Buccaneer 18 The Sailing Experience
 
 

BUCCANEER 18

Great Boats, Better People


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.

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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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,
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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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Virginia Governors Cup 2017

The Ware River Yacht Club’s  VA gov cup was a great event as usual.  Located in Gloucester, VA, WRYC might seem like an unlikely spot to hold an absolutely spectacular regatta…but for over 50 years now they’ve done just that
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The club had breakfast, lunch and dinner for us Saturday and Sunday.

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They put genuine bubbly in the tin cups and kept the keg open well into the evening.
The party under the tent was fun, meeting up with friends from around the region telling stories until way too late Saturday night.
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Saturday’s camping was remarkably cool and comfortable, and consequently I slept like a log.
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The regatta had 4 Buccs in attendance, and was impressively tight racing.  We did sail in our own fleet, (though had to share the line with the Mutineer fleet (3 boats registered, 1 sailed the course) There were 7 races in total, 4 on Saturday, 3 on Sunday.  Conditions varied quite a bit due to the northern breezes Saturday and Sunday morning.  Saturday the breeze was northerly for the whole day, shifting to the east & getting lighter, making things quite interesting.  Sunday afternoon a nice 8-10 knot sea breeze filled in and conditions were absolutely perfect.
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We sailed triangle courses on Saturday and windward leeward on Sunday.
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Jeff & Heather won the first race by a few boat lengths, then had an unfortunate capsize on the second race resulting in the loss of their rudder.
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The subsequent races were very tight.  We (Jimmy & Evan on WASABI) won the second and third race, Mike Sigmund (Scarlet Banshee) won the 4th.  Sunday race 5 was quite interesting with  very light breeze to start, and big shifts.  John Chaplinsky (Stale LAce) was leading into the finish, but we nudged them out winning by just a few inches.  Mike & Tim (Scarlet Banshee) had incredible upwind speed and point in races 6 and 7, taking the final two bullets.
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The weather was perfect, the racing was excellent, we got to see dolphins & rays swimming alongside us.  I’m very glad to have made the trip, and will be back again next year.
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Results
1st Place :  Jimmy & Evan –WASABI
2nd Place: Mike & Tim — Scarlet Banshee
3rd Place: John & Megan — Stale LAce
4th Place: Jeff & Heather — American Spirit
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Buccaneers take the cup 6th year in a row!

The Buccaneer fleet won the NC Governor’s Cup this weekend for the sixth year in a row!  Erik Gyorgy and Jennifer Marbourg-Miller aboard Christopher Dragon sailed an almost perfect regatta taking the Cup.  A Buccaneer sailor also won female sailor of the regatta, Kyra Tallon, Aurora’s skipper, made all Buccaneers extremely proud and happy as she was deservingly recognized as an outstanding sailor.
Here is the distinguished list of the Buccaneers who have won the Governor’s Cup for the past 6 years:
2012 – Jimmy Yurko and Kristi Yurko
2013 – Jeff Neurauter and Carrie Quinn
2014 – Jeffrey Moore Jolie Homsher
2015 – Joe David and Katie David
2016 – Joe David and Mark Thompson
2017 – Erik Gyorgy and Jennifer Marbourg-Miller
But all the news is not good.  Shortly after the awards ceremony the Flying Scot fleet held an emergency meeting.  My sources tell me that they are hell bent on winning back the Governor’s Cup that the Buccaneers took from them 6 years ago and are preparing drastic actions to win it back.  The Flying Scots!!!!!!!  We simply cannot allow this to happen.  We need your help.  Please mark you sailing calendars now for the 2018 NC Governor’s Cup which will be held June 15, 16 and 17, 2018.  We are going to need at least 20 Buccaneers on the line to stave off the assault the Flying Scots are plotting at this very minute!
The venue is fantastic, the food is good and plentiful, and the good times roll.
Jerry
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North Carolina Governors Cup, fast approaching!

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Don’t miss out on the Biggest regatta of the summer…

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The Carolina sailing club…and the Bucc fleet in particular REALLY knows how to throw a PARTY… ooh, and it’s awesome sailing too.

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The Buccs have taken the cup for 5? years in a row now…let’s do it again.

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How do you think that happens?  Simple

…………..Best sailors

…………..Best help

…………..Most fun

…………..Best Camping

…………..Best Hot Tub

…………..Best Racing

Buccaneers are simply…………… all around, best fleet on the water.  There’s little surprise skippers are “jumping ship” to sail with us!

 

Register HERE :  http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/13884

 

BNAC 2017 Lodging

The 2017 Buccaneer 18 North American Championships will be this Sept 28-Oct 1, 2017 at
Niantic Bay Yacht Club in Niantic, Connecticut.

 

Below: Arial View of Niantic Bay YC

Get your hotel reservations early, as Bob points out, the local hotels are going to fill up fast, here is the latest news from Bob DeRoeck (regatta chairman) on the lodging:

 

 

 

BNAC 2017 Housing Options

 

Rev 0, March 31, 2017

 

Here’s information on housing options around Niantic, Connecticut.

 

Motels

 

Connecticut has the distinction of having the highest motel tax of any state in the USA, 15%.

 

Millstone Nuclear Power Station is located across Niantic Bay from NBYC.  This plant is undergoing scheduled maintenance during BNAC, which means many motels rooms in the Niantic area are already booked by contractor crews working at the plant.  I suggest you make reservations ASAP to ensure a place to stay, even if you are not sure you can make it to BNAC.  You can cancel your reservation without any penalty close to the start of BNAC as explained below.

 

  1. Sleep Inn and Suites, Niantic, Ct. This is a basic “just-off-the-highway” two story box motel.  The rooms are average size, clean, and an effort has been made to decorate them.  Each room has a moderate size TV and small refrigerator.  WIFI is free as is a basic breakfast.   There is a pool and laundry machines ($7/load to wash and dry).  The motel is set back a few hundred yards from Rt 95.  The road noise is not too bad, but you may want to reserve a room facing away from the highway.  The following discounted rates apply:

 

Night        Sept 27       Sept 28     Sept 29      Sept 30        Oct 1

 

Room Rate, $           80              80             109             139            80

Excluding Tax

 

Website:          https://www.choicehotels.com/connecticut/niantic/sleep-inn-hotels

Phone: 860-739-1994

                                   

The reservation code for these discounted rates is “BUCCANEERS”, but you need to make the reservation by phone to get this discount.  These discounts only apply for reservations made before August 27, 2017.  There is no penalty for reservations cancelled before 4 pm the day before scheduled check-in.

 

  1. Motel 6, Niantic, Ct. Bare bones room.  Two double beds or one queen in each room and not much else aside from a small TV.  This motel is closer to Rt 95 and the road noise is moderate.  Ask for a room on the side of the building away from the highway.  There is no breakfast or any amenities to speak of.  WIFI is $3 or $5/night extra, depending on speed.   The discounted rates shown below are only $5/night below the regular rates.  These rates are for two adults per room.  The rates are slightly lower or higher for 1 or 3-4 adults/room.

 

Night        Sept 27       Sept 28     Sept 29      Sept 30        Oct 1

 

Room Rate, $           55.99         53.99        73.99         83.99         55.99

Excluding Tax

 

Website: https://www.motel6.com/en/motels.ct.niantic.1063.html?ncr=true

 

The reservation code for these discounted rates is M106300145 with group name “BUCCANEERS”.  You need to phone the Group Sales Department at 1-88-544-4866 to make your reservation.  There is no penalty for reservations cancelled before 6 pm the day of scheduled check-in.

 

  1. If you want to spend $250/night or more, there are some nice B&B’s and upscale motels in the area. Google “B&B’s near Niantic, Ct.”

 

Campgrounds

 

  1. Rocky Neck State Park is only a couple of miles from the boat club. But, it’s unclear whether it will be open during BNAC.  Connecticut is struggling with its budget and it’s likely the state parks will be closed soon after Labor Day.  The state budget is supposed to be resolved by May.  Check then to see if the park will be open until Sept 30 or not.

 

  1. There are a number of private campgrounds in the area. Do a Google search.

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Above: Niantic Bay YC, view from the docks

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Easter Buccy 2017! A very different kind of regatta.

It’s that time of year again, Easter Buccy is fast approaching.

 

 

April 15 in Alexandria, VA look out for little Buccaneer boys & Girls searching for their hidden eggs….

 

 

 

The bunny put them in some pretty strange places …. You’re going to have to sail & find them!

 

 

Pirates beware…things can get rough around here.

 

 

 

This is an event for everyone.

But beware, things can get a little strange

 

 

If you’re interested in some good, clean-ish fun, contact Jeff Neurauter for details

email: jmnsailor@yahoo.com

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