Buccaneer 18 The Sailing Experience
 
 

BUCCANEER 18

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Welcome to the Buccaneer 18 Class. The Buccaneer is fun & fast. This simple sloop is a blast to sail, and easy to maintain. The Buccaneer Class is friendly and family oriented.

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  • Great Class for Daysailing or competitive Racing
  • Fast Planing Hull Design
  • Sloop Rig, Roller Furling Jib
  • Integral Spinnaker Launch Tube

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BNAC Final Report

September 17, 2018
Buccaneer North American Championship
Western Carolina Sailing Club, Anderson, SC
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Riddle and Warren Win Buccaneer 18 Champs

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Anderson, SC – The 2018 Buccaneer North American Championship (“BNAC”) was held at Western Carolina Sailing Club (“WCSC”) from September 9-14.  Sunday afternoon the 9th and Monday the 10th were dedicated to checking in and measuring, by Scott Laundry the Class Measurer.  Practice races were conducted on Monday afternoon.  Monday evening was capped with a welcoming cookout consisting of brats, hot dogs, and hamburgers with all the fixings.  Trickster IPA was furnished by sponsor Green Man Brewery in Asheville, NC.

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Sponsors for the event were: WindRider, Schurr Sails, Ronstan, Mad Sails, Gill, APS, Mack Sails, Green Man Brewery, North Sails. Fifteen teams showed up to compete from AL, CO, FL, GA, MD, NC, NY, SC, VA, WI, and Washington DC.  There were 13 boats in “A” fleet and 2 boats in “B” fleet.

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Each day began with a heavy continental breakfast including eggs, sausage, and cheese grits along with fruit, assorted cereals, bagels, toast, and English muffins, coffee & orange juice.

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Ronnie Ashmore and

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Event chair Ronnie Ashmore and Patrick Hopp

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Fixings were also furnished for making lunches for each day.  These included assorted breads, deli style ham, turkey, and chicken, peanut butter and jelly, assorted chips, and assorted cookies, fresh fruit, and water.

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James Whited and Evan Scott, Solomons, MD

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Racing was scheduled to begin at 1100 on Tuesday, but the wind never filled in.  PRO John Kreidler eventually sent the fleet back to the harbor to wait it out to see if conditions improved.  The wind never improved and all races were abandoned for the day around 1530.  There was a happy hour sponsored by Green Man Brewery and meal catered by Sistas Catering consisting of fried & baked chicken, green beans, creamed corn, rice & gravy, mac & cheese, rolls, “sweet” tea, and 3 different homemade cakes.  After the meal, the BCA member meeting was conducted by Commodore Ed Montano on the clubhouse deck.

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Ed Montano and Shannon Devine

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It was decided to move the start time for racing up and hour to 1000 and extend the last race time by 30 minutes to 1700 to increase the opportunity to get more races in. Wednesday’s racing began at 1000 with winds out of the N to NE ranging at 4 to 9 mph. Six races were sailed with Jeff Neurauter having a commanding 5-point lead in “A” fleet and with Mike Sigmund leading “B” fleet.  There was a happy hour sponsored by Green Man Brewery and meal prepared by WCSC’s Charlie Lord consisting of pulled pork barbeque, bacon-green chilies-baked beans, and lemon zest angle hair coleslaw.

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It was again decided to move the start time for racing up and hour to 1000 and extend the last race time by 30 minutes to 1700 to increase the opportunity to get more races in. Due to the longer racing times, bottled water, snacks, and after race beer was made available from one of the support boats. Thursday’s racing began at 1000 with winds out of the N to NE ranging at 4 to 9 knots. Six races were sailed with Hunter Riddle (Pensacola, FL) and Terry Warren(Orlando, FL) taking over the lead by 3 points in “A” fleet and with Mike Sigmund (Chapel Hill, NC) and Brett Auer still leading “B” fleet.  Dinner was on your own. About half the fleet went to The Local Pub on the lake by pontoon and the rest by car.

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Jeff Neurauter and Heather Howard, Alexandria, VA

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It was again decided to move the start time for racing up and hour to 1000 to increase the opportunity to get more races in. Friday’s racing was postponed and did not start until 1200 waiting for the wind to fill in. It initially looked like a westerly, but PRO John Kreidler felt it would not hold. He waited a little longer and the wind came in again from the N to NE with the best pressure of the week. The first race of the day saw 10 to 15 knot winds with higher gusts. The second race saw 8 to 12 knot wind with some higher gusts. In the last race we saw the first OCS’s of the week and it was a good one resulting in a general recall. The restart was with the “I” Flag with one OCS boat. Due to the delay, we were only able to get in 2 of the 3 planned races before time ran out.Hunter Riddle and Terry Warren held on to the lead by 2 points in “A” fleet over Ed Montano and Shannon Devine (Kenosha, WI), with Jeff Neurauter (Alexandria, VA) and Heather Howard in third 1 point behind Ed. Mike Sigmund won “B” fleet by 7 points.

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The awards ceremony was held around 1530 preceded by a Taco Bar and beverages from sponsor Green Man Brewery.  Door prizes were drawn for some regatta swag. The silent auction for sails from sponsor Schurr Sails, Mack Sails, and Mad Sails was closed out.

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  • …..The Centurion trophy was given to team Hunter Riddle and Terry Warren.
  • …..The farthest distance traveled trophy was given to David Spira.
  • …..The Sportsmanship trophy was given to John Hamerslough for his help in the kitchen each day and other tasks that were needed.
  • …..Jeff Neurauter was awarded the MacAlpine Downie Gibbs Cup for winning the Buccaneer 18 fleet at the Virginia Governors Cup in August.
  • …..Mike Sigmund and crew Brett Auer were awarded 1st Place in “B” fleet finishing with 14 points. Mike was banished from “B” fleet.  Welcome to “A” fleet Mike.
  • …..Jeff Neurauter and crew Heather Howard were awarded 3rd Place in “A” fleet finishing with 30 points.
  • …..Ed Montano and crew Shannon Devine were awarded 2nd Place in “A” fleet finishing with 29 points.
  • …..Hunter Riddle and crew Terry Warren were awarded 1st Place in “A” fleet finishing with 27 points.

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After the ceremony, teams continued packing up boats and began heading up the road.  All boats were on the road by 1000 on Saturday morning. 

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Successful regattas don’t just happen. A lot of work goes into the planning and execution of a regatta the scale of the BNAC. All the competitors and all Bucc sailors everywhere would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to 2018BNAC Event Chair Ronnie Ashmore and his committee for all the work he and they did to make this a truly great regatta.

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“The WCSC had a great team and hosted a fantastic event,” noted Ed Montano. “It is always great to see fellow Buccaneer sailors, and I am really glad we came and am sad to leave. These are great boats to sail and the people are even better. I love this Class. Oh and by the way, we are getting out of dodge right now as what’s left of Hurricane Florence comes through the area.”

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2018 Dead Dogs & Tin Whistles Regatta

This year we sailed the Dead Dogs & Tin Whistles Buccaneer/Mutineer Regatta hosted by the Upper Keys Sailing Club in Key Largo Florida January 12-14th.

We’ve been going there every year since 2008.(the first DDTW was in ’07)..and Upper Keys Sailing Club really knows how to put on a great show.
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The regatta is unlike most you’ll attend throughout the year.  The format is somewhat conventional.  We have a distance race Friday evening, and two days of buoy racing on Saturday and Sunday….but that’s where conventional stops.
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First of all…your in Key Largo…in January.  Everywhere else in the country you’re likely to be cracking ice out of your boat…and for me I had to dig the snow out to get my boat from the driveway to get there.
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Key Largo January sailing is AWESOME!  It was ‘cold’ when we were there.  Friday afternoon was 80 ish degrees and Saturday/Sunday was a chilling 70…
When the wind blows…hold on for a great ride…and when it doesn’t sit back and relax in crystal clear tropical water…catch a fish from the dock..go snorkeling off the clubhouse beach.
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The club members greet you like family, (the good you know, like your favorite cousin you only get to see a few times a year, not your brother who still owes you $50 from Christmas and won’t pay up 😉
The Friday distance race around Porjoe Key is our favorite.  It’s an 8 mile out & back around a small island within sight of the clubhouse.  If the wind conditions are right (and they were this year) you can get your boat up on a plane and see silly speeds as you sail along.  We start from the docks at the clubhouse & sail around the island in either direction before returning to the club.  This year’s race took about an hour, We’ve had years where we finished in 40 minutes…do that math..pretty darn fast & fun.  The winner of the Porjoe Key race takes home ‘The Captain’ , a 16″ tall statuette of Captain Morgan donated to the first event by Justin Hull…  the winner holds the Captain for a year to be returned for next year.  This year we (Kristi & Jimmy Yurko) managed to bring the Captain home…though he looks great on my desk…and I’m not sure I want to return him next year…
Friday night the fleet hit the town & celebrated the good times at Mrs. Macs kitchen (local seafood bar & restaurant)
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Saturday & Sunday we did the usual racing thing..the conditions were awesome…10-12 knots of breeze, warm air, warm water…tight racing. You know, typical January stuff.
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The Bucc fleet consisted of 6 boats.
  • Jenn Marbourg-Miller & Eric Gyorgy on Christopher Dragon
  • Scott Patterson & Priscilla Bradley on the boat recently known as DragonFly…this is Scott’s first Bucc which he bought shortly before the regatta…so I’m not sure if he’s going to keep the name.
  • Jimmy Yurko & Kristi Yurko (Fri) Cian Schmidt (Sat/Sun) sailing WASABI
  • Jeff Neurauter & Heather Howard on American Spirit,
  • Frank Patch & Lea Ann Noe with ‘Passing Wind’.
  • Rick Scarborough & Amy Domaratzki — Sanguine
The summary:
  •  The racing was tight, Jeff & Heather won the weekend squeaking out the tie breaker by virtue of winning 3 of the 8 races…
  • The Captain went home with Kristi & Jimmy
  • The Pig (roast) was eaten by all…
  • The home-made key lime pie won dessert..again, wow that stuff is good.
  • Camping was on site thanks to Brenda
  • and reservations were made for next January….we’re going to be there…how ’bout you?

 

 

Bucctoberfest 2017

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Southern Maryland Sailing Association

 

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Yes, we’re doing this again! ARGH!

 

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Buccaneer Owners, crew, potential owners, potential crew,
or just a pirate at heart all are welcome to this year’s Regatta
to celebrate all things Buccaneer Sailing

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.Where: Southern Maryland Sailing Association,
.Solomons Island, MD

 

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Formalities:

 

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1. Decision to Race : All boats participating in this event are doing
so for the joy of sailing, and fully accept responsibility for their
own crew and vessel
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2. Fees & Sanctioning :  This is a non-sanctioned sailing event…
we’re just doing this for fun…there is no prize money…and no
trophies there is a $10/boat ($5/junior boat)  registration fee to cover
gas money for RC…If you don’t have $10, just come and sail. Cheapskates
are welcome too, but be prepared to be taunted appropriately. Have fun.

 

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3. Trophies…(see Formalities # 2).. Your name will go up in lights.
Very small lights.  You know, we’ll post it on the internet.
So don’t anger the RC we want to say nice things about you.
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4. Party:  The post race party is at SMSA, we’re piggybacking onto the Chili Cook Off,
which will be an awesome good time…so get bring some grub to share.

 

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5. Errors: in this document are errors…(an numerous) so deal with it.

 

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6. Rules:  The organizing authority may change any portion of this document or rules
(except coast guard regulations) at will. Suck it up…ARRGHH!

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7. Protests:  must be submitted to the race committee within 15 minutes of
RC returning to the dock. The official protest form for this event is a 6.14” x 2.61”
linen print (actually an engraving I believe) of founding father Benjamin Franklin in
green ink. Protests will only be heard if the appropriate paperwork is used.
Counter protests are encouraged
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Schedule of events:

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.   Skippers Meeting: 11:30

 

. Fist Warning: Immediately following the skippers meeting

 

. No races will start after 3:00pm

. Dinner @ SMSA (Chili-Cook-Off) Doors open @ 5:00

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NOTE: this year’s regatta will include a Jr. division,  Club 420’s will be used for the Jr. crews to participate.  All other instructions will be provided at the skippers meeting Saturday @ 11:30am.

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Bucctoberfest” Regatta  Sailing Instructions

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Starting Area:  First race will begin at the SMSA dock, subsequent race location and format will be at the discretion of the RC.

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Finish line:  Finish line will be announced before the start of each race by the RC, all communication will be verbal

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Scoring:     We will be using a High point scoring system…the winner will be the boat with the MOST POINTS at the end of the regatta.

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Ways to earn points:

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Beat another boat (very traditional, every boat behind you at the finish line is worth 1 point)
Bring a friend.  Every person you bring is worth points.  (only one of the following will be applied per friend, unless they are really cute, PRO will have the final call on this one). Friends points are only awarded for races in which they actually participate.
regular crew 1 point
new to buccaneers 2 points
never been sailing: 4 points
never raced: 3 points
under age 10: 5 points
Furry or cute: +1 to other category
New skipper: 2 points
Attend the party:  (same scoring as above section 2)
As it should be, the RC accepts bribes, gifts, etc… and may be reflected in your final scores.

***Additional important info: a handicap ranking system will be in place.  The organizing authority will seed the participants at the beginning of the regatta.  Your seed position will be added to your score.  So the top seeded boat will receive 1 point, and the 12th seeded boat will receive 12 points.

If this seems complicated then we have been successful,  The RC must earn their keep to attend the party.

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Check out BNAC Photos!!!

Ok…perhaps you were there, and you want to see some of the awesome images from BNAC.  Maybe you weren’t there and you just want to see what fun the rest of us were having.  Either way here are some GREAT shots by Will Gotsch who was out on the course getting some really first class views.

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Check this link out for more great shots

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BNAC 2017 Concludes, Atrevida claims 3rd straight championship at Niantic Bay YC


Ed Montano, sailing with Trevor Bach claim the third straight Buccaneer 18 Class championships for the “Atrevida” crew.  Ed, who has won two previous championships sailing with his wife Shannon said after winning, “This is more than a racing class, this is family”.

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Ed & Trevor sailed the most consistent regatta of the fleet finishing no lower than 4th in the regatta.  Though the team which seemed bulletproof after their dominating win in 2016 (9 straight first place finishes) knew early this regatta was going to be more challenging.

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The first race of the series was won by Western Carolina Sailing Club’s Ronnie & David Ashmore on “Vespula”.  It was a light air start to a very diverse regatta.  “We played the middle and wanted to sail conservatively” said Ed after the first day, “we knew the corners would pay off big, but being on the wrong side would be more costly than playing it safe”

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This regatta was sailed by multiple previous winners, including David Spira with Ty Whitman sailing “Altitude” and Montano’s fleetmates John Weis and Jay Foght sailing “Blind Squirrel”.  Weis and Foght are consistent leaders in the class, and make great sparring partners for Montano.   Spira has amassed 7 championships so far in his career,  topped only by class legends Greg & Duane Cole, a father son team who’ve claimed 8.

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In addition to the past champs, several other teams showed promise, and have been on the rise.  “American Spirit” sailed by Jeff Neurauter and Heather Howard who were 3rd in 2016 are light air specialists whose keen course awareness and all around speed make them a threat in any condition.

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By the end of the first day Ed & Trevor had won one of the five races and held onto a commanding lead on the fleet due to deep finishes by the rest of the leaders.  It looked like they were going to run away with it.

Saturday however brought new stronger winds and new challenges for Atrevida as “WASABI” sailed by Jimmy Yurko & Evan Scot claimed first in three of the four races sailed, including an exhilarating triangle course in planing conditions where only the leaders opted to carry their spinnakers on the fast reaches.  This performance pulled them within a point of the leaders.

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Sunday’s conditions were a repeat of Friday morning.  The light breeze was oscillating from the north and northwest providing big shifts and challenges for the fleet.  It was obvious that the fleet was eager to go out and race, as everyone got to the course early, and the aggressive starts for the first race of Sunday prompted the race committee to start the remainder of Sunday’s races under the U starting penalty flag.  Anyone who crossed the starting line during the final minute of the starting sequence would be penalized and disqualified from the race.

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Atrevida and Blind Squirrel had strong performances in all three races.  Atrevida held first and Blind Squirrel climbed to second for the regatta.

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Beyond the leader board there was much to talk about.  Scott & Logan Mogle were plagued with equipment breakdowns which kept them from competing on day 1, and consequently finished 15th in the regatta…however these newcomers to the class have had their boat just one year, and are clearly sailors to watch.  Their scores DO NOT reflect the limits of this team’s capabilities, but only the beginning.  Scott & Logan led the fleet at many mark roundings and were all around fast on the course.  We can expect to see much more of them in the very near future.  Michael Birnbaum sailing with Tony Chapman showed he’s got what it takes to get out to the front of the pack by grabbing onto a 3rd place finish in race 12.  Dave Johnson & Elayne Hunter are fleet leaders and innovators in Alaska’s fleet that now has 12 Buccs racing weekly, we can expect some awesome coming from them.

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The bottom line is this fleet is filled from bottom to top with great people, great leaders and great friends.

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Yes, he is a good man, and a pirate!

 

 

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