Winds were 6-8 knots, with overcast skies at the beginning of the race, 9AM.
Honeycraft had some problems first thing in the morning and was unable to start at his 9:36AM start time but did make it out to begin the race at 10:05AM. He and his crew Duane made a great comeback.
Aquila had some issues in the morning and John needed to be back to the dock by noon to get back home, so Aquila did not participate.
Tumbleweed did not make it up to the lake and did not participate.
Winds were approx. 9.4 knots at 10:20 AM
Seahawk lost their instrument panel and unfortunately had to withdraw from the race at 10:45AM, although they continued to sail up near marker 3 before turning around.
Rounding Marker 3:
Rosebud at 11:15AM
Odyssey at 11:20AM
Unplugged—unfortunately we could not hear most of Unplugged’s radio transmissions throughout the
Day, but we believe they may have rounded marker 3 around the same time as Odyssey
Tenacious at 11:40AM
Honeycraft at 11:45AM
Querida at 11:54AM
Journey at 12:00PM
M&M at 12:05PM
Windspeed at noon was 6.2 knots
Windspeed at 4PM was 5.2 with rain and 4-6 knots at 4:40PM.
Honeycraft was doing a great job of gaining on Unplugged but unfortunately had to withdraw from the race at 2:12 so his crew could return home.
Rosebud rounded marker 19 at 2:35
M&M at 5:25.
We do not have info from any other boats. We were unable to hear a lot of the radio transmissions.
At 5:25 Rosebud was at the power lines, with Tenacious about a mile behind. In third was Odyssey and Unplugged in 4th. Unplugged and Odyssey played tag for quite a while switching between 3rd and 4th place a few times but in the end Unplugged said Odyssey did some fantastic maneuvering and they were unable to overtake him.
At 6:50PM Rosebud was passing marker 3 and headed back to the finish line.
Tenacious was about a mile from marker 3. Odyssey was at Goat Island.
M&M and Journey both started up motors around 7PM. Journey continued by motor to the marina and M&M stopped for the night off the Henderson Point Beach Campground.
At 7:20 Tenacious passes marker 3, and Rosebud was approximately 2 miles from the finish line.
At 7:45 Odyssey, Unplugged and Querida were approximately 1 mile from the power lines on their return trip
Rosebud is declared the winner of the Billy Tee Bluenose Race at 8:22:11 PM. His total time was 10 hours and 40 minutes.
Tenacious is declared second place winner of the Billy Tee Bluenose Race at 8:37:06. His total time was 10 hours and 26 minutes.
At 10:40Pm an exhausted Jeff, who was sailing alone, felt it was best to call it a night and started up the motor. He continued on the Henderson Pt Campground and anchored near M&M. We continued to keep radio contact with him until he was anchored to make sure he was ok and arrived safe and sound. It is close to midnight by the time he anchors. His total sailing time was 13 hours and 40 minutes
Querida passed marker 3 at 10:54 on their way to the finish line and relayed information to us that Unplugged was near the Rock Wall.
AT 11PM the windspeed is 5.4.
Rains had finally stopped and we were actually seeing some stars and able to the see the bright full moon. Unfortunately the winds died, and the Unplugged crew was tired. They stopped to anchor at Henderson Point around 12:19AM. Total time was 14 hours and 52 minutes.
Most of the Parrotise crew was snoozing as Laura kept watch for Querida to come in.
Querida is declared the 3rd place winner of the Billy Tee Bluenose Rose at 1:04:02AM. His total time was 15 hours and 4 minutes.
Parrotise pulls anchor, collects the finish line buoy, and heads back towards the marina, finally getting back in at 1:45AM. Total time, 16 hours and 15 minutes.
Pat Terry and his friend John, crew from Querida, hopped in the car and headed back home after such a long day.
Congratulations to every single person, captain and crew, who took the chance and participated in the Bluenose Race, despite the cold, despite the rain, despite even no winds at time. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves!
Just a few more days away until the race. I hope you are excited or getting excited.
Just a few last minute items/reviews
Preparty Party starts around 6 pm Friday night. Bring an appetizer to share and your drink of choice and hopefully some fun smack talk between the boats. We will bring some chips and dip and Laura is making a cake.
Saturday morning 8 am skippers meeting with the 1st boat starting at 9 am.
Make sure your boat is in shape (running lights are working, enough fuel to get you back if needed etc.) Parrotise will be out on the course during the race in case someone needs any help. The lake is low so there are some area's that might be a bit shallow or items might be showing above water.
Trophies will be awarded to the winners once all the boats are back at the dock.
See you Friday afternoon!!!!!
Bluenose Marker Info
For the Bluenose race this Saturday the following markers and locations are below.
Marker # H
Marker # 3
Marker # 19 (this is the approx location)
Pre Bluenose Party
Less than one week away. We hope the the weekend will be half as nice as it was this past weekend.
I heard there was a prerace this past Saturday from H to #3. It sounded like it was a good time. I also heard that a couple of boats did the whole trip as a prerace scouting thing. Or maybe not.
Now for the Pre Bluenose Party at the dock Friday night. Sounds like the a great time and let the smack talk, side bets and party begin. Any participant or non participate is welcome to join the PreParty. Bring an appetizer to share and something to drink up to the gazebo around 6 pm or whenever you can get there. We can also fire up the grill if anyone needs it.
Laura and Steve Twyman
The original Bluenose was launched as a Grand Banks fishing and racing schooner on March 26, 1921 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The builders who crafted the sleek vessel had something to prove. Their sights were set on the International Fishermen’s Race. For the working fishing schooner speed was an asset. Those who made it to port first received the best price for their catch. The Fishermen’s Race was a real race for the hard working vessels of fisherman who made their living on the sea.
Nova Scotia’s pride and shipbuilding reputation sailed the Bluenose. The Bluenose took her first trophy in October 1921 and as they say the legend began. During the next 17 years, no challenger could beat the Bluenose. It earned the title “Queen of the North Atlantic” and became a Canadian icon.
Bluenose became to symbolize Nova Scotia’s shipbuilding industry. In 1933 it appeared at the World’s Fair in Chicago and sailed to England in 1935 for the Silver Jubilee of King George V. On January 28 1946 the Bluenose struck a reef off of Haiti and was loss.
In 1963 the Bluenose II was launched. It was built by many of the same people who had worked on the original vessel at the same shipyard in Lunenburg. It continues to serve as the sailing ambassador for Nova Scotia. The image of the Bluenosehas adorned the Canadian dime since 1937, three postage stamps and on the Nova Scotia license plate. The historic vessel is a living reminder of the glorious sailing era.
Bluenose Race Rules
Attached are the rules and course information for the upcoming Bluenose Race on Sept 29, 2012. As of today we have 10 or 11 boats that have committed to the race. I have the start times set for each of these boats. If anyone else out there is interested in racing their boat please let me know this week. Once I have all the boats I will send out the start times. Also if you are interested in crewing please let everyone know. As of now I know Thanos and Helen are looking for boats to crew on. If you already have your crew lined up please let me know who they are so I can keep track of who is on what boat.
Notes from the racing organizers