2018 - Pursuit Race



As you can see from the boat pictures, the Spring Pursuit Race was well attended. Ten boats in all and there were more spectators on the dock. Afterward, PHRF Fleet Captain Dave Johnson (who took the pictures and whose boat is not shown) came back to grill for everyone. David Johnson loaded the coolers. Bob Campbell did the shopping. Rosemary Johnson made a bowtie pasta salad and brownies. Pat Campbell also baked a batch of brownies to share.

Dave Johnson, Burgermeister Extraordinare

Dave Johnson wanted to have a BBQ on Saturday so our sailors and spectators could stay after the race to enjoy each other’s company, have a bite to eat, and network. Wet Pants was envisioned as a gathering place for all of our members, no matter their age or the size of their boats. When you look at the old pictures in Tom Travis’ early history of Wet Pants and on our web pages, you can see sailors of all ages. This is the spirit that signifies what Wet Pants represents.

Thanks to everyone who set up for the party and then put everything away. The floors were swept and mopped because as Pat Campbell said, the idea is to leave the building cleaner than we found it. After the BBQ we left a cooler of water and soda for the sailing school, along with a batch of delicious brownies.

Order of Finish 

Gerhard Pagels, Rhodes 19; Dave Johnson, O'Day 25; Mathew Pagels, Sunfish sail number 43; Vito Mannino, Sunfish sail number 10666; Bob Campbell, Catboat; Joe Cook Precision 21; Tom Davison, Sabre 27; Glenn Rothburd, Rhodes 19; Don Ward Nacra; Geoff Baldanza, Catalina 22

Because PHRF boats are not getting out in time for the 6:00 P.M. Friday evening races, Dave suggested moving the start of the races to 7:00 P.M. This should work because we have daylight until 8:30 P.M. this time of the year. If we do this, all of the start times will be one hour later. Email Fleet Captain Dave Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let him know what you think of starting the race at 7:00 P.M. this coming Friday.

Dave is encouraging everyone to sail in the PHRF series on Friday nights, providing they meet the USCG lighting requirements. For boats under 7 meters (23 feet long) traveling less than 7 knots per hour this means an all-around white light visible for 2 miles shown in time to prevent collision. As Dave explained at the BBQ, if you can sleep on your sunfish and carry a flashlight, you can sail with us on Friday nights. We hope to see more WP members at the next barbecue and more spectators on the dock if they choose not to sail. After all, networking helps skippers and crew find each other.

Wet Pants Sailing Association

PO Box 484
Sayville, New York 11782

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