The Mill Pond Model Yacht Club's reception held at the Port library on July 14, was very successful. About 65 people (representing all aspects of boating) came, some before the party's start at 7:30.
The latest state of the arts in model-yacht design is told by the description brought home from the party: A boat currently raced incorporates a carbon-fibre rig, carbon-fibre fin keel, a Kevlar hull and a heat-shrunk plastic deck. Total weight is nine pounds of which seven pounds are in the keel. Earlier boats weighed up to 45-55 pounds.
Thirsty Thursday - 7/16, Course BJ, number of starters and top boats: Div III, CBCA¬PHRF, 11 boats: 1 Beewulf, 2nd Sundance, 3rd Tootsie. Div II, CBCA-PHRF, 5 boats: 1st Happy Daze II, 2 Chaparral IV. Div I, PHRF, 2 boats: 1 Vision. Div I, CBCA-PHRF, 4 boats: 1 Viper.
Larchmont One Design 100th Race Week - First weekend 7/18 - 18 Sonars - Best Cow Bay skippers: 3rd Greg/Beth Danilek, 4th Mike McAllister, 10th Bob Kirtland. Seven MBO's - 1st Moore/Baker, 3rd Graf/Alley, 3rd Adams/Champlin. More results will follow.
From an article by Stretch Ryder for the Storm Trysail Club Newsletter: Storm Trysail members scored one...two in the 1998 regatta in Block Island (June 21-26). While many of the members were slugging it out in the dreaded Bermuda Race the Farr 40 class participated in level racing at "the Bermuda of the North." There were 11 boats participating in the event. John Thomson: Solution topped the fleet with the Ziegler family's Gem a close second. The Australian entry, Southern Star (John Calvett-Jones) was third and followed by Steve Garland's Wired. STC member Bill Steitz in Flyer finished 7th, but his finishes were usually in the top six and always a factor in every race of this series.
The conditions were vintage Block Island weather: a lot of fog, light winds and hard current. Only one day did the wind get into the 20-knot range. The Around the Island part of the regatta was completed on Wednesday in light to medium conditions and the current was ebbing all day so the current on the back side of the Island and at the northernmost buoy were considerable factors. Solution won the class and led from wire to wire. Interesting to note that in all the Raceweeks that John Thomson has successfully raced, he has never won the "Round Island Race" so this victory was even sweeter for John and the crew.
Storm Trysail members on Solution were: John Thomson, Gary Knapp, Ralph Steitz, Stretch Ryder, Tony Reaper and Chuck Brown. Other crew members were Robbie Myles and John Thomson III (sons of members) and Sean McNeill of Newport.