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.
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.
Bob DeRoeck, BCA Race Chairman
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
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.
BNAC 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.
Photos – https://www.flickr.com/photos/
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
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!