Racing Captain: Fred Kempner
~May 14, 2023
We started with a Bang! with Spring Race #1 and had a very successful Spring Race #3. Spring Race #2 was rescheduled due to high winds and stormy weather and rescheduled for last Sunday. Unfortunately, last Sunday—although we had a good representation of S/V’s—the weather did not cooperate and forecast got it wrong this time with calm winds. We could hear the flapping of the sails while floating with the tides created by the power boats roaring passed us. We anxiously waited for some breeze for one hour at which time we called it off. From both extremes of weather fronts, I think we will rename #2 the “race against weather." We want to congratulate Pete Winham and Dan Dreschel for leading in their respective fleets.
April 17, 2023
Spring Series: The Barefoot Spring Race Series just began. Race #1 was fun and successful with a dirt-up event at Aqualand V-Dock. Race #2 was weathered-out and rescheduled. Come out to race the rest of the series!
Joan Holcomb, co-sponsored with LLSC, is around the corner set for April 22. To all Lady Skippers: Go and Register Now! This should be a fun event.
Stay tuned for the Around Alone Race scheduled for June 4. More to come.
Per popular demand … We are doing FLAT STARTS this season. A special thank you to all the Favored End and RC skippers and crew that thanks to their help makes FLAT START a reality.
Fred and Chico
November 9, 2022
The Barefoot Fall Series ended like it began, without much wind. That said, we did get in some good, fun races that made for a successful series that holds the promise for growing participation, more competitive racing and more great times on the water. We are looking forward to the Winter Series and want to encourage any and all Barefooters to take advantage of this opportunity to improve your sailing skills, enjoy great comradery and maybe win some nice prizes. Winters on the lake tend to be breezy, cool and devoid of power boaters - perfect conditions for some great racing.
As for the Fall Series - kudos to all participants. The highly variable winds made for some challenging racing conditions that required skillful sail trim, strategic tacks and jibes and the ability to find the best wind when wind was often scarce. Pete Winham and Terrell Robin took top honors in their respective classes while Chico and Orla deserve the award for persistence and positive attitude – and now with their new boat – watch out cruisers.
A final note from your racing captains - we want to thank everyone who helped with the races and came out to have some fun, regardless of the wind and weather. And, in particular, we want thank all those who helped with the BFO and Joan Holcomb regattas. These regattas are great Barefoot traditions that we are proud to have been a part of.
Pete and Fred
July 27, 2022
Below is the schedule for Barefoot’s Fall Racing Series. Fall is the best time to join in on the fun of a Barefoot series. The lake is full, the winds will be moderate, temperatures perfect and fewer powerboats. Mark your calendars and come out. If you don’t have your own boat, or don’t want to skipper, then come to the skipper’s meeting and you’ll be invited to crew for another skipper. It’s a great way to learn about racing and make new sailing friends.
July 20, 2022
The Barefoot Spring Racing Series is over. We had 8 races scheduled with two(?) cancelled for no wind. As is typical on the lake for this time of year, the winds were generally light to non-existent or variable and difficult to gauge. The winds, or lack thereof, made for some challenging racing where patience and perseverance were often the keys to completing the course. In spite of the prevailing weather, we did have some exciting races where captains and crews fought hard to find the best winds possible and strategy prevailed over raw speed.
Unfortunately, the turnout for the races was about as light as the winds. When it comes to racing, the more the merrier, so we’re hoping to generate more participation for the Fall Series. With that in mind, the race captains are looking to initiate a dirt-up after each race where food and beverages will be available and awards given out. We want to encourage even the most race averse among you to come out and join the fun. The first priority of our races is to have fun. And while a part of that fun is competing to win, racing also affords a great opportunity to learn how to get the most out of your boat in all types of conditions and in all types of traffic. It’s a great way to learn the ropes (lines) so to speak. Win, lose or don’t finish - it’s all about having fun on the water.
As a final note, we welcome all suggestions for how to get you and your friends to participate in our fun races. Let us know your thoughts and ideas. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
March 24, 2022
If you missed last Sunday’s race, you missed a great day for racing on the lake. Wind was up around 15 knots blowing from the north-north west. Temperatures were cool and comfortable and the sky a deep cobalt blue. The race captains decided on a course that sent the racers from X to 11 to H and back to X. It was a long course as befitting a breezy day and gave the boats a chance to stretch out after the short, cold courses of winter. The two cruisers took very different upwind routes to the first mark, one hugging the north shore while the other dodging the shallows along a southerly route. It appeared the north shore was the better choice, but the boats ended up arriving at the shallow marker at 11 fairly close. After making the turn, the bigger boat shook out its reefed sails for the downwind run and with its longer waterline was able to pull away and take first place honors. Bragging rights, however, need to be postponed until we get more boats competing - so come out and experience the fun of laid-back racing, great comradery and the cool breezes of spring.
March 8, 2022
To all BFSC racers regarding this Sunday's Spring Series race#1, a short reminder.
The schedule for Sunday 3/13:
Skippers meeting at 11:00, at the Aqualand Store.
The base start time for the race is 13:00.
Also remember this wknd (Sunday A.M.) we set the clocks forward for DST!!!.
March 3, 2022
Hello Fellow RacersThis year the Barefoot Sailing Club has two race captains sharing the responsibilities: Pete Winham and Fred Kempner. Tedd Mannesmann has passed the baton after serving as race captain for the past few years. Well done, Tedd! He’s earned a gold watch, but will have to settle for a BIG THANK YOU! We also want to thank LARC, and specifically Dana Stewart, for spearheading a great winter series. Great job, Dana!
The 2022 Barefoot Spring Series gets underway with its first race on March 13th. We are looking forward to getting as many racers as possible on the course. All of the race dates and the Sailing Instructions can be downloaded from this website. The Barefoot series races will continue to use staggered starts. We plan to divide the racers into two fleets: PHRF Racing Fleet and PCRF cruisers. Our hope is that this will give every racer a chance for the gold.Barefoot will continue to host its special races and regattas, including the Around Alone, the J. Holcomb’s Women’s Regatta and the Barefoot Open. We will be sending out NOR’s as the race dates approach.
Thank You,Pete and Fred
April 26, 2021
Wow, what a great day to be out sailing. It was one of the faster Around Alone races I have been involved with. Looking at previous year results that I have, there was only one other year where the full course was sailed. No time this year for RC to go ashore and enjoy a leisurely lunch.
Thanks everyone for coming out!
BFSC Racing Captain
April 23, 2021
The 2021 Barefoot Sailing Club Around Alone race was scheduled for this Saturday. However, the weather doesn’t look promising with strong winds, rain, and lightning. In some way, I like to think so what! Robin Davis had to deal with such conditions when he sail solo around the globe. Yet, this is a one day race and it’s easy to reschedule and important to think about the safety of racers and RC crew. Thus, going to delay for one day to Sunday, April 25,2021. Forecasts shows sunny skies, constant winds at 8. Should be a great day for a solo sail!
BFSC Racing Captain
April 8, 2021
If you were not out last Saturday for Race #2, you missed a very pleasant day on the lake. There wasn't much wind, yet we still managed to get a three mile race in. This Saturday, we can expect to see some different conditions. Winds around 9 with gusts to 15. I am not going to lie, forecasts do call for rain during the time we will be on the water. You really got to look at on the bright side, there won't be many power boaters out there. Make sure you bring your foul weather gear. Should be a screaming day.
Skippers meeting at the Aqualand store parking lot at 11:00. Base start time at 1:00.
BFSC Sailing Captain
April 2, 2021
Well, Race #1 did not work out very well. Absolutely no wind. That’s not totally true. There was wind before the racing started. It pretty much quit right at the start time. Let’s hope this Saturday will have more favorable conditions. Current forecast shows it’s going to be another light air day. I will keep my fingers crossed.
Skipper Meeting at the Aqualand Store parking lot 11:00 AM. Base start time 1:00 PM.
Linked here is an updated copy of the Sailing Instructions. Mainly spelling and punctuation corrections. Also, linked is the course sheet referenced in the Sailing Instructions.
If you haven’t looked over the COVID-19 waiver request emailed earlier, please do so and send to Tom Beachem. I will also bring copies in case anyone does not get a chance to complete the form.
BFSC Racing Captain
March 12, 2021
It’s finally here, the start of BFSC racing for 2021. First race is this Sunday. Winds look a little light, but building as the day progresses. Overcast and low seventies. It’s actually still Winter, so I don’t expect a lot of power boat traffic. Should be great day to be out on the water. Attached are the Sailing Instructions and the standard set of courses. You may find the SI times are off from schedules on some of the Lake Lanier Sailing web pages. Moving all Sunday races to 2:00 PM.
Hope to see a good crowd out this year.
BFSC Racing Captain
July 9, 2020
Attached is the file “Spring 2020_PHRF.pdf” which contains the results after race 1 and race 2. This Saturday’s race is going to be a nail bitter. There are three boats tied for first with six points each: Damphino, Saucy Wench, and Shameless. It’s still anyone's series to win given the worst scoring race for each boat will be replaced by the average of the two best races. I think there are at least five boats out of nine that could come home with the gold and silver/bronze of a catch for all the boats.
It's a little far out to predict the weather, but right now I am seeing good winds out of the North-West. By 6:00 PM, the worst of the powerboat chop will be over and the cooler night air hopefully will start to fill in.
Skipper meeting at 4:00 PM – Aqualand store parking lot area. Race starts at 6:00 PM. Still want to “Social Distance” and avoid the possible crowd at the Skipper meeting. Send me a text anytime Sunday. I will respond back around 4:30 PM or earlier with the course and start time.
2020 BFSC Racing Captain
June 3, 2020
That’s right. The Corp of Engineering has re-instated certificates for activities on the lake. That means after an almost three month hiatus we can finally get back on the water and race. I know everyone has been working hard the last few months doing whatever it takes to make your boat faster.
Attached you can find the results from the first race. Damphino buried everyone with a commanding performance to take the first. Big Taka took second followed by little Shameless in third place. Looking for Saucy Wench and Heatherset to improve on their race one standing.
Missed race 1? Don’t worry, I am going to throw a little incentive in. We only have two races left in the series. The Sailing Instructions have been revised to provide a pseudo throw out. See section 13 of the revised Sailing Instructions. Another revision was to correct the date of race 7.
Which gets us to race 7. It’s this coming Sunday. Skipper meeting at 12:00 PM – Aqualand store parking lot area. Race starts at 2:00 PM. Still want to “Social Distance” and avoid the possible crowd at the Skipper meeting. Send me a text anytime Sunday morning. I will respond back around 12:30 or earlier with the course and start time.
2020 BFSC Racing Captain
Racing and Winning, or Not... (2019)