Buccaneer 18 The Sailing Experience


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  • Great Class for Daysailing or competitive Racing
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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.


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”.


————————————————— Ed & Trevor making their way upwind ————————————————–


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.


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”


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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







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












The club had breakfast, lunch and dinner for us Saturday and Sunday.


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.
Saturday’s camping was remarkably cool and comfortable, and consequently I slept like a log.
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.
We sailed triangle courses on Saturday and windward leeward on Sunday.
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.
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.
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.
1st Place :  Jimmy & Evan –WASABI
2nd Place: Mike & Tim — Scarlet Banshee
3rd Place: John & Megan — Stale LAce
4th Place: Jeff & Heather — American Spirit

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.
Pilar #5059

North Carolina Governors Cup, fast approaching!


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


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


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


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.




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.”




  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.


Above: Niantic Bay YC, view from the docks






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

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.

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