2017 Chesapeake Alerion One-Design Racing Schedule

The 2017 racing schedule has concluded. We will post our 2018 schedule in early 2018, please check back for updates.

2017 High Point Results

Congratulations to Jack and Marti Detweiler on Skimmer for winning the 2017 season high point competition! Thanks to everyone who came out and raced this year.

Below are the full year's scores for all 5 boats that completed enough races to qualify for High Point scoring.

Boat Score
Skimmer .6049
Halcyon .3944
Caroline .3455
Magic .3286
Escape .3239


The overall winner for the year was determined by the CBYRA-sanctioned high point scoring system. In each race in a regatta, boats received points equal to the number of boats she beats, plus one point for starting and one point for finishing. The total points earned were converted to a decimal fraction.

At the annual planning meeting in November, Jack Detweiler accepts the High Point trophy on behalf of the crew of Skimmer from past winner Kevin McNeil.


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AYC Harbor Regatta - October 7

Jack Detweiler reports:

After some sign-up confusion as to whether we were doing the Distance Race or the Harbor Regatta that day, we finally got it sorted out and 4 of us(Magic, Caroline, Skimmer and Halcyon) competed in 3 great races with a southerly breeze of 10-15 kts. With this good and steady wind from 180 degrees, the AYC race committee sent us on a 4 leg windward/leeward course with a .5 mile weather leg for the first two races and a 6 leg windward/leeward course for the last race. It was a really fun day on the water that was wrapped up in a couple of hours. Skimmer finished first overall and Caroline second.

Complete race results are as follows:

Boat Skipper 1 2 3 Total
Skimmer Jack & Marti Detweiler 1 1 1 3 1
Caroline Kevin McNeil 3 2 2 7 2
Magic Jonah Seiger 2 3 4 9 3
Halcyon Jason Goscha 4 4 3 11 4


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Hospice Cup - September 19

Jack Detweiler reports:

We had 4 boats registered for this Regatta that was to be 3 windward/leeward races. Only Skimmer and Escape showed up for the start. The wind was again light and out of the NE when the first race started. It was to be a 4 leg course with a 3/4 mile weather leg at 35 degrees and with a downwind finish. On the first downwind, the wind got lighter and lighter and the race committee shortened the course and finished us at the leeward gate with Skimmer in first and Escape close behind. We both decided to retire from the regatta at that point, which was a good call, as the wind soon went to zero and some of the J/105's behind us that were trying to complete their second downwind, never finished.

BYB&G Regatta for CRAB - August 19

Jack Detweiler reports:

There were only 2 of us that signed up and competed again this year in this regatta. Skimmer and Juice. It was the typical pursuit start on an extremely light air day and with a 30 or 45 minute postponement, the starting sequence finally began for a 5 mile government mark course that went from R-2 to G-87 to a drop mark up toward the Bay Bridge and then back to a drop mark near R-2 and then the finish at R-2. The wind was a very light 3-6 kts. out of the NE. There was a 30 degree shift to the right on the first beat and Juice, being further right than Skimmer, took advantage of it and rounded G-1 in first place. Unfortunately, the long down wind slog to the drop mark near the Bay Bridge proved difficult for Juice. Not having a light air jib boom extender and with some young folks on the boat that were not happy at all with the heat and the slatting of sails, they made a prudent decision and decided to retire for the day. Skimmer completed the entire course in about 3 hours and just made the time limit. The wind did pick up to 7-9 kts. for the last leg of the course.

AYC Summer One Design - July 22

Jack Detweiler reports:

It certainly wasn't a dull day on the Bay Saturday. Four fleets lined up at 1400 to have some fun with a projected four race regatta schedule. The race committee started on time with the J/70's in the first start, followed by the J/80's, J/22's and then our Alerion Fleet consisting of Liberty Prevails and Resilient that made the trip up from Herrington Harbor the day before to join in the regatta and four Annapolis based boats, Escape, Blue Moon, Halcyon and Skimmer.

The course was a windward/leeward of 4 legs(2 laps), with a weather leg at 160 degrees and .7 miles. All 6 of our boats got off the line clean and sailed a competitive weather leg in 6-8 kts. of breeze. Shortly after turning the weather offset mark and heading down wind wing and wing on the second leg of the course, the race committee came on the radio warning of severe thunderstorms approaching and advised the J/70's and J/80's to finish their race and head for home and the J/22's and Alerions to round one off the gates at the leeward end of the course and to finish the race upwind with a shortened weather leg. As we crossed the finish line and looked west at the jet black sky, we quickly started our engines, doused sails and were still securing mains and grabbing rain and life jackets when the storm hit us in earnest.

Bob Spann, "Resilient" reported seeing 56 kts. on his wind instrument. Jim Kizziar, "Escape" reported winds in the 50's and one reading of 68 and we were told later that NOAA reported a gust of 72. I don't know for sure, because it was hard to see anything. I last remember seeing 1 A-H and had a boat heading of 335, but moments later couldn't see a thing and wasn't sure were we were going. After getting blown around, we saw the committee boat and followed them until things calmed down. Jason Goscha, "Halcyon" later said that he ran with the wind and when visibility cleared, he was almost out to an anchored tanker. Fortunately, the whole fleet, including the J/22's without engines, made it home safely.

We gathered under the tent at the AYC Sailing center later for the awards party and relived the day. Complete race results can be found on the AYC website, and are posted below.

Boat Skipper 1 Total
Skimmer Jack & Marti Detweiler 1 1 1
Halcyon Jason Goscha 2 2 2
Escape Jim Kizziar 3 3 3
Blue Moon Dan & Jimmy Attridge 4 4 4
Resillient Bob Spann 5 5 5
Liberty Prevails Eunice Lin 6 6 6


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EYC One Design Classic - June 24

Jack Detweiler reports:

The EYC One Design Classic, held on June 24 2017 was the most wind we have had since the 2014 Rendezvous to Herrington Harbor and the Leukemia Cup in 2012. Like those races the day started with winds in the 20-25 kt. range with a few higher gusts. Also, like the Leukemia races in 2012 where all of the boats(7) raced with reefed mains, last week, 2 boats started with a reef(Skimmer & Escape) and 2 without(Magic & Halcyon). All boats raced with full mains after that. There were only 2 classes in the regattas, J/70's and Alerions. The J/22's and J/80's couldn't get enough boats to race.

The EYC Race Committee finally got a course set at about 11:40 AM inside of R-2 (they were having difficulty getting the anchor to set) and sent both classes on a windward/leeward course of 4 legs with a weather mark at a heading of 315 degrees and a distance of 3/4 mile. 2 races were run on the same course. The last 2 races had a change of the weather mark to 285 degrees. The last race of the day was finished upwind on a shortened course after 3 legs.

The racing was close, particularly in the first 2 races that had the most wind. As the wind slowly lightened a tad and got shiftier and puffier, the distance between boats increased a bit, as the courses got to be a little more tactical. At the end of the day, the wind was in the 10 to 18 range.

After racing we all had a good time together at Eastport Yacht Club for after race party. The fleet finished - Skimmer - 1, Halcyon - 2, Escape - 3 and Magic - 4. Magic had to skip the last race to catch a plane. Complete results are on the EYC Website.

Complete race results are as follows:

Boat Skipper 1 2 3 4 Total
Skimmer Jack & Marti Detweiler 2 1 1 1 5 1
Halcyon Jason Goscha 1 2 3 2 8 2
Escape Jim Kizziar 4 3 2 3 12 3
Magic Jonah Seiger 3 4 4 DNS 16 4


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Leukemia Cup Regatta – June 3

Jack Detweiler reports:

It was a spectacular day on Chesapeake Bay on Saturday with great wind and as the day wore on, beautiful clear skies. We had 5 Alerions registered for the regatta and were able to field 4 on the starting line. Many thanks to Bob Spann and Miles Reedy who sailed Jim Kizziar's boat "Escape", because Jim was out of town. On "Caroline", Rodney McNeil filled in for his brother Kevin at the helm. It has been this great kind of cooperation within the fleet that has enabled us to be successful in having a full complement of boats to complete each regatta.

We sailed with Fleet A which was set up Southeast of 1 A-H. There were 5 Starts consisting of PHRF A and J/35's in the 1st start, J/105's in the 2nd start, J/ 80's in the 3rd start, J/30's in the 4th start and the Alerions in the 5th start. The EYC race committee did a great job in setting up 2 windward marks, 1 for the boats in the 1st 2 starts and a shorter mark for those of us in the next 3 starts. They also had to juggle the starting sequence after the 1st 5 rolling starts in race 1 to keep things moving, as everyone was finishing at different times.

3 races were completed, all being windward/leewards of 4 legs. The 1st race had a windward mark of .8 miles at approximately 30 degrees with wind speeds in the 15-18 kt. range. The race committee increased the distance of the weather mark in the second race even though the winds were starting to moderate to 12-15 kits. A 20 degree wind shift saw the race committee set the windward mark at 50 degrees and .5 miles for the 3rd race. The wind had by then moderated further to around 8-12 kts.

The racing in our Alerion fleet was quite interesting, competitive and fun. All 4 boats that raced had at least 1 2nd place finish and Skimmer and Caroline traded 1st place finishes in the first 2 races. Unfortunately, Caroline had to retire after the 2nd race as 1 of their crew had to get back to shore to go to work, otherwise, the 3rd race would have possibly decided the Regatta between the 2. Hopefully, we will see that duel renew at the EYC One Design Classic, although they will be most definitely challenged by a good turnout of the rest of our fleet, which continues to be more competitive with every race.

The 1st race provided an interesting twist. Since the race committee set 2 different marks for the different classes, they used 2 different colors. The mark for the 1st 2 starts was orange and ours was lime green, With all of the wind and the waves, the lime green cylinder was harder to spot and some of us over stood the mark on the 1st leg of race 1 by a whole lot, because we couldn't find it. After that, by figuring out how they were positioned between the 2 huge tanker ships that were anchored off of our course, we got better at spotting it for the rest of the day.

Complete race results are as follows:

Boat Skipper 1 2 3 Total
Skimmer Jack & Marti Detweiler 1 2 1 4 1
Magic Jonah Seiger 2 3 3 8 2
Caroline Rodney McNeil 3 1 6/DNS 10 3
Escape Bob Spann 4 4 2 10 4
Halcyon Jason Goscha 6/DNS 6/DNS 6/DNS 18 5


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