The evil forces of the dark side finally triumph over good at the Martin 242 Intergalactic Championships!


Extraterrestrials

Back in Black (#13) sailed by a three man crew of Reto Corfu, Phil Cragg, and special guest star Yury Levkovskiy (who raced most of this season on Electra) managed the win, on a weekend filled with rain, wind shifts, puffs, and wind-shadow dodging. Michael Clements and crew on Too Wicked (normally #304, but with a surprise #2 on his sail this weekend, which I can only assume was for sneaky camouflage reasons) managed to squeak out 2nd place, just two points clear of 3rd place Dirty Dog (#282) sailed by Matt Collingwood and crew.

English Bay served up some classic south-easterly conditions, putting a premium on staying on the lifted tack and sailing towards the pressure. Being on the wrong side of a shift or missing a puff often meant a big loss in the tightly packed competitive fleet, with many of the boats in the fleet managing to get some good results. Notably, Min of Mine (raced by Jeremy and Tara Smith and crew from across the Strait) looked threatening early with a 2nd place and a bullet in the first two races, and Ambergris, also picking up a bullet on day 2, surely would have been in contention if not for having missed day 1.

We managed to get 8 races in over the two days with conditions varying from very light up to 12-14 knots or so. The 6m fleet had a great turnout for this regatta, but combined with the Stars, Farrs, and Dragons on the course, clear lanes were often hard to come by. Despite their proximity to the racecourse, the tankers didn’t seem to get in the way too much. The rain only fell intermittently, the sandwiches and cookies onboard were excellent (our secret weapon), and the tight racing made for a great weekend...Back in Black now officially becomes Fastest Ship in the Galaxy. Until next year.

See you all at the KYC Lawrance Cup?

 


WELCOME NEW BOAT OWNER - RICK SAUNDERS


Congratulations to Rick Saunders from Nanaimo Yacht Club, who purchased Hawk (#141, formerly Westhawk) on August 19, which makes it the 8th transaction of the year. The boat was sold to him by MacSailing. Enjoy your first 242, Rick!
 
 
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This is the 8th Regional transaction of 2019, and there are still only 5 boats left for sale in the entire Region (Oregon, Washington, BC, Alberta), so we may yet equal the 9 boat-sales for 2018.
 

Watch those tight Uppers!

Grayling, owned by Bill Young in Sylvan Lake, lost its fairly new mast on an August weekend event and tore up its deck when the short shroud reinforcing bar on the port side didn't spread the load enough. At the time, the wind was about 15knots, spinnaker flying, and wind almost abeam, so nothing out of the ordinary.

To spread the load, a rod from G10 material or stainless steel, needs to be installed under the gunwale with a new set of shroud u-bolts.  The reinforcing rod should be as long as possible (24" for G10) to spread the load.   MG Marine (Marina del Rey) can provide the materials and there are several drilling jigs for drilling new holes available in the Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and Orcas Island areas (see Gunwale reinforcement at Shrouds here) or under M242 Class Docs in the Fleet One Website.

See also the report by Reto Corfu on repairs to Back in Black after the same damage resulted in similar conditions. The report can also be accessed through M242 Class Docs on the web.

WHIPPET unscrambles the SCRAMBLE

Once again Martin 242s rise to the top in this classic Round the Bay race.  This year Whippet was the first Martin and FIRST OVERALL!

The Whippet crew consisted of Craig Strand, Aryn Strand, Erica Crilly and Elise Olson.

Shadowfax with Allan and Clare Strain, Adrienne Mennell and Peter Langille to 3rd Place Overall and was the 2nd Martin.

Both Whippet and Shadowfax took the same route: Bell Buoy, Passage Island, Start/Finish, Kits tugboat can, N (North Shore mark) and finish.  Shadowfax hedged their bet by going back through the Finish line before heading to the North Shore Mark.  By doing so, she cut the timing very close.  They made the final finish 21 seconds before the 4 pm deadline.  Whippet did the math and bet on the weather holding enough not to go the extra length to the finish line before heading to the North shore from the Kits tugboat can.  Whippet finished a 15:48 and corrected out about 8 minutes ahead of Rhumbline, a J29 who was 2nd overall.

Colin Potter's Christian Bligh went from 1st Martin last year to last this year.  This just shows the variability in this race.  You can go in any direction but some luck is needed to complete the course on a light wind day.

Craig Strand, Erica Crilly, Elise Olson and Aryn Strand (not shown) on board M242 WHIPPET were the overall winners of the 2019 English Bay Scramble