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Get Set For Some Great Racing On Narragansett Bay



The 2016 Narragansett Bay Racing Schedule is finalized. We will be racing in Bristol Harbor every Wednesday evening in Bristol Yacht Club’s Millard Series for 12 evenings. In addition, there will be 3 weekend events. The Sea Sprite Regatta for SS23’s will again take place at Bristol YC on July 10th. The class will participate in the MOHOSA Regatta that takes place in Mount Hope Bay on Sunday, July 31st, and will have a separate start if 5 boats or more are racing. And in early September we will have our yearly and informal race around Hog Island followed by a cookout, details to be released soon.

Event descriptions, notice of race, and sailing instructions will be posted in the right-hand menu under the subject heading Racing.

If anyone on the Bay or elsewhere in the country wishes to coordinate an event such as a race regatta or a rendezvous, please let me know so I can help get the word out.

Have a great summer, everyone!!!!!

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Ms Lynne G in Good Old Boat

Good Old Boat featured Ms Lynne G and her owners Joel and Lynne Schuman in its March, 2016 magazine. It is a great story. As you might remember, her rehab is carefully documented by Tim Lacky, from Maine, who did the restoration. Bill Jacobs has written a fine article, and he and Good Old Boat have generously given us permission to post his work on our website.

Click on the link below to bring up the article.


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Annual Meeting And Dinner Was Great!!

Attendees at the the Sea Sprite Association Annual Meeting And Dinner held April 15th, 2016 once again enjoyed a lovely evening and gracious hosting at the Bristol YC in R.I. We met at 6:00 for drinks, and enjoyed a delicious buffet presented by Amos House Catering. For us northerners, this is Opening Night for the sailing season! Good friends, good drink, good food heralds again a fun and exciting sailing season.

Emma Radeka talks with Harold Tucker and her after

Emma Radeka talks with Harold Tucker and her father


After dinner, Carter  opened the meeting welcoming attendees and thanking the sailors at Bristol Yacht Club for hosting our event. He then covered the state of the organization, and followed with new business.

Here are the minutes:


April 15, 2016


Bank balance grew from $2,673 to $3,532.

Income: solely from memberships, with a total of 64 active dues paying members for 2015.

Expenses: included a one-time application fee of $400 paid to obtain approval from the IRS to be tax-exempt, low internet fees (because we were in the 3rd year of 3 year contracts), no race fees.

On the assumption that average administrative expenses are $500, we have enough savings to cover 6 to 7 years of operating expenses if income stream ends.

Although the position of Treasurer was approved as a by-law change at the 2015 Annual Meting, no progress has been made in filling the position.


64 members paid dues for 2015, down slightly from 77 in 2014. There are 120 members who have paid at least one year of dues coming from 23 states. Benefits remain the same (Jamestown Distributors, Thurston Sails, selling one’s boat). Dues remain at $25.


This was our 2nd year of registered non-profit status, and 1st year of official IRS tax-exempt status (one time filing fee of $400). Max profit we can make before status changes is $50,000. Filing is e-card. It takes me 5 minutes to file. (No cost). Classifieds have grown, with 10 boats listed for sale, and 24 sold. Website, including the Forum, is very active, and remains open to all. 14,000 visitors viewed 81,000 pages in 2015, up from 11,900 visitors in 2014. Ship Store remains the same (fine arts print, line drawings). Website projects include documenting rehabs as references (Zara, Heritage, Tim Lacky, Art Haberland) and changing technical to be a simple compilation of articles on particular subjects and projects.


Our goal remains the same…we are a national organization for rehabbers, local 1-design and PHRF racers, and rendezvous sailors across the country.


Narragansett Bay is the only known one-design racing venue for the SS23, although boats do race PHRF in their local fleets. Last year, at BYC’s request to save resources, our local fleet joined with their J-22 to have a one-design regatta in early Spring in Bristol instead of our historically separate Sea Sprite Regatta. It was cancelled for a variety of reasons. Later in the summer we held a free, self-sponsored event under the insurance umbrella of the Herreshoff Museum using the bell off Poppasquash Point for 2 races run by Herb Browne and family from his catboat. The Herreshoff unfortunately bundled entry fees with tickets to the dinner for the Herreshoff Regatta in August, making the day cost over $200. Only 2 SS23’s entered, and the Sea Sprite 23 division was cancelled. ‘Round The Hog was a total success, with 6 boats sailing a self start course around Hog Island followed by a well attended barbecue at Lou and Karen Marino’s house.

Regatta insurance was explored. We talked with NBYA and Herreshoff about umbrella coverage, and with Shub directly.

A 3 race series was planned and promoted for Ohio Ledge last year to encourage West Bay participation. Nobody signed up.

Class Rules were written, posted, changed per suggestions, and accepted.

BYC reduced the cost for non-members to race Wednesday evening in their Millard Series from $370 to $200, helping to maintain racing fleet integrity.

Relationship with BYC

Ruth Souto is our liaison with BYC. She reported on plans for the Millard Wednesday Night Series, and the need to encourage participation.

Racing 2016

Jon Goff, NB Race Chair, reported plans for 3 weekend races this year. He is working with Ruth to have our Regatta again at BYC. We will join the MOHOSA
Regatta mid-summer, and finish with our ‘Round The Hog Race in early September.


Carter suggested a rendezvous for the SS28/30/34’s this summer, perhaps at Dutch Harbor in Jamestown (RI) or at Cuttyhunk in the Elizabeth Islands in Buzzards Bay (Mass). A Volunteer is needed to coordinate such a get-together.


Bob Catani almost swept the sailing awards, winning the Amon Plaque (to the winner of the Millard Series), the Nancy Belle Plaque (to the best sailor on NB),
and the Sea Sprite Regatta Bowl. Jon Goff, sailing Bramisole, won ‘Round The Hog.

The b oys sweep (almost) the sailing awards

The Browne Bowl was presented by Herb Browne to Lou Marino for his
good sportsmanship, courteousness, and big smile on the water, and for his contributions to the local fleet through his and his wife’s gracious hosting of an annual fall barbecue.

Herb talking about Lou and his fleet contributions and good sportsmanship

Herb talking about Lou and his fleet contributions and good sportsmanship

Lou and Herb

Lou and Herb


The Denise Award was presented to Dejan Radeka for his tremendous contribution to the organization through his writings and advice over the years in the sea sprite

Dejan receives the Denise Award for his Forum contributions

Dejan receives the Denise Award for his Forum contributions



It was a wonderful evening, with a great buzz. Thanks to All!!!!!

Bardell yakking. They are not all his beers.

Bardell yakking. They are not all his beers.

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Searching The Forum

The Forum has over 10 years of postings with questions and answers about a multitude of topic regarding the Sea Sprite, This wealth of information can easily be tapped using the Search option from the Forum’s home page. Hit the box labelled Search, and then type in your key word. You will then have a page of threads on the Forum that have that key word. Alternatively, hit this button to get to the Forum’s Search function box: Search Function link

For example, if you wish to find out readers thoughts on what size motor to buy, type in “motor” in the search box. You can search on any word…winch handle, a boat name (try “Heritage” to get to Chance Smith’s posting on his extensive rehab project), sails, hatch cover, etc. We have broken out a few topics from such searches and have placed them under Technical. And you too can become a published author (!!!) by writing up the results of your Search on a topic and sending it into the SSA for placement in Technical.


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Zara Restoration

Paul Sollito, from Wickford, RI, has done a masterful restoration on Zara. His effort was completed 2 summers ago, and he pulled together last Fall his pictures and wrote up the story. Zara looks like a brand new boat. You can get to his documentation by clicking on “Zara” under “Restorations” on the right-hand menu. You can also go directly to Zara’s post by clicking here:

Zara Restoration

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2016 Dues Are Due

Yes, a reminder, everyone… yearly dues for 2016 are due. We again will keep dues capped at $25.  The BOD will meet this winter, review the budget, and will publish the budget and state of the organization report by Springtime.

This will be the only notice you will see (maybe one more in the Springtime) regarding dues. I will not bother members this year by sending out a blast email to everyone. Thanks to those who have joined already for 2016. And thanks to those 117 members from 23 states and Canada who have joined at least once in the past 3 years, many for multiple years. We are a strong organization because of your support.

Fair winds, everyone!


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Tim Lackey Restorations

As part of my winter project to post descriptions of rehabs for reference by Sea Sprite owners, here are 2 more recent major SS23 restorations done by Tim Lackey in Whitfield, Maine. They are Ms Lynn G, owned by Joel Schuman of Eagle Harbor, Wisconsin, and Aventura, owned by Peter Krause of MacMahan Island, Maine. Tim does fine work, and posts terrific documentation of the entire project.

His site is Lackey Sailing. From his home page click on Projects Log to get to links for Ms Lynn G and for Aventura. Alternatively you can get to the project documentation for each boat from the Restorations category on the right-hand menu on the home page of the Sea Sprite Association website.




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Heritage Restoration

Many of you know the work done by Chance Smith on Heritage, his SS23, from his postings on our Forum. Chance’s work is meticulous, and his documentation is beautiful. He believes we are all stewards of our boats. It shows in his work.

Chance posted many posts on our Forum for several years.  You can reference them by going to the SS23 Forum, and typing “Heritage” into the Search box at the top right-hand location. You can get to this site as well by clicking here: Search SS23 Forum link

In addition, he wrote several posts for a forum on the Pearson-Ariel website describing his work on through-hulls, cockpit drains, brass portholes, and the cabin sole. Click on the following link to get to his postings on their site:

Heritage Posting On Pearson-Aerial Site

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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.



Bob Rude and crew racing in MOHOSA 2013

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The MOHOSA on Sunday, July 31, 2016, is a fun event sponsored by Bristol YC, Tiverton YC and Somerset. It is primarily a PHRF event held every year in the lower reaches of Mount Hope Bay with a start opposite Common Fence Point. This year it will be one of the SS23’s primary weekend races held under the auspices of Bristol YC. If we get 5 or more SS23’s registered, we have been promised our own separate start. The post race party, always a blast with great food and company, will be held at Bristol YC this year.

Mark Rotsky is Chair of the event, and RC Chair at BYC. He can be reached through the BYC website below. Also, for registration directions, NOR, and S/I, go to the BYC website at this address:


Once on the website, Mark’s email is on this page. To find MOHOSA information, click on “MOHOSA” in the right-hand upper corner in menu labelled “racing quick-links”.




2016 Registration


SUNDAY, JULY 10, 20116

NAME: _______________________________________________________

ADDRESS: _______________________________________________________

PHONE: _________________ EMAIL: ___________________

YACHT NAME: ______________________________________

YACHT COLOR: ______________________________________

YACHT SAIL #: ______________________________________

Entry fee is $35 that covers racing fee, trophies, and hamburger/hotdog cookout after the race for skippers and crew AT Bristol YC. Please make checks out to Sea Sprite Association. Registration is due JULY 8TH AT 1700. Fill out, sign, and then mail application with check for entry fee to:

Sea Sprite Association
115 Field Stone Lane
Tiverton, RI 02878

For and in consideration of the acceptance of my entry fee in this Regatta, I hereby accept all the risks and responsibilities of my yacht’s participation in said Regatta and waive any and all claims I may have against Bristol Yacht Club and Sea Sprite Association, their members, officers, directors, committees, agents and/or employees arising out of or in any way connected with such Regatta, the rules of US Sailing, the rules of my class and the rules of the host organization.

Signed:_____________________________________(Skipper) Date: _______________