Hurry and register for this premier event. Those registering prior to July 4th will receive 5 custom hats with your boat name and sail number. Registrants will also receive 5 dinner tickets for the Saturday night party at CSYC. Additional tickets will be available for purchase.
In addition, each registrant will receive one raffle ticket. You, your crew, family and friends will surely want to buy lots of tickets to have better odds of winning great raffle items. Tickets will be available at CSYC on Sat right up to the first draw.
Early birds have the opportunity to purchase custom shirts with your boat name and sail number, if ordered prior to July 4th. Limited hats and shirts along with dinner and raffle tickets will be available for purchase during the regatta.
EMAIL David Holme (BYC) & John McAllister (CSYC) with any questions and comments -or- inquiries about sponsorship opportunities.
US632 Target Practice wins third BOD in four years
The conditions for the Bayview One Design regatta truly tested the Detroit Cal 25 sailors sailing capabilities and talent. The first two days provided light and variable winds with a couple shifts that guaranteed the scoring would be jumbled. The final day brought high winds that assured the boats with good boat handling skills topped the fleet. Once again the formidable crew of US632 Target Practice proved they were the best in the fleet. Target Practice owners Adam Hollerbach & Erik Ryan along with their crew of Brad Terpstra, Nathan Hollerbach, and Nick Marcolini bested the fleet for the third time in four years – very impressive to say the least. Newcomers Keith & Dana Ziegler’s Captain Obvious sailed an awesome series and finished closely behind Target Practice in 2nd place. Paul & Ross Nuechterlein’s Never Alone sailed a consistent series to finish 3rd. Marc & Eric Hollerback’s Pagan Baby finish 4th followed David Holme’s holmebrew and Lance Sometherman’s Details tied for 5th place.
The following recap is provided by Erik Ryan
Although winning this year’s BOD regatta was not something we thought we could pull off this year, we somehow managed to come back from a fairly deep opening scoreline (second to last in the first race,) and eek out an overall win against one of the most talented collections of Cal 25 sailors we can recall in recent memory. So as we’ve been asked to write up a quick re-cap of the 2017 BOD regatta, we’d like to highlight something we found a lot more interesting and exciting about our one-design class racing than all of the play-by-play details of each start and each race.
As most Detroit area Cal 25 sailors have been observing and discussing lately, while the overall number of boats has been decreasing slightly over the past few years (15-20 boats for big events, versus 20-25 in previous years,) the overall competitiveness of the class has continued to improve. While our team has only been active in the Detroit fleet since 2001 or so, it’s our recollection that to achieve a top 5 spot at any of the big events like a NOOD or Nationals regatta, you had to have a pretty consistent scoreline of top 5 finishes. However, one of our key observations about this year’s BOD regatta was that although there were only 16 boats in the regatta, the top 2 boats both had finishes between 10th and 16th place, and the top 5 boats all had at least one or two finishes between 5th and 10th place!
For a slightly different perspective on how evenly matched the bulk of our fleet is, over the course of our most recent 3 day BOD regatta, we sailed 9 races, in breeze from 4-5 knots, up to 12-15 knots, and had 8 different race winners! Additionally, the average finish for the top 6 boats was between 4th and 6th place. Long gone seem to be the days where the top 2-3 boats at a big event here in Detroit have an average scoreline of 2nd or 3rd place.
Simply put, while the overall quantity of Cal 25’s racing big one-design events here in Detroit may be down a bit, as we see it, that fact is being eclipsed by the overall quality of the one-design racing we’re experiencing lately. Which leads us to conclude, that although the boats may be as old or older than most of the competitors aboard them, the Cal 25 fleet in Detroit remains one of the most exciting and competitive one-design fleets in the region, so if you’re planning to participate in one of our next big one-design events, like the upcoming Nationals here in Detroit in August, be prepared for one hell of a competitive event!
Finally, in case you’re wondering whether or not we’re way off base in our assessment of how competitive the Detroit Cal 25 class has become, each year the BOD regatta directors award an overall trophy to the winners of what they determine to be the most competitive one-design fleet in the regatta, and this year that fleet was the Cal 25 class. So once again, if you’re on the fence about whether or not you want to take a Friday off work later this year and battle it out with some of the best small keelboat sailors in the region, look no further than the upcoming Cal 25 National Championship here in Detroit on August 11-13th, and we hope to see you there!
The Very First Cal 25
Art and Scott Melendres are now the proud owners of the elusive and coveted Cal 25 Hull #1.
For years now I have heard the rumor that the Cal 25 bearing the distinction of being Hull #1 has been moored in the Naples community of Long Beach, CA. I never checked it out but recently my son Scott found it listed for sale on Craig’s List. He and our crewman Pat Graham verified that it was, indeed Hull #1. The boat’s history shows that it was originally registered in 1964. The current owner had purchased it a few years ago with the intent of restoring it. The restoration never occurred and thus she put it up for sale. We made the purchase for the sum of $600.00.
The boat is in surprisingly sound condition. The deck is solid, the fiberglass is in fair condition, and the standing rigging appears to be good. The boom was broken and the cost of replacement will probably match the cost of purchase. There is a “huge” air vent on the front deck, the purpose of which I have no idea. The vents life span is short however; it probably doesn’t know it yet.
The primary issues with the boat appear to be “cosmetic.” It is in need of a large dose of “TLC” which I am positive it will receive. I’ll keep you tuned in on how this restoration project will develop. The bottom line here is that the very first Cal 25 off the production line is found, sound and is destined to once again be “proud.”
— Art Melendres
Patriot wins the 2016 Detroit Cal 25 Season Championship
Patriot and her crew win the Season Championship for the third year in a row by winning the Spring, Summer & Overall DRYA Series, first in the Cal 25 Short Course series and winning the Cal 25 Long Distance series four years in a row.
Jim Weitzmann, Andy McAllister, Debbie McAllister, Adam Lounsbury
Draco wins the 2016 (50th) Cal 25 National Championship
Hurricane Hermine threatened the Atlantic Coast over the Labor Day weekend and the winds ranged from heavy to light & variable with everything in between.
The Draco crew of Brian Shenstone, Bob “Hurricane” Orr and Peter Becker of Bayview Yacht Club together with John McAllister and Paul “Loose Canon” Nuechterlein of Crescent Sail Yacht Club prevailed with consistency and skill in all weather conditions.
Initially, it looked as if the entire regatta was going to be a bust as winds were predicted to be in the high 20’s with gusts in the 40s and torrential rain – with winds escalating throughout the weekend.
In fact, day one was cancelled early morning due to Hermine’s high winds and waves on the Chesapeake. All crews enjoyed the day off with touring Historic Annapolis and engaging in pub crawls.
On Sunday, Hermine stayed out in the Atlantic and three races were held. The winds were their strongest during the first race.
The Californians – Art and Scott Melendez and crew – sailing One-Time, dominated – getting out in front at the start and staying out front. Their upwind speed was unparalleled. Draco pulled off a second with Jim Burdick and the Makani crew taking a third. The wind lightened up a little bit for the second race and the Californians managed to pull off another bullet, with Draco taking yet another second. Krigare, owned by Eric and Marty Lostrom, rounded out the top three.
The wind continued to lighten up more in the third race, and after a couple lead changes, the locals – Tim Bloomfield and the Whitecap crew took a first; followed by the Ronin crew – Peter/John/Christopher Shiels/ Wooldridge/Rogers – coming in second. Draco was pressing and ended with a close third.
Consistency paid off – putting Draco in first place at the end of day, with White Cap in second, followed by One-Time/Emesis.
Charlie Husar poured some Dark and Stormys and other libations at the Burnside dock after the first day of racing. Needless to say, all the crews thoroughly enjoyed the refreshments!!
On Monday, the course followed government markers and the race committee set a course resembling a square with an anchored freighter complicating one of the lay lines. The leaders fought it out in this race, only to succumb to a time limit, with the race not counting. The race committee was hopeful to get off another race, but the wind died completely, ending the regatta.
Annapolis pulled off a great event despite Mother Nature serving up a hurricane and threatening weather for the weekend. The hospitality was outstanding and the competitors, guests and members of the hosting yacht club had a wonderful time.
Congratulations to Draco for an unprecedented eighth win for the boat and seven National Championships for Brian Shenstone and Bob Orr. Click here to see more …
One Time tops the Wet Wednesdays Series
The first Wet Wednesday series is in the books (May-20 – Jun-24, 2015). Congratulations to One Time. They came out with their hair on fire with three bullets in the first three races. Tiburon tried to fight back with 2 bullets of their own in the ensuing two races. So it was really a match race between One Time and Tiburon last night. Tiburon had a chance if they could get themselves a victory and beat One Time on the tie breaker. It didn’t happen. One Time took care of business with a bullet to close out the series with an impressive victory. We missed Iguana last night, they were unable to make it out. Story I heard was that Dennis was boozing all day and forgot where he left the boat? I’ve got to give a shout-out to Go Big Daddy. They sailed great last night and almost rounded the weather mark in first place. One Time squeezed by them in first, Go Big Daddy in second followed by Tiburon in third. With the wind holding steady it was a routine finish with no drama in the channel. Click here to see more …
OK we have about seven weeks to go before Nationals (August 15th and 16th). That should give everyone plenty of time to get their boats and crews squared away. If you’re going to make one regatta this year, please make it the Nationals! Talk it up, get as many people fired-up as possible. There are boats that are available should someone want to put a crew together and enter. I guarantee it will be fun!
Long Beach Fleet Captain
— Felix Basadre
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