No. 38 - November 1979


AH! CORK

Andrea Winlo

 

Reviewing the memorable moments of a cruise or a race is all part of the yachting scene. This issue recounts the general feeling experienced by the eighty-five or so keen Tanzer sailors who braved the elements at Kingston aboard the 27 Tanzer 22s representing our Class.

 

Registered for CORK'79 Race Week were crews aboard 314 yachts who came from 22 states, including Florida, Texas and California; also from Mexico, Brazil, Australia; and from 7 provinces of Canada. The facilities, designed for the 1976 Olympics, are functional and complete. Despite the masses of yachts on the water as far as the eye can see or, between races, the crowds of sailors on shore, it never feels overly crowded and the organization seems to "run on wheels". There must be such an efficient chain-of-command in the organizing body that no matter who or what situation arises, there is someone predesignated by their leaders who is responsible for solving things quickly and quietly. It is the only place where I have attended a meeting con­ducted by a chairman who keeps a ticking stop watch on the table in front of him. Right! When the time's up, the bell rings, and the decision has been made. Whether you are a yachtsman, the Press, or the Tanzer 22 Class Rep., you get your answer fast. I was very impressed.

 

Way back in March, our Executive accepted to guarantee twenty-five of you on the starting line for the last week of August. There was fear and trepidation. Like a Ways and Means Committee, we schemed to con you (for your own good, of course) to send your entry fees as soon as possible. "Let's offer a Travelling Fund which they can't turn down." And in the next breath, "What if so many turn up that we can't finance them all." Thus was born the "Plea for Travel Fund Sponsors", and what a response! The suppliers to Tanzer Industries whose materials and bits and pieces go directly into the fabrication of the Tanzer 22 rewarded us handsomely. To our generous sponsors who helped our sailors in their travels to CORK, a most sincere thank you. To: CMF METAL FABRICATORS of Hudson, STITTSVILLE FOUNDRY in Ontario, MIA CHEMICALS of Pointe Claire, ROCKALL SAILS, England, CAN-AM MARINE TRANSIT, Hudson, ATLAS ALLOYS, Pointe Claire, GOODFELLOW LUMBER of Montreal, SANITATION EQUIPMENT LTD., Downsview, Ont., VANGUARD STEEL, Pointe Claire, MACMILLAN-BLOEDEL BUILDING MATERIALS, USM LTD. (FASTENER DIV.) of Montreal and TANZER INDUSTRIES, your support, interest and letters of encouragement were appreciated. Several of your letters, which were read at the CORK Tanzer 22 DINNER, drew loud applause from enthusiastic sailors. As these sailors spread the word about this versatile yacht, more of your fine products will be used by Tanzer Industries. It is on behalf of the Class Association and those who raced at CORK that I thank you for caring and being there in a time of need.

 

Having been delegated to deliver the monies, I took the opportunity to watch the action. Mr. and Mrs. Tanzer were enthusiastically cheering yachts on from Mark to Mark until a downpour diminished visibility to a few feet and we ran for cover. And I had been yearning to be out there racing!

 

Where else but at CORK would there be an ALL GIRL RACE COMMITTEE in charge of an Olympic class (Finns) pre-elimination series . . .? Bernice Williams was the Bravo Course RC Chairman and 'captain' of her husband's trawler "Meriad" out of Clayton, N.Y. She and Jill Merner kindly gave me a berth for a night, served a superb breakfast, and sent me on my way before 8:00 AM just as the rest of their ladies were arriving for the day's work. Hospitable ladies and dedicated volunteers, I salute you and thank you for the pleasant evening.


DOCKSIDE

Marg Nicoll-Griffith

 

CORK '79, well named, like a cork from a bottle of champagne, beginning a tremendous party, AND a family reunion of Tanzer 22s. It was fun! With everyone out on the water, I was afraid I might be bored. But, I got caught up in the excitement as the week progressed. I had squatter's rights on a picnic table by Kingston's "Martello Tower" overlooking the regatta's Charlie Course. Along with the comments of some very knowledgeable parents of sailors in U.S. 420s, the advice we offered from the shore would have won every race! We also spectated from the Tanzer 8.5 and were treated to some spectacular spinnaker work. We waited for wind, at times, and also sailed through a scary electrical storm, complete with white-out.

 

The CORK organization was fantastic. The free-booze-party held on Monday night left me wondering if anyone would find the starting line on Tuesday. And who will forget getting in and out of the dock with the half-inch yellow polypropylene lines like water snakes waiting for unsuspecting motor shafts. And when the Tanzer 8.5 got caught twice in one day we all had a chuckle while Neil Gordon (Gordon Marine in Gananoque) had a couple of swims. Neil also donated a bottle of Scotch for the Friday Fun Race. It was ably won by Toronto's Don Sutherland, no. 532.

 

The CORK Regatta Committee's representatives on the Charlie Course were impressed by the performance of the Tanzer 22 sailors. Cam Jones said we added tremendously to CORK. The sailors were good competitively, enjoyed themselves, and helped others when they saw the need. Phil-Alex, no. 404, crew were commended by the race committee for taking down their sails to bring aboard some very frightened, wet, and cold "420" sailors who were caught in a squall on Thursday. Actually the Tanzer 22 really made its mark with the dinghy sailors. We gained popularity for our "heads", our snack bar facilities, and our motors' ability to tow strings of them home. The press said that we were far more photogenic a fleet than the Solings - and our spinnaker work was better too!

 

There were the following famous quotes from the Regatta:

 

-And there I was on the inside of the Mark, when this whole armada of 420's came storming in! . . . What was I to do?

      Phil Whittingstall, no. 95

 

-Sailing sure teaches you humility. We had you all beat on the start when the awful truth dawned on us."

      Paul Hull, US no. 23078

 

-"Well, we seem to have a tenuous hold on 22nd Place."

     John Charters, no. 1000

 

-"We'd better start making our move soon." (Race no. 6 was over)   Steve Bush, no. 1666

 

-"The best party was during the 5-hour delay. We had a raft of 17 Boats."

     J.J. Martin, no. 990

 

-" . . .  and then the sweet young thing looked up at me and said, " (-u-n-p-r-i-n-t-a-b-l-e--)": Well, I was on port, I guess.”

     Roger Kell, no. 616

 

-"At least we're consistent - either 15th or 1st:"

     Don Lasky, US no. 1556

 

-"If I ever get my genny set, maybe we'll move. You know, I don't think there was much wrong with my old one."

     Nate Dickinson, US no. 571

 

 

THE WINCHER

John Charters

 

For those of you that are wondering if those $50.00 rubber add-ons, are worth the price, here is one owners comments - mine.

 

If you seriously think $25.00 (per winch) will turn your $75.00 number l6's into $335.00 self trailing winches, you are in for a disappointment. If you really need self trailing winches, spend the $700.00.

 

Having said the foregoing, let me add: I find they work the very best: Well worth the $50.00. In use, here is how they work. Assuming you are single handing, you tack and are able to get the Genoa within a foot or so of the spreaders by tailing. With three wraps around the winch, the sheet will hold without cleating. With one hand on the tiller, you can winch in the remaining foot or two with the other. The one drawback, the sheet will not always "peel off", you may have to stop winching for a second, and unwind a turn of the sheet. Other than that one little fault, it works fine. If you do a lot of single handed or short handed sailing, get a pair, I think you will like them.

 

NIGHT SAIL


The moon glints from the wavelets

Tonight on the lake.

Its bright pathway beckons,

Mocking sleep, bids me wake.

 

"Hoist sail and undock me!"

My gay mistress implores.

"Take helm and draw sheet home" ­

Each caress she adores.

 

"Set halyards and fairleads,

Tighten winches and cleat.

Point my bow close to windward,

Set my course on a beat."

 

Loving trance in the moonlight,

Cosy tryst as we heel,

Wind kissing the mainsail -­

Gauge the helm by its feel.

 

Moonlit path on the water

Feels our bow wave athwart

As her prow with my helming

Flings the waters apart.

 

She best favours the gentler

Zephyrs pressing her headsail,

Smoothly stroking the tell tale,

Passing aft by the lee rail.

 

Her response - oh so eager!

Keen of wind, cambered headsail,

Surge of hull, bob of transom,

Fleet of foot, sleek of gunwale,

 

Spirit gay through the moon flecks,

Wing of night, throbbing, free.

Romance pulses your rigging

Nocturnal maiden - and me.

 

Don Anderson

 

          

 

TANZER 22 CLASS ASSOCIATION  Division of Regions

 

On the next page there is a map showing how the Class is divided territorially in North America. Don Anderson did the "measuring" for us. Thanks, Don.

 

If we take it from summer sunrise to summer sunset, we start with New­foundland and sweep through Quebec, the United States and back into the North-West, finishing with British Columbia. The letters have been allocated by the U.S. Yacht Racing Union into what they call Champion­ship Council Areas. Each area-has a representative on the Executive Committee, and on the Board of Directors of USYRU. In the Tanzer 22 Association, we have given these areas names, and called them Regions. Key contacts in each region are listed on the inside front cover of your newsletters, so you will each know some names to contact near you.

 

Canada is divided into the main cultural divisions. However, since USYRU include British Columbia as part of Area H, in fact having their Area representative from Vancouver, we have the same.

 

It is always difficult to divide areas for sailing, because we meet on lakes, and these, like the Great Lakes, are the natural boundaries that divide us. The other curiosity about the map is that the southern part of Utah and New Mexico have a choice whether to be in Area F or G. At present, we have very few members in Area F, so this is not a burning issue.

 

Here are the areas and the distribution of the Fleets, according to our records. Please write in if we aren't up-to-date!

 



And my apologies for any abbreviations of states that I haven't got right, and that you don't understand!



 

 


 

 

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