Lunenburg Yacht Club

One Design Regattta

7-8 August 2005



Close racing among close friends



The Lunenburg Yacht Club One Design Regatta, supported by real estate agent Claussen Walters, concluded Sunday, following two days of spectacular racing for eleven evenly match J29 yachts.


The waters of Mahone Bay provided the perfect setting for the province’s best known and most competitive sailors to gather for this weekend’s regatta. 


With Andreas Josenhans as Principal Race Officer, the regatta got off to a precise start on Saturday at 1300.  Having moved back to Nova Scotia from Connecticut, where Josenhans led the Performance Resource Group of North Sails for 20 years, the competitors all benefited from Andreas’ expertise in setting precise courses and directing the volunteer race committee.


Generations of Lunenburg Yacht Club sailors were on hand to race and support the regatta.  From Head Instructor, John Whynacht who was trimming the main aboard Scotch Mist IV to local legend Stewart Hebb (Miami, FL), calling tactics aboard Dr. Jeremy Wood’s Hakuna Matata.


‘Lunenburg Yacht Club has always had a strong sailing history.  Over the last few years, although some members have moved away or from sailing to power boats, it is great to see world class sailors such as Andreas Josenhans return,’ said Commodore Richard Cluett.


Saturday was all about boat speed and smart tactics around the race course, with the wind blowing a warm and pleasant 8 to 12 knots from the northwest, calling for very different sailing skills from the eleven teams competing off Bachmans Island, while Sunday was about understanding the wind shifts in the face of more challenging conditions.


Over the two days, there was a very close three-way battle for first place between Painkiller, Scotch Mist and Jaeger.  Larry Creaser commented ‘Great, close racing. The fleet is getting tighter and everyone is getting better.’ Not surprising coming from an owner whose boat’s name is Jaeger, Creaser was quick to add that ‘Everyone is on the hunt at all times!’.


Unlike prevalent handicap racing, one design racing demands the very best in boat handling skills, as it is not the boat, nor the wind that makes the difference, rather it comes down to pure sailing skills.  Having raced all over the world, PRO Josenhans proudly stated that racing today, with the consistent breeze out of the Southwest was ‘ As good as it gets. With these identically matched boats, this is what sailing should be.’ 


‘This is the first pure one design regatta that Lunenburg Yacht Club has hosted since the 1950’s when the S boats, built by famous local builder David Stephens, raced here,’ commented Commodore Richard Cluett. 


‘It was a well run regatta, great on the water competition.  First class racing and very shifty conditions. We’ve had so much fun racing here this weekend.  Our crew have sailed together for more than 22 years.’ Chris MacDonald, owner of Scotch Mist IV commented ‘This is sailing how it should be, right here, one of the best places to sail.


Rear Commodore Scott Covey presented the daily and overall winners with awards at the prizegiving ceremony, held at Lunenburg Yacht Club following Sunday’s racing. 


It was J29 Painkiller from Chester Yacht Club who took home the overall trophy, with three firsts on the second day of racing.  ‘Sailing aboard Painkiller is a team sport’ said J29 owner Dr George Sapp, the overall winner of the regatta.  Getting ready for Chester Race Week, crew member Jill Sullivan added that George is ‘ the glue’ that has kept the crew together over the last twenty years.


Consistently promoting properties with good sailing and water frontage, it was a logical choice for local real estate agent, Claussen Walters to support the One Design Regatta.  Sales Associate Richard Cluett added that the event embodies exactly what their properties represent, ‘ the most beautiful sailing in the world’.


Commodore Cluett went on to comment that the idea to host a one design regatta first arose in this winter but added that he hoped that ‘based on the success of this event, the regatta it will expand to include other classes in years to come’.

Overall Results

1- Painkiller, Dr George Sapp, Chester Yacht Club

2 – Scotch Mist IV, Chris MacDonald, Lunenburg Yacht Club

3 – Jaeger, Larry Creaser, Lunenburg Yacht Club

Andreas Josenhans


Jennifer Hall