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