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By Adam Plourde
Sadly, summer has come to an end. For those of you in the southern climes (and those of you on the lower half of the planet where summer hasnt come yet) the finality of that realization might not have hit you. But in the north east United States it means the sailing season is pretty much over. Oh, there might be a sail or two left on a comfortable Autumn afternoon. I plan on taking Fandango on a trip down the Taunton River when the leaves start changing in the next couple of weeks, and with luck there may be a few nice warm days where I may actually be able to talk someone into going with me. But my winter modifications are beginning to take shape in my mind, and Im actually thinking about finishing all those small tasks I skipped during construction in order to get on the water. So its an appropriate time to look back on the summer.
The first BYYB Regatta was successfully held at Lake George, New York. We had four official attendees of the North East Fleet. Ron Young brought his modified Weekender Juliet. Jim Rogalski was the proud skipper of Weekender Stolen Moments, the oldest boat of the fleet, crewed by wife and sons. Scott Widmier launched his Pocket Cruiser Suits Us for the first time with his wife. And I sailed Fandango which was almost as untested. Saturday of our Regatta turned out to be dead calm which allowed for a ton of socializing and swimming, with Sunday bringing up the wind for some spirited sailing. We were greeted throughout the weekend by wellwishers, admirerers, and one Weekender builder who just got started (howdy Roland!). A successful experiment that I look forward to repeating next year. Several webpages have been put up. Check out,
Texas couldnt quite get a full sailing fleet together,
but decided to have a party just the same. Hosted by Rick and Debbie Winn at Richard
Chambers Lake south of Dallas, a good time was reported at the Lonestar Messabout. Ron
Huff launched his Weekender for the first time and Mike Shahan sailed his newly finished
Skipjack. Rick posted photos at http://windlass.homepage.com/photoalbum.html.
To contact the Lone Star Fleet, send an email to Ron Huff at R.E.Huff@att.net.
To contact the South Dakota Fleet, send an email to Bruce Jones at email@example.com
To contact the North East Fleet, send an email to Scott Widmier at
And to contact the North West Fleet, send an email to T. Nelson Surbrook at firstname.lastname@example.org