2017 Archives: Commodore's Log / Meeting Minutes
December 3, 2017 Sail and Meeting
The sail was attended by 5 sailors with 2 Victorias, 3 ODOMs. Harvey was not able to attend, so Tim Johnson, our Vice Commodore conducted the races. With only 5 boats, they sailed as one fleet. The ODOMs will be a scored sail, but since there were only 2 Vics, they will not be a scored sail. The winds were good enough that they were able to get in 12 races, with John Carlson winning the ODOMs followed by Dan and Geri Paxton.
November 27, 2017 Sail and Meeting
The sail was attended by 11 sailors with 7 Victorias, 4 ODOMs, and 1 US1M. It was decided to continue sailing two Sundays per month. The winds were so light that we only got in two “races” for each class, so it will not count as an official race day. The fastest Victoria drifter was Jerry Robertson, and for the one meters it was John Carlstrom. Pray for wind for our next sail, December 3.
November 12, 2017 Sail and Meeting
The sail was attended by 8 sailors with 3 Victorias, 4 ODOMs, and 1 US1M. We welcomed back the snowbirds, Dan Paxton and Gary Lee. Harvey announced that the ODOM Regatta went well, although we had 9 entries, we ended up with only 5 competitors, 2 from Arizona, and 3 from California. With the drop outs, the club lost about $20.00 on the regatta. The California group took home all of the hardware with some very good sailing. The write-up of the regatta that was submitted to the AMYA is below.
For our club sail, the winds varied from 3 mph to 0 mph, however we did get in 9 drifting competitions. We sailed both classes together, and we did not have a dedicated scorer, so the scoring might be a little off. When scored together, Tim Johnson handily won the day, proving that Vics can beat ODOMS in a light wind. When the One Meters are scored separately, Dan Paxton edged out Harvey Mickelsen by one point followed by John Carlstrom in third place two points behind.
2017 ODOM Region 5 CR
by Harvey Mickelsen
The 2017 ODOM Region 5 Championship Regatta was hosted by the Green Valley MYC (GVMYC) in Sahuarita, AZ November 4-5th. For various reasons, mostly medical, the number of entrants to the regatta dropped from 9 down to 5; however, those participating enjoyed a spirited and fun competition with great weather conditions. Saturday, the winds were brisk at 10 mph gusting to 15 and partly cloudy. Sunday was clear and the winds were about 5 mph, switching from South to North during the lunch break. Mike Eades, the Race Director, set a long windward-leeward course on Lake Sahuarita with an offset mark at the windward end and a gate at the leeward end. Tim Johnson impressed everyone with his mark tossing abilities.
We were able to complete 28 two lap races with 4 throw-outs. Jess Atkinson, Alameda, CA, our Class Secretary, took full advantage of the throw-outs by discarding 4 DNFs due to sail servo arm problems. When his boat was working, Jess showed the way with 16 first places! He also held a tuning session after the first race to help the other skippers to become more competitive. Thank you Jess! Larry Grant, Los Angeles, CA and Ken Campbell, San Diego each had their moments of glory with Larry showing great consistency throwing out a 3rd place for his lowest finish. Local skippers, Harvey Mickelsen and John Carlstrom had their own private battle with each threatening to crack podium places but not quite pulling it off.
Harvey Mickelsen, in addition to handling Regatta Director duties, together with Robert Prievo produced beautiful hand-crafted trophy plaques. Thanks also go to our helpers, GVMYC Victoria Class sailors, Stephanie, Robert and Bill, and to Margie and Chuck Simpson for their rescue kayak.
Summary of the 2017 ODOM R5CR
Dates: November 4-5
Location: Sahuarita, AZ
Host Club: Green Valley Model Yacht Club (#333)
Races Completed: 28
Scoring: Low Point with 4 throw-outs
Race Committee: Mike Eades, RD; Tim Johnson, Scorekeeper; Margie and Chuck Simpson, Rescue boat; Stephanie Mickelsen, Lunch and dinner arrangements; Robert Prievo and Bill Heitzman, Mark Judges
2017 ODOM R5CR Results
Place Skipper Sail# Points
1 Jess Atkinson 56 32
2 Larry Grant 500 46
3 Ken Campbell 81 56
4 Harvey Mickelsen 54 93
5 John Carlstrom 291 108
October 15, 2017 Sail and Meeting
The sail was attended by 6 sailors with 3 Victorias, 1 Dragon Force, 3 ODOMs, and 1 US1M. The club sailing dates were discussed and it was decided to cancel the October 29 club sail and use the time to get ready for the November 4-5 ODOM Regatta. The November club sails will be on November 12 and 26. The December sails will be on December 3 and 17. Harvey will email all club members the new dates.
Robert Prievo brought his new Dragon Force sailboat, to show as a potential replacement for the Victorias which seem to be out of production. We sailed it with the Vics, however the winds were so light that we did not get a good comparison.
Chris Colby brought his beautiful new ODOM which proved to be fast, however it is about 7 ounces under the minimum class weight. Chris is going to ballast it up for the next sail.
The wind forecast, which changed from high to light, proved to be wrong. The wind was less than light. We drifted around the course and only got in three races for each class. Therefor it did not qualify as an official club race day for the annual trophy awards.
October 1, 2017 Sail and Meeting
The sail was attended by 5 sailors with 4 Victorias, 1 ODOM, and 2 US1Ms. We started at 9:30 with a discussion of the handout which was an attachment to the race announcement. We discussed the resources available on our club website as well as the AMYA website, and the basic rules for when boats meet.
Harvey announced that we have seven entries for the November 4-5, 2017 Region 5 ODOM Championship Regatta.
There was hardly any breeze as we set out the marks for racing, however, when we started the wind was up, registering at 16 mph at times. We got in 9 races per class with Stephanie scoring and the spectators getting into the spirit of the races. How fun was that! Harvey won the Victoria class followed by Chris Colby with the club boat. Robert Prievo returned to sailing and finished third. Brad Donath showed the way with his ODOM, besting Harvey Mickelsen and Bill Heitzman, both sailing US1Ms.
An enjoyable sail by all!
September 17, 2017 Sail and Meeting
The sail was attended by 4 sailors with 4 Victorias, 1 ODOM, and 2 US1M. The club operations sailing procedures were discussed. With respect to the new members that are learning to sail and race, it was decided to hold meetings to discuss the Racing Rules of Sailing, and sailing in general, starting 30 minutes before each sail day. Attendance will be voluntary, and highly recommended for our new sailors.
There was hardly any breeze as Tim set out the marks for racing, however when we started the wind was up to 12 mph and a strong chop had developed. After the first Vic race, Bill’s Vic developed problems, so we switched to One Meters. Brad Donath was able to come back and sail his ODOM after his injuries. Welcome back, Brad!
After the first One Meter race, Harvey’s US1M developed rudder problems and could not continue, so we only had 2 operating One Meters. Kind of a shaky start!
Since we need 3 boats for an official race we switched back to Vics. Bill got his Vic going and we had a total of 12 Vic races. Tim and Harvey tied for first place in points after throw outs, but Tim had one more total points. Bill came in third. We all gained experience sailing Vics in high wind and chop. It was hard sailing, but fun.
September 10, 2017 Sail and Meeting
The sail was attended by 5 sailors with 4 Victorias, 2 ODOMs and 1 US1M. Winds were light, but with a short course, we got in nine races for each class. Bob Spraker won the Victoria class followed closely by Tim. Harvey came in third. Chris had one win using the club Vic. Harvey won the One Meter class with an ODOM, followed by Bob with his carbon Seawind and John with another ODOM.
August 20, 2017 Sail and Meeting
The sail was attended by 4 sailors with 4 Victorias, 2 ODOMs and 1 US1M. Winds were light. Since we only had 4 sailors and we had 4 Victorias, we only raced the Victorias, and we were able to get in 12 races. Harvey and Tim both had 6 wins. Tim had 4 seconds and Harvey had 5 seconds. John came in third with the club Victoria.
August 6, 2017 Sail and Meeting
The sail was attended by 6 sailors with 5 Victorias, 2 ODOMs and 1 US1M. Harvey discussed the new policy of discussing protests before the next race, emphasizing that it is to be a tool for learning the Racing Rules of Sailing. He also discussed Rules 10 through 13 and Rule 18. There was a protest by Tim at the start of the 4th Victoria race when Harvey and Bill were barging. Tim did a nice job of explaining the application of Rule 11 - Windward/Leeward Right of Way and how it is applied at the start. As a result of this incident, our new member, Debrah Madsen was elevated to a second place finish.
The winds were light, but steady, and we only finished six races for each class. Harvey won the Vic class followed by Tim and Bill. John won the One Meter class followed by Babe sailed by Harvey and Steph and Bill’s US1M.
July 16, 2017 Sail and Meeting
The sail was attended by 6 sailors with 5 Victorias, 2 US1Ms, and 2 ODOMs and 1 Seawind. The predicted Monsoon thunderstorms did not materialize, and the winds were light. The starts for two races were delayed because of lack of wind.
The Vic class was won by Bob Spraker, followed by Tim Johnson and John Carlstrom sailing the Club Vic. The One Meter Class was also won by Bob Spraker sailing his Carbon Seawind. He was followed by ODOM Babe, sailed by Stephanie and Harvey. Harv’s 1 Meter failed during the first race, and Steph turned her boat over to him for the remainder of sails. John Carlstrom’s ODOM tied at 11 points, but placed third since he had no first place finish.
July 2, 2017 Sail and Meeting
The sail was attended by 6 sailors with 4 Victorias, 2 US1Ms, and 2 ODOMs. Our newest sailor, Chris Colby introduced his friend Lynn Bangston, who joined our club. Chris has ordered 2 Victorias which haven’t arrived yet, and they both have expressed interest in ODOMs.
Harvey admitted a mistake in dues collection. The club only voted to allow new members joining after September 1 to pay $10 dues for the first year. We only collected $10 from the snowbirds this year. Dues for everyone are $20/year, snowbird or full time. This is necessary to maintain our website and produce trophies each year.
Even with the low turnout (Summer season and 4th of July) we had some good sailing with nice winds. Bob Spraker won the Vic class followed by Chris Colby sailing the club Vic. Bill Heitzman came in third. Harvey dropped out of the first race with radio problems, and Bill missed the last race with rudder servo failure.
The One Meters were more reliable with all boats finishing all races. John Carlson led the way with his ODOM #291 followed by ODOM #54, Babe, sailed by Stephanie Mickelsen and Chris Colby. Harvey Mickelsen finished third with his US1M.
June 4, 2017 Meeting and Sail
The sail was attended by six sailors with six Victorias (including the club Vic #2), two ODOMs, and one US1M. The winds were light and a short windward/leeward course with gates at both ends was set by Tim Johnson. Stephanie Mickelsen handled the scoring.
John Carlstrom tried out the club Vic and liked the way Vics handle the light winds. After the third race, Chris Colby showed up and we tried to set him up with the club Vic, but the sail servo quit. Harvey let him sail #22 and he placed second in race 4! Steph invited him to join the club and he did! We now have a new year-round member.
In the Victoria class, Tim Johnson and Robert Spraker tied with 13 points each, however Tim had one more first place finish to place first with Robert second and Harvey third. In the One Meter class Harvey Mickelsen edged out John Carlstrom by one point and Bill Heitzman came in third with his US1M.
May 21, 2017 Meeting and Sail
The sail was attended by five sailors with four Victorias and two ODOMs. The winds were very light and variable, and a short windward/leeward course was set by Tim Johnson – at least it started out that way. The wind shifted directions so much that every other start was in a different direction. The wind picked up a little and we were able to get in 13 races on very smooth water with beautiful reflections. Stephanie Mickelsen handled the scoring.
Since there were only 2 One Meters, only the Vics could have a scored race, and John Carlstrom raced his ODOM with the Vics for practice. Tim Johnson won the day with six wins followed by Jerry Robertson with four wins and Harvey Mickelsen with three wins. It was a fun day.
April 30, 2017Sail and Meeting
The sail was attended by 6 sailors with 6 Victorias, 2 Seawinds,1 ODOM and 1 One Meter. The weather was perfect for sailing. The new club Victoria was sailed for a few races by Stephanie Mickelsen before she took over the scoring task. Jerry Robertson used his new sails to edge out Bob Spraker in the Vics, with Harvey Mickelsen coming in third. Bob Spraker used his new Carbon Seawind to sweep the one meters followed by Harvey Mickelsen's ODOM and Bill Heitzman's One Meter.
April 2, 2017 Sail and Meeting
The sail was attended by 5 sailors with 4 Victorias, and 2 ODOMs. Harvey reported that he bought a sail servo for the club Victoria at Hobby Barn for 25% off. He will be donating the rest of the radio system. Since only two ODOMs were present we only held Victoria races, but let Gary Lee race along with his ODOM for practice.
The winds were very changeable, going from brisk to light and changing the course direction several times. Jerry Robertson won the day with 8 firsts followed by Tim Johnson and Harvey Mickelsen.
March 19, 2017 Sail and Meeting
The sail was attended by 9 sailors with 6 Victorias, 5 ODOMs and 1 Seawind. The ODOM Regatta to be held on Nov 4-5, 2017 was announced and progress was discussed. Hobby Barn in Tucson is going out of business and the club bought a Victoria kit for 15% off. Harvey will build the kit, which will be sailed by spectators, visitors, and new members who are building.
The winds were very changeable, going from brisk to light and changing the course direction several times. Bob Spraker won the Victoria class followed by Tim Johnson and Harvey Mickelsen.
Bob also won the One Meter class sailing a beautiful Seawind that he bought from Brad Donath. Dan Paxton was second and Brad was third, both sailing ODOMs.
March 13, 2017 Sail and Meeting
The sail was attended by 12 sailors with 7 Victorias, and 7 ODOMs. The results of a pole for holding the ODOM Regatta on Nov 4-5 was discussed. So far 8 sailors have expressed interest in attending. The winds were good for sailing and the water was not too choppy, so we got in some good sailing with 9 races for each class. Harvey lost his mast and his ODOM had to be rescued by the barge.Bob Spraker won the Victoria class followed by Jerry Robertson and Harvey Mickelsen. Brad Donath won the ODOM class followed by Dan Paxton and John Carlstrom.
February 26, 2017 Sail and Meeting
The sail was attended by 6 sailors with 4 Victorias, 3 ODOMs, and 1 US1M. Brad, who lives near the lake reported early that there were gusts in the mid 20s, but by the time we started sailing the winds had died down to acceptable sailing weather.
Tim Johnson has accepted a job which will take him out of state, so we need someone to take over his sailing club job as Race Director and Keeper of the Marks. That might take two people! Please consider if you can help.
The winds were strong but very fluky. Jerry Robertson dominated the Vics, followed by Harvey Mickelsen and Tim Johnson. Brad Donath won the US1M/ODOM class followed by Harvey and Gary Lee. All told, it was a fun day of sailing.
February 5, 2017 Sail and Meeting
The sail was attended by 11 sailors with 6 Victorias, 7 ODOMs, and 1 US1M. The possibility of holding the ODOM Regatta in the fall was discussed. The prediction for good sailing weather was accurate. We had a nice breeze, however the water was quite choppy, slowing down the Victorias. The one meters handled the chop much better. Bob Spraker won the Victoria class followed by Jerry Robertson and Tim Johnson. (Same order as last time.) Dan Paxton won the One Meter class. Our new member, Rob Bergh placed second, and Brad Donath, third. (Same order as last time.) After six races for each class we all rushed home to watch the Super Bowl. Game went into overtime. Next scored will be held on February 19, 2017.
January 22, 2017 Sail and Meeting
The sail was attended by 12 sailors with 8 Victorias, 5 ODOMs, and 1 US1M. A bank balance of $290 was noted. Copies of 2017-2020 RRS, Part 2 – When Boats Meet, were handed out and Rule 24 was discussed with respect to staying clear of the course after finishing the race. There were not enough to go around, so I will have more at the next sail. I forgot to mention that the lines in the right margin indicate changes from the previous RRS.
Contrary to the predictions of very light winds we were greeted with a nice breeze to start racing, however it soon fell off to the prediction. Bob Spraker won the Victoria class followed by Jerry Robertson and Tim Johnson. Dan Paxton won the One Meter class. Our new member, Rob Bergh showed us his sailing skills by placing second, and Brad Donath, last year’s club champ, came in third.
After six races for each class we all rushed home to watch the championship football games. Our next race will be on Super Bowl Sunday, but we should be finished in plenty of time to get home for the game.
January 8, 2017 Sail and Meeting
The meeting and sail was attended by 12 sailors with 8 Victorias 5 ODOMs and 1 US1M. The new Racing Rules of Sailing for 2017-2020 was shown and will be available in Harvey’s red wagon at all sails. Club dues were received from six more sailors, but we still have a few outstanding. Hopefully they will be collected at the Awards Luncheon next Saturday.
Maps to the Quail Creek Grill for the Luncheon were handed out to those who needed them.
Entry forms for the ODOM Regatta are available here as a downloadable PDF and were handed out. Entry forms are due by January 11, next Wednesday.
The wind was very light and variable and we only got in five races per class. Jerry Robertson won the Victoria class followed by Tim Johnson only one point behind. Dan Paxton won the one meter class with his ODOM followed by John Carlstrom. Brad Donath returned to sailing after healing from his dog wounds.
The next scored sail will be on January 22. That is the fourth Sunday of January.
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