S2 7.9 Class Association
Cary Diehl, our new Secretary/Treasurer is now accepting 2019 Membership Applications. You can pay and fill out the form completely online HERE. The 2019 stickers shown above should be arriving at Cary's house soon and he will be mailing them out towards the end of January. This year you will get a third sticker to put on your vehicle or trailer to show your support of the S2 7.9 Class. Membership for the class is only $30/ year, which is significantly less than Class membership in other boats of similar size: Melges 20- $500/year, Melges 24- $225/year, J70- $100/year, and J24 $90/year. In addition to supporting the Class, your dues go towards the class website, the nearly completed rudder replacement option and most importantly the mast replacement program. Being a current class member also entitles you to a discount if your are ever in need of a new mast or rudder.
2019 Membership Applications
are now being accepted
We have all been there, you just got a new boat or are new to racing your boat. You want to go to a bigger regatta, but you are unsure of taking the next step. We have a plan for you. We will provide someone with experience on a S2 7.9 to race the regatta with you. He or she will help with set up, rig tuning, maneuvers on the course and much more. There is not a charge as it is done by volunteers. Tom Elsen has graciously volunteered to organize this effort. He can be contacted at Telsensailing@gmail.com. If you have ever considered racing your boat at a regatta but have been hesitant, now is the time. With the opportunity to have an experienced S2 7.9 sailor on your boat in addition to the sail training seminar on Thursday afternoon and a party Thursday night, now is the time to register and plan on getting your boat to St. Pete.
New to the Class? Never done a Class Regatta before? Interested in St. Pete NOOD, but a little unsure?
WE'VE GOT YOU COVERED
Port Huron Yacht Club is hosting their annual One Design Regatta and has invited the class to participate. Racing on southern Lake Huron gives the opportunity to dock at either Port Huron Yacht Club in Michigan or Sarnia Yacht Club in Ontario, Canada. The regatta will feature a windward/leward race course with Port Huron Yacht Club's infamous entertainment after the race. At Port Huron Yacht Club there is docking, a crane to launch and trailer storage. There is also a ramp down the river that is best used by leaving the mast down until you pass under the bridges. There are numerous hotels in the area with a few Airbnb rentals available. Contact Tyson Connolly at BBY1291@gmail.com for any questions
Lake Huron Championship Regatta
Port Huron Yacht Club
Do you have the Winter blues? Itching to go sailing, but your lake is frozen? If so, hook up your vehicle and trailer and join us in sunny Florida for some great Winter sailing. Docking is available at the yacht club with a ramp nearby. There are also plenty of hotels in the area. One option that has worked in the past for crews is to have half of the crew drive the boat down and the other half fly down. On the return trip the roles would be reversed so that less days of work will be missed and you get to sail in February. There will be a class sponsored party on Thursday evening at Tom Elsen's condo with drinks and food provided by the class. Once you register, we will contact you with details. There will also be a class sponsored sail training seminar on Thursday afternoon starting at 1:00pm. The seminar will feature boat set up, rig tuning, and tips on maneuvering.
2019 St. Pete NOOD Registration
is now open
St. Petersburg, FL
Third Place- Scalded Dawg
Minutes from the 2017 and 2018 annual meeting hosted at the Class Championship are now available. They can always be found under the banner at the top of the page under Rules/Docs and also below for a limited time. Look for the rules that were voted in to be updated in the next few months. New rule changes will include: sail number requirements and max wind for CCRs.
2017 and 2018 CCR Minutes
One of the biggest benefits to being a member is that you receive a reduced price on a new mast. Paul Latour has graciously put together a system and means of purchasing a new mast. To receive the discount, you must be a current member, and also have been a member the preceding year. The discount is $300. Following is a report from our Secretary/Treasurer on the status of the mast blanks:
This February 2013 photo documents over half of the mast blanks safely kept by JSI in St. Petersburg, FL. Your Secretary-Treasurer documented all thirty blanks stored by JSI for us. Mast blanks cost $900 to persons who have been class members continuously for at least one and the previous year, and $1200 to others. JSI charges separately to finish a blank (pricing varies by parts recycled and aging; I connect buyers with JSI for details.
JSI also stores spreader blanks for us. The class owns two sets of finished painted spreaders stored by JSI available for $250+shipping. Connect with Paul if you need these.
Just want you to know that your money and masts are well cared for and accountable by your class leaders.
Paul Latour, Secretary-Treasurer
You missed a good ol' time if you did not attend the 2018 edition of the Equalizer regatta. We were met with picture perfect sunny fall conditions with 14 boats sailing. This was a well traveled regatta with boats coming from Kentucky, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, and Maryland. Crews started arriving Thursday and ventured downtown Nashville for some good food and great music. As boats started to be put together and launched, some ventured out to Percy Priest Lake for a beautiful sail. Saturday was met with sunny skies and winds that started around 8kts and built throughout the afternoon to around 20kts. We were able to get in four races for the day. Saturday evening was the infamous Gumbo party at Paul Latour's house. There was plenty of food, drinks, a fire pit and of course great S2 7.9 camaraderie. Sunday started off sunny with a chill in the air with good winds. We were able to get 2 races off before the wind shut off. The final results were Navigator in First place, Rebel in Second place, and Scalded Dawg in Third place. This was the final race of the S2 7.9 Class Association season and now we move South for the St. Pete NOOD in february.
Congratulations to Navigator on Winning the
Nashville Equalizer Regatta
Congratulations to Fun Uncle on Winning the 2018 S2 7.9 Class Championship
Time left until Fun in the Sun at the St. Pete NOOD:
Thank you for visiting the S2 7.9 Class Website. We look forward to seeing you out on the water
St. Pete NOOD
Lake Erie Championship
Grosse Ile, MI
Lake Huron Championship Regatta
Port Huron Yacht Club August 2-4
Possibly Verve Cup
Racine Yacht Club
If you didn't attend this year's Class Championship, you missed one fantastic regatta. The Regatta started with perfect sailing conditions on Friday, partly cloudy skies and 10-14 kts of wind. After day one, Rebel was in first place with the next 5 boats within 3 points of each other. Saturday brought heavy air with winds around 20kts. It was a wild ride with boat speeds pushing 9kts downwind. After 2 races, the Race Committee called racing for the day as the wind and seas continued to build. On Saturday night the annual banquet was held at Ford Yacht and it was tasty! Many times, the comment "This is the best buffet I've ever had" was heard. Following the banquet there was a band that rocked the rest of the evening. There was even a sighting of a Relentless crewmember in a Pac Man suit on the dance floor. As the winds were even stronger on Sunday with gusts to 35, the Race Committee decided to call off racing for the day and end the regatta. All the traveling boats were out of the water and secured by 12:00pm when the awards started. Every boat received an award and a goody bag including the coveted 3D printed model of the S2 7.9. After 5 races and big winds, Fun Uncle was the winner and the 2018 Class Champion. Many thanks to Cary Diehl and Ford Yacht for putting on one of the best CCRs ever. Also, thanks to all those on the RC boats, especially those on the mark boats. Without all of these people, this regatta would not have happened. Join us in Racine, WI in 2019.