Buccaneer 18 The Sailing Experience


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.


  • Great Class for Daysailing or competitive Racing
  • Fast Planing Hull Design
  • Sloop Rig, Roller Furling Jib
  • Integral Spinnaker Launch Tube
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News from Dead Dogs & Tin Whistles

DEAD DOGS & TIN WHISTLES: Five races Saturday in 12+Kts, one Sunday in 4-7 kts after bobbin’ and bakin’ from 11 to 12. Everyone had a great time! The best thing about these sailors is how much they all want to help each other. Yarda and Marian Solc turned back in the Porjoe Key race to assist Jim and Margaret Davis, who had capsized and turtled and were unable to right their boat. Marian Solc had to get in the water to help them. Jimmy Yurko had a spare rudder for Frank and Leeanne Patch so they could go out today after busting theirs yesterday in the first race and swamping so bad they had to be towed in. Two spinnaker poles broke, a couple of spinnakers blew apart. But everyone helped and everyone got back on the water for Sunday’s floater! Results in photo.

Hunter Riddle & Terry Warren win DDTW

The 8th annual Dead Dogs & Tin Whistles was won this weekend by Hunter Riddle & Terry Warren.  They sailed an extremely consistent regatta rarely relinquishing the lead for even a leg.  At the end of the regatta their drop was a 2nd!

There will be many more stories coming from this regatta as it was, as always a fun time for Buccaneer & Mutineer sailors and friends.



Buccaneer Racing This Weekend! Midwinter Regatta and More!

Buccaneers will be racing this weekend in both Key Largo Florida and on Lake Pleasant in Arizona.

 2015 Birthday regatta at Lake Pleasant

The Arizona Yacht Club will host the 2015 Birthday regatta at Lake Pleasant.  This is the Buccaneer 18 Class Association Mid Winter Championship for 2015

details can be found: http://arizonayachtclub.org/2014/12/next-event-2015-birthday-regatta/

birthday regatta



The Dead Dogs & Tin Whistles regatta

will be at Upper Keys Sailing Club in Key Largo Florida.  This regatta consists of 3 days of racing.  Friday is an 8 mile distance race around Porjoe Key with the winner taking home the prized “Captain Morgan” trophy.  Saturday and Sunday are fleet racing.  This weekend’s weather forecast for buttonwood sound is showing 10-15 knot breezes for all three days.  Should be very exciting sailing.

More details on the regatta:  http://www.upperkeyssailingclub.com/DDTW.html


More Photos from Freeze Your Bucc Off!

We just got this link from Jeremy Sholovitz, and wanted to share it with you..



More from Freeze Your Bucc Off!

Freeze Your Bucc Off! is over…but as the last regatta of the 2014 season the stories are sure to go on.


We had a fleet of ten Buccaneers hit the water for this year’s event.  The weather was perfect, and the RC was right on the money.


Our first race was a race out of the creek, to the center of the river…a downwind start, and a broad reach to the finish line.  It was very exciting, as most of the fleet had to sail within inches of each other through the narrow channel out of the creek.

The second race was a two lap windward-leeward course with racers taking advantages from all over the racecourse.

The third race was a port triangle with a windward finish, and opportunities for some exciting planing downwind

The fourth race was a starboard triangle with a whole new set of challenges as people had to put their racing rules & strategy decisions in a different light as we set up for starboard mark roundings…and a windward finish.

The fifth race was a windward-leeward again, with tight racing around the course….

and the Sixth..unconventional race was the race to the bar.  This is the traditional last race of the regatta.  starting out in the river, RC set a turning mark downwind so the racers started downwind, sailed to the drop mark, and back upwind, into the creek for the finish, crews hopped off their boats ran down the dock and sprinted to the bar to claim their victory beverages.

Fun is the name of the game at SMSA… and Bucaneers are right at home here.


Freeze Your Bucc Off Upwind


1st: 5273 Christopher Dragon   Eric Gyorgy & Jenn Miller,                           7 pts, 1,1,(2),2,1,2
2nd: 5264 Lunatic,                        Gus Rappold & Kyra Tallon                         11 pts, (4),2,1,1,4,3
3rd: 5221 Dragonfly,                     Scotty Roland & Tim O                                 22 pts, 5,6,4,(7),3,4
4th: 5102 The Tyrant                    Michelle & Mike Major                                 23 pts, 2,(8),8,5,2,6
5th: 5229 Irene,                              Nic Bogren & Jeff Neurauter                        24 pts, (9),3,5,4,5,7
6th: 5225 Red Ryder,                     Jeremy Sholovitz & Nichole Doub             24 pts, (6),4,6,3,6,5
7th: 5261 Francenbucc,                Jimmy Yurko & Doug Hays                         28 pts, 7,5,7,8,(11),1
8th: 520 Wasabi,                            Shayne Douglas & Les Griffith                  28 pts,    3,7,3,(9),7,8
9th: 3705 OYB                                 Phillip Weiser & Curt Unangst                  41 pts, 8,9,(10),6,9,9
10th 5275 Dragonarse                  Evan Scott &  Dan Williams                       47 pts, (10),10,9,10,8,10

Freeze Your Bucc Off! 2014

Freeeze Your Bucc Off! 2014 was a resounding Success.


10 Buccaneers hit the water for the last Buccaneer regatta of the year.


Freeze Your Bucc Off!

Sunset in Solomons

Throughought the year I’m going to be posting as many shots & stories as possible about the beautiful venue that will be host to the 2015 Buccaneer 18 North American Championships.

Southern Marlyland Sailing Association (SMSA) is a great place to sail.   Along the Patuxent river in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay SMSA hosts some of the best sailng & parties on the east coast.

He’res a shot of the river at Sunset tonight.

We’re hosting the Freeze Your Bucc Off! regatta this weekend…9 boats signed up so far.  If we can put on a good show for a cold December day just wait until you see the festivities at the BNAC regatta.


Sunset in Solomons

SMSA gets into the Buccaneer spirit now!


Buccaneers Rise to the Top!

Buccaneers Rise to the Top!

The Southern Maryland Sailing Association is getting into the Buccaneer Spirit early. This week we host the Freeze Your Bucc Off! regatta Saturday December 13…and of course October 1-3 of 2015…just 11 months away will be the Buccaneer North American Championships at SMSA in Solomons MD.

Installing a Centerboard Gasket

It’s the end of November…not much sailing going on today…though the weather was perfect for sailing.

I got stuck workign on the house so instead of posting what we did today here’s a popular topic….how to set the centerboard gasket.


Before getting to this part, be sure all your surfaces are cleaned and prepped.  sand thouroughly, no finer than 100 grit (including the gasket itself!).   Wash with acetone, then set up like this:



Looking Ahead and a Bit Behind

Looking Ahead and a Bit Behind
From your Commodore – Larry Schmida
The excitement of sailing on Lake Dillon has past but the Grand times and Comradery remain. The views of the Water, Sky and Mountains are forever etched in my mind. What a BNAC Fleet 30 of Colorado put on.  I thank them all on behalf of the Buccaneer Class Association for such a stellar event. Through their combined efforts, they brought 30 Buc’s from all over the country to Lake Dillon. D Y C the highest Yacht Club in the US, at 9,017 feet above sea level. And regardless of the number of Past BNAC Champions and local sailors there, the event was won by two somewhat new comers, John Weiss and JayFought from Wisconsin.


Our next BNAC will be hosted by the Southern Maryland Fleet #69 on Solomon’s Island, October 1-3, 2015.
Both John Fraser and I, warmly thank the members of the Class for electing and trusting us to lead and run the Association for the next two years. Additionally members of the National Committee are, Tony Chapman – Treasurer, Michelle Major – Membership Chair, Jen Kohl – Publicity Chair, Kyra Tallon –Current Race Chair and David Spira – Past Race Chair.
Going forward some of the items that the National Committee will address are the selection of the 2016 BNAC site, Timely Revisions & Improvements to the Class Web site, the use of ‘Social Media’ and the appointment of a new Class Measurer.
Finally, I would like to thank Jimmy Yurko as our last Commodore. What a job he did for us.
ARRGH!!! # 5242 bcacommodore@gmail.com

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