them in the mix and allowed them to capitalize on Joe’s handicap to take a first in all the laps, which were deemed to be individual races. Second place overall went to Tom Stoner with crew, Barry Sipe. Barry, a newbie, made up for his lack of experience with much exuberance and was really into the racing. Phil Correll, with another new-to-sailing crew, Terry Aldom, earned third place.

The thought to treat each lap as an individual race was mine and was done to keep competitiveness high by having a fresh start with each lap, or race. The results were used to calculate the day’s winners and will be used in the calculation of future handicaps. However, as in the past, the Turkey race will be used as one race in combining with prior race days to calculate the overall winner for the season.

Our thanks go to Jan Stoner who headed up the race committee for all race days. There were times this season when it looked like she was going to be a one person committee! Also, I want to thank Ron Hrabak for his work in posting the race result sheets. Calculating each lap as a separate race dramatically increased this effort and he performed it accurately. Thanks to Barb Vanino, Jay and Jane Moyer for managing the Chase Boat. Thanks also to all club members who came out to watch the racing and thus support racing and sailing in general within the club.

Tom Stoner

Racing points
accumulated toward 2012 Championship

Results as of : YTD 6/30 7/28 8/25 9/29 10/20
Skipper Handicap Next Race
R Witzke

1.0

22

14

7

1

T Stoner

1.149

19

9

5

5

T Stone

1.013

17

17

J Rutolo

1.338

15

3

6

6

A Antonini

1.102

11

8

3

P Correll

1.158

10

6

4

T Stajkowski

1.279

3

3

R Hemphill

1.088

M Adair

1.227

M Katzen

1.180

B Ciferri

1.093

Points represent number of boats beaten plus 1/race.

 

Race Photos