February 11th 2023
Saturdays scheduled race day was cooler than what we traditionally race in. The wind was also from the Northeast right over the Brooklyn Basin condominiums. Yes, the wind split by the condos created winds from the east in Brooklyn Basin and from a more northerly direction in Clinton Basin. We raced from Encinal to temporary marks at the entrances to firstly Brooklyn Basin (race 1) and then between “No wake” marks and Clinton Basin temporary mark (races 2 -7).
The wind was very light and shifty which made for some interesting strategies when looking for wind and lay lines. To add to the interest, we added double sausages to the mix in later races. We were able to reset quickly after each race and thus we were able to get a total of seven races by the end of the day.
Participants in the days racing were Liam O'Flaherty (212), Paul Turner (52), Steve (99), Nick (70), Ian Ferguson (Cammo) and Chris Davis (117). The racing was close, and we had a good mix in the finishing order.
Congratulations to all who participated in making an unusual but good day of Milli sailing.
November 26th 2022
We could not have had a more perfect day. The breeze about a steady 6 kts, very few shifts, very few powerboats and very sunny all day.
We had a fleet of eight Millies, including two guests, Nathan de Vries and Ken Bodily. This was Liam's day, he was unbeatable. He had great speed and good choices where to sail.
Those attending, Bob Scholl 12, Ken Bodiley 21, Nathan de Vries 70, Bill Fruchterman 111, Chris Davis 117, Liam O"Flaherty 212, Pax Davis 214, Pat Ireland 220.
Four Millies had five good races on our typical windward-leeward courses.
Paul in 52, Chris in 117, Pax in 214, and guest skipper, JP in Marvin were the participants. Beautiful weather with a breeze of about six, with very few puffs and some light spots. The races were very close with Chris winning for the day.
Four Millies raced four races last Saturday on a nice day as the wind started to pick up, we called it a day.
Those attending were Pete Veasey 99, Chris Davis 117, Liam O'Flaherty 212, and Pax Davis 214. We did go starts in order to keep the program moving. The wind was mostly northwest and shifty but not as much abnormal. On some tacks it was better to be where
the wind was strongest.
July 9th 2022
What turned out to be a beautiful day, weather-wise and wind-wise, five millies raced. We had two guests, Ken Bodiley in Marvin and Eberhard Schade in Cammo. The rest of the group were Bill Fruchterman in 111, Chris Davis in 117, and Pax Davis in 214.
We had 5 races and a final race to the dock. The wind was pretty westerly with shifts from the southwest at about 4-7 knots, mostly in the low range. The finishes were close.
April 9th, 2022
On a beautiful day on the Alameda Estuary. Four boats were on the water- Bob Scholl 12, Pete Veasey 99, Bill Fruchterman 111, and Chris Davis 117. We completed 4 windward-leeward races with one final race back to the club after rounding the windward mark. There were good breezes under 10 knots with gusts into the low teens. It was shifty and the current was flowing so there were opportunities for the tacticians to contribute to the outcomes of the races. Bill Fruchterman won race three by a handy margin and Pete retired early due to rudder issues. Paul reported that he had issues on the road to Encinal but indicated that he was home safe after his adventures.
March 12th 2022
5 Milli's came out on a beautiful day on the estuary. Aaron, Liam, Paul, Pete and Chris enjoyed some good winds for three races total. One boat with steering problems started the return to docks. We were able to celebrate Pax's 90th Birthday on the balcony with a beverage or two. Great to get the sailors together in view of the beautiful Estuary scene.
January 8th 2022
Last Saturday was a very nice day with the light wind coming from the North East. Five Millies raced,Scholl 12, Fruchterman 111, C Davis 117, O'Flaherty 212 and P Davis 214. There were three races fromthe Alameda shore to the farthest channel mark to windward down Brooklyn channel. A try for a fourth racewas attempted on a new course with the wind shifting to the west. The wind did not last, no finish.We had the estuary to ourselves, smooth water with no power boats. Great to get out after the holidays.
Saturday November 27th
Our tradition is to sail after Thanksgiving.
Four Millies raced on a beautiful day. Those attending were Bob Scholl, 12, Chris Davis, 117, Liam O'Flaherty, 212 and Pax Davis,214. We had six races
in a steady 4-5 knot breeze with very few shifts and holes. We were racing by noon on the windward leeward course. The results were all split up.
Winter sailing on the estuary has very little motor boat traffic.
Saturday November 13th 2021
Four Millies - Bob Scholl 12, Liam O'Flaherty 212, Bill Fruchterman 111 and Chris Davis (68) turned out for a beautiful day of racing. We had a delayed start due to traffic and the Coast Guard Cutter leaving just as we started racing. In all we had 4 races in which Bill Fruchterman won two of the races. Congratulations Bill. The wind was shifty and the winning tactics varied throughout the day. There was a concern that the wind would not fill in but due are races coincided with the best wind of the day.
Saturday October 9th 2021
Four Millies - Pete 99, Bob 12, Chris 70 and Pax 214, raced last Saturday, October 9th, in light but very shifty winds with plenty of holes. We tried to set up a course for north winds, but nothing was working. The better course was going between the day marks off Government Island. We did a once around, but Bob Scholl suggested twice around. It worked as there was jibing, tacks playing the shifts and wide roundings to keep your rig off the day mark posts. Everybody had a good race.
Saturday 24th 2021
Last Saturday was perfect Millie racing. The wind was shifty, but 6-8 the entire day. We had five races sailing against a good flood tide. It was decided the day before that the weather looks so good, we had to sail. Pete Veasey 99, Pax Davis 214 and Liam O'Flaherty 212 were the participants.
The Nationals are a month away. The next Millie scheduled racing date is Saturday August 14th.
Saturday July 10th 2021
This was a perfect day for Millie racing. Five sailors enjoyed a relative light boat activity day on the estuary. The sailors were Liam 212, Pax 214, Pete 99, Bob 12, and Paul 52. There were six races and with the flood tide, there were opportunities. There were some big shifts, the wind was fairly steady.
Saturday July 3rd 2021
Once again an excellent day for racing Millies. The breeze was full of holes and very shifty. The direction
made for excellent weather legs. With the shifts in the wind, we actually had to jibe going downwind.
There were six Millies, Veasey 99, Fruchterman 111, Scholl 12, C Davis 117, Turner 52 and P Davis 214. There were five races, but not all raced every race as some left early. The finishes were pretty close.
Saturday June 12th 2021
What a beautiful day. Sunny and warm along with a breeze that was a steady 8-10 mostly from
the west with a little north. We had 5 races and Chris Davis won all of them.
The four participants were Pete Veasey 99, Paul Turner 52, Pax Davis 214 and the winner Chris Davis 117.
We will be using the small electric hoist going forward as the manual hoists on the juniors dock will be sold with proceeds going to the club. Please consider donating $40 to the club for the hoist repairs and maintenance if you have not already donated. This means no more pushing boats up the ramp at low tide. A sigh of relief was heard!
Saturday May 29th 2021
The weather forecast was a little high, but six of us gave it try. The puffs were a little strong, so
we raced the first race on mainsail only. After the finish we were all accustomed to the breeze
and then sailed three races full sail. We could not find a good windward /leeward course so the fleet retired.
Fructerman 111, Turner 52, C Davis 117, O'Flaherty 212, Scholl 12 and P Davis 214. were the racers.
Saturday May 15th 2021
The breeze was as we expected, 4-6 with some puffs, but very shifty, like southwest to
northwest. There were five Millies, Turner 52, who won 3 races, Chris Davis 117, Lee 135,
Fruchterman 111 and Pax Davis 214. There were six races and plenty of lucky or unlucky
There was a little mist in the morning, but the sun finished off the day. This was a very good day for Millie racing.
Saturday April 10th 2021
Seven Millies showed up to race on a perfect day. Six races were completed, and there were several different winners. It was a competitive group, Pete Veasey 99, Liam O'Flaherty 212, Paul Turner 52, Chris Davis 117, Bill Fructerman 111, Bob Scholl 12, and Pax Davis 214.
As usual, the courses were all windward-leeward, but severe wind shifts from the northwest and the southwest added to the competition.
Two weeks prior, seven boats competed. The wind that day was a little lighter. After these last 13 months, it was great to get back to some competitive sailing.
Please take note, the dates of the Millimeter Nationals have been changed. The new date is September 4-5.
Saturday November 28th 2020
What a great day, perfect weather, nice breeze, shifts westerly to north-west and the excellent attendance of 9 Millimeters. The five races, taking about 25 minutes each. All races were windward-leeward, but good downwind legs to produce jibing. Hugo Kneft, who purchased Dan's Millie was a new attendee. It was great to have him sailing with us for the first time.
Also racing were Pete Veasey Liam O'flaherty, Arron Lee, Chris Davis, Bob Scholl, Greg Owen, Paul Turner and Pax Davis.
The racing was very competitive and the fleet was pretty compact in their finishes. The movement in the order of finishing also attested to the competitiveness of the fleet.
Saturday October 31st 2020
Halloween was a good day for five Millie racing. The breeze was 4-7 knots and not as shifty as it has been recently. We were able to alter the direction of the windward leeward course, as a result we had good windward legs and the downwind legs forced some jibes in the close contests. The racing was close but as usual Pax was easy to follow. Attending were Turner 52, Veaseyl 99, Scholl 12, C Davis 117 and P Davis 214. Turner and P Davis left after 5 races, the other three had another race. Peter Veasey was a great addition to the fleet and we look forward to Peter tuning his Millimeter #99 with the fleet.
Saturday October 10th 2020
Once again seven Millies attended. However a new member Pete Vessel, who recently purchased 99 from out of the area was racing his Millie for the first time. Aaron 135, Bob 12,
Liam 212, Bill 83, Dave 68 and Pax 214. five races were completed in the overcast sky, but a nice shifty breeze that seemed to have a few light spots. the racing wes pretty close with Liam
winning the first two races. Next planned race is October 31st.
Saturday September 26th 2020
Seven Millies were present in warm weather with a very shifty westerly wind. five races were held and it seemed everybody had a good race. Those present were Chris 117, Bill 111, Liam 212, Paul 52, Bob 12, Pax 214 and Dave 68. All races were with rabbit starts using one of our own marks to lengthen the windward leeward course.
Saturday February 8th 2020
Five Millies showed up to race on a beautiful day. The shifty breeze came in around 1 and
four winward leeward races were held in the relatively warm weather. Aaron, Bob, Liam,Chris
and Pax were present. With the fast ebb current, it seemed everybody met at the weather
mark. it was a race down wind against the tide. Different winners and close races for
The next scheduled sailing is Saturday February 22nd, try to make it.
2020 MILLIMETER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
August 29th and 30th, 2020
The 36th sailing of the Millimeter National Championship should be called the Randy Smith regatta. Randy won six of the ten races with untouchable speed and a very good reading of the subtle shifts. This was his seventh gold win. Randy is not new to the class, as he raced in the first championship regatta in 1985. Aaron Lee won three races and placed second in the regatta. Chris Davis won one race and placed third in the regatta. David West sailed for the first time in a Millie and placed fourth. Dave had good speed upwind both days. Paul Turner won the Silver Fleet, and Greg Owen placed second. The races were twenty-five to thirty minutes long, and there were no stragglers. Visiting skipper Lyn Hines had a good race placing fourth in race 10. Liam O'Flaherty suffered on a port tack incident and dropped out, but in the first seven races, he had 5 fourth places. Racing was so close that after 10 races Lyn Hines, Bill Fruchterman, and Bob Scholl were all tied at 70 points and the ties were broken per RRS Appendix A8. The Championship format is ten races scheduled over two days. We try to have six races on day one. There is one throw out after five races and another after eight races are completed. The breeze might have reached 10 knots, but there were light spots and subtle shifts. PRO John Hansen conducted the racing with the help of Rebecca Hinden on the RC boat and Encinal YC Commodore Ted Floyd in the mark set whaler.Saturday evening, most of the group had the annual dinner on the lawn and enjoyed refreshments from the club’s Tiki Bar. Many thanks to EYC for hosting the regatta under these challenging 2020 conditions.
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