Buccaneer 18 The Sailing Experience
 
 

BUCCANEER 18

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. Here you will find all the resources you need to enjoy the Buccaneer.

KEY FEATURES

  • Great Class for Daysailing or competitive Racing
  • Fast Planing Hull Design
  • Sloop Rig, Roller Furling Jib
  • Integral Spinnaker Launch Tube
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Bucc Sailors raise $ for Youth Sailing!

Virginia Governor’s Cup less than a month away!

The NOR is posted, we’re working with the club to get online registration..but in the mean time…plan on coming to one of the mid-atlantic region’s premier Buccaneer sailing venues.

 

http://www.wryc.org/images/NOR/2015_GC_NOR.pdf

VA Gov Cup

This regatta has been home to the Buccaneers for a long time.  This is Harry Sindle’s home club.  (Yes, Harry, who built the Buccaneer for over 20 years!) This club has hosted several Buccaneer North American Championships, The Buccaneer 18 “Macalpine-Downie Gibbs Regatta” and…….

 

is just all around a fun place to visit & sail.

 

Hope to see you there.

Blackbeard Sailing Club starts a Buccaneer Fleet!

Well, it’s been much speculation and email chatter.  The Blackbeard Sailing Club is likely to be the next haven for the Buccaneer 18.  Appropriate enough, a club named for one of the most famous pirates of all is embracing the Buccaneer 18.  Doug King took home OYB (ol’ yellow boat) yesterday after a Thursday night test sail, and is already showing it off to prospective fleet mates.

Blackbeard’s home page: http://www.blackbeardsailingclub.com/

 

 

This is great news for the Southeast Buccaneer scene, as North Carolina is already a stronghold for Buccaneers.  Just last month Carolina Sailing Club’s “Governor’s Cup” regatta garnered 20 Buccaneers and was the largest fleet at the regatta.  Expanding to Blackbeard Sailing Club is sure to be a real boost for the class.

 

 

As far as our newest mate….Doug is an expereinced sailor.  He has started, managed and expanded a very successful Junior sailing program at Blackbeard.  He knows what it takes to get a fleet going.  We’re excited to have him and his fellow pirates joind our crowd and are looking forward to crossing tacks soon.

 

Buccaneers Take the Cup!

For the 4th year in a row the Buccaneer fleet has taken the coveted “Governor’s Cup” at the Carolina Sailing Club’s 57th annual Governor’s Cup regatta.  20 Buccaneers registered (17 sailed) for this regatta this weekend.

The Fleet at Carolina Sailing Club is spectacular.  Thanks to the tireless promotion of the sport by fleet members such as Mike Sigmund & Tom Wille, this is one of the fastest growing Buccaneer fleets in the country.

Mike loaned his boat “Scarlet Banshee” to Joe David for the regatta, and Tom served on Race Committee, as well as hosted many of the fleet members at his house for the pre and post race parties.

The regatta this past weekend was really something special.  The weather forecast was for temperatures in the mid 90’s with high humidity and light breeze.  For a regatta with 85 boats in attendance, on an inland reservoir, that could have been a sign of death…  However, the wind rolled in just in time to race.  We had rather steady breezes around 10 knots both days ( a little lighter on Saturday, a bit more on Sunday) which made the course very fun & lively with plenty of opportunity for all the fleet members to show off their skills.

Jeff Neurauter on his shiny new boat “American Beauty” took the first bullet of the regatta.  This was then followed by a sweep by CSC’s youngest skipper in fleet Joe David, who showed very impressive boat handling and strategy. The fleet was deep with talented sailors.  If you review the results you’ll see many of the top finishing boats had some pretty deep (high #) scores for the regatta.  This shows just how stiff the competition was.

The courses were rather long, approximately 1 hour per race, and the finishes were loaded with overlapped clusters of boats, and all the mark roundings were full of excitement.

photos of the regatta can be seen here:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/106538423354133865466/posts

 

Full Results:  http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/9280#_newsroom+results

 

North Carolina Governor’s Cup This WEEKEND!

We have 18 Buccs registered, sailing on the border of Virginia and North Carolina. There is still room on the starting line if you want to join us! A Bucc has won the Governors Cup three years in a row with large turnouts.

Sara Paisner's photo.
Sara Paisner's photo.

Buccaneer Surfing…

the video might be a little shaky…but thats how it was….

We took Buccaneer 5006 “Incognito” out for a joyride after the weekly races…air was big, waves were fun..

 

Buccaneer North American Championships Registration is Open!

Hello Buccaneer Sailors!!
(Arrrr!!!)

The BNAC 2015 website is up and running. The NOR is posted, and registration is open.

Register now or just let us know you are coming. Either way, please check in regularly for event updates, SIs and all you will need to know for BNAC 2015!!

http://www.buccaneer18.org/BNAC/BNAC2015.php

Kyra Tallon
2015 BNAC Race Chair

Portsmouth Racing Buccaneer Style

Lunatic Leads the Pack

Lunatic Leads the Pack

 

 

The Buccaneers showed up in force at the Connecticut River Race in Essex CT a few weeks ago.

We had 8 buccs on the line, including one “portsmouth” bucc who decided to experiment with some rigging mods to try to capitalize on the potential for reaches… (which did not work so well for them)

The CT river dinghy distance race was a spectacular event with a wide variety of wind conditions & opportunities to sail in direct competition with about 40 other boats.

 

CT river race

 

Gus Rappold on “Lunatic” was the highest finishing Bucc… You can check out the scores here:

 

https://gifthorseracing.wordpress.com/connecticut-river-dinghy-distance-race-2015/

 

 

Buccaneers Invade Belhaven, NC

Once again the Buccaneer class invaded Belhaven NC for

the 2015 Pirates on the Pungo Regatta

 

 

 

NC State “SailPack”

 

 

Leading the charge were some of our classes newest recruits.

Led by Paulina Spencer and Dustin Simons the NC State sailing

club put two of the eight Buccaneers on the water this weekend.

 

Additional sailors this weekend included Bret Aurer who has always served as a bit of an ambassador for our class in Belhaven.  Mike Sigmund brought out his yellow Chrysler “Miss App”.  Justin Meddock as always was there with crew Johnny.  Justin as always was there ready to lend a hand, and spent Sunday morning helping a potential new Buccaneer Sailor get familiarized with the boat and fleet.

The regatta was won by Jeff Moore on “Spanish Mackerel”, second place was Bart Streb on “Adrenaline” followed closely by Michelle Major on “Fireball”.

 

We will be posting more details, stories & photos as they come available.

Greetings from NC State!

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Wasabi made a great debut at the Carolina Sailing Club Championship series, scoring a 3 and two (count em) two bullets for an overall win! Breeze was light and variable, and skipper Nikki Palen (Vice Commodore of NC State Sailing Club) took the green bucc to her first win as part of the College Lending Program. Congrats Nikki!

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