August 6 & 7 - Fleet 1 musters at Ware Rive for the Virginia Governor's Cup.
Congratulations to Jerry Thompson and his crew mate Bernard for placing
first in the Mutineer fleet this weekend at the Ware River Yacht Club's
47th Annual Governors Cup Regatta. You made the weekly Southern Bay
We had 10 Mutts registered!! This is the largest collections of
Mutineers on the East Coast in over a decade. Of the 10 boats, 7
competed. There were 3 boats that scrubbed (my boat Scallywag being one
of the scrubs due to equipment failures). Here was the lineup
Jerry Thompson, Fleet 1
Don Beek, Fleet 1
Al Whitener, Fleet 1
Jim Champagne, Fleet 1
Joe Rogan, Fleet 1
Scott Bush, Fleet 1
Ken Rome, Fleet 1
Martin Casanova, Fleet 1
On Saturday racing started at 11:00. By that time the winds were
blowing a consist 12-18 knots with higher gusts and the waves were 3-4
feet. It was awesome! I think everyone will agree that we weren't
steering the boats as much as aiming them and holding on for dear life.
I saw more bottoms (boat ones that is) on the water than on the beach!
On Sunday, I had an early on launch failure with Scallywag, so I packed
up and headed out before the fleet returned. So, I am not sure of what
happened on Sunday. But I know that there was some strong winds again
as I was leaving, and that I ran into some thunderstorms on the drive
home not far from the Club. So I'd love someone to fill us all in on
the Sunday races.
I want to thank everyone who came to the event. I learned alot looking
and listening to people chat. I especially want to thank Butch Damon
for coming up from South Carolina and crewing for me. Butch, I learned
alot, and Scallywag is going to be a better boat for your suggestions.
For those of you who traveled in for the event, please go back to your
fleets and talk up this event. The location is where we are conducting
the 2012 Nationals. I think we can easily put 20 boats on the line (we
had 10 this weekend and I know of at least 2 others that are local and
who could attend). If we put that many boats on the line there is a
chance that the Mutineer Champion could also be the Virgina Governors
A note to the members from Fleet #1: It would be great to muster the
fleet again sometime in mid-September and again around Columbus day
weekend. I believe there may be an event at Lake Nockamixon sometime in
September, and I'm wondering if there might be a something going on at
Kerr Lake around Columbus day? Any thoughts from our members?
Fleet 1 Captain
May 2011 - Fleet # 1 will muster at Ware River Yact Club for the 47th Annuaual Virginia Governor's Cup, August 6 and 7. Come join the fun and meet your fleetmates!
April 2011 - Calling all Mutt Captains, Crew, Wanna-be Mutt Sailors,
Wanna-be Mutt Owners,and other assorted Sailing Dreamers from the Mid-Atlantic
I am soliciting the site to ferret our anyone who would like to join and sail a
Mutt with us as members of Fleet #1 from across the Mid Atlantic area... the
geography would range from North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New
Jersey, and New York. You don't need a Mutineer to join
us... just the desire to learn to how to sail one of these fine boats
So far there are 3 of us with boats who have
expressed an interest. I have two
venues for racing this year who are very interested in having a Mutt fleet
participate in their 2011 Regattas; The Governors Cup at the Ware River in VA,
and the West River Sailing Club in Galesville Md,
just south of Annapolis. Both
are fine venues!! And I am sure that there are other places in other states who
would love for a Mutt contingent to join them.
At this point, please send me an email expressing your interest. In a few weeks
I'll be arranging a conference call for all interested parties and then begin
face to face meetings or meetings via GoTo Meeting to continue with the
Looking forward to hearing from y'all.
Jim Champagne (firstname.lastname@example.org)