Dear Friend of CHARIAD:

CHARIAD Wins Last Regatta of 2109 Sailing Season

Sunday, the mighty CHARIAD crew won its last regatta of 2019.

The Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead sponsored the Chowder Cup in 7 to 13 knot shifty winds from the SE. We had two windward/leeward races.

We won the first race over two other boats because we had a strong last spin run to the finish. A boat named Urgent from Gloucester finished before us, but we corrected over them.

After a strong windward and then a leeward leg in 12 knts of wind to begin race #2, we had several fowled halyards and a twisted head of the jib about to go up to start the 2nd windward leg. We sailed upwind with just the main for at least ten minutes while the foredeck team unraveled everything.

We were so far back that some suggested opening the bar. Eventually, we got the jib back up and started racing again. We rounded the windward mark far behind our competitors and put up the .75 spin for a close reach back to the finish. We were so fast on this leg, that we mostly caught the Feather, the boat in front of us. Yes, I did mention putting up the staysail, but calmer heads prevailed.

We finished 3rd in race #2, but we finished close enough to the other boats to give us the overall win for the regatta.

How could we possible win the regatta after that screw up?

The photo above is of our team members who don’t have food in the frig so they went to CYC for the “free chowder and hot dogs.” Richard Sides was coming on his bike. No, we didn’t get to keep the trophy and we did not drop it in the harbor.

End of the Sailing Season, Beginning of Fall Party  –  This Saturday

Join other fabulous Friends of CHARIAD and the successful crew for a BBQ Sat. Oct. 5 in Marblehead.

After much clamoring and a growing roar of voices asking when Richard was hosting a party, Richard Sides has again graciously or foolishly offered to host the Friends of CHARIAD at his home in Marblehead.

End of the sailing season and fall in New England. Good reasons for a gathering of Friends.

Many CHARIAD Friends are across the globe far from Boston. This is a good excuse for you to come to Boston and share the fun time. If you cannot make it, you will be in our thoughts.

Gathering Details


Saturday, October 5


6:00 PM to whenever


28 Orchard Street, Marblehead, MA  01945

Your Contribution

If you want to eat it or drink it, bring it. And some to share. If you make something special, you will add to the fun.


Richard has an outdoor grill and an indoor oven. Assume those are the only “cooking options.”


No RSVP required. Any questions? Come back to me.

Think of this gathering as a hike into pristine wilderness. Bring what you need and carry out what you bring.

The big picture objective for each of us is make this as easy as possible for Richard so he will have us back.

Looking forward to laughs with you this Saturday at Richard Sides home in Marblehead.

Cuba – A Sail of Discovery  Thurs. Oct. 10 at BYC

I will be giving a talk with a slide show on the sail from Key West to Havana on Thursday Oct. 10.

The talk will be at the Boston Yacht Club, One Front Street, Marblehead, at 7 PM.

The BYC is opening the presentation to guests of members. Come if you can. I don’t believe registration is required.

I hope several of the CHARIAD crew who were on the Sail of Discovery will be at the presentation.