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RCR Yachts Racers' News #587, February 25, 2015

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What’s New? By Tim Finkle:  Last year at this time, Dad and I were down south doing J/70 regattas in St Pete, Tampa, and Miami.  For several reasons, we decided not to do all of those events again this year and I am really kicking myself now for that decision!  Instead, we are bundled up inside our offices working away, while we watch other regattas going on.  Many of our customers have been racing down south for midwinters and other annual events in Florida.  We ask some of them to write recaps for us so we can live vicariously through them!  As always, if you would like to share your regatta stories with us, please send along, I think we all enjoy reading the stories and often we can learn from one another. Make sure you check out the Stories and Articles section this week.  Don writes more on the “love of sailing”, a customer reports on the J/27 Midwinters recap from New Orleans, and we have news from the latest C&C 30 racing on the west coast.
North U Tactics Seminar, Sunday March 1st (from Rick Lenard):  Ever wonder why the same skippers win all the time? What do they know that you don't? What's their secret? How can you move up to the top and be the boat to beat? You may be fast but, to win you need smart tactics! It's no secret really. They know the rules/how to use them to their advantage and they understand tactics!  It's not often we have the opportunity to have a winter seminar in our area where an expert comes to explain these advantages to us amateur racers! There's no more football on TV, it’s cold outside and we're all itching to be back on the water. Why not spend a day learning how to improve yourself and your crew so you too, can be at the top! Bill Gladstone, who wrote the book on understanding tactics will be here on March 1st at UB North Campus to do the North U Tactics Seminar. Bill's entertaining style and engaging ways to teach you to improve your race day fun! Improving your tactical skills is key to winning races. In one day you will pick up tricks and knowledge to move you up the leader board. Plus, each attendee will receive a Tactics seminar flash drive or CD disc to keep and explain to your crew! If you could invest just one winter day to win all summer long, isn't it worth it? 
North U Seminars in other locations:  March 7th in Stamford, CT, March 7th in Newport, RI, March 8th in Boston MA, March 14th in Vancouver, BC, March 21st in Toronto ON, March 28th in Barrie ON, April 11th in St John, NB, April 12th in Halifax NS, and April 19th in Montreal, QC.

Spring is closer than you think, from Don Finkle:  I may get some hate mail for this one since we have seen negative temperatures and white stuff is piled everywhere.  Nonetheless history has taught us that it pays to prepare for the boating season well in advance of the spring rush.  All boatyards, mechanics and techs tend to be fully booked by the time the launching season comes around, so the sooner you get in line the better.  Parts availability is also a consideration.  There tends to be fewer parts sitting on shelves these days and manufacturers, suppliers and stores keep lower inventories than before.  Speaking of parts, it is a very good idea to buy and keep aboard the basic engine service parts such as filters, belts, impellers, and so forth.  You will end up needing them and if it happens that you have a breakdown on a cruise this could save your vacation, especially if you are not near a major port.  Most of us had some work that needed to be done by the end of last season.  If you have not yet gotten around to it, then time is a wastin'.  
C&C 30 One Design February Update:  We wrote another update with the latest from the C&C 30 program.  We hope that this will provide some more information on the boat.  If we didn’t cover something and you want more information, please reach out to us. Click Here:, we would like to note that there is a C&C 30 down in Palm Beach ready for customers to take out for demo sails if you are interested in potentially buying a boat.  Just let us know and we will set it up for you.  The boat will be available from now until March 2nd. 
J/24 Midwinters Feb 20-22, 2015, Davis Island YC:  Travis Odenbach of Rochester YC just returned from three weeks in a row of racing down in St Pete and Tampa, Florida.  His most recent regatta was the J/24 Midwinters in which he finished with another top 5 performance.  Look for his recap next week.  Results here: 2015 J/24 Midwinters, Davis Island YC
J/27 Midwinter Championship, Feb 18-21, Southern YC, New Orleans: See the recap from Andrew Riem, a J/27 sailor from Oakville Yacht Squadron in the Stories and Articles section below.
Erie Yacht Club News:  Wednesday - next week Feb 25 - EYC Racing Fleet Social Meeting @ 7PM.  Jeanette Schnars from the Regional Science Consortium will speak about the return of the near shore weather buoy. Dr. Bruce Gebhardt MD from St Vincent Family Health will speak cold water safety and lightning strikes on the water.Presentation on the Bayfront Maritime Center’s Porcupine restoration project. Free food and beverages beginning at 6PM. ERIE YACHT CLUB RACING FLEET:
RCR Yachts Buffalo Social Events, from Chuck Dickhut:  It has been too long since we were together. We have 3 events planned for March and hope to see you at some, if not all.
Thursday March 5, 2015 - It is too cold for the sloops so lets hit the slopes. Join us for some great skiing and snowboarding at Kissing Bridge. Enjoy some of the best conditions in recent years and meet us in The Lake Effects Saloon around 7:30 we can have a beer and ski until 10pm. If you bring a bottle top from Intense Milk marked "Winter of Fun" and receive a lift ticket for each one purchased. FYI the cafeteria at Kissing Bridge sells Intense Milk.. 
Wednesday March 11, 2015 at 6pm - The Buffalo Yacht Club has extended an invitation to attend their Speaker Series. The speaker will be Doug and Kyle Hopkins who will talk about their 7 year circumnavigation with their 2 daughters. I have attached a flyer from the Buffalo Yacht Club with the details. PLEASE note while this is a free event reservations are required. Dinner will also be available from 5:30 to 9 pm. Reservations are required for both the presentation and dinner.
Saturday March 21, 2015 at 5pm - Join us for a tour of the Hamburg Brewing Company. Tours offer a unique look behind the scenes of HBC and the work that goes into producing craft beer. Learn the art of brewing beer right where it all happens. You'll also get an up close look at HBC's model replica of the Hamburg-Colorado Railroad, one of Western New York's largest model train sets featuring over 800 feet of track. Tickets are $15 each. I have purchased the tickets for the tour. Please e-mail me to secure your reservation. Tour is limited to 20 guests.   The tour includes
  • Full tour of the brewing facility and famous train room
  • Official HBC Pint Glass
  • A fresh pint of HBC's finest
The tour is approximately 45 minutes long. After the tour plan to hang out and enjoy some of their finest brews and light foods. Check out their web site Space is limited for the tour so sign up early.
Buffalo Harbor Sailing Club Newsletter and website updates:  Please click on the link here for the FEBRUARY 2015 newsletter: February News
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Upcoming Events:
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.  On display are the J/88, C&C 30 OD, J/70, Back Cove 30, Beneteau ASA 22, Sabre Spirit, and Trophy 19.
US Sailing Regional Symposium:  It is with pleasure that we invite members of your organization to join us as we host the 2015 U.S. Sailing Great Lakes Regional Symposium on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 10am-4pm at the Rochester Yacht Club. The event is free to US Sailing Members and $10 for non-members and lunch is included.  Please join us afterwards for a cocktail and to continue conversation. Please REGISTER here:  More information here-
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
Bacardi Miami Sailing Week, March 1-7, 2015:
Charleston Race Week, April 16-19, 2015:
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.
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
Lake Ontario Offshore Racing Speaker Series:  All gatherings start at 7pm at the yacht clubs listed below:
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:
Upcoming Lightning Sailing in WNY and the Winter Circuit (Thanks Dave Starck):
March 14-17 Winter Championship, St. Petersburg, FL
March 18-21 Midwinter Championship, Miami, FL
June 20-21: Lake Erie Districts, Erie, PA
June 27-28 Canadian Open/Worlds Tune-up Regatta, Buffalo Canoe Club:
July 15-19 International Masters Championship, Buffalo Canoe Club
July 19-25 World Championships, Buffalo Canoe Club
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
Registration is up for Youngstown’s CanAm Challenge 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!:
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
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) 
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.
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.
2016 J/70 Worlds Qualification SystemPlease review the 2016 J70 World Championship qualifying system which has been posted at As the details for all Regional Championships are finalized, they will be posted here and on the US Class calendar. 
The Sodus Bay Yacht Club is excited to be hosting the Lake Yacht Racing Association 131st Annual Regatta on the Great Sodus Bay: 

This will be the 11th time that SBYC has hosted this prestige Regatta. The members of SBYC invite racers from all around Lake Ontario to enjoy an exciting week of racing at its finest. 
The week begins with the Founders Cup from Oswego Yacht club to SBYC on July 26th. Followed by the Centennial Cup from Genesee Yacht Club to SBYC on July 28th. Then the long distance Freeman Cup race on July 29th.We wrap up the week with course racing on July 31st, August 1st and August 2nd.  
From the opening ceremony to the closing, come share in the camaraderie among racers from around the lake. Enjoy live entertainment, Happy Hours, renew friendships, make new ones, and create memorable moments all right here on the Great Sodus Bay. 
During this week, the Club has plenty of space for mooring and rafting of boats.  
Also during race week: Crews can tent on our property. Parking for cars will be available in our parking lot and an offsite location, within a 5 minute walk.  There are local places for RV parking.  There is a hoist, maximum weight of 2 ton, to put boats in the water. Boat trailers will be stored off site for the duration of the races, for free. 
We hope that racers from all around the lake participate in this exciting event here at Sodus Bay Yacht Club on the Great Sodus Bay.  So join us for the 131st Annual LYRA Regatta and stay awhile.
Official regatta information can be found at  
News, Stories and Articles:

For the love or sailing...or not, by Don Finkle:  Last week we wrote that maybe one reason for declining participation in racing is a lack of love for sailing itself.  I could be all wet here but I don't think so.  The cost of racing sailboats is often blamed for the decline, cost is always a factor, but I don't think it is the primary issue. If cost was the main problem then how do you explain the difficulty in finding crew members when their cost to participate is minimal?  Let’s face it, racing sailboats takes time, and time is the real culprit.  This is where love for sailing comes in.  Those who love sailing, whether racing or not, are "hooked" and will do what it takes to go racing.   Sailing in any form is more of a priority to those of us who love it.
I was discussing this with Tim last week and we both agreed that we were bitten by the sailing bug as kids.  In my case we were seldom able to race as it predated junior sailing here.  We simply went out by ourselves in assorted dinghies, no coaches, no instructors, rarely any parents around.  That was a different world then, we had few other competing activities aside from backyard sports, building tree houses, etc.  Tim and his buddy Morgan grew up in a junior sailing program but they would take off in their Lasers for the fun of it when they had free time.  I would guess that there are many in the older generations who learned to love sailing in their youth and continue to be active today.
You can certainly come to sailing later in life but often there is not that same deep attachment.  I will go out on a limb here and say that we create our own problems when attracting new sailors.  Too often we do not give them meaningful jobs on the boat and regular training so they can grow as sailors.  Eventually a steady diet as rail meat or deck fluff gets old, especially when you are not part of a winning team.  That is the other problem, only a few boats can win.  If you are not winning, and not having fun, then soon you will find another way to spend your precious free time.  So it can't be just about the results.
If you want to keep those new sailors you need to make sure they are being challenged, being made to feel like they are a meaningful part of the team, being taught, listened to, and having FUN!  Let them drive out to the racecourse or back in afterward.  Then maybe they will learn to love sailing like we do.
Carnage & Crawfish, Mayhem & Mardi Gras, a Mid-Winter Extravaganza (from Andrew Riem, J/27 “Curved Air”): and "Ya'll" thought a "yawl" was like a 27 with her aft mast ripped off.  Which brings me to the carnage:
So we're in New Orleans...and amazingly cool city for both attitude and weather.  Granted it was a lot warmer than Canada or the North East US but really - in the 40s - definitely not sandals/shorts weather but it was the 2015 J27 Mid Winters (emphasis on winter) after all.
I don't think anyone bobbing around on Lake Pontchartrain on Day 1 could have predicted what was to come but the RC miraculously were able to get a race off in winds speeds that were even lower than the temperature.  Somehow Dan on "Hot Molasses" figured a way through the Zero to Nuthin variable winds to claim victory by at least a leg on a shortened 2 leg course.  The rest of the fleet of eight boats trickling in on random puffs (Full Results Here)
Day 2 didn't promise much in temperature but what it lacked in heat it made up for in wind.  Three races were run starting in about 18 knots for Race 1 and ending in 25 gusting 30 by Race 3.  Merlin "Alegre" Wilson claimed the bullet in Race 1 after a couple lead changes with Al "Wind Shift" Gooch who finished overlapped at the line.  The rest of the day belonged to Burt "Demitasse" Benrud and his crew of seven with bullets in the remaining races and who, from my vantage point in pursuit on "Alegre", gave us a textbook example of boat control and driving a 27 in heavy air (I didn't know you could stack that many people on the rail?)
Back on shore the free beer and sail tape were in in abundance as the transplanted Canadians on Wilson  LaGraize's "Pocket Rocket" patched the inventory back together for the following day.  Not to be outdone, "Seamma" with the support and efforts of our hosts at the Southern Yacht Club were able to get a new leech sewn onto Patsy's main as it seems they lost their old one somewhere up one of the upwind legs!  It was a great day of racing as the photos attest to.

Not to be outdone...Day 3 saw a bit warmer temperatures and a bit more wind for the final race of the regatta with "Demitasse" aggressively defending their lead; the bite on the rudder of "Alegre" being evidence of that.  The penalty accepted did not however change the outcome as "Demitasse" continued schooling the fleet on heavy weather sailing and claimed the victory in the race and the regatta overall with "Alegre" and "Hot Molasses" second and third respectively.  Linda "Instant Kharma" Webster had a bit of an altercation with the RC Boat which was more a statement of the conditions than a criticism of the Committee who did an amazing job.  No-one was hurt except for maybe a bit of pride and if anyone is looking for some modern sculpture that resembles a bow pulpit please speak with Linda.
Finally, a big shout out/thanks to the Southern Yacht Club, their Commodore Merlin "Alegre" Wilson the Race Committee and everyone for putting the event together, the invitation to come sailing, the great hospitality and free beer every night!  For any 27s who didn't make it this year put the event on the calendar and Merlin will save you a spot in the yard next to "Curved Air".
See ya'll in 2016...  Andrew
C&C 30 Makes San Francisco Debut at Corinthian Midwinters, By Jenn Virškus for Quantum Sail Design Group:  Javelin, the West Coast’s first C&C 30, takes a bullet for the sportboat class in the final race of the CYC Midwinters to finish the regatta in 2nd place. The San Francisco Bay’s first C&C 30 made its racing debut in the Corinthian Yacht Club Midwinters held January 17–18 and February 21–22. In its first race, with Sail California’s Patrick Nolan driving and Quantum’s Jeff Thorpe doing tactics, Javelin finished third in corrected time to Paul Recktenwald’s J/88 Lazy Dawg and David Rasmussen’s Synergy 1000 Sapphire in the sportboat class. Fast-forward to this weekend, and Javelin, driven by Quantum’s Patrick Whitmarsh, wins the final race on Sunday in heavy air, to secure second place in the regatta behind Lazy Dawg. Trig Liljestrand’s J/90 Ragtime was 3rd in the class.

Saturday morning didn’t look too promising, but after a one-hour postponement, an early-season westerly filled in delivering consistent winds in the high teens. Javelin was able to hang close with the Soto 30 Gentoo most of the way around the course. They lost that race by overstanding the leeward layline both times. Picking up a burlap bag on the rudder somewhere in the middle of the race didn’t help. “In races one and three, we made tactical mistakes because our head was so far in the boat—we sacrificed some of our tactics trying to figure out the boat,” said Thorpe.

David Schumann, owner of the J/70 Bottle Rocket (another Quantum-powered boat), was at the helm of Javelin on Saturday. “Coming from a J/70, I was wondering how much bigger this boat would feel, but it was actually really responsive and I felt confident on all points of sail,” said Schumann. “The boat feels stable; it is a pretty stiff platform. Before the bag, it was pretty close racing and that was a lot of fun.”

By all accounts, the C&C 30 is extremely well balanced downwind, especially in the breeze, and it’s easy to get up on a plane. “It doesn’t seem like you have to put the bow up too much to get the boat on the step in the right conditions,” said Thorpe. “We were sailing through the lee of the big boats in dirty air, it was just amazing.” It also has a really high righting moment that allows for an extra-big spinnaker that gets the boat moving. Sailed to its limit, it could reach 20 knots downwind.

“For people who are looking for the next step in a high performance boat, this would be a good one, especially given that it’s only 30 feet. The boat has a great grand prix set up and controls, and the performance is great. It really lit up going downwind, and that was a lot of fun,” said Schumann.

Upwind, however, is where the boat has exceeded all expectations. The C&C 30 features a really powerful hull, with a wide, powerful set up in the back. Its deep keel and modern bulb contribute to the boat marching upwind. “With the wind blowing 16 to 22, we were really able to see the true character of this boat,” said Thorpe. Throughout the regatta, Thorpe said the crew figured out that there is a huge upwind speed advantage to moving the crew weigh aft.

“The boat is very new so we’re slowly learning the rig set up and the loads. Saturday we sailed the boat a little too high, Sunday we opened everything up and sailed about three-quarters of a knot faster upwind with a tighter rig,” said Thorpe. 

“We’ve sailed the boat with six and seven crew, but seven is the real number,” said Norman Davant of Sail California. The seventh crewmember is key for moving the weigh aft upwind, as well as working the running backstays.

“We were aggressively trimming the running backstays in the puffs on Sunday,” said Whitmarsh. “You have to be aggressive with that on the boats that don’t have a permanent backstay. You put on a lot of turns when the puffs come on and then you have to ease really aggressively in the lulls. There’s a lot of work on the runners, especially when it’s puffy.” 

“Race four was a culmination of learning the boat enough over the three days, having the right conditions, and not making any mistakes tactically. We realized the potential of how great this boat is,” Thorpe said of the win.

The C&C 30 is a true sportboat: You’re not going to be taking it on a cruise around the bay with your family. You need a few good people who really know what they’re doing to sail it. That said, the boat doesn’t require a huge sail inventory. It is currently being sailed with five sails: one main, a light to medium air jib, a heavy air jib, a flat, light-air kite and an all-around AP kite for medium to heavy breeze.

Another nice feature is the detachable bow pole. “It’s set up similarly to an 18-foot skiff,” said Whitmarsh. “The solid, fixed bow pole keeps the kite projected in front of the boat, but at the dock, all you have to do is undo the bob stay and you can take the pole off, allowing you to keep the boat in a slip.”

The C&C 30 has often been compared to the TP 52, but with the nimbleness and maneuverability of a small sportboat, making it an excellent crossover boat. “It’s phenomenal how similar it is to the big boats in terms of how it responds and its upwind speed,” said Davant. 

According to Davant, the market for the C&C 30 is really that of the Farr 280—but that is a true buoy racing boat. “The C&C 30 is a challenging, technical boat to sail, but it’s also a boat that you can take into some big breeze off shore—I’m confident of that now,” he added.

“I’d take it to Monterey in a heartbeat,” Davant said. “But it would be awesome heading west. Put four people on it and you’d have the ride of your life to Hawaii.”

Kudos to the Quantum-powered J/120 Peregrine taking the PHRF 2 class. “I let the crew race without me. I'm terrifically proud of how they’ve handled the boat,” said owner David Halliwill. 

“Our speed was good through the CYC series and I attribute much of it to the rig tune and the crewing,” added Mike O'Callaghan who was on Peregrine for the regatta. “The boat is well prepared and everything works. Our sails for this series were from 2011 and have seen a lot of racing since, but they still look very good, especially the 130% jib.”

Quantum sails got Charles James’s Roxanne to the top spot in the J/105 class, as well as the Hanse 370 Min Flicka owned by Julle Le’Vickie in the Non-Spinnaker 1 class. 

“We were anticipating wind for both days, so we went tight on the rig, and I think that helped us,” said Elliot James, who was doing bow on Roxanne both days. “Sunday was a real one-design race. We were trading places down the first leg to Blackhaller with Yellowfin and Nimbus. We managed to get in front ahead just before the mark, and led upwind and continued to lead round the second mark. Halfway down the second third leg, we had an exciting moment when we blew up the tack line block. We had to douse the kite, get the jib out, fix the broken block, and get the kite back up with the fleet bearing down on us. Somehow we managed to do it and held on for the win.”

“This weekend was quite interesting. There were a few broaches, a few mistakes, and a few calls that were too close, but we managed to prevail with two seconds to spare,” said Le’Vickie. “It was lots of fun and a well-run regatta. Our Quantum sails worked well, so we’re quite happy!”
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.

C&C 30 One Design 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
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/88’s at Quantum Key West Race Week
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.
J/70 Update #20:  We sent out another J/70 blast yesterday with some regatta updates, products updates, and tips & lessons learned from sailing the J/70.  Please read the full news here: J/70 Update #20 Feb 17, 2015.  If you wish to be on these e-blasts in the future, please sign-up here:  New Boat Updates Sign Up
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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 "Bella" 2008, Youngstown, NY, $219,000
36’ Beneteau 36.7 2002 “Vinyasa” REDUCED 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 "Patriot" 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

C&C 34+ "Child's Play 1990, Buffalo, NY, $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    

Soverel 33 "Ghost" 1983, Erie, PA, $17,900
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, NY, $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 "Lady in Red" 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 "Spirit" 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 REDUCED 219,000
36’ Pearson 36 1973 Patriot Rochester 24,900
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
26’ Pearson 26 1978 Blue Jay Youngstown 3,900
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 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 20-21 Lightning Lake Erie Districts, Erie PA
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
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:
Local Sail Lofts:
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) 

Disclaimer: We locate info and event dates from a wide variety of sources, and we won't be held responsible if dates change or info we obtain turns out to be inaccurate. Please double-check any event prior to heading off to it!
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