April 13, 14 2019 Micro Magic Class National Championship

Regatta Report - 2019 Micro Magic National Championship.

This significant national Micro Magic regatta was held in the Phoenix, AZ and sponsored by the West Valley RC Mariners Club. I will post a run down  of the regatta when I can get it. There is an array of photos for your pleasure.

Our PMYC participants finished 8th and 11, a very good performance considering the competition. Hopefully we will soon be seeing the regatta write-up done by the West Valley RC Maniners.

Victoria Class Arizona State Championship Regatta, March 23, 2019

The Weather and the Skippers

Under beautiful, blue, Arizona skies with just a smattering of wispy clouds, the first race started at 10:05. The typical variable and shifty winds kept all 10 skippers on their toes through all 12 races. Sometime guessing and often muttering,

The Winners

1st - Bob Spraker - Tucson
2nd - Ray Dagenais, - Mesa
3rd - Jerry Robertson, Tucon

 this amiable group shared some spirited competition. Skippers representing a latitudinal span from Alberta, Canada all the way to Green Valley, Arizona; and included a visitor from the Denver Colorado area. Two competitors and an observer made the short drive from Tucson, and an additional five skippers were present from the hosting club of Mesa. Racing until around 2:30, there were 4 different racers who nailed bullets, and 7 who had at least 1 top 3 finishes.

Kudos to the ‘middle of the pack’ skippers for the day (Kirk Welker, Al Wendler, Ken Hegy, and Dan Lucas). There were many times when several vessels were clustered tightly.  The inevitable calls for right away, and penalties for infractions were handled properly with a sound execution of many 360’s across the day. A special call-out for Skipper Robert Prievo, his persistence was admirable. While bringing up the rear throughout the day, he finished each and every race (he made certain there was “no boat left behind”). The entire group of contestants made this day of acting as Race Director a pleasure.

Who got the Hardware?

  1. Ron Roper, from Alberta, with 53 points edged out Kirk Welker by just 1 point to earn 5th place
  2. In 4th place, all alone, was local Rob Show with 32 points (his bullet was on the final race!)
  3. The battle for 2nd was tight with local Ray Dagenais scoring 24 to squeak by Jerry Roberson’s 26
  4. The day turned out to be a runaway for Bob Spraker, with a blistering score of 14!  He has an eye for catching the wind’s shifty variations, and keeps the boat moving.

Final Standings (Place – Skipper – Sail # – Points)

1Bob Spraker26 – 14

2 – Ray Dagenais4224

3Jerry Robertson026

4Rob Shaw – 7932

5Ron Roper4553

6Kirk Welker – 2054

7Ken Hegy30560

8Don Lucas8272

9 Al Wendler 50 82

10 – Robert Prievo1396

Respectfully Submitted,
Mark Kane
Race Director

NOTE FROM BOB SPRAKER, originally appearing as an email to the membership on Feb. 12

Bob wrote this on Feb. 12. It is a bit out of order on the Blog but I wanted it to appear for historical purposes. Jerry Walker

Bob said on Feb 12.:

To All:
I want to apologize for any confusion regarding this past Monday’s Vic scored regatta.
For the last few months, we have held regatta’s with a split into two groups; a silver fleet and a gold fleet.
This had mild success, but it had become apparent to me that we didn’t have enough boats to warrant a split.
On non-scored Mondays, I called it an “all swim” or “all Sail”. When I sent out the notice for this Monday’s scored regatta, I called it an “all sail”, referring to all Vic’s sailing as a single fleet, not thinking that to some others it would mean all classes of boats.
Well 2 DF65’s and a MM showed up to race. I’m fine with that, since the DF 95s and MM are at a great disadvantage to the Vics. The last month or so is the first time in years that we have had boats in the club that were not all one design. I’m all for greater participation, so all are welcome. However, in the future we will allow only class boats in a scored Vic or MM regatta.
With that said, all the current boats sailing are welcome to race on non-scored days with the Vics and MMs.
I say “current” boats because I want to limit it to the DF65s and MM. It can potentially get too out of control if we allow Seawinds, ODOMs, DF95s, etc.
I think the DF65 is the boat of the future. Sailable right out of the box and all spare parts available from Dragon Sailing. I can envision when we get several more DF65s sailing, that we will have a third fleet. Say from 11-1pm on Thursdays, just before sailing the MMs at 1pm. When we get to the 3+ boat level, I can see myself purchasing a DF65. At present, I see Vics on Mondays and if we get a DF65 fleet, I would prefer only Vics on Mondays.

When we have all boats sailing (Vics, DF65s & MM) on non-scored days, all boats sail under the SAME Rules. All boats have the same rights and obligations under the sailing rules, regardless of speed, size or sailing ability.

We can talk more about this on Thursday and again next Monday. I do not want to exclude anybody, but at the same time want to keep to a pure class on scored regatta days. We will have one Vic and one MM scored regatta per month.

Regards, Bob


Let’s cancel today. Rain to start about noon and rain all day. Very cold also.

FYI, TMYC is now merged with PMYC.
We are going to use the Pima Micro Yacht Club name and web site.
Jerry Walker is working on the PMYC web page. We now have a calendar and tabs for Vic, MM and DF65.
Jerry will continue to work on web page for us.

Regards, Bob
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