RCR Yachts Racer's Newsletter

RCR Yachts Racers' News #585, February 11, 2015

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What’s New? By Tim Finkle:  I’m just returning from a 20 hour drive from Tampa to Youngstown, towing our J/70 back from the winter series of regattas at Davis Island YC.  I plan to write a full article on the regatta and the series as a whole, but I don’t want to rush it this morning, so look for it in next week’s newsletter.  The wind conditions and our results were pretty lousy, but I had the chance to pick up a bunch of good “tips from the pros” which apply not only to the J/70, but racing in general, which I will share next week.
I think the truck and boat would rather have stayed south….
Last week, Don was out of town for a “YBAA” meeting in Annapolis.  If you don’t know what the organization is about, check out the articles section below where he explains.  This week, Don is back in the air heading south to Miami for a Marine Edge meeting as well as the Miami Boat Show.  He sent this picture from the hotel room this morning.  Constant construction and expansion going on in Miami.  Nice mega yacht too!
Quantum J/70 Winter Series #3 ResultsDIYC #3.
DIYC Photos Here:
Melges 20 Miami Winter Series #2 Results:  Melges 20 Event #2  
RCR Youngstown Open House, March 7, 2015 starting at 10AM:  It’s a rare chance that we have so many new and quality used boats inside our Youngstown showroom all at once.  We thought we’d open the doors and welcome our customers to view our products and ask questions to our staff. 
St Pete NOOD, February 13-15, 2015.  The Yacht Scoring link, to get all the “paperwork” done is  and the Sailing World link to use to keep up on schedules and announcements is
J/24 Midwinters Feb 20-22, 2015, Davis Island YC:  Entries signed up so far:  2015 J24 Midwinter Entries
Tonight, February 11, 7:00PM.  Lake Ontario Offshore Racing (LOOR) Speakers Night comes to Youngstown YC. There is an avid group of sailors based out of Port Credit who are passionate about their distance racing events, both short-handed and fully-crewed.  You will want to come to YYC for this special opportunity to hear what guest speaker Brent Hughes, and his fellow racers, have to say and there will be ample opportunity for questions afterward.  The LOOR consists of a series of offshore races that begins with the season-opening Susan Hood, an Overnight race out of PCYC on Friday evening, May 29. 
The Lake Ontario Short-Handed Racing Series (LOSHRS) consists of four races during the season, for single- and double-handers.  Two of the races are to and from YYC in mid-June.  The third and by far largest event is the Lake Ontario 300
Challenge in July.  All of the LOOR races offer both spinnaker and non-spinnaker racing.  YYC sailors have traditionally supported these events and scored well in the process.  Let's have a good turnout to show our appreciation for these folks coming over from Port Credit to speak to us at YYC. The Club Bar will open at 6:30, with pizza and wings available on a first-come-first-served basis, so come on over early to greet our guests, reconnect with friends, and have a pop.
March 1, The North U Racing Tactics seminar is coming to Buffalo on March 1st: Meet the man who wrote the book. Bill Gladstone will be presenting this all day event hosted by the Buffalo Harbor Sailing Club. A lecture hall at the University of Buffalo is being reserved. Price of admission is $115. The North U Tactics CD will be included with your registration.  Register here: North U Tactics seminar 
PHRF-LO Spring Training Seminar:

C&C 30 One Desiang Racing News:  The C&C 30 will have a one-design start at Charleston Race Week. So far, we have three boats signed up! Please encourage local owners to sign up, or any prospects to consider a charter for the event.  Read full news here:  Newsletter Feb 6, 2015
Launching & Dockage:
We've arranged with Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina to have the boats tie up together on B dock, which is near the regatta tent. 
Other One-Design Events:
We're working with the organizers of the events below to have an official class presence. More news to follow in the coming weeks. 
Annapolis NOOD Regatta, May 1-3
NYYC Annual Regatta, June 12-14
Block Island Race Week, June 21-26
J/80 Toronto Race Week:
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If you are thinking of selling, we can use more listings because our extensive marketing program generates plenty of leads.  Contact any of our brokers for a free evaluation of the sale prospects and pricing for your present boat.  
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Corbo Corbishley Rochester Sales 585-752-2530
Tracy Buczak Erie Sales 716-680-4554
Jamie Taylor Erie Sales 814-455-6800
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Upcoming Events:
Bacardi Miami Sailing Week, March 1-7, 2015:
Easter Regatta invites J/24’s and J/70’s:  The annual Easter Regatta has been a tradition for 49 years and is now one of the premiere J24 events in North America. With a wonderful venue supported by great people, the regatta attracts top professional and amateur sailors from around North America, including multiple World and National Champions. For 2015, Columbia Sailing Club is very excited to open the event to the J70 Class! Ten races are scheduled over the course of three days, accompanied by great food and entertainment throughout the weekend. Columbia is a short one and a half hour drive to Charleston so the regatta provides a great opportunity for tune up and practice before Charleston Race Week. As a special incentive, Columbia Sailing Club is offering free boat storage before and after Easter Regatta on a first come, first serve basis. Visit and check out the dates and NOR. Please plan to join Columbia Sailing Club for a fun Easter weekend at the best regatta in the south! 
Charleston Race Week, April 16-19, 2015:
J/70 2015 Racing Calendar:  See the full calendar of events and the rotation of Regional Championships at the class website.  Notice that Fleet 7 “Niagara” will host the 2016 and 2019 Great Lakes Championships. We also listed out the local and major events in the Racing Calendar section below.
J/22 2015 Racing Calendar:
Lake Ontario Offshore Racing Speaker Series:  All gatherings start at 7pm at the yacht clubs listed below:
Feb 11 – Wed – Youngstown YC
Feb 18 – Wed – Frenchmans Bay YC
Feb 25 – Wed – Port Credit YC
Mar 18 – Wed – Kingston YC
Mar 25 – Wed – Etobicoke YC
Apr 1 – Wed – Oakville YS
Apr 22 – Wed – Bronte Harbour YC
Lake Ontario 300 Challenge, July 11, 2015.  Susan Hood Trophy Race, May 29, 2015.  Register and information for both at
Buffalo Yacht Club Regatta Schedule:
June 12, 13, 14:  Great Race, Bill Canfield, PRO
July 18 and 19:   Raw Bar Regatta
August 7 and 8:   Leukemia Cup (Friday, party/420 races; Saturday, Leukemia Cup regatta: one race)
August 22 and 23: Mayor's (Buffalo) Cup
J/111 Worlds Announced, June 15-19, 2015:  The 2015 Worlds will be held in Newport, RI.  Worlds being hosted by Ida Lewis YC with support & logistics from Sail Newport.
Event Website:
Rochester Yacht Club Event Update:
June 11-14 (race days are June 12-14)- Hospice Nationals
July 14-19- US SAILING Women’s Junior Singlehanded Championships 40-50 boats
July 31-August 2nd-  Junior Olympics
August 15 Hospice- RYC turn to host
2015 J/80 Regatta Schedule for the Toronto Area:
May 23-24 - ABYC Regatta
Jun 20-21 - RCYC Regatta
Jun - Redpath Toronto Area Hospice Regatta - NYC
Jul 28 - Aug 2 - LYRA, Sodus Bay, NY
Sept 12 - QCYC 1 Day Regatta
2015 Great Lakes International Challenge Cup at Buffalo YC:  Past Commodore IRA G. ROSS GREAT RACE.  For the James H. Righter Trophy. Buffalo Yacht Club, Buffalo, New York, USA.  June 12th through 14th, 2015.  An International Sailing Event at a World Class Yacht Club
Register for CanAm 2015:  We’ve got a lot of plans for the 2nd edition of the CanAm Challenge and hope to make it even better than last year.  It would really help us get started if those who know they are coming to please register online now so we can get fleets sorted out.  Trust us, you won’t want to miss our signature event in Youngstown!:
US Sailing Symposium at Rochester YC:  This year the Rochester Yacht Club will be hosting a US Sailing Regional Symposium on February 28th from 10am-4pm. This is an opportunity for our local organizations to get together and discuss ideas, problems, and solutions to promote sailing in our areas. This event will be a round table format where US Sailing will provide two moderators to facilitate the discussion. The US Sailing moderators have their finger on the pulse of what other yacht clubs around the country are doing to improve local sailing programs. Thank you and I hope to see you all there! If you have any questions, please let me know.
Jimmy Carminati
Sailing Program Director
Rochester Yacht Club
Cell- 585-314-9760
Lake Erie Interclub Cruise Annual Meeting:  The Lake Erie Interclub Cruise had its annual dinner meeting at the Buffalo Yacht Club. Representatives from the Buffalo Canoe Club, Buffalo Yacht Club, Buffalo Harbor Sailing Club, Erie Yacht Club, Port Dover Yacht Club and Sugarloaf Sailing Club make plans for next summer's 58th Interclub Cruise. Chairman Jack Turner, BBC passed the gavel to this year's Chairman Matt Wolford, EYC. Because this group only meets once a year the long agenda and discussions took the meeting to 10:30. This makes a long drive home for the Erie and Canadian folks!
So mark the calendar and put your vacation time in now for the following 2015 Interclub dates:
June 27th, Saturday - Erie Race Course
June 28th, Sunday  - Erie to Port Dover
June 29th, Monday  - Long Point Bay Race
June 30th, Tuesday - Port Dover to Port Colborne
July 1st, Wednesday - Port Colborne to Point Abino (BCC) 
US Sailing Sanctioned Safety At Sea Seminar, Feb 28
Port Clinton Yacht Club
127 Brooklyn Ave.
Port Clinton, OH 41210 
Contact: Cliff Ruckstuhl, 419-957-8941
Block Island Race Week:  June 21-26, 2015 at one of our favorite islands. 
We were fortunate to be able to do this event in 1983 on a C&C 35-3 and again in 1985 on the Sabre 36.  It is a bucket list regatta even if it does not always produce the best sailing conditions, but over a week’s time you generally get some of everything.   Back then there were many more handicap fleets and few one designs, now things have changed as they have all over.  One design fleets are now in the majority, such as J29s, 105s, 109s, etc., but there is a place for every type of boat including classics.  The J70s have been invited but I am still getting my arms around doing that regatta in a 70.
J70 North Americans Website:
July 10-26, 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto:  A world-class event is coming to our area next summer with the following fleets being contested.  Believe it or not, we understand that there will be no US entry in the J24 class, an unfortunate situation that is the result of scheduling and other issues.
Buffalo Harbor Sailing Club is sponsoring Movies at the Loft. Join us at Obersheimer's, 1884 Niagara St. Buffalo on February 13th, March 13th. All movies start at 7pm.  Bring your lawn chair, a couple of sailing buddies and a beverage of choice. We'll provide the popcorn and a sailing movie for you to hoot, boo or in general get worked up over. This is meant to be entertaining, not educational - unless you expect to learn something from Captain Ron. 
Obersheimer’s Winter Seminars: The Winter Seminar Schedule is up. Topics will be a little different this year. They want to give everyone a reason to show up and learn something new. All events start at 7pm.
February 4 – Sailing Gear, Cruising Destinations, Shorthanded Sailing
March 4 – Racing Part 1:  Sail Trim, Rig Tune, Boat Handling, How to Improve
April 1 – Racing Part 2:  Starting, Upwind/Downwind Tactics and Strategy
May 6 – Weather Forecasting, General Discussion Q&A, Social BBQ with Hot Dogs and Hamburgers provided
News, Stories and Articles:
What is YBAA all about, by Don FinkleI just returned from our annual Board of Directors meeting in Annapolis.  YBAA stands for Yacht Brokers Assn of America, “The Association of Yacht Sales Professionals”.  When we first joined “Yaba” in 1986 it was known as YABA, Yacht Architects and Brokers Assn.  It was primarily a northeast US based group of industry professionals that over time grew to include a larger geographic area including Canada.  We now have members outside NA as well.  Members are primarily brokers and new boat dealers, with 70% being both, but we do have members from other parts of the boating industry as well. 
I am proud that RCR is a long time member of YBAA and especially proud to be serving my second term on the Board.  This is a dedicated group who genuinely believe in the first sentence of our Mission Statement:  Establish, promote and enforce high standards of professional competence and ethical conduct.  Some years back it was recognized that because the yacht sales business is largely unregulated we could either take steps to regulate ourselves or someday the government might step in and do it for us…and who wants that!  So YBAA has focused on continuing education of its members and bringing other brokers into the fold so we can encourage them to live up to the lofty standards we have set.  One of YBAA’s services to the public is fielding calls from disgruntled customers who have complaints and looking for help.  These complaints are almost always about brokers who do not belong to YBAA.  There are also many horror stories from customers who ended up with a big mess trying to buy or sell a boat on their own without using a broker.

Lake Ontario 300, Getting to the Starting Line is the Hard Part, by Tom Gayford:   For the past 4 years, my dad and I have owned a downwind flyer that was built on the west coast in California in an era that saw the rise of Ultra Light Displacement Boats. When we got Rogues in the winter of 2009/2010, I had just recently started sailing myself. My dad, John Gayford had completed his trip from Bronte to Australia. I joined him in Melbourne to help sail the boat up the eastern sea board to Port Stephens, about 100 miles north of Sydney. We were looking for a fast boat that we could enter into the Short Handed Sailing Series that runs out of Port Credit Yacht Club. My dad won the series back in the 90's when it was just solo sailing. The series consists of 6 races, with distances spanning 25 NM to over 100 NM. Most participants of the LOSHRS also include the Susan Hood Trophy Race and the Lake Ontario 300 Race on their calendar. For 3 seasons we raced the boat in these races and managed to fair well placing 3rd on average out of about 9 boats in our division.
            As for the 300, we competed in it double-handed for the first time last year. I don't know if some of you know, but it turned out to be the longest LO 300 ever. The fastest boats came in closing in on the 3rd day, with the slower boats arriving well into the 4th day. It was a drifter race with lots of holes to get sucked into. It was also a race of attrition. Almost 50% of the competitors to start bailed out at various points in the race due to many reasons, one probably being the lake flies. We placed 2nd out of 5 boats that started, but our overall performance coming in at mid fleet level.

            This year was a different story, thank *****. For the week prior to the starting gun, it almost looked as if it could shape up to be 2013 sequel, as if it thought it was doing the LO 600. Luckily when we got Rogues to PCYC on Friday the 12th for the skippers meeting and weather briefing, the wind gods were changing their minds. The weather briefing has been discussed the last few years by meteorologist and sailor Ron Bianci. Ron knows exactly how to talk to sailors and what we want to hear. We want squeezed together isobars and grib files arrows that look like something out of Robin Hood. The start on Saturday looked light, but as the hours went on, those isobars kept getting closer and closer with a low pressure and cold snap moving south from northern Canada.
            I knew if we were going to go full crewed this year, we wouldn't really need a true full crew. The Hobie 33 has limited space on deck and especially below deck. We would sail with a team of 4 young sailors that want to go fast 100% of the time and win. Phil Bowen, Ryan Reichert and Oliver Darroch all said yes right away and the planning began. The funny thing is we are in the midst of selling Rogues, so it was packed away in a warehouse (right where the Falcon GT was built!) With 2 weeks to go, me and my dad got Rogues out of storage, and started sanding the bottom on my aunt’s driveway and getting an endless list of items and sails out and jobs to complete. We applied a coat of VC17 the day before we put her in the water. Stepping the mast and sorting the boat out, working around the sailing school, GHYRA Week and 3 days of thunderstorms we just got the boat ready an hour before we motored over to PCYC.
            Our race started at 11:47 AM on Saturday July 13th. We got a clean start at the boat end in about 5 knots of wind surrounded by countless Beneteau 36.7's and 10Rs. It is a great feeling too, when you find yourself nearing the finish close to these much larger boats. We saw that unlike every other time, inshore was not paying off. If an Alberg 30 is beating you going out into the lake, chances are there is more wind there, especially since that is where it was filling in from. We tacked out and spent the next 2 hours climbing our way on top of the whole fleet tacking ahead of the Farr 40 four times. We rounded Gibraltar well ahead of our competitors in our division. Next leg was to Ford Shoals just outside of Oswego. This leg takes you into your first night, with us sailing at a steady 6-8 knots cracked off upwind in about 10 knots of wind. When we woke up (just kidding, we got about 6 hours sleep each for the whole race) we were 3 hours out of the rounding mark. The wind had now picked up to 16 knots and we peeled to the #3. This boat needs a lot of attention on the sail plan, as it is overpowered incredibly easy working into the wind. This leg to Main Duck Island was all downwind in 20 knots. We hit consistent speeds of 13 knots going with the waves, surfing down them and onto the next one. The wind instrument hit 40 knots of wind as we passed by Main Duck in a 10 foot chop. We only had the main reefed at this point, which lasted 2 hours.
            After that excitement, we settled back into 8-12 knots and tacked back to the south shore through the night, finding our groove after 4 hours of under-performing. Had our internet connection been better with weather forecasting, we would have seen to head over to the south shore a bit earlier, which is what our nearest competitor Cerulean, a Beneteau First 30 did. They gained a considerable amount when they hit the shore first, sailing in the morning at 5 knots, while we were ghosting along at 1 knot maybe. We crossed gybes a few hours later when the wind picked up to 16 knots and once again we were surfing at 12 knots, with Cerulean struggling to make 10 knots. Rounding R2 at the Niagara River is always a highlight, because it is the beginning of the end of a long sprint race. It is even better when it is a reach in 18 knots. We held off Cerulean by 5 minutes in the end, and since they owe us time on corrected, we knew we had our division settled.
            Arriving at Port Credit, we were welcomed with family, pizza and most importantly cold beer. Special thanks to John Gayford for his hard work on and off Rogues and as the sole shore crew.

New Boat News:
We have many new sailboats to choose from this spring.  They are of all different shapes and sizes with various purposes.  As always, if you are wondering about what your next boat might look like, please stop by or give us a call and we can help guide you through your research.  We’d like to be your advisors in the process!
Beneteau ASA 22 coming February.  The “ASA” 22 is a new entry level sailboat developed in collaboration with the American Sailing Association with a purpose of making sailing a fun, safe, and easy way to sail.  It is also relatively inexpensive, allowing for a small fleet to use them as an introductory racing fleet.
J/88 Hull #27 indoors in Youngstown Now, #76 coming this spring.  Check out some specs, photos, and videos on our website:  J/88 on
J/111 coming in January to our Buffalo Marina.  We sold it to experienced racers who did plenty of research and did some demo sailing before purchasing a new boat.  They’re response after going out racing on the J/111 was that it was the “perfect boat” and it “does everything well”.  Enough said!
C&C 30 One Design, Hull #3 inside in Youngstown Now.  This is the last C&C 30 at the introductory price.  With orders going out to 26 boats now, it is safe to say that the one-design fleet is building nicely.  Jump in and join the fun!
Two New J/70’s in Stock:  We currently have two new boats for sale in Youngstown.  Special pricing offered on hull #303.  This boat comes with a trailer, new North Sails main and jib and several options at our cost.  The price of this boat is better than most used on the market, ask us for more details if interested.

Boats For Sale News:
Let RCR Find Your Next Boat, or Sell Your Existing One!
Selected listings only, see for full list:  The listings below are only part of what we have for sale.  We can also find you a boat out of town, just let us know what you are looking for.
Featured Used Boats:
36' Sabre Spirit 36 2008 "Bella" Beautiful Flag Blue hull paint 2012, North Sails, 27HP Volvo with Saildrive, Below Deck Jib Furler, Self-Tacking Jib, Electric Halyard Winch, Hall Carbon Mast with Rod Rigging, Hall Quickvang, Knot, Depth, Wind, VHF, RAM, Cruising Spinnaker, Raymarine ST6002-Plus Below-Deck Autopilot, GPS, Stereo, Custom Winter Cover, Steel Cradle, Very Light use, fresh water only.  Indoors in Youngstown for the winter, REDUCED to $219,000

Sabre Spirit 36 2008, Youngstown, NY, $219,000
36’ Beneteau 36.7 2002 “Vinyasa” RCR owned this boat originally and sold to current owner and it has been exceptionally maintained over the years, one of the nicest 36.7’s around.  Full Tacktick Racing Instruments, Harken Carbo headfoil, 10 Doyle racing sails plus several older cruising sails, Many class legal rigging upgrades, New rudder bearings 2013, multiple protective covers, currently on display at RCR Buffalo, REDUCED to $89,900

Beneteau First 36.7 2002, Buffalo, NY, $89,900
36' Pearson 36 1973 "Patriot" Over $35K in Upgrades, A good solid and stable boat repowered with a recent Yanmar diesel, loads of sails, electronics and gear, an excellent value at $29,900, Rochester NY.

Pearson 36 1973, Rochester, NY, $29,900

36’ C&C 34+ 1990 “Child’s Play” Shoal Draft, Lots of Sails, Spinnaker Gear, Fresh water use only, Race & Cruise Equipped, Many improvements  and detailing done by RCR Buffalo service staff since listed.  Survey available.  Buffalo, NY REDUCED to $59,900

33’ Soverel 33 1983 “Ghost” fast PHRF Racer, 2011 Honda 9.9Hp 4 Stroke Motor, Rigged to Race and Win, REDUCED to $17,900, Erie             
30’ Custom Andrews 30 1989 "FLAK" Fast Maxi-MORC Proven Winner, always fresh water, Recent survey, Yanmar Diesel, Extensive Inventory, newer Custom Bulb Keel  Buffalo, $29,900

Custom Andrews 30 1989, Buffalo, $29,900
26' C&C Wave 26 1989 "Lady in Red" Fresh Survey, 12HP Diesel, Wheel, Dodger, Bimini, two Suits sails, Storm Jib, Genneker, Shoal keel, Profurl, 110V Shore Power with Charger, Two Batteries, Raymarine Speed, Depth, Wind, Autopilot, VHF, Youngstown, $17,900

C&C Wave 26 1989, Youngstown, NY, $17,900
25’ B-25 1991 “Spirit” Leif Bailey designed Sportboat, pretty red hull, new mast and rigging 2002, very lightly used 2005 Yamaha 4 Stroke 4HP Motor, carbon rudder, carbon spin pole, lifting keel, trailer with brakes.  Rochester, $12,500

B Boats B-25 1991, Rochester, NY, $12,500
Performance sailboats available now at RCR:
Size Make Year Name Location Asking Price
44 Beneteau First 44.7 2005 Aurora Buffalo SOLD
37’ Tripp 37 1987 Kamikazi            Cobourg REDUCED
36’ Beneteau First 36.7 2002    Vinyasa Buffalo REDUCED
36’ C&C 34+ Wing Keel 1990 Child’s Play Buffalo REDUCED 59,900
36’ C&C 34+ Fin Keel 1990 Ciao Bella Ohio 72,500
36’ Sabre Spirit 2008 Bella Youngstown 229,000
36’ Pearson 36 1973 Patriot Rochester 29,900
35’ J/111 2011 Intrepid Rochester SOLD
33’ Soverel 33 1983    Ghost                    Erie    REDUCED
33’ J/33 1989 Blue Horizon Erie 29,900
30’ Andrews Custom 30 with Trailer 1989 Flak Buffalo 29,900
30’ Catalina 30 TR MKII 1987 Roundabout Buffalo 19,900
30’ C&C 30 Diesel 1974 Moxie Rochester 9,900
30’ Mumm 30      1997 Uprising Rochester 84,900
30’ Tartan 30 1974 Shamrock Sodus Point 11,900
30’ Redwing 30 1968 Osprey Buffalo 7,900
29’ C&C 29-2 1984   Sodus Bay 20,900
29’ Tanzer 29 1989 Lady Jane Erie 11,900
28’ Newport 28-2 1984 Windrunner Erie REDUCED 11,900
27’ C&C 27-5 Diesel 1985 Kiawah Buffalo SOLD
26’ C&C Wave 26 1989 Lady in Red Youngstown 17,900
25’ B-25 1991 Spirit Rochester 12,500
24’ Melges 24 2000 #446 Buffalo SOLD
22’ Bavaria 707 w/trailer 1984 Late Bloomer Erie     8,900                         
22’ J/70 2013 #246 Buffalo SOLD
20’ Melges 20 2009 Touch 2 Play Florida SOLD
12’ Bauer 12 Daysailer 2014 w/trailer Rochester REDUCED
Not interested in a Racing boat?  Check out our full listings on our website at
Let RCR Find Your Next Boat, or Sell Your Existing One:  Once in a while we need to remind our readers that we are actually in business.  It is nice to provide a service to the sailing community and hopefully our readers will remember us when it comes time to buy or sell a boat.  We do know what we are talking about!
Flea Market & Items For Sale/Wanted:
Torqeedo Travel T1003 Electric Outboard Motor:  Purchased in 2013 but has had very light use.  Includes two (2) chargeable batteries and charger.  Perfect for a dinghy or small trailerable sailboat.  $1,500.  Contact or 716-984-2105
2011 4hp Yamaha outboard.  4 stroke long shaft.  Has less than 10 hrs.  Asking $995.  Call 330-323-7395 or e-mail
Carbon Fiber Spinnaker Pole (without end fittings):  Was purchased for a Beneteau 36.7 as a spare spinnaker pole. Selling for $1000, retail is nearly double that price.  Call Jim Egloff at 716-525-3228 or email
North Sails Asymmetrical Spinnaker with Sock:  Great shape, basically brand new.  Made for a Newport 27S.  I tried it out on my Newport 27mkII and it fit great.  Would work for any boat this size like a Catalina 27 or C&C 27.  This sail belongs to one of our customers and is a steal at $700. I have it in my possession if you wish to see it.   If interested contact Darren 572-2312 or
FOR SALE, 12' Apex Center Console Hypalon Inflatable.  Includes 25HP Yamaha and trailer. $3,750 CDN.  12' RIB with seating for 2 on center console seat. Room for another on the cooler in front of the C/C.  25 hp oil injection Yamaha long shaft, 6 gallon fuel tank.  Brand new steering and control cables.  Includes 3 point lifting harness.
Freedom 35 Cover and Cradle:  The cradle is custom made and has four screw pads on either side. The cover was only used one season and is like new but may need to be modified a little bit as it was made to accommodate the radar arch. $500.00 for each item. Contact or (716) 628-2531
Steel cradle for 37' sailboat. $750.  Presently fitted for Hunter 376. Contact Gerry Palmer, Broker, RCR Yachts Sodus Point, 315-483-2526, 941-400-5241 cell
Race Calendar:
To add your event to the Calendar write to Don Finkle at and Tim Finkle at
Note that dates have been known to change so you should always check any event’s website for final scheduling!
Regatta Calendars:  these two sites are good sources of dates too.
2015:  (check the appropriate website for date confirmation)
Date Event
Feb 6-8 Melges 20 Miami Winter Series #2, Coconut Grove Sailing Club
Feb 7-8       J/70 Winter Series #3, Davis Island YC, Tampa
Feb 13-15 St Pete NOOD Regatta, SPYC
Feb 18-21 J27 Midwinter Championship, Southern YC, New Orleans
Feb 20-22 J/24 Midwinters, Davis Island YC, Tampa FL
Feb 27-Mar 1 Melges 32 Winter Series Event #2
Mar 1-7 Bacardi Miami Sailing Week 
Mar 12-14 Melges 20 Miami Winter Series #3, Coconut Grove Sailing Club
Mar 14-17 Lightning Winter Championship & USA PanAm Games qualifier, St Pete 
Mar 18-21 Lightning Midwinter Championship 
Mar 27-29   J/22 Midwinter Championship, Jackson YC
Apr 16-19 Charleston Race Week
May 1-3 Annapolis NOOD Regatta, AYC
May 16-17 Cedar Point One Design Regatta, Cedar Point YC
May 22 Storm Trysail Block Island Race, Stamford CT
May 29 Susan Hood Trophy Trace, Port Credit YC
May 30- June 1 Bayview One Design Regatta, Bayview YC, Detroit MI
June 5-6 Annapolis to Newport Race
June 11-14 Hospice Nationals, Rochester YC
June 12-14 Chicago NOOD, Chicago YC
June 12-14 Great Race, BHSC
June 18-19 Raw Bar J/22 Regatta, Buffalo YC
June 15-19 J/111 Worlds, Sail Newport, Newport RI
June 21-26 Block Island Race Week, Storm Trysail Club, Block Island RI
June 12-21 Cleveland Race Week, Edgewater YC
June – Sept Lake Ontario Short Handed Racing Series, Port Credit YC
July 3-5 J80 World Championship, Kiel, Germany
July 10 Lake Ontario 300 Challenge, Port Credit YC
July 8-20     PanAm games Toronto Hosted by RCYC
July 6-11     J/70 World Championship, La Rochelle, France
July 14-19 US Sailing Women’s Jr Singlehanded Championships, RYC
July 15-19   Lightning International Masters Championship at Buffalo CC
July 19-25   Lightning World Championship at Buffalo CC
July 23-26 Marblehead NOOD, Eastern YC
July 25-26 CanAm Challenge, Youngstown YC
July 26 LYRA Founders Cup, Oswego YC to SBYC
July 28 LYRA Centennial Cup, Genesee YC to SBYC
June 27-28  Lightning Canadian Open/Worlds Tune-up regatta at Buffalo CC
July 29 LYRA Freeman Cup Long and Short Courses, Start & Finish at Sodus Bay
July 31-Aug 2 Rochester YC Junior Olympics
July 31-Aug 2 LYRA Course Racing, Sodus Bay YC, 2 and 3 day events
Aug 7-9 J27 North Americans, Oakville YS, Ontario Canada
Aug 7-9 Verve Cup Regatta, Chicago Yacht Club
Aug 7-8 Leukemia Cup Regatta, Buffalo YC
Aug 8-9 SSA Invitational, SSA, Annapolis MD
Aug 7-9 Atlantic City Race Week, Farley State Marina, NJ
Aug 15 Rochester Hospice Regatta
Aug 22-23 Mayor’s Cup, Buffalo YC
Sept 21-27  J/70 North American Championship, San Diego YC
Oct 3-4 J/70 Chesapeake Championship, Fishing Bay YC, Deltaville VA
Oct 15-18 Viper 640 North Americans, Larchmont YC
Oct 24-25 J/70 Fall Brawl, Eastport YC, Annapolis MD
Local sail lofts include:
Bierig in Erie, 814-459-8001 (David Bierig)
Dieball Sailing Cleveland, 419-729-0056 (Ernie Dieball)
Dieball Sailing Toledo, 419-726-2933 (Skip Dieball)
Doyle Detroit, 586-790-7500 (Al Declercq)
Doyle Cleveland, 440-346-2651 (Jon Duer)
Doyle Buffalo, 716-435-5944 (Peter "Louis" Johnson)
Doyle Erie, 814-833-7287, 814-504-8469 (Dick Robertson)
Doyle Sarnia, 519-344-5236 (Spike Boston)
Doyle Toronto, 905-820-9169 (Ed Botterell)
Doyle Hamilton, 905-515-5494 (Doug Folsetter)
Evolution Toronto 416-503-1931 (Greg Bratkiw)
Haarstick in Rochester, 585-342-5200 (Doug Burtner)
Haarstick in Sodus, 585-261-4884 (Marcia Wait)
Lee Sails Northeast,
Lee Sails Northeast,
Mack Sails & Rigging 585-703-6364 (Chic Lasser) 
North Sails Toronto, 416-259-9644 (Geoff Moore)
North Sails Rochester, 585-370-1027 (Mike Ingham)
Sobstad WNY, 716-510-5762, Dave Dannhauser
Sportech sails in St. Catharines, 905-688-1833 (Jamie Day)
Ullman Cleveland, 216-486-5732 (Greg Koski, Dan Elliott, Rob Handler)
Ullman Buffalo, 716-447-9766 (Greg Koski, Dan Elliott, Rob Handler)
UK-Toronto, 416-915-9134 (Brian Chapman)

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