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Date Race Fleet Overall
May      

27-28

Windancer Practice

 

 
June      
9-10 Boater's World    
15-17 Chicago NOOD

5

 
27 Tripp Memorial

1

1

29 Queens Cup

4

67

July      

14-16

Chicago Mackinac

5

11

21-23

Port Huron Mackinac

9

9

27-28

Bay Harbor

6

 
August      

10

Clipper Cup

9

 

17-19

Verve Cup

9

 
September      
  Governor's Cup

5

 
  Anchorage Cup

1

1

Race Log

 

Windancer Practice

No GL 70s tune up - Windancer will be practicing on her own in Muskegon.  

It was stinky weather, but the crew was anxious to get out and check out the new main and boom combination.  There will be no more dancing on the Lido deck with this new boom at 4 and 1/2 ft longer, it sweeps all the cockpit pretty well.  The new main is very nice and should be much of an improvement.  There is a lot more sail area however, so the crew will be spending even more time on the rail this year!

Sunday, it was blowing 25 knots from the Northwest.  Great time for jibing practice!  Even with the old main and practice chute, we were able to hit 13 knots on Muskegon Lake with nothing to surf on!!

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Boater's World

 

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Chicago NOOD

It was a great weekend for sailing in Chicago!!!  The weather could not have been much better and the racing was spectacular.  Windancer and her new crew showed steady improvement throughout the weekend ending the weekend with a bullet for Sunday's race!!!

The new boom and main are a definite improvement and really help both up and down wind speed.  With good tactics and sailing, we can be in the fight in a much broader range of conditions than before.

Click here for the official Sailing World Chicago  Nood Regatta Web Site

With 10 70s on the line, it was top racing all weekend.  Friday started off squally and improved as the day went on.  Being the first races with the full crew on board, the were some first day jitters, but in general the racing went well.  A 6 and 7 were the results.

On Saturday, the breezes were fresh and the sun was out.  Some spotty breeze and bad breaks dealt Windancer an 8 on the first race.  The wind filled in and Windancer was able to pull a 3rd on the second race.  The race committee tried to get off a third race as the wind picked up.  The starting tactics were aggressive and Windancer found herself barging with no room at the boat!!!  Our only choice was to bail out and almost take out the photo boat in the process.  We would all like to thank the committee for the wisdom of their general recall.  Following that excitement and a small wind squall (32 knots), the committee decided to call it a day and the third race never started.

Sunday found light breezes (4 to 6 knots).... Perfect Windancer conditions !!!!  The crew responded with some good tactics and sail handling and the result was a first!  A great way to end the weekend.

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Tripp Memorial

Rumors have it that Windancer won this race, but with no report from the onboard crew and no results posted by the yacht club this is not confirmed.

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Queens Cup

The 2001 Queens Cup saw steady light breezes.  Nothing to separate the big boats from the small ones.  The results put WIndancer in the middle of the pack in her section and about 1/3 down in the fleet rankings.

Click here for SSYC Queens Cup Results

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Chicago Mackinac

Well the results are in and Windancer took a 5th in the Great Lakes 70s class and an 11th in the IMS fleet.  The crew was very pleased with the boats performance.  We managed to stay in contact with most of the rest of GL70s fleet for the entire race.  Weather was great for the first half of the race, but after reaching the Manitous, the rain came in and made for wet sailing the rest of the race.  Someone off another boat commented that "This was a race you could take your grandmother on.".  I don't know about his grandmother, but I don't think mine would have been too happy sitting on the rail blasting down the Straits in the rain.  Anyway, here are some links to results and comments from other web sites:

Official Chicago Yacht Club Results Page

This is the official Chicago Yacht Club results page.  It doesn't list all competitors yet.  Someday CYC will get their web site act together - don't hold your breath!

Torresen Marine Chicago Mackinac Coverage Results Page

Full fleet results lists.  At least there is someone who can get it right!

Windancer Reports on SailNet

Randy Draftz of SailNet provided live reports from Windancer select this link to see the latest reports from this site.

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Port Huron Mackinac

Windancer scored a 9th in the GL70s class for the Port Huron Mackinac.  It was a very fast race and we were pleased to be able to stick with the rest of the GL70s in those conditions.  In the end, our light air abilities enabled us to finish 50 minutes ahead of boats less than a quarter mile behind.  The updates from the course are listed below.

 Here are links to the Bayview Yacht Club site and the Torresen Marine site.  

Bayview Yacht Club Mackinac Site

Torresen Marine Coverage

Monday, 5:34 PM

Windancer finished the Port Huron Mackinac at 11:50 PM on Sunday!  A little later than originally projected, but still a great time.  The final results are not in yet, but we figure we finished somewhere in the middle of the pack.

Following our Sunday update, the haze lifted and we discovered we had a lot of company.  6 other 70s eventually converged on Spectacle Reef and Bois Blanc island.  As the wind died and night fell, each puff of wind gave each boat their time at the front of the pack.  Boat speeds and wind speeds were in the 0 to 4 knot range.  As well as dueling with the wind, the boats dueled for position with each other with more than one boat taking another head to wind to try to avoid being overrun.  This was an excellent example of how well sailed and competitive the GL70s class is.   Eventually, we all crept across the finish line just before or after midnight.

After that, it was on to the Pink Pony!  With very few boats in, it was practically a GL70s party to close out the night.

Sunday, 11:10 am

We rounded the NGS buoy in Southhampton at 1:30 a.m.   Most of the 70's rounded ahead of us.  Colt 45 appears to in the lead, about  an hour ahead of Windancer.   Blondie rounded about a mile & a half ahead of us, and Sassy was about a mile astern.   We broad reached all during the night, with winds of 20 knots from the SE.  This morning is a typical Mackinac morning, with very light & variable wind conditions.  We are currently 72 miles from Mackinac Island, and with our current course and speed, estimated arrival time is now 9:00 pm tonight.   (But don't bet on it, because we have the Straits of Mackinac ahead of us!)

Saturday, 7:25 pm
 
The race started with a spinnaker start.   Shortly after the start, the fleet ran into thunderstorms, with winds up to 25 knots.  Since then, the storms have cleared and winds have come in from the southeast at 20 knots.  We're currently running under spinnaker doing 11 1/2 knots.  We're anticipating arriving at the Southampton buoy about 1:00 a.m. and if conditions hold as current & forecasted, we could be having Sunday afternoon tea at the porch of the Grand Hotel!  (est. arr. 4:00-5:00 pm).
 
Eight or nine of the 70's are in visual contact.   We've got Decision with us and Sassy is about 1 mile back.

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Bay Harbor

The first day of the Bay Harbor series saw winds in the 20 knot range.  Three races were sailed and made for a very physically challenging day.  With the new main and other updated sails, Windancer was able to stay in the thick of the racing.  At the end of the day, the results were 7, 11 and 7.

The second day of racing at Bay Harbor saw much more favorable conditions for Windancer.  10 to 12 knot winds made for great racing.  Some big shifts made heroes and skunks of the tacticians.  The final results are not know, but the crew expects to have finished in the top three for each of the races.

Windancer ended the series with a 6th overall.  This puts the boat in 7th place for the GL70s series with the Verve Cup still to go.  The pressure will be on in Chicago to see if we can move up in the standings.

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Clipper Cup

The race started in the morning, with winds out of the north and at about 12 to 14 Knots. We started with the old drifter reacher and used that until about halfway across the lake. Winds were between 11 and 20 knots and shifted every 5 to 10 minutes about 20 to 35 degrees. That was challenging to trimmers and drivers. We changed to the #3 for 20 miles and then to the light #1 for a while and then to the old, not so good, 3/4 oz spinnaker for the finish. We finished 1st but not far enough ahead of the boats behind. It seems that the winds filled in from behind
and brought the smaller boats in faster and without the light air stuff we went through at the finish. We had a great race and were doing 9 and 10 knots for the majority of the race. The last 10 miles being the slowest.

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Verve Cup

Friday, August 17th

The first race saw stable breezes in the 15 knot range.    The first beat saw the crew shaking off some first race rust and after that working back into the running on the downwind and 2nd upwind legs.  At the second windward mark, an early hoist caused the spinnaker to hit the mark.  The resulting 360, resulted in a 9th for that race.  The second race on Friday, saw very fluky conditions develop with left over seas.  At some times, boats were 100 yards apart with spinnakers on opposite jibes or going head on with both boats close hauled with genoas.  Overall, a very frustrating day.

Saturday, August 18th

The fluky conditions of yesterday gave way to skies threatening a frontal passage.  The first race got off under light conditions.  As the front approached the conditions deteriorated to those very similar to Friday's second race.  Basically rolling the dice decided the results.  The fleet waited a long time between races while rain and lightning announced the frontal passage.  The second race started under almost maximum conditions with the wind approaching 25 knots.  After the start, the winds continued to build.  Windancer sailed with her #4 and 1.5oz chute on the downwind leg.  The second upwind leg saw the wind build to as high as 35 knots with continued rain.  No chute was necessary on the last downwind leg.  The boat hit speeds as high as 15.5 knots surfing down waves.  Everyone was glad to finish the race with no injuries or major damage.

Sunday, August 19th

The front that passed yesterday was driven by a very strong low that continued blow close to the 25 knot maximum.  The race started again under #4s.  Shortly after the start, Windancer's outhaul let go and the crew  hard to lower the main and re hoist with a reef in to continue.  The wind continued to build to over 30 knots and shifted so that the course became a close and broad reach up and back.  Again, no spinnakers were necessary as the boats blasted up and down the course.  With the reduced mainsail, Windancer could not make much of a recovery.

The final results are finally in.  Windancer took a 9th for the series recording 9-8-8-7-8 finishes.  Here is a link to the Chicago Yacht Club Verve Cup results page.

This wraps up the GL70s series for the season.  Windancer placed 6th overall.  Holua took first with Pied Piper close behind.  Congratulations to both boats and their crews on great seasons.  Here is a link to the GL70s Season Results page.

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Governor's Cup

Windancer completed five races in the 2001 Governors Cup, which alone was a great feeling of accomplishment for her bare bones crew of eight.  Eric and Karen Bombery joined regular Windancer Crewmembers, Matt Bombery, Bill Baldridge, Earl and Jim Lyden and owner John Nedeau and his son Sam for the regatta.  This crew of eight was pushed hard on the 1.25 mile legs.

 

Race One stated with a fluky east breeze which found Windancer sparing Hippy Chick a port starboard tee bone at the start.  Windancer sailed to the left side and took advantage of a large lift that allowed her to extend her lead at the first mark to a considerable length.  Unfortunately, the wind died at the windward mark, and shifted nearly 90 degrees, allowing the following boats to cut into Windancer’s lead, and sail with their spinnakers while Windancer was forced to a jib to make the leeward mark.  A new mark was set directly north of the leeward mark, making for an interesting port 360-degree turn around the mark.  The committee did a great job of resetting the windward mark for a better race.  Unfortunately the wind continued to clock to the northwest making the final two marks almost a fetch.  Windancer would still have faired in the top half of the class in this race but she finished in a freshening breeze, allowing the rest of the class to save their time.  The best thing about the race is that with the wind shifts, no gybing.

Race Two and Race Three were raced in 10-14 knots.  Number 3 weather for this GL 70.  If Windancer had had their full crew aboard the one may have been used, but with limited weight on the high side, the three was the call.  A couple of pretty well sailed races by the skipper and crew provided a couple of middle of the class finishes.  With flat water it is difficult to put the Mumms or the 1D35 back much.  Windancer’s new rating of –51 did not seem to offer much help towards correcting out over many boats either.  If not for a great lift allowing Windancer to make the mark in each race, the results could have been much worse.

Race Four and Five found Nick Nedeau replacing Jim Lyden.  Jim chose to be a three planker for the rest of the holiday.  He also reports after trimming both jibs and spinnakers by himself that he has a 6-inch longer wing span.  Number three weather again and pretty good sailing by the crew of 8.  John Sr. put the boat on the line each time in with great speed and Windancer sailed well for each of the four legs.  Aside from getting pinned on the shore when she wanted to be going right, Windancer sailed pretty much where she wanted to for the entire race.  Again, a middle of the pack finishes.

Overall, the crew felt a great feeling of accomplishment getting a GL 70 around the buoys with only 8 aboard and 1.25 mile legs.  The committee did a great job, and Windancer finished about as well as she is going to in those conditions. 

FYI, to all those who asked.  Windancer uses a large main sail in the GL 70 races.  The larger main goes the length of the boom and cost Windancer nearly a three-second per mile penalty on Windancer’s GPH number for IMS racing.  Windancer uses a smaller main sail for PHRF racing, which comes about 5 feet short on the boom.  It is the same main that the existing Windancer has always raced PHRF with.  Why Windancer received a 9-second a mile penalty in PHRF mid-way through the 2001 season is still a mystery to all of us.

Here is a link to Governor's Cup Results courtesy of Torresen Marine

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Anchorage Cup

The Anchorage Cup has not always been a good race for Windancer.  This year's weather forecast did not look encouraging.  The forecast called for winds to 30 knots from the South or Southwest, 6 to 9 foot seas and thunderstorms.  Not good conditions for a trip to Holland!!  The day started with the delivery crew facing very close to the forecast  conditions.  They deserve a tremendous thanks from the rest of the crew for getting the boat there.

By the time of the start, the winds had abated slightly, but we still needed a tuck in the main and the #4 genoa.  As the race progressed, we shook the tuck and changed to the #3.  By the time we reached the gate at Port Sheldon, we had put back all the fleet with the exception of one Jib and Main boat that soon succumbed as well.  After that, it was a matter of stretching the lead to cover our handicap.  Wild Oats was the closest competition and they covered us very tightly from behind.  Because of their  great interest in our course, we decided to continue sailing after the finish and help them find the optimum angle for approaching the finish line (at least from our perspective).   Our efforts were rewarded as they followed us way out into a corner, until we were sure they could make the finish (by running down wind....).  Must have been some Thirsty Tiger crew on board....They really like those corners.

The final results are in.  Windancer took a first in class and a  first in the spinnaker fleet!    Here is a link to the 2001 Anchorage Cup results page.

The crew celebrated a successful season with lots of good food and drink on the trip back to Grand Haven.  It was not the sleigh ride we had hoped for, but the food and company was great.  By the end, everyone was looking forward to that first crew work weekend and the opportunity to start preparing for next season.

And now a race recap from the back of the boat....Sam Nedeau - MFOK

Anchorage Cup

As it turned out, this was a great way to finish the season. The Windancer crew started monitoring the weather for the 2001 Anchorage Cup on the Tuesday before the race.  By Tuesday evening it was apparent that this would be a wet ride.  It was and it wasn’t.  Windancer absorbed the worst of the day during the delivery from Muskegon to Grand Haven.  It was obvious from the crew that delivered her down that Lake Michigan was not in a passive mood. 

The race started in 20-25 knots of breeze from the South with Windancer trimmed in a reefed main and the #4.  The wind had abated from earlier in the day and once underway, the sun appeared and Windancer found a groove, pounding up wind at a little over 8 knots.  Though it was challenging for the drivers to keep the boat from slamming on a square wave, (particularly on port tack), ridding the rail was actually not so bad.  Windancer was fortunate to have Denice and Beverly Lyden as well as Karen Bombery joined the regular crew of Earl and Jim Lyden, Matt Bombery, Joel and Jay Vander Wall, Jim Key and John and Sam Nedeau aboard for the Cup.  The rail certainly looked and smelled better with the ladies aboard. 

Windancer was able to stretch out a bit with the four and the reef, but when the wind lightened the crew was efficient in shaking the reef, changing to the #3 and the lead seemed to really lengthen.  A gate was placed at Port Sheldon, forcing Windancer to come in from offshore where her crew preferred to stay, taking advantage of a right bend in the wind direction and with better wave action.  At the Port Sheldon gate Windancer again made the ugly tack offshore and out into Lake Michigan.  Again finding the westerly bend Windancer tacked onto starboard and began searching for the finish in Holland.  Believing the finish to be much closer to the Holland pier heads, the crew was scanning the horizon from the high side when Earl “The Pearl” Lyden took his eyes off of the main and discovered the RC boat and a finish buoy off of the leeward bow.  Jimmy Key drove the Windancer down about 15 degrees and a blast to the finish looked to be in the cards.  That was until Windancer hit a 30-degree header, causing her to go back on the wind and have to fight to make it to the finish. 

Immediately after the finish the crew commenced a celebration of the conclusion of the sailing season, toasting with cold refreshments and setting the grill up for the journey home.  We took a 15 minute tack out into the lake, laying off a bit so as to not pound too much, while we timed Wild Oats, Wily J. and the rest of the class in to the finish.  Windancer planned on departing directly to Grand Haven after the race but needed to turn in a finish card to the race committee within 90 minutes of her finish.  Once the next boat to finish was identified, Windancer solicited the RC to accept their finish card on the water, which they did and promptly returned to Grand Haven.  Cold refreshment, dips left and right, shrimp, chocolate cake and Chicago hot dogs with no buns…


The wind continued to moderate, which allowed Windancer to easily correct over many competitors.  Had it not been for the moderation of the wind, this victory would not have occurred.  Not with a rating of –51.  Of course, I think we would have still beat our good friends on who followed us out in the lake after we had finished, causing them to over shooting the finish by a considerable distance.  

Considering the weather and the victory it is probably appropriate to make a few statements.

  • The Windancer crew wants to extend an honest gesture of respect to all the competitors on the smaller yachts that raced the race.  As we all nervously prepared Windancer for the start in the Grand River, we witnessed each of you leaving for the starting line.  Great job on going out in adverse conditions and competing.  No one would have blamed anyone if you had stayed ashore.

  • To the Race Committee, great job on running a fine race.  Thanks for not pulling the plug.