Road To The Cup – Week 16


Road To The Cup – Week 16

Top-10 as of 9/9/17


Just eight teams came out to play on Saturday for the first day of CYC Fall Series.  Attendance has never been spectacular after Labor Day, but it was surprising that our eight boats was double the Etchells, which was the only other fleet on the line.  Conditions included sunny skies, temps in the low 70s and a fickle light northeasterly that kept marching right – until it didn’t.  The current was ripping on the incoming tide which made OCSs a near impossibility and put a premium on overstanding the weather mark.  But all-and-all, a nice day.  We got in two races, after which most of us called it a day.  Those that stayed behind included Teams Frisch / Hourihan and Lane / Heffernan, neither wanting to concede a point to the other.  Ah, the power of the cup!  Turns out though it was for naught as the RC thought better of a 3rd race as the breeze crapped out and swung right another 30 degrees.


Congratulations to Steve Uhl, sailing on this day with yet another new crew, who took the day with a 2-2 for 4 points.  Well done.  Finishing 2nd on a tie breaker was Team Frisch / Hourihan, who rolled a 4-1 for 5 points, and taking 3rd was Team Pandapas with a 1-4, also for 5 points.  Honorable mentions go to Team Lane / Heffernan in 4th with a 3-3 for 6 points, and Larry Ehrhardt in 5th with a 6-5 for 11 points.  Congratulations to all.


So, in Cup competition, Team Frisch / Hourihan stretched just a bit further by virtue of beating both Team Lane / Heffernan and Team Pandapas, and Steve Uhl moved up from 7th to 6th.  The top 10 are listed below.  




Team Frisch / Hourihan




Team Lane / Heffernan




Team Pandapas




Team Heffernan / Harsono




Dave Nelson




Steve Uhl




Team Cooke / Kaznoski




Matt Hooks




Larry Ehrhardt




Team Taylor



The Fall Series takes a week off next weekend to accommodate the 2v2 Team Race.  The series resumes on Saturday September 23rd, which we’ll call Week 17.  Looking ahead, our season will conclude with the 3rd and final day of Fall Series on Saturday September 30th.  


As there will be no racing next week, there also will be no Road To The Cup.  The Week 17 RTTC hopefully will go out Sunday Sept 24th, though I’ll be traveling so we’ll have to see how that goes.


Other News, Notices & Miscellaneous Scuttlebutt


Awards Banquet  The 2017 Feet 5 Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday evening November 4th at the home of Elise & Mike Nash.  Circle the date.  


Another Winter Storage Option – Seacoast Specialty Marine in Newburyport is offering winter storage.  If you would like to reserve a spot email or call 978-255-2769.”


For Sale  The price has dropped again on 892, a boat that has won Race Week, East Coasts and Nationals.  Rick Smyers is now asking $9k.  You can reach him at


For Sale  New, never used set (main + jib) of Doyle race sails for $1250 (almost 50% off).  2015 TackTick Micro Compass with mount for $275 (original $499).  Contact Peter at


For Sale  Here are a couple of other boats listed on the class web site. and


Donate Your Sails  The Nahant Sailing Program (NSP) has 6 Rhodes 19s that are used to teach kids and a twilight program for adults.  The majority of funding comes from an annual fund raiser by The Friends of Nahant Sailing.  The Rhodes sails need replacement, so if you have or are purchasing new sails, please consider donating your old ones to “The Friends of Nahant Sailing.”  Not only will it help the program grow, but the donation is tax deductible.  Please contact Bob Cusack at (781) 581-1159 or if you are interested.


Mail Bag

Congratulations To Jocelyn Cook  Look who just brought home a brand-new boat.  Jocelyn sent us this shot of her and family in front of their shiny new toy with the caption, “She’s home :)”





By the way, Jocelyn bought this boat from Rick Saunders, who wrote in with this promise, “I will be back.”


It’s come to our attention that J70 Fleet Captain Daan Goedkoop sent out a newsletter that bore a remarkable resemblance to what you’re reading now.  How awesome is that?  Elise Nash wrote in this comment, “I think it’s great and speaks volumes to all the great things Fleet 5 does to remain such a vibrant fleet year after year.  I hope fleet 9 is able to do the same.”  We couldn’t agree more.


All of us fortunate enough to have sailed in the BVI have been profoundly moved by the catastrophe wrought on those people last week by Hurricane Irma.  Jeremy Bloxham sent in these somber reminders of the economic hit their tourist-driven economy has taken.










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