June 10 and 11 six Mutineers from Colorado gathered at Union Sailing Club to compete for the Colorado Championship. We raced as one of 6 one-design fleets in the ReUnion Regatta on Union Reservoir, the location of the 2008 Mutineer Nationals.
Saturday racing took place on a warm day under sunny skies with winds steady at 15mph gusting to 25mph. An unusual day for us, the race committee was able to use the same start, finish line and course all day. We sailed 5 long races, and still ended early to socialize and share a potluck together. Gib Charles and Michael Ruwitch, MNC winners from 2009, 2013 and 2014 reunited for the regatta and won all 5 races on Saturday, with constant pressure from new Mutineer owners and 2015 / 2016 Union Sailing Club champions Doug and Rosemarie McKnight, and converted Hobie racer Bruce Miller. The conditions were on the edge for exciting spinnaker runs, and several boats from other fleets capsized.
Sunday was cooler and calmer, with shiftier winds ranging from 4-12mph. We got 3 more races in, with the McKnights winning 2 of them. Final scores are on the USC website:
Sunday July 31, 2011 - A hearty HUZZAH! to those who were able to come to Union for a fantastic
Mutineer Fleet Day! We had 7 Mutineers there, a new record. Many
thanks to Kathy and Phil for putting on a great spinnaker clinic, it was very
helpful. With 19 centerboard boats racing, it was as exciting as a
regatta! Too bad we didn’t have a little more wind, but thanks to the
diligent Race Committee we were able to get 3 races in.
If you separate out just the Mutineers, Gib and Christina (1-1-3) tied
Scott and Mike (2-1-2) with 5 points each, and the RC scored our finishes in
Race 2 as a tie! Phil and Kathy were in 3rd place with 7 points (3-3-1),
finishing 1st in race 3 when Kathy was at the helm (Hmmm!) . Brent took
4th place with 14 points (6-4-4), Ryno and Tony took 5th place with 16 points
(5-6-5), and Greg took 6th place after sailing into the sunset when the
spinnaker finally filled between races 2 and 3 (4-5-DNC). Tom W was on the
water with us but not racing.
Go Colorado Fleet 15! I can’t wait to do it again!
Put the 1-day Oktoberfest Regatta on your schedule, and we’ll look for one
more chance to get together before then.
Proud Fleet Captain!
Sunday May 29, 2011 - Great day on Sunday! I thoroughly enjoyed myself, I hope everyone
else did too.
5 Mutineer owners were there with 4 boats. We spent a couple of hours
tuning boats, making rigging changes, and discussing rigging layout
options. We launched at noon for some practice time, then had 4 great
races as part of the UnionSailing ClubSunday afternoon series. There
were about 16 boats total. 75 degrees and a nice 5-10 mph breeze.
Then we came in, packed up the boats and had a wonderful potluck in the
long-awaited sunshine. The race committee took a bunch of nice action
shots on the water. Photos are in the photo section of our Yahoo
This was a great start to Mutineer sailing and camaraderie for the
summer. I hope more folks can join us next time. All 5 skippers
there said they were coming for the ReUnion Regatta June 11,12 at Union Sailing
Club, so we definitely have a Fleet. Come join us! Pre-registration
price is good until June 4. You can register online in less than 5
minutes, and it’s only $35.
May 1, 2011
- we had a nice gathering of Colorado Mutineer owners at Union Sailing
Club. Gib and Scott raced Gib’s boat getting getting 2-firsts and a third
in a mixed fleet of 7 boats in cool conditions (50 degree water and air).
Then 7 Mutineer owners, future owners and dedicated crew met for a beer and a
chat in the parking lot. A friend of Phil’s looked over my boat while it
was still rigged and is considering buying a used Mutt and joining us in racing
at Union. Others coordinated new crew arrangements, Tony made final notes
to finish the spinnaker rigging on his 1983, and we picked a date for our next
will be racing at 1pm for anyone who wants to join us. If you aren’t a
member of USC you can race as our guests. Several of us will be available
to answer any questions before or after racing regarding rigging, sails,
sailing and racing tips, crew training, etc. Watch for more information.
and Sun June 11 and 12 - ReUnion Regatta at Union
and Kathy are the regatta Chairmen, so let’s rally for this one, offer to help
where they need us (registration, grilling, coordinate parking at the
club-whatever they need) and see how many Mutineers we can put on the
line! It’d be fantastic to see 10 Mutineers racing in this one. At
least 3 teams from Colorado are going to the Mutineer Nationals 2 weeks later,
so this will be our tune-up regatta. The more boats to sail against the
better the training, come give us some friendly competition! If you don’t
want to race in the ReUnion, consider volunteering to help with the
regatta. (Assisting on Race Committee is almost as fun as racing, and you
get a phenomenal view of the action!)
March 2010 - Six Mutineers gathered at
Union last Sunday under partly cloudy skies, cool temps and even cooler
water. We participated in 3 races at Union Sailing Club starting in light
wind, that got even lighter during race 2 (some of us would even say there was
NO wind on some parts of the course!), then the forecast finally proved right
with a 15 mph breeze for race 3. Rich Tenze with DJ Hagberg as crew won
the day with a 3-1-1 among our Fleet. Well done!
racing we gathered in the USC shelter for a nice picnic. We chose Sunday
May 23 as our next date to gather again, and see how many Mutineers we can get
on the water for racing at Union, 1 pm start.
through some old Chrysler Marine newsletters, and found that a Colorado
Mutineer Fleet was established in the 1970'. We are officially Fleet