2013 NorEaster Newport Rhode Island

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2013 NorEaster Newport Rhode Island

Postby Chuck Luscomb » Sat Mar 23, 2013 10:45 pm

Well boys and girls,

Its that time of year again when we get to step outside our comfort zone and take our boat places we never knew we could. Newport Rhode Island is just the place to do it. Historically, Newport has given us some extremes not often seen in pond racing and that is truly what makes this event something you should not miss. Those of you who have been here in recent years know what I am talking about. We are talking wind, waves and current. Don't think an EC12 will surf down waves for extended distances? It will, Don't think and EC12 can pound its way up wind in breaking waves? It will. Thinking you might not be up to the challenge? You are, you just don't know it yet. Once you experience this level of sailing, regardless of your skill level, you will come back again and again. Oh, and we have not even mentioned the sights we see while sailing here. Boats that have sailed around the world to around the bouys, Newport is all about sailing and racing. Are you ready?

The Notice of Race is now posted and the first weekend in May is fast approaching.

Questions? all my contact information is on the Regatta forms.
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Re: 2013 NorEaster Newport Rhode Island

Postby greerdr » Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:05 pm

I am there.
Check will be sent 3/25/13.
You were missed at C-town.
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Re: 2013 NorEaster Newport Rhode Island

Postby Dave_Branning » Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:33 am

Hear it's a great RC venue/experience and always a great town. Check's in the mail. Looking forward to it.
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Re: 2013 NorEaster Newport Rhode Island

Postby Chuck Luscomb » Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:23 pm

We are just about a week away and we have the following skippers list so far. Dan Crowley has agreed to be our RD so things will run smoothly no matter what the wind is doing. THANKS DAN!

UPDATED 4/29/13

Al Dion R1 Confirmed
Robert Greer R3 Confirmed
Dave VanCleef R1 Confirmed
David Dellenbaugh R1 Confirmed
John Skerry R1 Confirmed
Tim Stone R1 Confirmed
Jack Baldwin R1 Confirmed
Kevin MacLellan R1 Confirmed
Ken Keohler R1 Confirmed
Brian Jobson R1 Confirmed
Robert Shluger R1 Confirmed
Jon Pelly R1 Confirmed
Chuck Luscomb R1 Confirmed
David Branning R2 Confirmed
David Ramos R2 Confirmed
Alex Ramos R2 Confirmed
Rodger Baldwin R2 Confirmed
Victor Oberg R2 Confirmed
Nick Mortgu R2 Confirmed
Who am I missing?
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Re: 2013 NorEaster Newport Rhode Island

Postby Chuck Luscomb » Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:37 am

Wow! See what a little marketing will do? 19 boats registered for this event. This will be a record I think.

Spoke with Sail Newport yesterday and they are thrilled to have us back (since we are all SO nice) and have made sure we have floating docks in place as well the electricity and the water turned on.

We choose this time of year and specifically this weekend because it falls just before Mothers Day and if we wait to do this the weekend after, Newport Harbor is bursting with full size boats that just simply can not wait to get their summer sailing season under way. So, this weekend gives us a chance at some warm weather and a fairly empty harbor with little boat traffic. That said, we still see our share of world class boats out for spring tune up sails.

Won't you join us?
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Re: 2013 NorEaster Newport Rhode Island

Postby Chuck Luscomb » Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:58 pm

Just got word of some additional R2 folks making their way to this event. Sometimes you have to be careful when you mention the name Ramos as nowadays, you can get two instead of one. Seems that Dave and Alex are going to make the trip to Newport this year. It also seems that Ernest Freeland may very join them. We are nearing 20 boats for this event.... Cool.

Looking forward to it.
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Re: 2013 NorEaster Newport Rhode Island

Postby Chuck Luscomb » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:29 am

All,
At just a few days away, we are at 19 entries. This is a good number for this location. The plan is to sail as one fleet as the current forecast shows we will be in A rig territory with breezes NNE both days with 10-15 on Saturday and 8-10 on Sunday. As Newport has a tendency to demonstrate first hand what the phrase we often say in New England means...If you don't like the weather, wait a moment, bring your B rig if you have it as well as foul weather gear and boots as the plan is to sail unless it is truly ridiculous.

Dinner Saturday night will be at the Coddington Brewery which has done a very nice job accommodating our group in the past. Since Bob Greer is along, we will be making the trek next door after dinner to the infamous Newport VFW. Yep, the VFW. Now you might ask yourself "Why the VFW?" when Newport is a haven of wonderful bars and restaurants steeped in history and some right on the city's waterfront. The reason is simple...we don't really know and its a little scary but the last time we went over there, we had an absolute blast.
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Re: 2013 NorEaster Newport Rhode Island

Postby Dave_Branning » Mon May 06, 2013 4:43 pm

Thanks, Chuck, and to your team for great hosting and the fun, wild racing. Thanks to Dan for the numerous boat rescues and to Dave Ramos for his time and expertise in fixing so many boats.....mine included. Always a terrific town to visit on the circuit.
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Re: 2013 NorEaster Newport Rhode Island

Postby Chuck Luscomb » Mon May 06, 2013 11:14 pm

Hi All,

The 2013 Nor Easter is now in the record books. Newport delivered on her crazy weather once again. The forecast was for Sunny skies and winds out of the North at 10-20kts working to the NE. Well, it did that and a little more. While we struggled around the race course with our B rigs, here comes John Skerry with a C rig. Only one in the fleet. Now here is a guy who learned from his past trips to Newport. He had started with a B rig and his scores were 12-9-16 (DNF) and then with the C rig, he went 2-1-3. I am sure we will see a spike in C rig building as a result of that showing.

Saturday was also full with breakdowns of all kinds. Rigs went down not once or twice but for some, the rig went down three times. Water was making it into most every boat despite our best efforts to keep it out. The crash boat was so busy, we rarely saw Dan Crowley on the dock at all. And he was our RD! Ken Koehler had to step in and keep the fleet moving in Dan’s place. Ken was the smartest of the bunch as he left his boat and his A rig in the car. After 10 grueling races, the top three looked like this before throw outs…


1-Dave Van Cleef 29pts
2-Chuck Luscomb 32.2pts
3-Dave Ramos 36.5pts


At the conclusion of racing and after everything was packed away, some of the remaining skippers paused and sat by our cars doing what we really like to do at these things which is have a beer and visit with friends and have a laugh or two. Nice. Later, it was back home, shower and get ready for dinner at Coddington Brewery. We had 12 make it for dinner but when the forks went down, most were ready for bed.


Sunday was supposed to see the wind drop in speed down to about 10kts and start out around ENE going ESE to SE around noon. It did not do that. We set the course for what we had at 10am which was ENE as forecast. Before we could get one full race of, the wind shifted to ESE with a hint of SE right away. Well, our site does not lend itself well to sail in ESE from the dock we were on so we moved the whole operation over to the next northern dock which allowed us to set a square course with decent visibility. As racing got underway, it became clear that although most started with an A rig, we would be back into B at the next break. The wind began building around 10:30 and never really let up. In the hot seats were Ramos, Luscomb and Van Cleef but Van Cleef had some issues with his boat and Transmitter which resulted in a swap of radio equipment to start the day off. That took him off the pace as he was not able to stay in the hunt the rest of the day. That left Ramos and Luscomb to duke it out till the hard stop at 3pm. Ramos logged consistently low finishes all day but Luscomb was able to stay right with him and widen the gap slightly over Ramos to clinch the victory on what was one of the most challenging Newport Regattas in recent memory. The final scores with three throw outs looked like this…

Note: Some of the skippers below had more than their share of DNFs and DNSs on Saturday and we only got three throw outs so althought they might be deep in points, most everyone sailed a very good regatta when they were sailing. Not much separation from first place to last place.

1-C.Luscomb 43.2pts
2-D.Ramos 52.5pts
3-D.Van Cleef 62pts
4-A.Dion 106.3
5-J.Skerry 123pts
6-B.Shluger 124pts
7-A.Ramos 127pts
8-B.Jobson 131pts
9-J.Baldwin 165pts
10-D.Branning 193pts
11- V.Oberg 211pts
12-K.Maclellan 219pts
13-D. Dellenbaugh 239pts
14-R.Baldwin 248pts
15-J.Pelly 280pts
B.Greer (Withdrew)
T.Stone (Withdrew)
N. Mortgu (Withdrew)
K. Koehler (Withdrew)




I would like to extend a sincere Thank You to everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to come and race with us up here in Newport.

Our volunteers were the real hero’s keeping the sailing on track both days and producing some of the best and most challenging racing in some time. Thank you to Dan Crowley, Judy Skerry, Ken Koehler and Ron Rhault for all their efforts.

We don’t have many pictures but we do have two videos of two races on Saturday which I will work to upload to our EC12 You Tube channel in the next week or so.

See you all at Stowe which will be our Region 1 Championships on June 1st and 2nd.
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Re: 2013 NorEaster Newport Rhode Island

Postby Chuck Luscomb » Wed May 08, 2013 6:03 pm

Hansome Devils....

Here is a link to one of two videos shot by Ron Rhault. The plan is to upload them to the EC12 Channel on Youtube but we thought you might like to see them here.

Let me know if this link works.

http://www.flipshare.com/view.aspx?nRec ... single&nT=

Just checked it from my computer and it wants additional information rather than just showing the video. I should have a disk with the videos on it in a day or so and I will upload them to Youtube.
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Re: 2013 NorEaster Newport Rhode Island

Postby Capt. Flak » Wed May 08, 2013 10:25 pm

looks like the photo ink requires an account. Anyway to make it public for viewing?
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Re: 2013 NorEaster Newport Rhode Island

Postby BShluger » Sun May 12, 2013 10:08 pm

All you have to do to view flipshare video is to create a password when prompted by flipshare.
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Re: 2013 NorEaster Newport Rhode Island

Postby Chuck Luscomb » Sun May 12, 2013 10:49 pm

I should have a disk in the next few days in which I can upload to our YouTube Channel. I will let you all know when it has been loaded.
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Re: 2013 NorEaster Newport Rhode Island

Postby Rick West » Mon May 13, 2013 11:01 am

Does the class have a U Tube Channel for video and albums? It would be nice if we had one place for all and one official link.
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Re: 2013 NorEaster Newport Rhode Island

Postby bigfoot55 » Mon May 13, 2013 1:19 pm

See thread under admin, EC12 Youtube video.
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