Sailing with Astoria Yacht Club 10/10

Fun day of sailing at the Warnock Model Boat Pond, part of the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria. Sailing RC Lasers in tight quarters. There was also a dedication ceremony for the pond. Saw Df65, Df95, T37 & T27’s on display on site. Hope to continue connection with this group, a joint sail some time – Peter

T37 NCR Results

The T37 Sail Fleet held a very successful regatta hosted by the PNMYC and the assisted by the Seattle Yacht Club on Saturday, October 2nd. There were 15 boats contesting the National Championship.   The racing began shortly after 10 am and continued until just before 3 pm followed by an awards presentation of trophies.  Congratulations to Peter Conze for his fourth consecutive National Championship.  Will Lesh and Dan Newland finished with the same Net points.  Since Will had more first place finishes than Dan, Will received the Second Place trophy and Dan Third Place.  See complete scoring below. 

We had light winds from the south and southeast in the morning. Shifty wind conditions make for tricky sailing. With a fairly short course each race was completed in about ten minutes. The afternoon wind filled in a little bit more strongly for the last few races and so we finished with some fast sailing. Overall it was a lovely day, warm with mixed sun and clouds at first and then bright sunshine towards the end of the day. 12 races were sailed.

Allan Van Ness, a lifetime member of Seattle Yacht Club organized the event. Fred Pot did a superb job as head of Race Committee, keeping things flexible with the many necessary course changes based on the shifting wind conditions. SYC member Sue Weiss did the Sailwave scoring and Cindy Gossett, Linda Newland, Dean Shipman, Tom Condon, Art Sortland and others helped with starts and recording the finishes. Many thanks to all of the helpers who lent a hand at the event and to the SYC staff for providing support in the form of floats to sail from, tables and coffee and canopy and scoring station!

Race Day 9/26/21

Hi all we had a great day for sailing and racing yesterday. The weather held off till later in the evening and we actually had more wind than in recent events. All the races were two lappers even though some got a little long. there were multiple bouy hang ups some of which were large, even I got caught (not the first time). So two issues I will bring up 

#1 If you or your boat needs rescue bouy, tangle with another boat or mechanical failure you are not racing till it is cleared. Since you are not racing take action for your self, grab the tug or a tug, pull the bouy line sometimes works, anyone in the not racing class might help but don’t count on it. I am more than willing to help when available.

#2 We had one incident yesterday where a DF95 collided with a T37 knocking the T37 out of position for making a rounding and spoiled the last leg for the T37. I believe this is the first instance of cross class fouling, there may have been others but this the first I am aware of. I know it was not intentional but could have been avoided. As the DF95 class grows we may well need to race all classes separately, maybe by Frostbite 2022. Until that time cross class fouling will result in the offender being disqualified for that heat this can also apply to the T37’s – Race Courteously

If this remedy is too harsh I am open to reasonable intelligent input.  Gary.


October 2, 2021 — Seattle Yacht Club

Here is registration information for the T-37 National Championship Regatta.   We look forward to your participation.   

We hope to see you at SYC on October 2nd.  All are welcome, sailors and spectators.  We need volunteers for the race committee, so if you choose not to sail, consider helping on the committee.  Please respond to me if you can help on the Race Committee. 

Please return your registration form to:

Allan Van Ness, Regatta Organizing Committee Chairman
965 N LUGE Ave

Also please be sure your AMYA membership will be current as of October 2nd, and your boat is registered with Class Secretary, Will Lesh.   Although PNMYC membership is not required for entry, this is a good opportunity to join or renew your membership with the Pacific Northwest Model Yacht Club, Local Club #294.  We appreciate your support.

Questions?  Phone or email Allan Van Ness, Past PNMYC Commodore, Regatta Organizing Committee Chairman 206-920-2854,

T-37 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP REGATTAOctober 2, 2021 — Seattle Yacht Club

This is the biggest T-37 regatta of the year! Be sure it is on your sailing calendar.

The T-37 National Championship is an international event.   The October 2ndNational Championship Regatta is open to T-37 sailors worldwide.  Canadian T-37 sailors are welcome.  Please join us.

We hope to see you at SYC on October 2nd.  All are welcome, sailors and spectators.  We need volunteers for the race committee, so if you choose not to sail, consider helping on the committee.  No experience necessary.

Questions?  Phone or email me.  

Allan Van Ness, Past Commodore, Organizing Committee Chairman


Venue Change July 25

Greetings RCMSC sailors! Series race #3 will be held on SUNDAY, July 25 at Westmoreland Pond
due to weeds at Tualatin.
Skippers meet at noon racing starts soon after.
Forecast: sunny, 80F, wind NNW 8-10 mph.
Fun sailing off-course is always welcome.

Racing Rules YouTube videos

I found these videos from the Clinton Lake Sailing Association helpful and am reposting here for our education: Windward and Leeward mark rounding.

Ron Knight Celebration of Life Sail

Sailers, friends and family from around the PNW, Canada, Washington, Oregon and Idaho boats took to the water to honor Ron. A service was held at the Seattle Yacht Club, complete with T37s. Dan Newland beautifully finish boat is pictured. Will Lesh often lead the way. Winds where light and the racing was tight. It was a fine send off. – Peter