The Beetle Sheet

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A weekly report on the Beetle Fleet races over the season, and a few other items of interest, 

prepared by Beetle Fleet Captain Steve Glovinsky

Wrap-up of the 2023 Season!


Race Results (click)

September 3, 2023 – The Labor Day Trophy


The annual post-season races were held this Sunday with great weather, good southeasterly winds (until 5:00 or so), and ten boats at the start.  Ted Sherman, accompanied by son Alex in the committee boat (with Rick Wiatrowski and Abby, Lindsey and Lincoln in the crash boat) set the “traditional’ course, sending racers to fixed marks around the pond. 


Before the start, we had an on-the-water ceremony for our late colleague Charlie Warner.  Julia Bradford, with her crew David Morgan, scattered flowers as they sailed up the starting line, followed by some of Charlie’s ashes.  It was a fitting and touching tribute to a truly dedicated sailor and friend to so many of us in the fleet.


The races began with a start at “Perry’s” in Second Pond, beating to Judge’s Rock, then a long run through the Narrows (mark 5) to Shady Harbor’s Picnic Rock (mark 2), and a finish upwind at the Narrows.  Leads changed on the last downwind and upwind legs, with the race eventually won by Will Magruder and his son Sam, with Bill Adams and Riggs Coleman in second, and Nonie Price and grandson Nathan in third.  The second race began at the Narrows with boats jockeying for position in a downwind start, racing to Picnic Rock, back to the Narrows, and finishing at Picnic Rock. Nonie and Nathan won that one, with Bill Adams and Riggs in second and Will and Sam in third.  The final race, as the wind lightened, saw the sailors race from Picnic Rock back across the pond through the Narrows to finish at Judge’s Rock.  Nonie and Nathan took the first along with, at 5 points, the winning Trophy.  Bill Adams and Riggs took second and, at 6 points, second place overall.  Bill Boll sailing with Henry Earle placed third in the race, followed by Will and Sam who, at 8 points, placed third for the day.  Congratulations to the winners!


Well, racers, that’s it for the 2023 season.  Here’s a picture at the end of day’s events, updating the group photo from last year with a now-finished backdrop.




If I can say one more thing about this season, it’s the way so many skippers brought in the younger generation as their crews.  It’s a great learning experience for them as future racers, no doubt, but also about good sportsmanship, and how friendly competition and camaraderie makes racing so fun and rewarding no matter how well you finish.


Here’s looking forward to having even more younger and older racers next year, and to sharpening our skills for the 2025 Leo!



Saturday August 19; Awards Night


Dear readers – unfortunately my report on the last races of the 2023 season and awards night is delayed, among other reasons, because I’ve been in Colorado summiting Longs Peak (14,259 ft. - photos to come).  But I did see the results!


Ten boats participated in the final three races in the August series, when the top scorers battled it out for the series’ trophies.  Bill Boll, sailing with Eliot Earle, won the day convincingly with three first places.  Second was Will Magruder and crew, with 3-2-3 finishes for 8 points.  And third belonged to Bill Adams and Riggs Coleman, with 2-3-4 finishes for 9 points.


The skipper winning the first place August trophy, with 30 points, was Bill Boll.  Second, with 39 points, was Bill Adams.  And third, with 66 points, was our Sailing Director Alex Haidar.


And the skippers winning the awards for the 2023 season are: Bill Boll with 47 points, Nonie Price, with 109 points, and Richard Chase, with 145 points.  Congratulations to the winners!


That wraps up a memorable season in our first year in the new yacht club.  We now have twenty active racers in the fleet, sailing in at least one race this summer.  That’s more racers than this year’s Leo at Bass River (19).  We can claim to be one of the largest active Beetle fleets in the region, and probably one of the most competitive too, as several of our newcomers came in at the higher end of the standings.  Let’s continue the trend next year!

Sunday August 13


Well we did had even more boats on the starting line this week – fourteen.  In addition to most of last week’s fleet, Mack Lester skippered with his dad Greth as crew, Jason Gefaell and crew returned for a few races, and Ryan Travis sailed with Lucas in the B007 club boat.  Conditions reprised last week’s – southwest winds at 8-10 knots on a course five run by Instructors Alec and Johnny. 


Once again the newcomers raised the bar, challenging the usual leaders.  The competition was at a high level, and the route to the windward mark was generally won by simply sailing fast.  The first race was won by Bill Adams, sailing with Riggs Coleman, with Bill Boll and Elliot Earle in second, and Alex Haidar and Taryn in third.  Jason Gefaell and crew took the second race, with Bill Adams and Riggs in second, and Will Magruder and crew in third.  And the third and last race Bill Adams and Riggs got their second bullet, with Will and crew close behind, and Alex and Taryn in third.


The day was won by Bill Adams and Riggs with 4 points, second place went to Alex Haidar and Taryn with10 points, followed by Will Magruder and crew with 11 points.


As the season draws to a close, Bill Boll leads the pack with 27 points, three points ahead of Bill Adams 30 points.  Third and fourth places are also three points apart, with Alex ahead of Nonie 52 to 55.

Sunday August 6


Today’s races saw another perfect day, with 8-10 knot winds out of the south-west, and we raced a course five set by instructors Alec and Finn.  We had 13 boats again, including two new August racers – Susan Kelly taking over from Carol Carmody and newcomer Will Magruder with his children and wife alternating as crew – making an impressive total of 15 racers in the Beetle fleet.


Races were all tightly contested, with the advantaged side shifting from pond-side to shore-side as the wind became more southerly.  Our newcomers finished strongly, foretelling a more competitive series going forward.  Race 1 was won by Will and crew, and races 3 and 4 were won by Alex Haidar sailing with Taryn on the W20 club boat.  Bill Boll, sailing with John Goddard took the first in race 2.  Other top finishers were Richard Chase and Anne Earle, and Nonie Price and Mack taking second and third in race 1; Bill Adams sailing with Riggs Coleman and Will Magruder and crew taking second and third in race 2; Richard and Anne and Bill Boll and John taking second and third in race 3; and Bill Adams and Riggs and Bill Boll and John taking second and third in race 4.


Bill Boll and John won the day with 11 points, followed by Alex and Taryn in second and Richard and Anne in third, breaking a 3-way tie of 16 points (with Bill Adams and Riggs) based on higher-place finishes.


On to Race 3 next Sunday, and hopefully even more boats on the starting line!

Sunday July 30


The August series opened with the second on-shore racing clinic run by Ted Sherman.  11 sailors turned up, including many newcomers, for another informative session.  The level of interest is evidence of a growing Beetle fleet.  Perhaps August will see more boats showing up for Ted’s Wednesday’s practice races, which focuses on the skills needed to go fast.


Continuing the trend, we had a record 13 boats on the starting line for the first races of the August series – most of the July fleet plus Bill and Liz Adams and Alex Haidar with crew Taryn.  Conditions were excellent but the wind blew out of the north-west, a very unusual direction for the Pond that necessitated shorter legs for the windward-leeward-windward course five.  Four races were sailed, run by Alec assisted by Finn.


The first race proved quite tricky, with light shifty winds interspersed with brief stronger puffs as racers attempted to reach the first mark.  The rest of the afternoon proved to be a steady, comfortable 8-10 knots.  Racers who stayed right generally got to the mark first.


Bill Boll sailing with Elliot Earle easily won the day once more, winning races 1, 2 and 4 (which they horizoned), and placing second in race 3 behind Bill and Liz Adams.  Bill and Liz also took second in race 1 and third in race 2.  Nonie Price, sailing with Nathan, took the third in race 1, second in race 2, and third in race 4.  Rounding out the winners were Chuck Delameter and Canon Rosen with a third in race 3 and a second in race 4. 


For the day, Bill and Elliot earned 5 points for first, Bill and Liz came in second with 10 points, and Nonie and Nathan came in third with 18 points in a tiebreaker with Chuck and Canon, with one second and one third against Nonie’s one second and two thirds.

Sunday July 23


The final races of the July series saw 11 boats on a South-Westerly breeze, enjoying the best conditions of the season.  Sailing Instructor Alec set the course, a short windward/leeward/windward starting and finishing in the middle of the upwind leg, enabling us to finish four races and be back in good time for the awards ceremony at 5:30.  Several new skippers and new crew joined – Sarah Kelly used mom’s Susan’s boat, Cabot Earle took his daughter Caroline, Geri Abdoo swapped out a new crew for each race, and Greth Lester, sailing with his son Macklin, borrowed C92 from the Gefaells.  Special mention goes to Bill Boll, who crewed the last three races for Henry Earle.


The short course made for several crowded roundings.  After the first race pile-up at the leeward mark the fleet settled into a more disciplined routine with less drama.  Finishes saw some surprises in the third place slot.  First race: Bill and Henry first, Chuck Delamater and Canon Rosen second, and Julia Bradford and David Morgan third.  Second race: Nonie Price with grandson Mack first, Chuck and Canon second, and Henry skippering with Bill crewing taking third.  Third race: Nonie and Mack winning again, Henry and Bill moving up to second, and Carol Carmody with Susan Kelly taking third.  Final race: Henry, with Bill, earned his first Beetle bullet, Nonie and Mack came in second, and Steve Glovinsky with Amy Wiatrowski took third.  Bill and Henry won the day with 7 points, Nonie and Mack were second with 9, and Chuck and Canon were third with 16.


The July series ended in the same order: Bill Boll/Henry Earle in first (17 points), Nonie and Mack in second (33), and Chuck and Canon in third (40).  Congratulations to the winners!


That’s it for July – On to August!  Let’s hope we have more race day conditions like the last one.

Sunday, July 16


After long deliberation and radar-watching on whether the threatening thunderstorms would hold off, we reluctantly decided to cancel the races.  The eventual downpour proved the decision to be prescient.

On to next Sunday – the final races in the July series!

Sunday, July 9


The day began with a Racing Clinic run by Ted Sherman, covering the finer points of rigging, sail set, weight placement, tactics and rules when boats meet.  Nine skippers, crew and prospective racers turned out for a very informative session, with most of Ted’s points either new to or changing the thinking of most of the participants.

The second race of the July series was run by Instructors Cece and Finn in Third Pond on a course 5.  Ten boats started, but Geri Abdoo and Margaret Phillips missed the first race with a broken traveler block (fixed with help from Rick Wiatrowski), Sean and Rachel Robertson retired after the first race, and Brooke Horgan and Piper went home after race two. 


The unusual south-easterly moderate breeze meant for a short cross-pond course, and we managed four quick races.  The racers that started near the committee boat and played the middle and shore-side of the course came out better this time.  The first race saw Bill Boll sailing with Eliot Earle take first, followed by Richard Chase with Henry Earle in second, and Brooke Horgan with Piper, sailing well, in third.  The second race saw Bill and Eliot way out in front for another first, ahead of Brooke and Piper in second and Richard and Henry in third.  The third race was won by Nonie Price sailing with her other grandson Nathan, followed by Bill and Eliot in second and Chuck Delamater with Canon Rosen in third.  Richard and Henry won the final race, Chuck and Canon came in second, and Bill and Eliot came in third. Bill and Eliot won the day with 7 points, followed by Richard and Henry in second with 10 points, and Chuck and Canon in third with 14 points.  


Series standings (see the racing results page) have Bill Boll ahead with 10 points, Richard Chase, second with 13 points, and Nonie Price, third with 24 points.

Sunday, July 2nd:  Fourth of July Trophy Races


The day started off looking threatening with rain and wind, but gradually got clearer and calmer, and we managed to get four races in.  Nine boats entered the competition, run by a team of instructors led by Brooke Barry on the standard course 5 in a steady southerly breeze.  

While the wind appeared stronger on the beach side of the course, the racers going to the pond side caught the shore lift and generally ended up ahead. Bill Boll, sailing with Henry Earle, was the most consistent, winning all four races.  In the first race he beat Jason Gefaell and crew in second place, and Richard Chase sailing with Anne Earle in third.  In the second race he narrowly beat out Richard and Anne in second; Cabot Earle racing with Elliot Earle took third.  In race three Bill and Henry bested Nonie Price sailing with Mack in second, and Cabot and Elliot taking third.  The final race saw Cabot and Elliot taking second, and Nonie and Mack in third.  (Lots of Earles in the winning circle – looks like another dynasty brewing!)


Trophies were awarded (to be collected on Awards Night) to Bill and Henry, first with 4 points; Cabot and Elliot, second with 14 points, winning a tiebreaker with Richard and Anne, also with 14 points, taking third with fewer third place finishes.  Congratulations to the winners!

Sunday, June 25th


The first races of the July series kicked off today, with four boats and very little wind.


The races were preceded by the season’s skippers meeting, where we paused for a moment of silence for the late Charlie Warner, a Club stalwart and enthusiastic racer – and former Beetle Fleet captain (who volunteered me for the job).  He will be missed.  We then introduced Alex Haidar, our new Director of Sailing, and discussed the efforts of WYC’s Sailing Committee to raise member interest in adult sailing and racing.  Racers were encouraged to participate – and bring their boats – to the “Sip and Sail” open house events (dates to be announced).


Now the races – The long off-season ended with that long-anticipated first 3-minute starting signal.  Alex ran two races (course 5 – windward-leeward-windward) on Second Pond, which were basically westerly drifters in between bouts of fog.  As usual, the races were relatively close in spite of the boats taking different routes to the windward mark.  The first race saw Richard Chase, sailing with Henry Earle get the win in a close match with Bill Boll and Ginger Crawford, with Nonie Price sailing with grandson Mack in third and myself with Amy Wiatrowski in fourth.  The second race was won by Bill and Ginger, with Richard and Henry in second, myself and Amy third, and Nonie and Mack fourth.  

For the racers attending it was a gentle warm-up to kick off the season.


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