Buccaneer 18 The Sailing Experience


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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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Buccaneer 18: The Sailing Experience

BNAC 2017 Venue & Dates Announced!

The venue and dates for BNAC 2017 have been finalized.


BNAC 2017 will be held at the Niantic Bay Yacht Club in Niantic, Connecticut, Sept 28-Oct 1, 2017.


The schedule:


Thursday, Sept 28:  Registration, measuring, and practice races in afternoon


Friday, Sept 29:  Full day of racing


Saturday, Sept 30:  Full day of racing


Sunday, Oct 1:  Half day of racing.  No race to start after 1 pm.  The Awards Ceremony will be around 3 pm to allow folks to hit the road relatively early.


Social activities are still in the planning stage.  Housing options are being researched.  The plan is to issue the Notice of Race by the end of February.


Fall in New England is the best time of year.  The weather is lovely and the crowds are gone.  Winds at Niantic should be good and the water temperature is still relatively warm (65-67 F).  There are lots of family activities and touristy things to do in the area such as visiting Mystic Seaport, historic Newport RI, the US Submarine Museum and USS Nautilus in Groton, Ct, etc.  Consider making this a family vacation with a 3 day weekend regatta to finish or start your vacation.


It’s not too early to start reserving your 2017 vacation time to include BNAC.


More to follow both here and on the BCA website.



Fair Winds,


Bob DeRoeck, BCA Race Chairman

Ed & Shannon’s Race Summary from BNAC 2016

Ed & Shannon made a clean sweep of the 2016 Buccaneer North American Championships.  Despite racing in such a talented field (competing against multiple past champions) they managed to do something that has not been done in class history.  Congratulations!


Here’s their story:

BNAC 2016 – From Ed and Shannon
Thanks to the event organizers and a great race committee, we feel BNAC 2016 went off nearly
flawlessly. After getting a call that the original venue wasn’t going to work out, the members of Fleet 15
in Kenosha really stepped up. Racine Yacht Club were great hosts and everyone I spoke to felt welcome.
We are already talking about attending Niantic BNAC 2017. Get it on your calendar!
Atrevida’s BNAC 2016
The first two days of racing gave us nearly identical conditions and 4 races each day! SE breeze 5-10 and
a mild wind driven chop. It was a pleasant day on the water, but the chop was formidable. We don’t get
a lot of SE breeze around here, at least not typically. But SE breeze generates some pretty consistent
breezes with only slight wind shifts.
The pin paid off almost every race. The RC set up the line with about a 10 degree favor to it (to spread
people out away from their nice boat). Also it was a pretty long line. Which meant after a short jog to
the left to get out into the lake where there is typically more breeze you would just about lay the
windward mark.
Starboard tack was a little easier than Port tack. The waves (like in most venues) were more head on
when on port tack and on the beam when on starboard tack. So when sailing on port we tried to keep
our leads forward, sails slightly eased, VANG OFF and the telltales streaming straight back. I also tried
holding the tiller as still as possible even though we were slamming through a bunch of chop (remember
everyone else is too so stay calm).
On Starboard tack we could trim in a little tighter and point the boat up a little more as the waves/chop
were in a more favorable direction.
On both tacks we tried to compress our weight as much as possible (“You almost can’t be too far
forward!” said Randy Shore of Quantum Sails) and tried to keep the bow in the water to reduce slapping
(slow), also keeping the boat as flat as you feel comfortable with is important.
Keeping the boat moving was difficult in the waves. Often the sails would flog and slap which made it
easy to over trim them. Having eased sails down wind was crucial, I tried to keep the vang loose and the
mains leach open while Shannon tried to get max rotation on the kite. Good communication was
critical, we often corrected each other if I was sailing too low or I thought the kite could be eased some.
On Fridays Race:
Friday brought some storms through and the RC managed to get a race off in a short window after the
wind settled in. The wind was probably about 15-18 knots and this race was reminiscent of BNAC 2015.
Key notes were having enough vang (with some Cunningham) on to flatten the mainsail. Also keeping
enough mainsheet tension to keep the headstay taught was critical. So if we found ourselves eased off
the main, we would also crack off the jib to balance the boat a bit better. Ease – Hike – Trim was the
mantra in puffs to keep the boat flat and fast.
We didn’t have the greatest starts, but our boat speed was good and great boat speed makes you look
really smart. Fleet 15 is a great fleet and sailing against some great Bucc sailors throughout our season
really pays off.

Buccaneer North American Championships –Wrap Up

28948140941_3c5ecb70df_oBNAC 2016 is a wrap and its time to start thinking about heading east for BNAC 2017 – at least considering it 🙂  We’d like to thank all those who attended this years event.  The field included racers from all corners of the country. We could not have held this event without our sponsors (see the list at the bottom – please buy something from them).  A special thanks to the many volunteers that ensured the event’s success.  Your many hours of preparation ensured everything happened like a well oiled machine.  And a big thank you to the Racine Yacht Club for their hospitality and the use of their facilities and a special thank you to Bob Sample and his expert race committee for the excellent racing they provided.

We’d like to congratulate Ed Montano and Shannon Devine as our repeat champions for 2016.  We’ve asked them to write up their thoughts on how they sailed so fast. Let’s all read carefully so we can go faster at BNAC in 2017!  See the attachment for their write-up.

Results – http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=1543 <http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eid=1543>

RaceQs – http://raceqs.com/regattas/53686 <http://raceqs.com/regattas/53686>

Photos – https://www.flickr.com/photos/140998118@N06/collections/72157665872843756/ <https://www.flickr.com/photos/140998118@N06/collections/72157665872843756/>
Many thanks to our photographer, Gary Powell. If you would like to download a photo but are not familiar with Flickr, just click on
the photo, then look to the lower right corner of the black frame and click on the download symbol (an arrow pointing down).

Nickels Boat Works / WindRider International – http://www.windrider.com <http://www.windrider.com/>
Quantum Sails – https://www.quantumsails.com <https://www.quantumsails.com/>
Red Gear Racing (www.redgearracing.com <http://www.redgearracing.com/>)
Harken (www.harken.com <http://www.harken.com/>)
Piggly Wiggly (www.pigglywiggly.com <http://www.pigglywiggly.com/>)
J + S (www.JandSVision.com <http://www.jandsvision.com/>)
Chipotle (www.chipotle.com <http://www.chipotle.com/>)
Lemon and Line (www.lemonandline.com <http://www.lemonandline.com/>)
Kenosha Yacht Club
The CRAW members who donated the frames, artwork, and printing for the trophies
That’s all for now.  Please keep an eye out for information for BNAC 2017 as it becomes available.

We look forward to seeing you all at Niantic for BNAC 2017.

Fair winds from Buccaneer Fleet 15 at Kenosha Yacht Club

Kyra Tallon wins a tough Virginia Governor’s Cup


The Virginia Governor’s Cup regatta at Ware River Yacht Club in Gloucester VA is an annual favorite of the Mid-Atlantic Buccaneer crowd.  The venue is centrally located between  Washington DC and Raleigh NC, two of the classes largest fleets, and even in low participation years with big conflicts (like this year’s class championships taking place at the same time!) still draws a crowd.

Seven Buccaneer crews hit the water for this regatta on the beautiful Ware River, a wide tributary to Mobjack Bay on the Chesapeake Bay.  While sailing we enjoy see breezes, occasionally see pods of dolphin & other cool sea life.

The racing is always interesting, since WRYC hosts just this one regatta each year they come out in full force to support their event.  The RC sets up interesting courses and pays close attention to the racers needs.

This year’s Buccaneer fleet had seven competitors, just 2 shy of the largest fleet at the regatta.  Kyra Tallon won it with consistent sailing and a killer day 2 performance scoring a 1-2-1 on the last 3 races of the 6 race series.  Jen Marbourg-Miller’s “Christopher Dragon” was 2nd with a 3-1-2 score on day 2.  Both boats were extremely well sailed, passing Saturday’s leader “Wasabi” crewed by Jimmy Yurko & Justin Meddock who went into Sunday’s racing with a 2 point lead.  Overall the fleet was very competitive with 4 different boats scoring wins over the weekend, and lead changes occurring often during all 6 races.

Below you can see Kyra (Right) & Jen proudly displaying their new hardware!

Kyra & Jen

Buccaneer Championships underway…Montanos off to a commanding lead

17 Buccaneers are racing in Wisconsin right now….but after 2 days of racing, and 8 races, team Atrevida is off to the most commanding lead in recent class history.  The Montanos have won all eight races, and are on fire!


Teams from across the country have come to compete.  Above you can see “Artful Dodger”, Steve & Margaret Kimele from Western Carolina Sailing club on the course at this year’s BNAC in some lively conditions


Results are posted for day 2 of the Buccaneer 18 North American Championships –http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=1543


Photos are also posted for Tuesday – https://www.flickr.com/photos/140998118@N06/collections/72157665872843756/

MacAlpine-Downie/Gibbs Cup Regatta for 2016

Ahoy Buccaneers,


Commodore Larry has designated the Glimmerglass Regatta held by the Ostego Sailing Club as the MacAlpine-Downie/Gibbs Cup Regatta for 2016.  Ostego Sailing Club is located in beautiful Cooperstown, NY.  This year will be the 49th consecutive Glimmerglass Regatta held at the club.  Buccaneers have been competing at Glimmerglass since long before I started sailing Bucs.  OSC knows how to throw a great party, both on and off the water.  Club members take pride in preparing appetizers for Saturday’s dinner and it’s usually a challenge to finish the entree after gorging on these nibbles.  The racing and the social fun combine to make Glimmerglass the highlight of the Nor’easter’s racing schedule.


The racing is scheduled for Sept 17 and 18 with full-day racing on Saturday and half-day racing on Sunday.  Many competitors camp on the club’s grounds, either in RV’s or tents.  Note, there is no electricity for campers.  There are mens and womens rest rooms in the clubhouse, but no showers.  For folks wanting a bedroom there are plenty of B&B’s and relatively inexpensive motels in the area.


The winds are almost always plentiful for the Glimmerglass Regatta, but be prepared, they are incredibly fluky.  As a registration gift in 2011 all competitors received a “Shift Happens” refrigerator magnet, and boy does it.  The weather is likely to be 65-75 F during the day with nighttime low temperature of 45-50 F.  The water temperature will be about 70 F.


Consider bringing the family and making this a mini-vacation.  Cooperstown is home to the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Farm Museum, both well worth a visit. There are three micro-breweries within a few miles of Cooperstown, include the reknown Brewery Ommegang, famous for its Belgian-style beers.  Glimmerglass takes place at the beginning of foliage season.  Leaf-peepers will enjoy the colors of the leaves contrasting the clear blue skies and lake water.


Visit the Otsego Sailing Club website, http://www.otsegosailingclub.com/glimmerglass-regatta-and-pictures.html for more information.  OSC usually has the online registration form available around the middle of July.  If you have any questions about the MDG Cup regatta, Glimmerglass, OSC, or visiting Cooperstown, don’t hesitate to email me at bobboat at Verizon dot net.  If you are planning to participate at Glimmerglass, send me an email so I can alert the organizers of the probable number of Buccaneers that will be competing.


Life if too short to not experience Glimmerglass at Cooperstown.


Shifty Winds,


Bob DeRoeck

North Carolina Governor’s Cup has 18 Buccaneers Registered!

The Buccaneer 18 Class is in position to take the cup for the 5th year in the row!  The 18 boat (current registrant) Buccaneer Class at the North Carolina Governor’s Cup regatta scheduled for father’s day weekend will likely be the largest gathering of Buccaneers on the east coast this year.  The coveted Governor’s cup has been contested since the 1950’s and is a perpetual silver cup that has passed through the hands of some legendary US sailors.  This year the Buccaneer 18 Class has the largest fleet currently registered which is a huge factor in determining the eventual winner of the cup.

The growth of the Buccaneer fleet has been very steady over the last few years in the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic regions in no small part to the incredible events hosted by clubs like the Carolina Sailing Club.  CSC is a ‘mobile’ yacht club, with no permanent facility.  They sail predominantly on Jordan Lake near Raleigh, but also hold events on Kerr Lake a few times each year.  Their members are friendly and enthusiastic.  The fleets welcome visitors like members of their own family (some might say even better!).

The North Carolina fleet in particular has grown steadily thanks to the seemingly endless enthusiasm & limitless generosity of members like Mike Sigmund, who keeps 2 or 3 extra boats around to loan out, and Tom & Cici Wille who host the entire fleet at their home near Kerr Lake a few times each year to have massive camp outs & barbecues.

So if you’re looking for something to do this Father’s Day weekend, and want to know what all the buzz is about, check it out:  http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/11759






BNAC 2016 Registration OPEN!

YEP, the biggest Bucc’n event of the year is now accepting registrations.

BNAC organizers have put together everything you need here:



So start packing & get yourself to RACINE, WI for the best Bucc’n event of the summer.

We have a GREAT PACKAGE lined up for the week.  You can expect to enjoy some great racing, along with a lot of fun with some theme parties along with great music and food.  Bring the family – there is a host of other activities to enjoy, both at the event and in and around Racine.


You can see all the details and register at  <http://www.bnac16.com/>

Hope to see you there!

Advice On Buying a used Buccaneer

Prospective Buccaneer owners are constantly asking questions about what to look for in a used Bucc, here’s a rough guide put together by a recent Bucc buyer, Doug King. Doug is an experienced sailor who has bought & sold many boats over the years, and his perspective as a newer Bucc buyer is worth reading.

Thanks Doug for putting this together.

Buying The Right Buccaneer For You
Now that you’ve decided to buy a Buccaneer, we don’t need to discuss all the good reasons to do so.
Let’s talk about the nuts and bolts of bringing your new, or new-to-you, Buccaneer; and then getting out
on the water and really sailing!
FINDING A BUCCANEER FOR SALE- Everybody knows about Craigslist, right? This on-line ad website has
everything, everywhere. Make sure you’re going to craigslist.ORG because there are some bad things
associated with the faker websites using dot-com addies. There are also some other resources, the class
website links to a Bucc-for-sale listing page on Facebook; you may find one at a local sailing club or
marina. A good step is to decide how far you are willing to drive to get one.
FINDING- Don’t get too enthusiastic. It’s easy to say to yourself “Yes, I will drive for 6 hours across 3 or 4
states to get a Buccaneer” but it is unlikely that you’ll complete the quest. Or worse, you may put in a
long day of driving for a boat that is not really what you want. So keep it realistic! How far would you
drive to see a boat that you’d better turn down?
FINDING- Another important step is to decide how much you are willing to spend. Remember that even
if you are buying new (Nickels Boat Works 888-609-2827 they do beautiful work) you will have some
stuff to buy afterward, so don’t shoot your wallet in the foot.
Rough Price Guide- as always, the market makes it’s own rules. However here is what I have seen (we
will have a section on evaluating condition, see below). Thru 2015, I was actively hunting for Buccaneers
in the eastern US, and found they average about $1,250 in asking price. About 1/3 had galvanized
trailers (more below).
Under $1,000… you can find lots of boats in this price range, but they will need new gear, rigging, or
$1,500… In this range you should be able to pick up a boat that is truly ready to sail. Maybe the sails and
ropes are tired, and it needs some minor work.
$3,000+… In this range you should be able to pick up a boat that is in good shape and close to
competitive. It should have good blocks & cleats, good lines, sails less than 6 years old.
$7,000+… Second-hand Nickels boats, 2006 and newer. There are fewer of these than any other
Sails are a HUGE part of the value of the boat. Many of us have spent more on sails than on the boat
Spinnaker- you don’t need the bow launcher to fly a spinnaker, but you do need the pole ($200), sail
($600+), sheets & halyards ($100+ for the good stuff), blocks & cleats ($225+ for the good stuff). That
means a –good- racing spinnaker rig adds at least $1,000 to the value of the boat. Obviously the
contributed value will be less if no ratchet blocks, 2nd-hand Flying Scot spinnaker (which is what one of
my boats has; hey it works and it cost $110) etc etc.
Note- you don’t really need a spinnaker to race. The Buccaneer genoa is large that winging it out can
provide a LOT of drive downwind, and I’ve personally seen Buccs sailing wing-n-wing keep up with
spinnaker-flying Buccs. Spinnakers are a lot of fun though!
Main & Jib- It is difficult to find 2nd-hand sails for the Bucc. It’s possible, but assume that if the object of
your Craigslist desire has no sails, or 40+ year old rags, then part of enjoying your Bucc will be to fit her
with some sails to make her GO properly.
Kit sails- Yes you can get a pre-cut kit and sew up your own sails. Still gonna cost about $500 or more.
“Bargain” or “sweatshop” off-brand new sails- Some only cost a little more than a kit and look very
good. Pay attention to sailcloth weight, and details like whether you’re getting battens, etc etc.
Big-Name Sails- Don’t kid yourself, even the big names have their sails cut & assembled in 3rd-world
sweatshops. However the big names have the best airfoil designs, for gaining best performance in close
races. And the finishing of the new sails I’ve seen the last few years range from beautiful to fantastic.
Mainsails range from $850 to $1,250, genoas from $495 to $795 (prices as of 2015)
Also remember that you may have a local sailmaker. Give them a call. Don’t expect them match the
cheapest sweat-shop price, be ready to pay something for better and more personal service.
TRAILER- Also a big big part of the value. You see Buccs on yard trailers or those Home Depot kit trailers;
yes, this can work but it’s not good long-term gear. Condition of the trailer is important, but the way it
has been fitted to the boat is also important. Are the bunks in good contact with the hull? Are the rollers
mounted and adjusted so that the hull can launch & retrieve smoothly? How about the winch and the
mast prop? A well-cared for boat may be run down but all these details will have been attended.
TRAILER- Tires? Make sure they are inflated to within 10% of their rated pressure, even if they look a bit
cracked. If they are badly cracked or sun-rotted, plan to stop by the closest tire shop (call first!). If you
know how to grease bearings, it would be a good idea bring some tools (don’t forget the clean-up rags)
and make sure the bearings are good before hitting the road. I don’t worry about trailer lights & wiring,
because I always use a “light bar” that goes on the stern of the boat.
HULL- No cracks, duh. Actually, with older boats, spidery cracks in the gelcoat are very common and not
necessarily bad. Obvious structural cracks, well if you want to fix them then go ahead. Sight along the
bottom of the hull to see if it is ‘mushed in’ around the trailer supports.
Note- I consider a damaged hull to have zero monetary value. In fact, the owner should to have it hauled
out of his yard. A damaged boat –might- be worth considering, if everything else about the boat is
HULL- Gunwhale (should be smoothly curved & uniform); Mast Step (low or high); Hatches; Access; CB
trunk & gasket (look underneath!); Centerboard; Rudder
Note- when inspecting a hull, look out for critters. Wasps, ants, spiders & snakes… they like the boat too
RIG- First sight along the mast & boom, make sure they are not hooked or bent. Look for dimples in the
metal, and corrosion around fasteners. Look at the chainplates, especially inside the gunwhale where
they’re attached.
RIG (furler)- A major component is the roller-furling. Obviously you want a modern Harken roller, but
there are older/simpler versions that work well enough. The oldest system is a pipe in the jib luff, this
can work but is not optimal for many reasons. Unless the seller demonstrates it working perfectly,
assume one of these old pipe-luff rollers is non-functional and budget to replace it with a wire luff &
modern furler.
RIG (lines & blocks & cleats)- Inventory the rigging to see how much of the rigging is present &
functional. If my experience is any guide, any boat short of brand-new will have –something- missing or
broken. Main halyard & cleat; Mainsheet, blocks (ideally, the ones on the boom should be spread out),
and swivel cam-cleat; Main Outhaul, shackle & cleat (ideally internal to boom with pulley set close to
gooseneck); Main Downhaul; Boom vang (ideally 6:1 or more with swivel cam-cleat); Cunningham; Jib
Halyard and tensioner; Jib Sheets, blocks (ratchets on track at seat) & cleats; Jib Barber Haulers (few
Buccaneers are equipped with these, no worry); Jib Furling Line & cleat; Spinnaker Halyard and dousing
line, blocks & cleats; Spinnaker Sheets blocks (turning & ratchet) & cleats; Spinnaker Pole topping lift &
cleat; Spinnaker Pole hold-down & cleat; Twings/guy hooks; Rudder hold-down & cleat on tiller;
Rudder Uphaul & cleat (often the same as the hold-down, on tiller); CB hold-up & cleat (very important
for trailering, see if it really pulls and holds the centerboard –ALL- the way up); CB hold-down
Now, the Buccaneer is a simple boat. You could sail it with just the halyards & sheets, outhaul, and the
jib sheet blocks on the gunwhale. But it would a pain to have to constantly force the centerboard back
down as the speed of the boat brings it up, ditto the rudder. In fact, if the rudder tends to kick up, that
makes the boat much more difficult to steer! And you will want a vang the first time you start going
really hard on a broad reach or run. Then the ratchet blocks on those sheets, the first time you ever sail
with some, you will want some too because they are really nice and they make the boat a lot easier to
handle. They also cost $65 apiece.
One thing leads to another, and you could easily spend over $800 on line & blocks & cleats for rigging up
a Bucc for “just for fun” sailing. So it will pay dividends to double-check the running rigging and all
hardware –BEFORE- you buy.
Builder/Year Models: There is not really a direct correlation between age or builder and price. Some of
the older boats are real gems!
1968 ~1977 Chrysler, the “classic” Buccaneer. These have a reputation of being heavy, with clunky gear
like the standpipe bailers and pipe-luff furlers, which don’t work very well.
1978 ~1981 improved Chrysler, these are also heavy but have rigid hulls and several improvements. The
mast step is above the crown of the centerboard, making it much easier to raise & lower the mast. The
jib sheets are on the seat, improving the boats’ performance close-hauled. The spinnaker tube was an
option. Chrysler built thousands of Buccaneers and these are the majority of the ones on the market.
1981~1983 TMI basically an improved Chrysler, but after the gov’t bail-out forced Chrysler out of the
sailboat business.
1983 ~ 1989 the Bucc transformed into the Starwind 18 (manufactured by motorboat builder Wellcraft).
These boats are also heavy but not as well-built, and may not be recognized for class racing.
1989~ 2005 Gloucester and then Cardinal, same company renamed. Much better boats, lighter but
some are flexy; generally better rigged than any previous models.
2006 ~ present Nickels Boat Works, a high-quality one-design boatbuilder. The best Buccs ever built,
also the most expensive, for obvious reasons.

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