RYC Thursday Night Race – 23 June 2016

Last night, RYC started a new ‘fun’ race event – Thursday night racing outside the Breakwater!

This is to complement the long-standing RYC Tuesday Night series that runs courses within Rockland Harbor.

For the first outing – five boats participated:

  • DAWN
  • UNC IV

A beautiful evening, with a variety of winds (or wind holes, as the case was sometimes) as boats started from the line across from the Breakwater Light to the PB Buoy and back.  Time for some food afterwards at the Clubhouse.

Our thanks to Don and Jody for arranging this, and to Gary Cran, assisted by Randy and Cindy Picklemann on the Committee Boat!

Results are here: RYC Thursday Results Sheet1

No points, no prizes – but bragging rights only.  Good fun in any case …

More boats welcome!

Crew Wanted/ Available

Judy Bernier has raced with community boating on the Charles River. She is interested in racing and cruising.  617-291-0445

Joe LeVigne has taken an Apprenticeshop sailing course. He is interested in racing and cruising. 491-0496

Kip and Kathi Cleaver have owned a 30′ catamaran and now have a Com-Pac 23. They have extensive cruising experience on Long Island Sound and Florida. They are interested in mostly day sailing cruises. 774-286-9107

Tim Woodworth has skippered the Sabre 28 VOYAGEUR in Rockland for 10+ years. He has done extensive cruising in Pen Bay and Down East, the Maine Rocks Race 2015, and the ARC Caribbean 1500, and is a former Outward Bound Instructor.  207-230-9715

Pippa Stanley is working for a boatbuilder, and is interested in racing and cruising. She has done some dinghy sailing.  449-0778

Jeff Harrop is a beginner at sailing, currently taking classes at the Apprenticeshop. He is interested in racing or cruising. 202-445-0763

Janet Martucci has sailed with friends on a 42′ replica cargo ship, a pinky schooner and briefly owned a leaky Lightning she sailed once. She loves the water but has little experience, follows instructions.  845-2857

Albert Diran has a S&S Yawl, is looking for crew to sail with a spinnaker in the Camden Classic Regatta.   954-830-8450

Casual Racing on Thursday Nights

Attention Cruisers/Racers

Rockland Yacht Club Announces New Series

Rockland Yacht Club is pleased to announce that it will be starting a new informal racing program open to everyone including boats that are not members of RYC on Thursday nights. Beginning on Thursday night, June 23rd informal racing will commence starting inside the breakwater with the first warning gun at 5:15PM (1715). The race will be designed to be 1-1.5 hours in length with a Barbeque to follow at The RYC Clubhouse. We hope to run these roughly every other week in July and August depending on the interest. More to follow on the next races.

We want to stress that these are informal and are meant to be really fun events. It is a good time to get family and friends out on the water to enjoy sailing, camaraderie and informal competition. There will be a timed start with the courses designed to be out and around one or two marks and back to the finish. These will be longer legs and may not be the traditional windward-leeward or triangular courses of typical racing events, so sail handling is minimized. PHRF certificates are not needed as there will be no formal scoring. Times will be kept if anyone wants to figure how they did within their ratings, but RYC will not be scoring these races. There will be no charge for the racing as these are designed for everyone, large boats/small boats, racers and cruisers alike just to go and have a good time and enjoy sailing against old and new friends alike. We hope you will come out and enjoy the sailing, it will be fun!

Please let Don Abbott know if you have any interest or questions and if you will be able to make it on the 23rd at:

Cruising Updates

Check out the summer cruise schedule under Club Cruises. Kevin and Frederique O’Keeffe are coordinating our summer cruise — watch for emails from them, or simply send them your ideas. I’ve also started a new feature under Club Cruises, called “Favorite Harbors” — write up a description of your favorite harbor, send it to me, and I’ll post it!


For 2016, Ginny Travers will be our new Cruising Leader. Ginny and her husband, Rob, spend the entire summer aboard their Tartan 3500 Rhapsody (no slip, or regular mooring) cruising, so they certainly walk the walk and talk the talk. We look forward to joining them on the big cruises and weekend get togethers. Thanks to Ginny for stepping up to this position.

Lunch at Lincolnville

Thinking of pulling into Lincolnville?  Do it!

We easily picked up a mooring and went ashore for a nice lunch at McLaughlin’s. There is ample dinghy tie-up at the dock adjoining the ferry terminal. The mooring field shallows rapidly from 60 to 15 feet; best to grab the big yellow mooring that says, “be our guest.” Information in the “Cruising Guide” is a little outdated.