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Posting On The Forum With Pictures

As many of you know, Photobucket threw us (and many others) a major curve ball when it recently disallowed 3rd party hosting (like allowing a posting in our Forum to access a photo on file with them). This meant that Photobucket photos could not be send to our forum. We have saved many of the pictures, but have lost others from articles in previous years. So far Photobucket has not addressed the small players (us) as they change their income model. Most other photo hosting sites still allow 3rd party hosting, but that may change.

One of the Sea Sprite Association’s most important mission is to document and archive projects and technical information about the sea sprites to be used in the future for reference. The Forum has a great Search function, ands 14 years of commentaries about the boats. We have also begun to build a library of project articles under”Technical”, and under “Rehabs” we have some great description of extensive rehabs. These articles now on our website for the most part include pictures that have been transferred to our website and are not hosted elsewhere. We will not lose them if links are broken to a hosting site, either by the site itself (Photobucket or other hosting sites) or by the member deleting a picture from his hosted files or simply closing his account with his photo hosting site.

So here is our plan. For short Forum postings requiring pictures , we will ask that the writer use Imgur to host those pictures. After the writer posts his Forum post, Carter will transfer the text and pictures to our website as an article in “Technical”. Larger documentations, such as a complete rehab, will be sent directly to Carter for coordination into a rehab article for the website. Thus the photos will be on OUR site and not hosted elsewhere, and will not lose them to whimsical hosting decisions or broken links.

Instructions for posting articles and embedding pictures are listed at the start of “Forum”.

Solutions in the industry are on the horizon, and we will be watching for them. Your thoughts on the matter would be most welcomed. Feel free to post them on the Forum or send them to me directly at Sea Sprite Association.

The Pig Wins The 2017 ‘Round The Hog Race

The 5th annual ‘Round The Hog was held this year on Saturday September 10th. Hog Island sits just outside Bristol Harbor in Bristol, RI. The race takes usually about 1 and 1/2 hours in light to moderate winds. It is a fun race at the end of the racing season, not taken (too) seriously by participants, and is followed up every year by the barbecue at Lou and Karen Marino’s house in Bristol.

Mr. Hog threw at us a seriously difficult and peculiar race. We started downwind going counter-clockwise around the island in light air tightly bunched. A close rounding kept the fleet close. But then…the wind died, and we sailed into the Mt. Hope Channel facing an outgoing tide of about 3 knots. It was not pretty. The lead changed at least 20 times depending on who was riding what puff. A wise strategy would have been to throw out the anchor, but that came up as a thought only after the race.

Several boats crossed the channel to find wind and to avoid the tide. It worked. For a while. Those leaders zipped back across the channel and headed up the near side of Hog well in the lead and quite pleased with themselves. But the wind gods were not done with them. As the leaders sailed into dead air, and stopped, others quickly came up riding good puffs and snuck by heading up to the finish. It was a wild ending 3 hours later. As the saying goes, “The first shall be last, and…etc”.

And we met at Lou’s for his famous barbecue and a delicious get together.

Some old timers were there…IMG_1458

Bob Catania again won Mr. Hog. Lou (in front) and Bob regard Mr. Hog (center on the table) with suspicion:IMG_1460

Bob Rude chats with the Ides:IMG_1448

Herb Browne holds court:IMG_1449

And so…That’s It, Folks!! Sure was a short summer here in Bristol. By now, many boats are pulled, all wrapped up for the long and chilly winter months. But covers come off around here in 6 months, and we will begin again.

Until then, fair winds to all.

Enright Wins 2017 Sea Sprite Regatta

Jonathan Enright racing Goodwill won the 2017 Sea Sprite this past summer in closely contested racing at Bristol YC in RI on July 16th. He and Bob Catani tied after 2 races, each garnering a first and a second. Jon was declared the winner per the tie-breaking rules of the Racing Rules Of Sailing. We had a record 14 boats racing outside of Bristol Harbor.

I know it is a bit late to post such old news, but there was a protest that took the rest of the summer to resolve. Plus it is a fun story. Plus I knew everyone would like the pictures.

The Bristol YC did an outstanding job of setting a W-L course. The day began with a postponement due to light winds. “Mill about smartly” became the momentary order of the day:

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But within 1/2 hour the afternoon sea breeze kicked in, and we started the first race.

regatta start

The rounding at the first mark got jammed up:

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And the sailing continued close for both races.

Here are the final standings:
BOAT                               SKIPPER                  RACE1               RACE2                TOTAL
Goodwill                        Jon Enright                 2                        1                         3

Bramasole                     Bob Catani                1                        2                         3

Grayling                          William Beebe          4                        5                         9

Hope                                Lou Marino              6                        4                         10

Apsaras                           Bob Rude                 5                        6                          11

Lulabelle                         Carter Hall               3                        8                           11

Belligerence                    John Pagnoni          9                        3                           12

New Hope                       Dom Messerli         8                        7                           15

Zara                                 Chuck Roscoe          7                        9                           16

Elf                                     Cameron Brule       11                       10                         21

Phox                                Evan Ide                    13                       11                        24

Kittiwake                         Jonathan Medeiros 14                       12                        26

Artemis                           Ruth Souto                10                      DNS                     26

Pod                                  Annie Kelly                12                      DNF                     28

 

We had 3 SS23’s from the Sailing School at the Herreshoff Marine Museum crewed by their instructor staff  racing this year.  They had a great time, and were competitive despite racing in boats that were not really rigged for racing.

Food and drinks on the porch at Bristol YC after the racing was enjoyed by all.

It was a great day!!