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2007 SMSA June
participated in the 2007 Southern Maryland Sailing
Association (SMSA) Small Boat Summer Regatta June 23rd 2007. Races were
held in the
Patuxent River near its mouth to the Chesapeake Bay and Solomons MD.
The multihull start consisted of four Hobie 16’s and one
Taipan 4.9 F-16 class catamarans. On the Hobies were Jeff and Donna,
George and Sara, Rich
and Pam and Carter and Scott. On the Taipan F-16 was Patrick going
solo. Rich and
Pam and Carter and Scott came up from the Saint Mary’s River
Club while the others were SMSA small boat racing regulars. The other
Buckaneers (8 boats) and Portsmouth monohull (9 boats).
The race PRO was VERY accommodating to the multihull class and ran
longer courses for the cats, using government navigation marks for race
In fact he had printed up little charts lettering the government marks
corresponding course letters could be posted on the committee boat. The
then not quite Olympic format but made for more fun racing.
The 1st race had a breeze from the West and after a short upwind leg,
had a very long triangle mark out where the Patuxent River meets the
Bay. Then back slightly upwind to the “C” mark with
finish. However, this leg ran close to shore, which seemed to create a
wind hole leaving everyone
stranded for a short time. This was frustrating but the effect bunched
up the Hobies
at the C mark making for a great close finish after a nearly hour long
For the second race the wind had shifted around 100+ degrees but the
course was quickly reset. The multihull fleet was sent on a big running
across the river to a triangle mark and back. This greatly assisted the
16's which excel at reaching.
Before the 3rd race could get anywhere the wind died. Finally giving
up, the mark boats pulled the sailboats back to the beaches, lifts, and
That only left burgers and drinks at the SMSA clubhouse and discussing
the wind, the races, etc. for the rest of the afternoon.
Thanks to SMSA that put on a great regatta. They had SIX power boats in
addition to the race committee boat moving marks taking photos, and
in when the wind died.
to Rich and Pam who took 1st overall for multihulls.
Sailed:2, Discards:0, To count:2, Ratings:USPN,
Entries:5, Scoring system:Portsmouth
||F16 - Taipan 4.9 Uni Spin
Regulars for the SMSA
Thursday Racing included Patrick on his Taipain
4.9 F16 (Single handing all but once or twice), George on his Hobie 16,
and Becca on their Prindle 18, and new for 2007 Mike and his son on
their Hobie 16.