LDBSA is sailing races this season as Portsmouth Handicap, and a variety of boats are being represented. Here are some photos form last week's races:
2015 Governor's Cup Regatta:
With 11 boats participating, there were high hopes for the winds to fill in for the Governor's Cup Regatta. Alas, the winds didn't fill in and the maximum gust for the day was 3 mph with winds generally between 1 and 1.9 mph. This, great racing does not make; however, the fleet was anxious to get racing so Brian Marks started the sequence and race.
To mix things up for 2015, the course was a point to point event rather than the traditional courses. This yeilded good response from club members as 5 of the 11 boats on the line were cabin boats.
While the winds were very light, they were consistant for the first 20-30 minutes after the start and boats were making their way up the course. Shortly thereafter, powerboat chop caused most of the larger boats to come to a complete stop and without enough breeze to accelerate, most of them chose to haul out the iron jenny for the trip back to the ramp.
Five of the smaller boats, including an MC scow, C scow, Lightning, and two Butterfly sailboats chose to stick it out and five minutes short of five hours later, the last boat crossed the finish line. Kudos to those who stuck it out. It took an amazing amount of patience to keep the boats moving through the power boat chop in near zero winds.
Congratulations to Joe Terry (1st) Henry Sims (2nd) and Kurt Sims (3rd) and also to Matt Phillips and Rich Barker (4th) and Stewart Doty (5th) for their determination to finish the race.
Racing begins with One-Design Wednesday sailing on May 27 at 6:00 pm. We're excited about another great season of racing on Lake DuBay!!!
NEW RACE COMMITTEE SIGN-UP SHEET. Thanks to a recommendation for a race committee sign up sheet by Kurt Sims and a suggested web based softare by Dennis Gamble, your webmaster was able to integrate a sign-up sheet into the club website. If you go to the racing page, you can sign up to be the principal race officer or helper.
The sign-up sheet also allows for signing up to participate in our two big racing events: The Long Lake/Lake DuBay challenge, which is a Butterfly team race event and the Governor's Cup Regatta.
The photo is at the finish of race #4. When a stern steerer is hiking downwind, like in this photo, conditions are on the edge of extreme. The races were thrilling for both participants and spectators.
A video of the race can be seen by clicking this link.
Joe Terry competed at the Polar Bear Regatta at the Lake Davenport Sailing Club in Davenport Iowa. Joe took 1st place in the MC class sailing in light winds and strong current.
The Governor's Cup Notice of Race is now available. Check out the Racing Page for the link or click the link HERE (opens a PDF)
LDBSA was represented by six Butterfly sailors at the 2014 Butterfly Single Handed Nationals hosted at nearby Long Lake, WI.
As a tune up for Single Handed Butterfly Nationals, Lake DuBay and Long Lake sailed the 4th annual LLYC/LDBSA challenge. Clubs sail as teams in this event in the Butterfly, and LDBSA narrowly captured the victory, winning back the braging rights trophy.
Racing starts this Wednesday with one-design racing after high water and no dock canceled last week's Portsmouth event.
There are non-racing sailing activities at all racing events to include all club members, so come out and SAIL DuBAY!
The Butterfly Single Handed Nationals will be held on June 20, 21, and 22 just down the road at Long Lake. Registraiton information is on their WEBSITE
While there are sailors from around the country attending, the majority of the sailors are local, so if you sail a Butterfly, you really need to plan on attending this great event.
The 2014 racing season is shaping up to be new and fun. Due to declining participation, the club officers are working on more fun events, such as point to point and some sailing games associated with the portsmouth racing series as well as maintaining the one-design series. The Governor's Cup will likely be a one day point to point race to challenge both small boat and cruising boat sailors.
Congratulations Calen Terry as the 2013 Governor's Cup Champion. Calen, sailing a Butterfly, took 1st place by 1 point in extremely shifty conditions.
The thermal activity was battling the pressure activity, making for challenging conditions for both the race committee and racers alike.
1st: Calen Terry, Butterfly
A special thank you to the race commitee headed up by Mark Ennis and Mike Koss, safety boat crew Russ and Tammy, and all the volunteers that made the 2013 event really fun.
Full results posted soon
The Notice of Race, Registration, and Sailing Instructions for the Governor's Cup Regatta is now published on the race page. Check it out and come sail!
Two LDBSA sailors represented Lake DuBay at the Long Lake open regatta on July 13. Joe sailed a MC and Ed sailed a laser. Conditions were light to moderate with typical shifty conditions as would be found around any small lake with some hills surrounding. Official results haven't been published, but at this time it looks like Joe finished 4th and Ed finished 10th overall. This article will be updated once the final results have been published.
The Long Lake Yacht Club are fabulous hosts and because of the history of home owners on the lake sailing on the lake, the after race gatherings are at peoples homes on decks, screened pavilions above boathouses, etc. and the atmosphere on and off the lake is excellent.
The Long Lake/Lake DuBay Challenge will be hosted by the Long Lake Yacht Club on Saturday, June 15. This is a team event designed to incourage even the most novice racers to give it a try. Check the racing page for the race notice.
The 2013 racing season is underway! A great turnout for the first event in really great winds. Racing is no additional cost to club members, so come enjoy some evenings on the water with your friends!
The racing calendar has been set for the season. You can see it left at the calendar link. You can also subscribe to the LDBSA calendar at this link:
There may be more triangle courses and we might even try a "pursuit" start. The idea of a pursuit race is that racers have a staggerd start based on their handicap and length of the race. In an ideal situation, all the boats would finish at the same time.
Dennis Gamble sailed well at the LaCrosse Fish Boil Regatta on 9/8/12. Here is a summary of the event:
I attended the Fishboil Regatta today. The event was held on Lake Onalaska, and hosted by the La Crosse Sailing Club. Todays racing was for "board boats" only. I believe we had 10 boats racing. There were 2 MCs, a laser 4.7, a Vanguard 15, my Butterfly and I think 5 O'Day Daysailors. Forecast winds were 15 mph from the Northwest, so I was somewhat disappointed with the 5 mph winds we started the first race in. But things picked up before the second race, and we sailed the remaining 3 races in winds that were 15 to 18 mph. The wind had been going steadily right before the first race, so I played the right side of the course on the first beat and was disappointed when the wind went back left. The wind continued to back and increase in velocity through the next 3 races. After the first race all of the starting lines were heavily pin favored. To avoid being buried in the traffic strung out along the line on starboard, I chose to start at the committee boat end where I had the freedom to tack onto port early and stay in clear air. I was dropped by the MCs fairly quickly, but managed to stay amongst the Daysailors for the most part. Upwinds were hike hard, sheet hard and avoid the bigger waves. Downwinds I stayed pretty much on the rhumb line, slightly by the lee, trying to keep the bow out of the bigger waves. I did manage to bury it up to the mast on one run while I was clearing weeds from my daggerboard. I ended up spinning out and tacking around, but at least I managed to the keep the boat upright. I ended up finishing 3, 2, 2, 1 which left me in 2nd place overall. Marcus went 1,1,1,3 in his MC to win the event. I thought the race committee did an excellent job keeping the courses square, considering the constantly changing wind direction. All of the courses were W2s with the starting line in the middle of the course. The starting line was open. The courses were fairly short with the races lasting 20 to 25 minutes. l really enjoyed the upwind finishes. This is something I think I'd like to see more of in our club racing again. Everyone from the La Crosse club was very friendly, both on and off of the course. A couple of people mentioned that they would like to attend the Gov. Cup next year, so that's good news as well.
Kurt Sims and Joe Terry represented Lake DuBay at the Long Lake Labor Day regatta. While final results have not yet been posted Kurt edged out Bill Dohr in the Butterfly and Joe Terry squeaked out a 1st place overall by one point in the MC with finishes of 3rd, 1st, and 2nd in a 12 boat fleet.
The InterClub Challenge was a great success. Lake DuBay squeaks out a team victory by 2 points. Click HERE for full results and photos (photos coming soon)
Congratulations Joe Terry(10th Place), Calen Terry(12th Place), and Dennis Gamble(14th Place)for a great showing at Butterfly Single Handed Nationals in Dallas TX.
See results, photos, and an article HERE
The club race season kicks off Wednesday, May 30 at 6:00 pm with one design racing. Have fun and sail fast!
The Long Lake Yacht Club vs. Lake DuBay Sailing Association club challenge notice of race is now posted on the RACE page. I hope everyone who has access to a Butterfly can sail in this friendly, fun event with a neighboring club.
LDBSA members have been invited as guests to participate in the Long Lake racing series. They have events for MC, M-16, and Butterfly. Check the racing page for the calendar. Their race events are on Saturdays and start at 12:30, so it would work with our schedule pretty well and would be lots of fun! Check the RACE page for details.
The racing calendar is set, and we're trying a few new things to mix up the race series. First, your club membership also covers your racing fees. We're going to add a social cruising/day sailor race series for those looking for less competition and lots of fun. The course will be set long and there will be one race, once around the long course. Bring your cruiser out and enjoy the Tuesday evenings and weekend events!
The Long Lake/Lake DuBay Butterfly challenge will be sailed off the shores of the ShipYard bar and grill in effort to make the racing more of a spectator event. We've also arranged for the ShipYard to host the dinner. Dinner is free for racers and immediate volunteers. LDBSA club members are encouraged to participate and dinner will be modestly priced for non-workers/competitors wishing to enjoy the meal.
We held our annual Spring Banquet at The Pinewood Supper Club last night. We had a nice turn out – about 42 by my count.
Bob Swoboda brought along the lapstrake dinghy he recently built. The dinghy can be broken down into two pieces, and it also has a wheel attachment that fits in the daggerboard slot. Great work Bob!
The boat yard looks great, boats are set up ready to sail! It looks like 2016 is going to be a great year for LDBSA!
The 2016 LDBSA event calendar has been updated (finally!) on the website. There is a great slate of events for all types of sailors.
Ahoy LDBSA members,
I hope everyone is having a great spring and is thinking about doing some sailing!
The 1st club race is next Wednesday, May 27. We will be one-design racing. Any three like boats will get their own start. It is anticipated that we’ll have a fleet of Butterfly sailboats, but if you want to get another fleet started, I’d encourage you to do so. Racing begins at 6:00. Race committee sign-up is on the club website on the racing page, or by clicking the following link:
We are in need of race committee and, of course, sailors interested in racing. If you haven’t raced before or are unsure what it is all about, fellow club members will be kind while you learn the rules and will try to get you up to speed and competitive.
After racing, we will be having a cookout in the tent at the boatyard. We’re asking that people bring $2.00 each to help defray the costs of the food and encourage all club members to feel free to join the racers for every cookout.
We also have a moonlight sail scheduled for Friday, May 29th at 6:00 pm and an early season poker run scheduled for Saturday, May 30. If the weather is good, sailors with cabin boats could enjoy an evening on the boat followed by a great poker run.
Let’s go sailing!!!
The club calendar has been updated for 2015 events. Click the link on the left.
Boat yard cleanup/ramp out: Saturday, October 25 9:30 AM. Please come help take care of the boat yard with fellow club members. A good group will get the job done in an hour or two.
A general reminder that the boat yard closes on OCTOBER 21st. Please have all boats out of the yard by then.
Officers have been elected for 2015 and include:
Commodore: Joe Terry
A special thanks to everyone who helped make 2014 a success!
The 2014 Club Calendar is now finalized and online. The link to the calendar is to the left.
Our club officers have put together a fantiasic variety of events for 2014 specifically inclusive and designed to bring casual, racing, and cruising sailors together at most events. If you don't normally participate at scheduled events, this is the season to give it a try!
Several LDBSA club members met at the boat yard after the January meeting to clean up some brush from downed trees. Stay tuned for the club calendar and some sailing training opportunities.
LDBSA members are meeting the 2nd Saturday during the winter months to plan for the 2014 sailing season. The locations and times are sent to club members by e-mail. If you would like to join in the conversation or want to learn more about LDBSA but are not a member, contact one of the club officers. The meetings are upbeat, fun, and a great opportunity to get toghether with fellow sailors.
The annual club calendar is published and has been updated to reflect a few modifications to existing curising events and to add the Long Lake/Lake DuBay Butterfly Challenge. The sailing season is right around the corner, so take a look at the calendar!
Several LDBSA sailors have been out sailing on the hard water lately. Melissa and Kurt Sims, Mike Koss, Chuck Jagodinski, Dennis Gamble, and LaCinda and Joe Terry were enjoying good ice on Petenwell.
Melissa Sims on her first ice boat ride
The wind started shoving the ice around. The day was cut short with cracks forming, ice heaving, and water standing by the beach area. The rest of the lake was GREAT, but one has to be able to get off the water...
Erik (Joe's nephew) gets his first ever ice boat ride
The America's Cup World Series challenge of races has been underway for quite a while now and if you haven't been following it you may wish to get a taste of very good sailing coverage in the media.
The America's Cup World Series has one-design AC-45 catamarans sailing in a combination of fleet and match racing. These boats are big (45' long) high tech (wing sails, carbon fiber everything) and under-crewed (so when the wind is up, heart rates are over 200 beats per minute for the crew and maybe even for some spectators!). The format is very different than traditional racing with courses close to shore and in a confined area, so the boats are tacking, jibing, and close most of the time.
The racing has been in different venues around the world for the past months. Now, they're in San Fransisco, where the America's Cup challenge will eventually be held in July of 2013 with the Americas' Cup final match in September of 2013.
This current series began on October 2 goes through Sunday, October 7
THIS SUNDAY, October 7, NBC Sports will be airing 90 minutes of coverage beginning at 3:30 Sunday afternoon.
The next series is on April 16-21, Venice, Italy and the last series is May 14-19 in Naples, Italy.
Here are some resources if you wish to follow the racing:
On your iPad, HERE
Some fun videos:
When the America's Cup challenge begins, they will be sailing even BIGGER catamarans: The AC72
Wether you're into racing or not, this event has by far the best video and media coverage of any sailing event in decades.
Joe Terry joined Dennis Gamble for some early season tune up. After a number of cold evenings, the water temp has dropped to 55 degrees, so to avoid serious risk, protective clothing is a must. The guys were tuning up for the Butterfly Nationals in June.
The boat yard is looking great, thanks to the work group on April 14th. Thanks guys!
LDBSA has published a spring newsletter. You can download a copy by clicking HERE.
The club calendar is set and available on-line.
A spring newsletter is in the works. Stay tuned for all the news you need to know about the 2012 sailing season!
2015 is gearing up to be an exciting year for LDBSA. The calendar has been completed and we have a new event planned that looks to be pretty exciting.
There is a marina that has a launch area, showers, and transient slips/space available for us. The current fee structure is $0.75/foot plus the state park pass (annual or daily). Your vehicle and trailer will be parked in the parking lot adjacent to the marina and those without a cabin boat can camp in the campgrounds and sail their racer, day sailer, or paddle.
High Cliff State Park is rich with history with limestone formations and historic quaries , about 16 miles beautiful hiking trails, an observation tower, and lots of water to sail on. If the weather is bad, there are pavilions to gather under and metropolitan areas that can be explored as well.
Be sure to mark your calendars and get ready for an exciting adventure!
Will an armada of Lake DuBay Sailors invade Barnum Bay on Saturday? At least one cruising boat will be splashing from the Plank Hill landing Saturday morning October 18. (hope to arrive at the landing and set up between 9:00 and 9:30). We'll sail or motor down river and sail toward Barnum Bay where we expect to invade the harbor at around 12:30 depending on fair winds.
The upcoming poker run will be taking place on Saturday, September 6. This event is for all sailors and is a great way to enjoy the lake with all types of boats and socialize afterwards to see who wins the best poker hand! Contact Chuck Jagodinski for details.
New for 2014, a fun social challenge. During regular racing evenings, a special event will be held for cruising sailors called the Ball Drop Series. Similar to the poker cruise, but you can sail, canoe, kayak, sailboard, etc. Each evening after sailing, club members can enjoy a camp dinner.
Come give it a try!
A fantastic cruising calendar is shaping up for 2014. Stay tuned for details and keep visiting the website for the 2014 calendar.
Ahoy LDBSA sailors,
If you aren't ready to put your cruising boat away for the season, consider joining us on a Wisconsin River fall color cruise Saturday, October 19 and Sunday October 20.
We will set up (around 10:00) and launch (around 11:00) south of Nekoosa at the Plank Hill Landing (free). The GPS coordinates are: 44.279279,-89.909229. It's on county AA (Point Basse Ave) just south of Nekoosa.
We will then motor (if conditions are just right, sail) down the river about 12 miles to the Lake Petenwell. We then sail around on Petenwell. Those not interested in spending the night would want to start back up river by 3:00 to be on the road by dark. Those interested in spending the night, can spend the afternoon sailing, check out the two county parks on the lake, or perhaps make a marathon sail of it and sail down to the dam and back (another ~ 24 mile round trip).
We plan on having dinner at the Lure (at Barnum Bay) and either renting a slip for the evening or anchoring out and going for a moonlight sail (the moon will be full, rising early at around 4:30, so it should be high and bright by 8:00 or so)
Sunday we plan on making breakfast on the boat, and making our way back up river during the morning hours if the winds are light and early afternoon if the winds are nice. Regardless, we're planning on pulling out of the water by 3:00 Sunday afternoon.
If you are interested in joining us, please let me know so we can look for you.
Ahoy Dubay Cruisers!
A definite plan has taken shape for our club cruise in August.
The dates have been moved up by one day, from Wednesday Aug 21 to Saturday Aug 24.
We will trailer to Escanaba, MI on the 21st, and grab an overnight slip at Escanaba Municipal Marina. Bikes can be checked out (free) at the Marina- downtown Escanaba is about 10 minutes away, with a variety of restaurants and shops available. Showers And laundry facilities are available at the Marina- all very new, clean.
Weather permitting, we will depart Escanaba mid-morning on the 22nd, and head for Fayette State Park, across Big Bay De Noc. This is about 21 NM- easily done in 4 to 6 hours. This should put us into Fayette Harbor mid-afternoon Thursday. Fayette Harbor offers 360 degree protection. We can tie up at the wharf for free during the day. If we want to tie up for the night, the cost is 19 bucks for boats 23 ft or less. Anchoring out is free, but anchoring can be hit or miss due to a very Rocky bottom- I saw it done successfully when Bill Jones and I were there a few weeks ago.
The rest of the day and Friday can be used to explore the park, with its restored townsite and iron smelter which dates from 1867 to 1891. This is a very impressive historical park- takes about a day to see everything. There are restroom facilities about 200 yards from the wharf, but no showers- Bill and I did solar showers, which did the trick. There is a very nice visitors center, with a scale model and narrated history of the townsite, along with a nice gift shop, which also sells popcorn and Ice Cream. Rich Barker tells me that there is a restaurant about a half hour walk away from the townsite, but I can't vouch for it.
We will then depart Saturday Morning for Escanaba, arriving there Saturday afternoon, in time to take out and return to central Wis. By early evening. Those that want to extend to Sunday are free to do so of course- those wishing to do so could either get a slip again at Escanaba, or travel further up Little Bay De Noc to Gladstone and get a slip there- that's an unknown quantity though- I've never been there by water.
Chuck Jagodinski and I will be taking BlewBoat, my Catalina 22. Please let me know if you if you plan to join us, and I'll reserve slips for Wednesday Nite at Escanaba. Fayette is First-come, first served. The Fayette wharf would accommodate about 8 or 9 C22's. I would not anticipate a shortage of dock space, especially on a Thursday.
Keep in mind that Coast Guard considers this coastal waters, meaning that emergency signal flares and VHF radio are required. A GPS unit is recommended, as well as charts of the area. Also make sure your engine is in good working order and plan to carry 100 miles worth of gasoline to be safe. If we don't have decent fair winds, we'll be motor sailing or motoring.
Should be a fun trip- see you in Escanaba!
The moonlight cruise was a lot of fun with three cruising boats (Terry, Thielke, Jagodinski) and the RC boat with plenty of passengers enjoying the moonrise and brisk evening. Check out the CRUISING page for a few photos.
We were sailing along
Friday May 24th
Sunset: 8:29 pm
Anyone wishing to join us for the fish fry at the Dock of Dubay Restaurant & Bar at 45622 County Road E (a map is attached) at 6:30. Because it is a holiday weekend, it will be crowded so we probably won't get seated together but you can get take-out and you can call in orders at 715-457-2700.
We will be rafting cruisers together to watch the moonrise and sunset off the point near the four buoys marking the rock reef at the mouth of the Little Eau Plaine River starting about 8:00 pm.
LDBSA officers have put together some nice cruising events for 2013. Check the cruising page for details. Events include full moon cruises, a trailer cruise to Gills Rock, and poker cruises on DuBay.
Ahoy Lake DuBay Sailors! It looks like the weather gods have relented, and
Chuck Jagodinski and I will have the buoys out beforehand- Skippers meeting
This is a really fun social thing, and the sailing is a maneuvering
Also, just a reminder that Sunday's the end of the line for the Boatyard
Also, don't forget next BOD meeting- all are welcome- on November 10th,
See all y'all on Saturday!
The July 3 moonlight cruise was a great success. Numerous sailors participated with 6 sailboats and the club committee boat rafting together to watch a beautiful sunset and moonrise. A lack of wind prevented after dark sailing and two of the smaller sailboats without auxilary power were towed back by the larger cruising boats. Everyone was off the water by around 11:00 pm. Great fun! Thanks Jack Thielke for organizing.
Mark your calendar and get your boat and crew ready for the seventh annual Poker Cruise held on Saturday, June 9 on beautiful Lake DuBay. This event will start at about 1:00 PM. To insure that you do not get left out of this fun event, plan to be at the Consolidated landing on Park Road no later than 12:30 PM.