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  • 2009 “Wild Ride” – Grub Tub Worlds

    (News, Race Results - 20th September, 2009)


    September 19, 2009; HYC, South Freeport, Maine

    The Grub Tub World Championships were held here today on a beautiful, gusty September afternoon. The “Grub Tub”, a wonderful sailing dinghy designed and built by Henry “Grubby” Douglas, has a long history in this harbor and at HYC. This sailing event hasn’t been held for a quite a few years, but thanks to Stuart MacDonald, Cliff George and a few others, a small fleet of six “Tubs” entered the competition. Heidi Bishop, Jeff Whiting, Faith Baker, Henry Bliss, Ben Niles and Tim Baker launched their boats and braved a wild, gusty breeze generally (using the term mildly) from the Northwest. As most recalled from past GT Worlds, these conditions are the norm. The word “attrition” was heard quite often afterwards as three of the six Tubs had to retire due to multiple dunks in the drink. Regardless, everyone showed their skill and sportsmanship. Thanks to Ross Cudlitz for running the show, Cliff & Laura George and Susie Soule for the cheering section – as well as bailing a lot of water!

    Final Results

    1st   Ben Niles

    2nd   Henry Bliss

    3rd  Tim Baker

    Photos have been posted (taken by Susie Soule)

    Additional notes from the race committee (with additional photos posted):

    Great race, congrats to all contestants for braving the NW gales of September.
    Six boats started the first race and 5 finished (Whiting first in the drink)
    Fifth race three boats started two finished, need I say more (more swimmers and drop outs).
    Scoring: Ben Niles:      3/4, 2, 2, 2, 2    =  8.75
    Henry Bliss:    3, 3, 3, 3/4, 3/4 = 10.5
    Tim Baker:      2, 3/4, 3/4, 4, 4 = 11.5 (two penalty strokes for being out of the fairway).

    I wanted to take a picture of Tim trying to right his craft 50 feet from the finish line, however his safety seemed more important at the moment.
    Ben Niles learned that grub tubs do not carry any momentum when one tries to round up hard and tack over the finish line, Henry just cruised on by.
    Oh by the way Henry, on that general recall you all started in the exact same positions and locations, creatures of habit.
    Next year no horns necessary, just Cliff’s cheer leading voice (pom poms and saddle shoes optional).
    Lets not forget to remember Grubby Douglass for making this possible.

    Ross Cudlitz

    2009 HYC Member, Sarah Kent, recently competed in the Northeast Sailing Association’s Adams Cup for women over 18

    (News - 2nd September, 2009)

    HYC Member, Sarah Kent, recently competed in the Northeast Sailing Association’s Adams Cup for women over 18.   Ms. Kent and crew won the Northeast Finals in Portland sailing in Yinglings at Sail Maine. 

    2009 Youth Regatta – a huge success!

    (News, YSP News - 9th August, 2009)


    Our 5 Annual HYC Youth Regatta was a huge success not for just the beautiful weather but the tremendous help and volunteer spirit that drives this event.

    This year we hosted over 90 boats and somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 sailors along with coaches and parents, for two days of racing which included the State of Maine 420 Championships. Sailors competed from the following Yacht Clubs: Agamenticus, Boothbay Harbor, Bucks Harbor, Camden, Castine, HYC, Kollegewidgwok, Peaks Island, Portland, Southport and Sunapee (NH).

    2009 Major Improvements @ HYC

    (News - 22nd June, 2009)

    Under Randy Rice’s leadership several people got involved in upgrading the facilities at HYC last week including Whitney Martin, Mike Welcher, Chris Pope and Anne Niles leading the landscaping crew.  The club now has a new roof, improved parking lot, granite curbs and new landscaping near the porch.  This is what a volunteer club is all about!  Great job everyone!  See more images in the Photo Gallery.

    HYC Club Improvements - 2009

    HYC Club Improvements - 2009

    2009 Participate in our Volunteer Parent/ Member Program this Summer!

    (News, YSP News - 25th May, 2009)

    As I mentioned at the Opening Party, the HYC Youth Sailing Program Staff, with an eye to safety, would like to have a volunteer Parent or Member on the waterfront during the Recruits and Mates classes each day during both sessions.
    This “Volunteer Parent/ Member Program” is an opportunity for Members to contribute to our Program, meet new people and get volunteer credit time.

    Primarily, it will provide valuable assistance to the Instructors and Coaches. If a medical and/ or other concern arises ( perhaps when a Participant needs to return to shore), the Parent/ Member on duty can appropriately assist the Participant(s) and Instructor(s). There may be additional responsibilities on a day-to-day basis at the discretion of the Instructors and Coaches.

    We encourage all Members to participate; Parents of the Participants are being asked to participate as well. Pair up with another parent or member!

    Please contact Mary Martin via email at marymartin@suscom-maine.net or give her a call at (207) 865-0689 and she can tell you what is required and what dates & times are available. Please check the HYC website calendar for the dates of each Session. We really appreciate Mary’s help on this!

    Thank you.

    Henry Bliss
    HYC Youth Sailing Program Coordinator.

    2009 Hugh Fruend makes US Sailing Team!

    (News, YSP News - 23rd March, 2009)

    Hugh Fruend, an HYC Sailing Program alumni and instructor has been named to the 2009 US Paralympic Sailing Team for 3 person class sailing Sonars.  The sailors will be working toward the 2012 Olympics.  For more information on the 2009 teams visit the www.teamusa674.com.  Congratulations Hugh!

    Jan Newlin died peacefully at her home Friday Feb. 27, 2009

    (News - 4th March, 2009)

    With great sadness and fond memories HYC club members honor and celebrate the life of Jan Newlin. Jan was a terrific club member, volunteer, Board Member and wonderful neighbor of the club. She will be greatly missed.  Memorial Donations can be made to Freeport Aspirations Partnership, 17 West St., Freeport, ME 04032 or the Ocean Classroom Foundation, 29 McKnown Street, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538

    Julie and Daniel Freund Donate digital projector and screen to the club!

    (News - 28th February, 2009)

    Thanks to Julie and Dan HYC has a wonderfully opportunity for the club to have a digital projector. This will be used to complement our sailing program instruction and certainly for membership meeting to display our website and collection of club photo’s. Thanks so much to Julie and Dan!

    2009 HYC will keep our institutional memory in a new memorabilia case

    (News - 25th February, 2009)

    Charlie Cook and Ben MacDonald have volunteered to build a case for our trophies and other memorabilia. We want our keepsakes, trophies and any other items of historical value on display. If you have something to loan or give the club for this purpose please be sure to contact Charlie!

    Ambitious House Committee Plans for the 2009 Season

    (News - 20th February, 2009)

    We will be contracting for the installation of a new roof, refinishing the interior floors, replacing railroad ties, laying crushed rock in the parking lot and much more. Randy Rice needs your help so contact him for volunteer opportunities that support this portion of the club.