Quassapaug Sailing Center is hosting the BOARD OF GOVERNORS REGATTA
(August 18 &19) and CLASSIC SNIPE RALLY (August 17 18, & 19) and
Informal TEAM RACING (August 17th).
BOARD OF GOVERNORS REGATTA: SERIOUS SAILING: Flat water sailing at its
best. Windshifts, windshifts and more windshifts. Short courses, many
races. Fun for all. SERIOUS FUN: swimming, camping, kayaking, beer,
steaks and Lobsters, and Dancing with a DJ. Very fun.
This year we have included the CLASSIC SNIPE RALLY. Starting Friday 8/17
we will have up to a dozen Antique wooden snipes on display. Some of
them might even sail with us. There will be informal racing Friday
afternoon for all snipes, classic and otherwise. Competitors meeting
1:00pm, sailing 2:00pm. Racing will be followed by Pizza and Beer.
Classic snipes will also be on display Saturday Evening.
Friday afternoon (8/17) we are also going to do some TEAM RACING at
Quassy. No team racing experience required. The perfect time to try this
exciting variation of sailboat racing. We will be making teams up on the
spot, giving folks an overview and going out racing. We did a team
racing regatta in New Haven last year and it was very fun. With only one
RC boat we could not run a ‘Digital N’ course, but we came close with a
Windward, starboard rounding, offset, leeward, port rounding and a
windward to the finish. The courses were 10 to 12 minutes long. The
racing was very close and confusing. Everyone had a lot of fun. We
already have three boats signed up for team racing, Competitors meeting
1:00pm, sailing 2:00pm. If you are interested, please ping me an email
so I know you are coming. Racing will be followed by Pizza, Beer and
discussions of what happened on the water.
In the July 2002 issue of Sailing World, Stuart Walker wrote an article
titled “Don’t Believe Everything You’re Told” from which I quote:
“4. Myth: The best venue for racing is one which has consistent winds”
“Reality: The worst venue for sailboat racing is one which provides
consistent winds that shift in the same manner or at the same location
every day [come to Quassy]. The resultant “one-way street” requires
every boat to sail the same course and causes the outcome to be decided
at the start.
“Sailboat racing should involve many things besides boatspeed [come to
Quassy] – tactics, strategy, boathandling and mental toughness [come to
Quassy], for example – but its chief attraction is its provision of
surprise [come to Quassy]. Without the element of surprise [come to
Quassy], sailing would provide little fun [come to Quassy] – and that
only for the winner. The more varied are the conditions [come to
Quassy], the more exciting and demanding the test of competence [come to
Quassy].” – Stuart Walker, Sailing World, July 2002.
World famous racer and author Stuart Walker strongly advocates that for
the best sailboat racing one should bring their Snipe to Lake Quassapaug
and race in our Board of Governors Regatta August 18 & 19! Come to
Quassy where the wind is never steady or predictable, the tides are
fearsome and the lobsters are in the pot!!
Quassapaug Snipe Fleet 231