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Mattos Wins North Americans

(pictures by Bob Rude)

In a tightly contested series of 2 races on Saturday, July 12th, just outside of Bristol Harbor, Skip Mattos bested a fleet of 10 boats to with this year’s SS23 North Americans.

Skip Mattos and crew receiving their winning trophy from Carter

Skip Mattos and crew receiving their winning trophy from Carter

The wind gods were a huffin’. At noon, on a clear and sunny day, the winds were light, but increasing. At the start, however, whitecaps appeared. 15 minutes later, winds settled into 20 to 25 knots for the rest of the afternoon. We had a perfectly set W-L course set by Bill Stephens, the PRO for Bristol YC. Starts were close, as was the racing.  Skip went 1-2, George Cochran took second with 3-1, and Catani came in 3rd with a 2-4.  Rounding out the finishing were Brian Anderson in 4th, Bob Rude in 5th, and Ruth Souto in 6th. Lou Marino and Carter Hall tied for 7th. Halsey Herreshoff did not start the 2nd race, and Herb Brown withdrew from race 2 because of equipment failure.

Lou: "Man, does it feel good to be off the water!!"

Lou: “Man, does it feel good to be off the water!!”

We all retired to Bristol YC for our post-race cookout of hamburgers, hot dogs, and salmon burgers. And drinks!

Ruth and crew post-race celebrating

Ruth and crew post-race celebrating

Everyone was pretty beat up, but feeling good. And already looking forward to next year.

Emelie Marino with Sue Hall, stalwart and strong crew for Lou and Carter

Emelie Marino with Sue Hall, stalwart and strong crew for Lou and Carter

SEE EVERYONE NEXT YEAR!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2014 ‘Round The Hog

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MR. HOG IS BACK!!!!

And inviting you to once again participate in the ‘Round Hog Island race on August 2nd, 2014. It is a great event, does not count for anything other than bragging rights, and is a whole mess of fun. And it is FREE!! Right now (5 days before the race) predictions are for winds of 9 knts and a partly cloudy day. Hard to beat. And we will meet afterwards for drink on the porch at Bristol YC, and order out for pizzas if we are hungry. See the attached Sailing Instructions for further information.

If you are in the area, hope you can race. Come on by anyway after the race for some good company and some good stories.

 

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Norm Grant SS23 Photos

Norm Grant is a Rhode Island based photographer who among other subjects has taken some gorgeous pictures of sailboat racing on Narragansett Bay. He has been a photographer for 30 years, currently producing video for the Community College of Rhode Island and shooting freelance photo and video assignments. He welcomes inquiries for event photography, documentaries, or corporate videos, and can be reached through his website at http:////normangrant.zenfolio.com

 

He has kindly lent our website numerous photos of Sea Sprite 23′s sailing in local races in the upper Narragansett Bay. The images below are from Bristol YC races in 2010 and 2013 as well as from the Mount Hope Sailing Association races in 2013 and the Herreshoff Regatta from 2010. You will also see a few of them cropped and used as web site headers. If you use any of these pictures from our site, please give him appropriate credit. If you would like prints, they can be ordered from his website.

 

By the way, if you would like to while away some time in the cold (or even warm) weather season, go to his website and scroll through his galleries. He has some spectacular shoots of PHRF yachts and big boat Herreshoff classics racing in the Upper Narraganset Bay.

 

SEA SPRITE RACING PICTURES FROM NORM GRANT. Single click on photo for full size screen.

 

MOHOSA

Bob Rude and crew racing in MOHOSA 2013

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2014 Annual Meeting Held In Bristol

The 2014 Sea Sprite Annual Meeting was held last week on May 9th at Bristol YC in Bristol. In keeping with tradition, it was a blast. We ate a fine buffet dinner catered by Morin’s Catering, had drinks from the bar, and sat back and enjoyed the view from the porch and each other’s company. And Bob Rude took some fine pictures.

The Owners!!

The Owners!!

Carter opened the meeting with a State of the Association summary. Detailed budget line items are noted in the minutes from the Board Of Directors meeting last November. Currently we have close to 50 members signed up for 2014, and a total of 77 listed.  We have close to $2300 in our bank account. Estimated yearly cost to run the Association are about $500. Our goal is to have 6-8 years of operating expenses bank rolled to be sure of stability. We finance the SSA through membership only. There is no income from ads or businesses. We have interest in  our organization and in our boat both nationally and internationally The website gets 18,000 visitors per year with 100,000 views of pages from more than 50 countries. And we list members from 16 different states. The forum is robust. So are the Classifieds…6 boats have sold through the site in the past 3 months.

Racing also is robust. See website for details of Narragansett Bay racing. Also, interest in West Bay racing is growing. At least 5 racers from the west side of Narragansett Bay are known to be active and interested in racing the 3 north Bay events. A cruising event is possible, perhaps an overnight to Cuttyhunk or Block Island. Contact Chad Martin / Dana Mennillo with your ideas.

 

We moved on to awards. Herb Browne and crew almost swept the awards this year sailing Scot Free. They won the Amon Award (a half model given to us last year by Harold Tucker to be awarded to the winner of the Wednesday evening series)(Herb won the series in totally dominating fashion), and the Sea Sprite Regatta Bowl (2 races regatta held in early August). Herb was also awarded the Denise trophy, given to a member for their contribution to the organization. Herb has been sailing his SS23 for years, working hard to build the fleet. He remains the goto guy for local information about sailors and boats. He is a super racer, a fine sportsman,  and a real gentleman.

Herb with his crew

Herb with his crew

Bob Catani took home the Nancy Belle award for best Sea Sprite racer on the Bay with a narrow win over Herb Browne. His  4 race total (Sea Sprite Regatta and Herreshoff Classic) was 3-2-2-1 and Herb’s was 1-1-5-2. Bob also was victor in the ‘Round The Hog race, again barely beating out Herb.

We are exploring offering pennants to the Association for sale. See Dejan’s note on the Forum for details and pictures. We are also exploring ways to offer a few Sea Sprite items for sale through a ships store. Sales themselves will not generate money for the Association, but will be structured to generate income through increasing membership. Watch for details. The Board Of Directors was reelected by acclamation.

Dejan presenting flag options

Dejan presenting flag options

And the kids had a ball, as well!!

The kids had a great time

The kids had a great time

It was a great evening, and a reminder that our northern sailing season is close at hand. Time to uncover our treasures and prep for a terrific sailing season!

 

2014 Narraganset Bay Racing

2014 is shaping up to be an exciting season for SS23 racing on Narraganset Bay. We have had a couple of boats turn over in the Bristol racing fleet, but still expect to see 12 -14 boats sign up for the Millard Series on Wednesday evenings. On the West Bay,  word is out of a nucleus of at least 5 racers poised to travel to the 3 big events set for 2014 (the North Americans at Bristol YC on July 12th, ‘Round The Hog set for August 2nd, ,and the Herreshoff Classic Boat Regatta to be held  on August 23rd). We will work with the Hospice Regatta (scheduled for early September) to provide a shorter course than around Prudence Island for one design racing. AND, if interest in racing builds on the West Bay side, we will coordinate an East/West Race on a weekend in mid September, date and time to be announced.

Remember, PHRF racing in a sea sprite is fun, and you might win your class. The Sea Sprite 23 has a more than competitive rating. You will need a PHRF rating from NBYA that will cost $35. You can race in your YC’s local PHRF weekly races as well as in the special events run by NBYA  (including their popular Super Tues/Wed/Thurs).  Most organizing authorities for races on the Bay (especially NBYA and MOHOSA) promise a separate start for a one-design fleet that enters 5 or more boats.

We will again award the Nancy Belle Trophy to the best Sea Sprite 23 racer on Narragansett Bay. However, for 2014, we will try a different selection system. Sea Sprite 23 race results from the entire summer from all events scheduled on the Bay will be collected and reviewed by the Executive Board. For events other than the big ones (North Americans, Herreshoff, Millard Series, ‘Round The Hog),  each skipper will keep a record of position finished and how many SS23s were beaten, and will report his/her performance at the end of the season. The Board will be responsible for developing scoring criteria and the selection process.

Best of luck to everyone. Have a ball!