Hampton Nationals ,9, and 10 at FBYC
This year, Hampton Nationals will be hosted at Fishing Bay Yacht Club, , 9 and 10. Fishing Bay will be celebrating their 75th Anniversary this year, and are planning a very special event, with a huge party, and large turnout of racers and classes from all over the East Coast. The regatta will feature several different racing circles, and nine different classes (Flying Scott, Front Runner, Albacore, Typhoon, San Juan, Laser, Opti, Windmill, and J70).
The Hampton One Design class has been selected at the featured class for the event since we are the only one of these one-design classes to have been around longer than Fishing Bay YC (among other reasons). We will have our own dedicated race course, our own dedicated Race Committee, our own Party Friday night, and three days of racing. Like last year, the Nationals is being held earlier in August so we can get maximum participation from the younger collegiate and post-collegiate class members who helped make last year’s nationals so much fun, and made the rest of us feel so old (especially the final race ).
The Hampton Nationals Race Committee will be run by PRO John McCarthy. John is a U.S. Sailing Regional Race Officer and National Judge and most importantly, did a fantastic job with our Nationals at HYC three years ago. John is one of the most experienced and highly sought after PROs on the Bay, and will also be running 2014 the Star Class North Americans, and J70 Chesapeake Bay Championships (also at FBYC this fall).
This promises to be a great event, so mark your calendars for ,9 and 10!
Potomac Fleet Update
The Potomac fleet is re-focusing on the Hampton racing season, and is planning to show up in-force at this year’s Nationals and are making their beach vacation plans accordingly. The Potomac fleet will also be targeting the early season events, such as Rock Hall, and would also be up for the Southern Maryland Sailing Association Invitational if folks from the lower bay wanted to make the trip.
2014 Hampton One Design Regatta Schedule
- HYC Trapeze
- PRSA Spring One Design
Jun 8 - SMSA Spring Invitational
- Rock Hall OD Invitational
June 28 - BBSA (not confirmed)
- Wolcott Memorial
- HYC Annual
July Johnston Memorial Broad Bay
Ware River Annual
Hampton Nationals at FBYC (75th Anniversary Regatta)
Aug 30 NYCC Labor Day Regatta- Virginia Governor’s Cup
PRSA President's Cup/Leukemia Cup
Sept 13 HYC Serio
Sunfish Challenge & Dinghy Distance Race (Starting from Hampton University this year)
FBYC Indian Summer
The southern bay HOD regatta season reached its penultimate event with great sailing conditions this past Saturday, September 14th. (There is still one more chance to race in the Distance Race tomorrow starting in Willoughby Bay!) Forecast winds out of the north at 15-20 kept several boats on the sidelines after the carnage at Nationals but four hardy boats came out to race: 514 with Charlie McCoy and son John; 597 with Will Roberts and Steve Taylor; 709 with Andrew and Sarah Newbold and 718 with Jim Miller and Dave Chapman. The racers were rewarded with a reliable breeze of 8-13, though massive wind shifts and the occasional big puff made for some edge-of-the-seat racing. Charlie continued running his impressive 7-stay throwback rig and slightly inverted mast
The race committee did great work with limited real estate owing to the wind direction and race venue. They opted for a windward-leeward course with an upwind finish.
Race 1 started very close but being in the right spot for a big wind shift found team Miller/Chapman rounding the upwind mark slightly ahead of the pack. On the downwind leg, 718 apparently held off a brutal attack from team McCoy but lost focus on the mark, overstood and allowed 514 to round in the lead with team Newbold right behind and 597 within striking distance. The relatively short upwind finish leg and consistent wind proved too short for any position changes and 514 took the race, with 709, 718 and 597 following.
Race 2 started with consistent breeze then petered out to light and shifty, leaving everyone looking for the slightest bit of pressure increase. As usual, with over 55 years racing in the subtleties of the lower Chesapeake, Charlie McCoy connected the puffs, rounded the windward mark first and with incredible downwind speed from his innovative inverted mast and ace crew came away with his second bullet, followed by 718, 709 and 597.
The breeze picked up and current became a factor for the start of race 3, resulting in a general recall. After a clean restart, a 40 degree right shift threatened to make the race a parade, with 709 in the lead. Fortunately the race committee was spared the dreaded “abandon race” call with a shift back to the right. Andrew and Sarah Newbold in 709 correctly predicted both of these shifts and led the fleet around the leeward mark and to the finish.
The fourth race proved that current was definitely becoming a factor, as it was hard for all boats to cross the line on starboard in the existing light breeze. 709 edged out the fleet and was leading the upwind leg with boats split on either side of the course. As the light breeze lightened further, it became all about finding the new wind. Will Roberts and Steve Taylor hit paydirt when they saw the slightest ripples on the left side of the course and went hard left. 597 rounded the windward mark first, trailed close behind by 709, 514 and 718. On the downwind leg, 597 extended their lead while 709 looked for wind on the east side of the course. 718 and 514 battled for position downwind with current playing a major factor in calling the layline. Jim Miller and Dave Chapman caught a bit of luck and a header allowed them avoid a last minute jibe at the leeward mark. 597 was simply too fast and too far ahead to catch, taking the race by at least 15 seconds. A heated battle for second between 709 and 718 went to team Miller/Chapman by about ½ boat length. The resulting three-way tie for the lead promised an interesting final race.
The conditions for the fifth and final race were no different than the previous four races, so the name of the game was finding the breeze in light air and seeing the shifts in steady breeze. Perhaps an unfair advantage was exercised by Jim Miller, who lives less than a mile from the race venue. However they managed it, 718 took the final race and the regatta, followed by 709, 514, and 597 all in their respective positions for final results.
Overall a great regatta was had by all, especially since each boat claimed at least one bullet and afterward watched team USA finally win a race in the America’s cup.
The 2013 Nationals at Ware River YC was a great success. The regatta featured an elite line-up of 11 select racers, not coincidentally the exact same number of entrants in the equally prestigious 2013 Farr 40 North Americans on Martha’s Vineyard last month. Ware River provided a full array of quality conditions, and great shore-side hospitality, which included complementary Ware Breakfasts for all HOD entrants.
On Friday, the start was pushed back an hour, to enable a number the young NYCC sailors to attend a memorial service for one of their friends who died tragically in an accident on the bridge near NYCC. (Don’t let your kids go bridge diving/jumping) By a very nice classic Ware River sea breeze had filled in from the southeast and we got in two great races. At the last minute, Friday morning in fact, I recruited my 10 year old son Jackson, who had never done the trapeze before to crew for me. He’s more the cautious skipper type, and had always left the trapezing on the Hampton to his dare devil younger brother. It was a high-risk strategy, and on the way out to the course, when he first tried to push out, he said he could simply not do it, he was just too scared, there were a few tears even. But by the start of the first race, he had managed to get out there, and gradually gained confidence throughout the day. On the down-winds I would pass the tiller to Jackson, and I would do the pole work, although he had that figured out himself by Saturday. The sea breeze and waves were a handful for 727, and although we did well, we never rounded the first windward mark in the lead. The first windward mark of the first race featured a three boat collision, which I think involved 721 and 715 among others (something about port and starboard). Billy Van Buren in 729 had the best speed for these conditions and rounded in first, and held on for second overall.
Saturday was the light-wind day, and we only got in one race, which was better than most of the other classes which got in nothing. Speaking of other classes, Hamptons were the biggest class, but we were not eligible for the Governor’s Cup because it was our championship. There were just a handful of Albacores and Buccaneers, so attendance by other classes was light. The Laser Radial class won it, which was effectively a Jr. class, and not sure why, since there were more Opti’s than Radials.
Sunday was a big day, we needed to pack in three races to complete the series, and we had a very fresh and progressively building off-shore breeze from the north, with very smooth water but quite a few shifts. On 727, Leigh Chapman filled in for Jackson who had flown to Maine for an Opti regatta, and we continued where we left off. We did have one very serious problem in the first race. The problem for us is that we were not used to rounding the early marks in the lead, and at the first windward mark, we realized that neither of us bothered to check the course board before the race. The marks were set up in a triangle, and the options were either: a) triangle with windward finish; or b) Gold Cup. All the prior races for Hamptons were Gold Cups (triangle, windward, leeward, windward), but the classes starting before us Sunday had run just a single triangle. The course had the leeward and windward marks both about 30 yards above and below the start and finish lines respectively, so simply rounding the marks in order would not work. At first we thought we would burn some of our lead by circling the signal boat after the first reach, but decided that the course designation may no longer be accurate. Instead, we decided to burn our lead by sailing past the windward mark-half way to the finish line after the second beat, and then from that strategic position closer to the finish line, wait to see if Randy and Dave Chapman (sailing with Guest Skipper Jim Miller) would following us. We quickly learned to our disappointment that they were not following us. When they rounded the windward mark to do the run of the Gold Cup, we quickly did a 180, and re-joined the race but now in 3rd place. We pulled out a victory, and one more in race 5. With most of the skin missing from both of my hands, and the breeze building to main-flogging territory, we decided to head in and drop the last race. Four other boats, including the everready for more wind Calamity Jane joined us in the race to the beach. The macho youngsters decided to stay out and do the last race. That’s where things got really interesting, but I was not there to witness any of it first-hand. My understanding is the Joe and Bill Morgan, Randy and Sam Stokes, Gordon Wolcott, and Billy Van Buren stayed out for the survival exercise. Gordon Wolcott, fresh off of the Inter-Collegiate National Championship regatta in Florida (congratulations Gordon! Wahowaa!) traded out light-air crew Sara Wolcott for Chris Harrell (whose had lost his main halyard by that point). Joe Morgan, who had shown blazing speed after reducing his mast rake led much of the race, only to loose his capsize virginity near the end. I think that Randy and Sam also flipped and Gordon and Chis lost the rudder on 715. That left Billy Van Buren, and Colin Voight to be the only Hampton to finish the race. The heroics also won Colin the Sportswomanship award! Congratulations!
The bottom line is that Joe Morgan, Dave Chapman, Will Roberts and Clay Harris put on a fantastic regatta, and everyone was buzzing about where to do it next year, hopefully with twice as many boats. Please let me know if you have any preferences or suggestions on venues, and we will get this on the calendar early for 2014.
The below results do not show race #6, but it’s what I could find on the Ware Website.
Latane Montague (crew Jackson Montague/Leigh Chapman) SUPER G III
Gordon Wolcott (Sarah Wolcott)
Randy Stokes (crew Ann/Sam Stokes) ZEPHYR
Joe Morgan (crew Bill Taylor) ALWAYS
Bill Van Buren (crew Colin Voigt) KRABBER
Jim Miller (crew David Chapman) SUMMER WIND
Chris Harrell (crew Perrin Preist) WINDRIDER
Charles McCoy (John McCoy) CALAMITY JANE
Will Roberts (crew Henly Irving) MELTEMI
Steve Taylor (crew Valerie Stinson)
Clay Harris (crew Sam Morgan) CALLIOPE
Due to an unfortunate death of a friend to several HOD sailors in the Southern Bay area, the NEC has elected to postpone the skippers meeting and warning signal for the first race to allow those who plan to attend the funeral the opportunity to do so and make the starting line. The new registration time beginning at , the skippers meeting will be at and the first warning will be as close to as possible.
Please see the amended NOR and Schedule of events. We look forward to seeing you for a great Nationals at Ware River Yacht Club. Please let me know if you have any questions or need further information regarding the event, club or accommodations.
Thanks and our thoughts go out to those affected by this tragedy.
Joe Morgan, Nationals Regatta Host
Sunday, July 14, 2013 – First Annual PULL the PLUG Regatta
Notice of Race: anything goes: 1:00pm
Norfolk, VA Norfolk Yacht & Country Club
TBD - Admiral Byrd Cup
Norfolk, VA Norfolk Yacht & Country Club
2 great racing opportunities this weekend...
Happy New Year Everyone!
Here's hoping everyone's schedules can handle just one more fun party this holiday season:
The HOD Class Holiday Party will be hosted by Hampton Yacht Club in the downstairs lounge Sunday, January 6th starting at 2PM. Beverages will be provided as well as heavy munchies (chili and chips). The football game will be on the big screen and you can spend some time catching up with summer sailing friends while the weather outside is frightful!
PLEASE RSVP to Dave or Leigh Chapman, or the HOD Facebook Page, or webmaster@HamptonOneDesign.com
I hope to see you all next Sunday at HYC.
Commodore, HOD Class
ps: Respond to let us know you are coming and receive a free HOD coozie at the party!
|1||727||Latane Montague/ Jackson and Latane Montague||DNS||1||1||1||1||10|
|2||709||Andrew Newbold/ Mark Newbold||1||4||4||3||2||14|
|5||723||Bill Carnell/ Lars|| DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||25|
Results Report from the NYCC Labor Day Regatta!!!!
6 boats came out for the Labor Day Regatta hosted at NYCC. The forecast was to be around 5 knots and dying off later in the day. However, the Gods blessed us with light, moderate and building wind, peaking out around 10-11 knots. Thanks to Bryant McGann for leading the Race Committee.
The HOD Class completed 6 races in the breeze. The first race started cleanly with Eddie and Sarah Wolcott first at the Windward mark with Team Newbold (now 3 weeks away from marriage)
Between races 5 and 6, 714, while attempting to beef up some boat handling skills, rolled over. The Wolcotts luckily received help from the great sportsman, Andrew, who added enough weight to roll her back over. The race committee attempted to run a mystery race during the recovery efforts for the loitering 4 boats: 514, 597, 582, and 412 were all close as the "woodies" exchanging places on the downwind, almost reaching the leeward mark before committee abandoned the race. Finally, the 6th race was ready to start with 5 boats on the line: Eddie, Charlie, and Joe Morgan finishing respectively. Clay Harris and crew Sam Morgan were looking very strong on the starts and upwind legs. 582 showed speed and great tactics at the leeward mark during race 5.
Once all the boats were wrapped up and mud cleaned off the tops of the sails, the Hampton Fleet retreated to the NYCC Dock House for the awards.
|POS||Sail||Hull||Skipper/Crew||1||2||3||4||5||6|| Total |
|5||597||597|| Roberts, Will/|
|[brackets] denotes throwouts|
A brief history of the class
HOD Brief History