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Raider Sailboat One Design Class Association

 

Raider East Coast Fall Championship Regatta

Lake Monroe located at Sanford, FL. was the site of the Raider East Coast Championship. On Dec 1st & 2nd 2012, seven Raiders joined in with the Lake Monroe Sailing Associations (LMSA)11th annual Kettle Cup Regatta. The weather was in the low 70’s with the wind making an occasional appearance on Saturday allowing only one race to be run. Raider skippers from Fl., Ga., and South Carolina sailed a course of three windward/leeward legs in about 7 MPH breeze and very smooth water. As there were actually two classes of Raiders competing (Raider Sports and Raider II Turbos) The assigned Portsmouth handicap numbers were used for scoring.
On Saturday, Dave Ellis on Turbo # 106 was first to finish and also won on handicap. Second place went to Harry Stapor on a Sport model #41. As the first race was completed, the wind went away and hid from the lake until the boats were off the water.

Dave E.

Sunday, day two it started off as a carbon copy of Saturday but eventually after a delayed start the wind filled in enough for the race committee to get off the second race in the series in about the same conditions as Saturday. Drawe (#114) in his new dark green hulled Raider II Sport took line honors ahead of Ellis and Stapor. Race three added a little more excitement as the wind kicked up a couple more knots with Ellis taking an early lead but with even more breeze filling in from the rear allowing Stapor, on the downwind finish leg to correct over Ellis and Drawe. However, Ellis took line honors again with Drawe five seconds behind to take third. Race four Ellis did the correct tactical maneuver by starting in front and staying there. The wind stayed up and Ellis finished almost two minutes ahead of Stapor . Drawe hit a turning mark and finished 10 seconds behind Stapor for third. Jerry Butz and daughter Dana finished a commendable fourth place sailing the Raider for the first time.
LMSA provided an very good Sat. night meal, silent nautical auction and social sailors gathering. Regatta profits go to support the Salvation Army, an excellent charitable organization.

John        Jerry

2012 Kettle Cup
Lake Monroe Sailing Association
Raider Division
Sailed: 4, Discards: 0, To count: 4, Ratings: USPN, Entries: 7, Scoring system: Appendix A
                         
Rank
Skipper
Sail #
Boat Name
Club
Class
Class Rating
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Net
1
Dave Ellis
107
Raider Turbo GYC Turbo
89.1
1
2
2
1
6
6
2
Harry Stapor
41
Raider MYC Raider
91.4
2
3
1
2
8
8
3
John Drawe
114
Raider Turbo MYC Turbo
89.1
3
1
3
3
10
10
4
Jerry Butz
109
Raider Turbo MYC Turbo
89.1
5
5
4
4
18
18
5
Mark Johannson
106
Raider Turbo MYC Turbo
89.1
7
4
5
5
21
21
6
Mike Nulf
116
Raider Turbo IRYC Turbo
89.1
4
6
6
8DNC
24
24
7
Brad Hoffman
35
Raider   Raider
91.4
6
8DNC
8DNC
8DNC
30
30

 

116        Mark

 


 

59th Annual Mug Race

The 38-mile trek up the St. Johns River from Palatka to Jacksonville in north Florida was a light air affair this year. Of the 109 registered boats, 55 finished within the time limit of 8:15 PM. There was a reverse start, with the slowest boats starting at 7:30 in the morning and the fastest at about 10:30.

Paul Keller sailed his original-rig Raider, starting at 8:12. With the mostly downwind race, he finished at 7:50, after 11 hours 38 minutes of sailing. He was third in Monohull Non Spinnaker class, after two MC Scows. 

Dave Ellis (sporting hull designation “AA”; guess when he registered for the event!), started at 8:21.  He decided to fly the small reaching asymmetrical spinnaker, figuring that a good sea breeze would occur during the day. The larger downwind spinnaker can only be used when on a very broad reach. Alas, the wind was nearly always from well aft. Only occasionally was there a period of beating when the wind could not decide what to do. With the small spinnaker, higher angles, therefore more distance, had to be made. So going to the best side of the river for wind and out of the tide the first half and in the current the second half when it changed, was important. 

The Raider Turbo passed most of the fleet that had started earlier by going along the shore. By the first bend in the river it was leading the fleet. At the next bend there was a bit of wind that came up from behind and two large keelboats and a Flying Dutchman sailed by the current North American Champ with his regular crew caught up.

Approaching the mid-point Shands Bridge check point the Turbo was leading, only to be nipped by a short distance by a Marstrom 20 carbon catamaran just before the bridge. After the bridge a strange condition occurred with the breeze. There was little or no wind on the water. All the breeze was aloft. The taller the rig, the more breeze it caught. The two keelboats that the Raider was able to stay with in the light air were now able to power away with full sails while the shorter rigged boats moved slowly.

When within a mile of the finish near the Rudder Club in Jacksonville it looked like the Flying Dutchman and a Viper 640 were going to catch the Raider Turbo. Nobody was planing, of course. Their waterline is considerably longer than the Raider and there were no more tricks to pull with the finish line ahead.

Suddenly that sea breeze that had been expected hours earlier hit from the east. The Raider Turbo sailed single handedly could not quite hold the spinnaker/jib/full mainsail combination high enough to make the finish line. So he fell off just enough and slogged the small spinnaker in the biggest puffs. Finally, pulling down the spin and close reaching across the line. Upon then looking back, the Viper 640 also had to take down his big asymmetrical and had lost ground. The Flying Dutchman with his usual expert crew  work had dropped his ‘chute and almost caught the Viper 640.

So the Raider Turbo was first in Monohull Spinnaker class, first dinghy to finish and seventh overall in the fleet. He finished at 7:15 PM after 10:55 of racing. Wonder how it would have been with the downwind spinnaker?

mug race 2012

 


Melbourne Yacht Club
Spring Regatta Small Boat

On the first race, Harry came from way behind on a down wind finish and creamed us for the win. There was big slop on the river and winds around 10 from the south. The next two races with a little more pressure let us put enough distance on Harry on the up wind legs and Joe and I got to duke it out downhill. It was fun!


Joe was sailing with his wife and (dog) Cooper  (about 400 lb total) and I was sailing with Paul Keller (about 340 lb.) There were horrible storm predictions all weekend but none of them happened during the races. Harry was solo on Saturday and sailed with Mark on the Raider II on Sunday. Cooper and Joe argued about wind shifts and left early on Sunday. Sunday we saw gusts over 20 and shifts up to 60 degrees. Sundays up wind leg was skewed about 5 degrees to port favor but there was consistantly more pressure on starboard......made it interesting. Sorry U missed the fun.......John

Rating System: One Design

Sail Number Skipper Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Total Points Place
50 Drawe, John 3 1 1 1 1 7 1
109 Waters, Joe 2 2 2 5 5 16 2
41 Stapor, Harry 1 3 3 5 5 17 3
106 Johannsen, Mark 4 4 5 5 2 20 4

 


RAIDER TURBO WINS KETTLE CUP


Central Florida’s Lake Monroe Sailing Association staged the 10th annual Kettle Cup, benefiting the Salvation Army ($1500) December 3-4, 2011. Six Raiders of various configurations signed up. However builder Mark Johannsen’s crew had to drop out, so Mark sailed with designer John Drawe.
Harry Stapor was there, sailing his original carbon spar Raider Sport in fresh water for the first time. Tom Janesko sailed with jib but no spinnaker, as did Drawe. Patrick Hopp from Northeast Georgia sailed Joe Waters’ full-on Raider Turbo, as did Dave Ellis of Tampa Bay.


Saturday it was windy with short, steep chop. Drawe/Johannsen got to the first mark in the lead, along with an SR-21Max, but Drawe forgot the offset mark, so had to go back, giving the race to Ellis. Tom also did very well in the fleet, but realized that he had missed the offset on the first rounding, so dropped out, as a good sporting gesture.
The second and third races were the same strong conditions. Some decided to pack it in, but the Raiders that raced did well.
Sunday started much lighter at race time. It was enough for the Turbos to have to hike, but not so much Harry on the original Raider. In the lighter stuff, even with handicaps for each Raider configuration, the Turbo with spinnaker was far ahead, not far behind the SR Max that rates nearly ten-percent faster. Finally, in the last race the wind picked up to nearly identical to Saturday’s conditions. Harry won among the Raiders with the SR Max easily saving his time. Harry was only 45-seconds behind Ellis’ Turbo after a forty-minute race. The difference was the result of an experiment that had been planned before the regatta. Ellis sailed with Melbourne, Florida sailor Jennifer Hobbs on Saturday but sailed single handed Sunday. The last race Sunday, being the same conditions, categorically proved that the Raider Turbo with jib is faster in breeze with crew. (All up crew weight about 325#)


After handicaps were applied the Raider Turbo of Dave Ellis won with four firsts and a third in the final race. The SR Max sport boat was second with Harry third.
Ask John Drawe, who also sailed alone on Sunday, about the hiking straps coming undone in the last race. Yes, the water gets cold in Florida, too.
For complete results: flalmsa.org/  click on the Kettle Cup

 


58th Annual Mug Race
May 7, 2011 Jacksonville, FL

The 42 mile Mug Race has always been a challenge of some sort and this year was no exception. The reverse handicap race was started at 7:30 am in little air and continued that way until most of the 120 starters had either dropped out or didn’t make the half way checkpoint at the Green Cove bridge by the 6:30 pm time limit. Of the 25 finishers the new Raider II Turbo of Dave Ellis was the first monohull to finish and the 12 year old Raider Sport of Paul Keller was the first in the  non-spin monohull  class to finish. Other than the catamarans, the Raiders were also the only dinghys or daysailors to finish the event. At the halfway point the wind finally started to fill with puffs up to 15 mph allowing the sailors to finish in a nice breeze .
Congratulations to our senior citizens Dave and Paul for finishing so well in this event.
For the overall finishing positions see: http://www.rudderclub.com/2011MugRaceResults.pdf

2011 Mug Race Winners of Perpetual Trophies

The Mug Cup ( for first boat to finish)
Eric Roberts, RC 30

Commodore's Trophy ( for first Rudder Club member to finish)
Chris Cordes, A‐cat

Sullivan E. Howard Trophy
( first dinghy monohull to finish)
Dave Ellis, Raider Turbo

Archie Markland Trophy ( for first RCHS boat to finish)
Tom Davis, Cal 9.2

Colin MacKenzie Trophy
( for first Putnam County Resident to finish)
John Drew, Supercat 20

Corinthian Trophy
( for last boat to finish)
Steve Gaudet, Hobie 17 Sport

Youngest Sailor Award
( for first boat to finish with skipper and crew under 19)
Dylan Toth, Hobie 16


 

April 2 & 3  2011  Mount Dora, Florida

A nice week end for the Annual Mt Dora Regatta. Breezes were mostly in the 6 to 9 range, sometime “0” on Saturday making it a day of picking the right spot on the course at the right time. Sundays wind speeds were more consistent but direction was more variable. With the handicap ratings in the fleet so wide spread and varied it was difficult to determine the actual finishing places until the results were posted. However the RAIDERS were first to finish in three of the seven races and ended up 1 & 2 when the final results were tallied.

The MDYC Annual Regatta
58th Annual Sailing Regatta

2011 Regatta Results

Open Class - Scoring System: Portsmouth (DPN) Class

Rank Points Boat Name Owner From
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
1 15 Raider Turbo Dave Ellis St. Petersburg, FL
4
2
1
1
3
2
2
2 16 Raider II Sport John Drawe Sebastian, FL
2
1
2
4
2
4
1
3 24 RS Feva Geoff Moehl Orlando, FL
1
5
6
6
1
1
4
4 32 Mutineer 15 Jim Davis Orlando, FL
3
4
4
5
6
5
5
5 36 Melges 15 Luke Yates Sorrento, FL
7
7
3
2
7
7
3
6 39 Hobie 17 Bob Henderson Mount Dora, FL
10
3
5
3
4
6
8
7 42 Vanguard 15 Kevin Shoults Winter Haven, FL
5
8
7
7
5
3
7
8 55 Mutineer Elma Madden Port Richey, FL
9
6
8
9
8
9
6
9 59 Buckineer Anne Edmands Longwood, FL
6
10
9
8
9
8
9
10 70 Mutineer Jerry Eller Altamonte Springs, FL
8
9
10
10
11/DNS
11/DNS
11/DNS

And the winner is Dave Ellis

Dave on port tack

John going to weather

Mark rounding

Forcing Melges to tack

Going to weather


Nov. 1, 2010
                             

Whats happening in Texas

John Luzius overtaking a Contender for the overall high point leader in the portsmouth class in Lake Canyon Yacht Clubs 2010 "Wurstfest Regatta". The win also moved John into first place and overall winner of the Texas Centerboard Circuit, a series of five regattas held throughout the state.

 

Congratulation John

 


 

57TH ANNUAL REGATTA RESULTS APRIL 10-11, 2010

Dave Ellis in his New Raider II Turbo Sport
wins the Open Portsmouth Class in ideal sailing
conditions. Winds were 8 to 12 and small waves on the water. Dave easily took line honors in all but
the last race where he missed a mark. Drawe and
crew Mark Johannsen in their Raider never recovered after a spinnaker malfunction in the first
race.

 


Mug Race
May 2, 2009


The Mug Race (longest River race in the world) wasMug Race 2009
again a long drawnout regatta with wind speeds from
0 to near 18 mph and variable at different parts of the
42 mile course. Paul Keller again was the first
monohull singlehanded sailor to finish and also the winner
in the Monohull Non Spinnaker class. Of the 133 starters,
83 completed the race under the time limit.

Keller Paul Raider Raider Sport 18 R-2 Monohull Non Spinnaker 08:12:44 18:49:51 1
Korous Douglas Laser Laser 22344 J-5 Monohull Non Spinnaker 08:13:53 19:01:26 2
Manis Steve AMF Apollo 16 none 496 H-4 Monohull Non Spinnaker 08:08:53 DNF
Midgett Don MFG Sidewinder 16 Animal House II 534 K-2 Monohull Non Spinnaker 07:43:51 DNF
Holder Joe Holder/
Hobie
Mark 1 none 4775 K-5 Monohull Non Spinnaker 07:30:00 DNF
Tidwell Mat Matilda 20 Chica Bonita C294 R-0 Monohull Non Spinnaker 07:41:56 DNF

Melbourne Spring  Small Boat Regatta
April 18/19 2009

Of the five Raiders that signed up, only three actually showed up to play..... but play they did.
Harry Stapor from Melbourne, Fl., John Drawe from Sebastian, Fl. and Paul Keller from Vassar, Michigan all hit the starting line within 1 or 2 seconds of the gun on the first race on Saturday. Saturdays races started nicely with winds in the 10 mph range and slowly increased during the day. The first race looked to be in the bag for Keller but Stapor passed him on the final winward leg for first. The next race also went to Stapor and the last two races went to Drawe with the lead changing at least twice during each race.
Sundays winds increased a few more MPH and was more out of the south causing a bigger chop. Drawe took the three races on Sunday but there was more lead changes with Stapor than could be counted. As usual, the Melbourne Yacht Club put on an exceptional regatta with a fine dinner on Saturday night and plenty of refreshments after each day of racing.

Final Standings
Skipper  R1  R2  R3  R4  R5  R6  R7  Total
Drawe    3      2    1     1     1    1    1      10
Stapor    1      1     2    2     2    2    2      12
Keller      2      3     3     3    3    3     3     20

 

2009


 

Port San Luis Small Boat Cup
January 1, 2009

This Cup is a perpetual trophy for the top small boat sailor in the six-month series of races run by the San Luis Yacht Club and open to all sailors. The San Luis Yacht Club was established in 1937, and  is in Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo County, halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. This past year’s small boat series included boats with faster ratings than the Raider 16, four Tazers and three Lasers, and two boats with a slower handicap, a couple of Capri 14.2’s.  In head to head racing, Roger Briggs’ Raider 16, Motu was able to finish ahead of several Tazers and Lasers even without the benefit of handicap.  Briggs’ son, Eric crewed with him for some of the years’ races.  In the largest turnout day of the year, Motu earned a second place in one race, beating, all boats including the four Tazers (including one skippered by a local sailmaker), except for one Laser. 

Here are Roger and Eric Briggs, probably carrying a bit too much weight and sail (note the mast bend):


PortRace1

Here’s Raider 16 Motu out in front:


PortRace2

The last race of the year had a small turnout, with only the three high point boats for the year showing up on a day that had a foreboding weather forecast (which likely kept the other boats from sailing).


From the November 08 Foghorn, the San Luis Yacht Club newsletter
Ocean Races


The last ocean races of the year took place on the 5th of this month and they were sure exciting! The Small Boat Centerboard Class had an extremely exciting day as well! Our three racers were Steve Hendricks (Morro Bay YC), Chris Barrett, and Roger Briggs. Chris and Steve were sailing their International Lasers and Roger was sailing his Raider 16’ (a very cool boat, indeed). As usual, these fierce competitors had very close races…because each was able to show off their unique strengths on different parts of the courses. The first course was a short one because the winds were fickle and we wanted to keep the racers nearby with such spotty winds. Roger smoked the course in a mere 14:03, two minutes faster than Steve, who was followed closely by Chris. The second race was much longer, but EXTREMELY close. Roger and Steve were coming in neck and neck coming into the finish line but they had two different strategies for finishing. Roger had the wind at his back, sail completely filled, just coasting into the middle of the finish line. Steve was jibing violently toward the far pin of the finish line, trying to create any momentum possible to gain any advantage over Roger. We were surprised to see Steve pass the far pin of the finish line and even said to ourselves, “We hope that he knows that he didn’t cross the line because he was on the outside…”. Just at that moment, Steve tacked back around towards us and slid around the pin and across the finish line—well done, Sir! The final race of the day was pretty unforgettable as well. When we started the race, we had some fairly strong winds and we decided to put the racers on a moderately long course to finish out the day. Well, half way through the race, the wind started howling and one big gust knocked down all three boats at once!”Winds topped 32 knots and with the resulting wind chop added to the 10-foot swell, conditions were a bit much.  Water temperature was 59 F.   The race committee terminated the last race as everyone headed for shore.  In the final completed races of the year, described above, Raider Motu finished the first race ahead of the two Lasers by two and four minutes, respectively, in a short race. In the second race, Steve Hendricks’ Laser nipped Briggs at the line by 11 seconds (uncorrected time) or four seconds on corrected time in a forty-minute race, but finished over a minute and a half ahead (uncorrected) of Chris Barrett in his Laser.  For the year, Briggs and Hendricks were tied on points and only one point ahead of Barrett – very tight.  The tie was broken based on Briggs having more first place finishes in his Raider 16, number 60, Motu, so the Briggses and Motu will be on the perpetual trophy, the Port San Luis Small Boat Cup, in the San Luis Yacht Club.


2008 Fall Regatta  at the Melbourne Yacht Club
October 20 & 21

Just three raiders provided plenty of excitement at the 2008 Fall Regatta  at the Melbourne Yacht Club on Oct 20 & 21. Two new skippers showed up with Raider #16 & #41. On Saturday there were five races with winds in the 8/10-kt range. Harry Stapor in Raider #41 took line honors in the first three events with John Drawe in #23 taking the last two by a very narrow margin. Sunday started out blowing about 14 and stayed pretty consistent throughout the day. Three races were run with Stapor winning all three but the last one was a squeakier with about one foot separating Stapor and Drawe.


close


Drawe in 23 approached the finish line on port and tacked slightly ahead of Stapor (starboard boat) but couldn’t accelerate fast enough to hold the lead at the finish line. Congratulations to new Raider owner Harry Stapor.


Harry


Other classes included Sunfish, Lasers, Open Portsmouth Monohull, Open Portsmouth Multi hull and Catalina 22 with each class getting their own start. Saturday racing included a great barbecue dinner and a keg with Sunday finishing off with trophy presentation, hotdogs and finishing the keg.

Raiders 
Rating System: One Design
Sail #  Skipper       Race 1  R 2    R 3  R 4  R 5  R 6  R 7  Race 8  Total    Place
41     Stapor, Harry      1         1       1     2      2      1      1      1           10        1 
23     Drawe, John       2         2       2     1      1      2      2      2           14        2 
15     Matson, Eddie    3         3       3     3      3      3      3      3           24        3  

eddie

john


 

MYC Fall Regatta 2007

Small Boats
October 20-21, 2007

RAIDER One

Sail Number

Skipper

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Race 4

Race 5

Race 6

Race 7

Total Points

Place

41

Draw, John

2

1

1

1

1

1

2

9

1

50

Smith, Warwick

1

2

2

2

2

2

1

12

2

18

Keller, Paul

3

3

5

5

3

3

3

25

3

0

Everet, Lynn

4

4

3

3

4

5

5

28

4

 


 

Raider Nationals 2006RAIDER One Design National Regatta Oct 21& 22 2006


John Drawe of Sebastian, Fl. was the overall winner of the RAIDER Sailboat One Design National Regatta. The Melbourne (Florida) Yacht Club was the host site for the sixth RAIDER National Regatta. The event was sailed out of Ballard Park in the Indian River just south of the Eau Galle bridge.

Drawe led Saturdays racing in 8 to 12 mph shifty winds. He was followed by Paul Keller of Vassar Michigan and John MacNeill of Indialantic Beach was third. MacNeill was the winner of the event last year.

Sunday racing in lighter and more variable wind was more challenging for the six skippers in the 16-ft. single-handed RAIDERs. Drawe held onto his overall lead while MacNeill was able to move ahead of Keller by one point to take second overall in the regatta.

The RAIDER Sailboats are built in Vero Beach, FL.  by Johannsen Boat Works

 

Final Results:
Position      Sail #        Skipper                                                            Points         
1                   13           John Drawe               Sebastian, FL                 5
2                   50           John  D. MacNeill      Indialantic Beach, FL    13
3                   18           Paul Keller                 Vassar, MI                      14
4                   26           Bruce Sobut               St Petersburg, FL         15
5                   91           Stephen Rose             Columbia, SC               25
6                   78           Juergen Bennighof      Vero Beach, FL           32


Mug Race May 2006     A SAILORS’ DELIGHT


Ashley Saylor, again with crew Killian Dorsch were the team in the limelight for the Rudder Clubs 53th annual Mug Race. Of the 102 entries, the teen girls were the first female team, the first youth team, the first Raider and the second monohull out of the 65 mono’s entered to cross the finish line of the 40+-mile course. This is the third time the girls have won in these categories. Paul Keller in his Raider was the first solo skipper in a monohull over the finish line, three minutes behind Ashley and crew. Ashley’s dad, Carl sailing in his Holder 20 was the first keel boat to finish crossing the line 5 ½ minutes after his daughter. The girls averaged 6 kts in winds from 5 to 15 in mostly close reaching and beating conditions. Congrats to the girls and the proud dad.


MYC Spring Regatta April 22&23, 2006
Saturday started out with a gentle 6/10kt SE breeze as we sailed out the channel at Ballard Park into the Indian River. By time the Raider Class started it was blowing 15 from the south and big chop was building. Rain squalls visited the course for a while and by the time the second race was completed we were seeing 20+ with HUGE chop on the river. The race committee wisely called an end to it after the second race and we retired to the park pavilions to dry out and enjoy MYC hospitality. A more than ample dinner was served at the MYC clubhouse Sat. night.
Sunday started out with zero wind and it diminished from there! The race committee made the decision to cancel at 1:00 PM but by 1:20 it was blowing a steady 10 from the SE.  Go figure!  All in all it was a fun time. Several new Raider owners showed up to watch and hopefully they will join us at the MYC Fall Regatta.

Sail Number Boat Name Boat Type Skipper Race 1 Race 2 Total Points Place
91 Crash Test Dummy Raider 16 John MacNeill 1 1 2 1
41 Raider Raider 16 John Drawe 2 2 4 2
26 Raider Trader Raider 16 Bruce Sobut 3 3 6 3
84 Raider Raider 16 Stephen Rose 5 5 10 4



RAIDER One Design National Regatta Nov. 19 & 20, 2005
John D. MacNeill of Indialantic, Fl. was the overall winner of the RAIDER Sailboat One Design National Regatta.
The Melbourne (Florida) Yacht Club was the host site for the fourth RAIDER National Regatta. The event, originally planned one month earlier had been temporarily postponed due to hurricane Wilma making an appearance over the scheduled weekend.
The winds were gusting to 25 mph on Sat. and rain squalls dumped as much as 2” of rain in the local area on Sunday. Not tropical storm conditions but none the less challenging for the seven skippers in the 16-ft. single-handed RAIDERs.  The three races on Saturday finished with MacNeill one point behind leader Yevgeniy Burmnatov of Columbia, S.C.  MacNeill sailed a conservative Sunday finishing with two second place finishes behind Carl Saylor of Macon, Ga.
On Sunday’s first race, Burmnatov flew his asymmetrical spinnaker on a broad-reach and came through the fleet like a freight train from fourth position, and then he was plagued by a spinnaker wrap at the gybe mark and was forced to retire.
MacNeill is a native of Melbourne and used his local knowledge of the waters and wind-conditions on the Indian River in his victory.  He has enjoyed a long dinghy sailing career in 505s, 470s, Force 5s, and other One-design dinghies.
He is currently the youth sailing instructor at the Melbourne Yacht Club and offers the use of a Raider 16 in his sailing classes. The RAIDER Sailboats are built in Vero Beach, FL.  by Johannsen Boat Works

Final Results:
Position      Sail #        Skipper                                                   Points         
1                40     John  D. MacNeill       Indiatlantic Beach, FL    11
2                22     Carl Saylor                   Gray, GA                        14
3                41    Yevgeniy Burmatnov     Lexington, SC               18
4                23     John Drawe                 Sebastian, FL                26
5                18     Paul Keller                   Vassar, MI                      29
6                70     Joe Waters                   Lexington, SC               33
7                91     Stephen Rose               Columbia, SC              40


Melbourne Yacht Club Fall Regatta
On October 16-17, Melbourne Yacht Club hosted its annual Small Boats Fall Regatta. Classes that showed up in numbers were Sunfish, Lasers, and Raiders, with a handful of Portsmouth monohulls and multihulls. The regatta was a little more low-key than past MYC regattas. A surprising turnout of six Raiders showed up for the regatta. There was a very close race for first and second between John Drawe, the "father" of the Raider design, and John MacNeill, a local sailor who has literally sailed everything under 20 feet, but who prefers the Raider these days. These two sailors were in dead heats nearly the whole regatta, and first place was not decided until the last race. John Drawe triumphed in the end, with MacNeill a close second, and young Ashley Saylor comfortably in third place.


Joe Waters Takes 1st Place in Hensley Cup
Catawba Yacht Club Lake Wylie, Charlotte, NC. Event Raises $3569.50 for the Sara Hensley Trust Fund! Joe was sailing a RAIDER Sport W/ spinnaker. The fleet consisted of J 22's, Vangard 15's, Lasers, Lightnings, Ensigns, Wayfarers etc. All boats were given handicaps based on the portsmouth ratings and a reverse start was used. Congradulations Joe.


Raider Nationals 2004
The 3rd Annual Raider One Nationals were held at Lake Lanier Sailing Club June 17th - 19th in conjunction with the annual Reggae Regatta. Nine sailors slugged it out for 4 races with Joe Waters of Waters Sail Loft finishing with a dominating 6 points to take top honors. Three others tied for Second place with 17 point with 1996 silver medalist, Yevgieney Burmatnov finish second, local sailor Justin Chambers of WeatherMark Sailing finishing third, and Bill Wiggins finishing fourth in the tiebreaker. Saturdays racing consisted of three windward/leeward races with a shifty 10 - 12 kt breeze which made for tactical weather legs and exciting spinnaker gybing downwind legs and leeward mark roundings. Sunday the breeze diminished in the final race with the leaders pulling away from the fleet. The regatta was a huge success and a great beginning for the one design class.


Ashley and Crew Cleans Up
Ashley Saylor (16) and her crew Killian Dortch (14) dominated the 51st Annual Mug Race presented by the  Rudder Club of Jacksonville, Fl.  They won the Fred Austin Memorial Trophy for the first boat with skipper and crew under the age of 19 to finish.  They also won the Bobby Lee Johnson Trophy for the first all female crewed boat to finish.  Finally, defeating seven older, more experienced sailors, they won overall honors in the Raider Class with a time of 8h 02m for the 39 nautical mile race. 

Joe Waters, who makes the Raider sails finished 2nd and John Drawe, designer of the Raider, finished 3rd.  Official results will be posted as soon as they are available. The day started out with perfect conditions, broad reaching in 15-20 knots of wind.  Several of the larger boat captains expressed their amazement at how quickly the Raider fleet passed them by.  Several stopped by after the race to get more information on the Raiders.  After passing the Shand's Bridge at Green Cove Springs conditions became more difficult, with constantly changing wind strength and direction caused by a cluster of thunderstorms.  At times all the boats were drifting, while later on,  some boats were knocked down by winds of 40+ knots that hit around 5:30. Fortunately all of the Raiders were safely ashore by then, enjoying the hospitality provided by the Rudder Club personnel.

If you haven't had the opportunity to participate in the Mug Race, you are missing one of the best, most well run regattas in Florida. Special thanks goes out to Mark Johannsen (manufacturer of the Raider) and Carl Saylor, who provided their time to run support throughout the race.

Ashley and Killian and their 3 awards

                                      
                                                                 
Stats from the Rudder Club's mug race in Jacksonville, Fl
Total starters; Monohulls: 120                       Multihulls: 79  
Raider was fifth monohull to finish
( incl. A scows, E scow, etc)
 
First single hander to finish (Joe Waters)  
RAIDER Class, 8 boats  
SAYLOR, ASHLEY/ KILLIAN DORTCH Raider Sport 16 0.918 Y Raider 220.8 8:11:11 DC 16:13:53 8:02:42 1st
WATERS, JOE Raider Sport 16 0.918 Y Raider 220.8 8:11:11 GB 16:21:32 8:10:2   2nd
DRAWE, JOHN Raider Sport 16 0.918 Y Raider 220.8 8:11:11 DP 16:22:32 8:11:21 3rd
KELLAR, PAUL   Raider Sport 16 0.918 Y Raider 220.8 8:11:11 DS 16:31:00 8:19:49 4th
CALAME', PETE Raider Sport 16 0.918 Y Raider 220.8 8:11:11 JG 16:36:15 8:25:04  5th
SOBUT, BRUCE Raider Sport 16 0.918 Y Raider 220.8 8:11:11 DR 16:44:56 8:33:45 6th
CRAWFORD, CHIP Raider Sport 16 0.918 Y Raider 220.8 8:11:11 JL  16:56:34 8:45:23 7th
BOND, ROBERT Raider Sport 16 0.918 Y Raider 220.8 8:11:11 GN DNF


Melbourne Yacht Club Spring Regatta
The first organized fleet race since the RAIDER One fleet was formed was held in Melbourne, Fl. at the Melbourne Yacht Club on April 17&18, 2004. MYC offered a great venue, excellent sailing conditions and good food and sustenance afterward.
Saturday's Racing began in sunshine with winds in the high teens with gusts hitting 20 on occasion. Seven Raiders crossed the starting line of a triangle course with W/L finish and with no mishaps. The first race saw Drawe in an early lead getting passed by Carl Saylor shortly before the windward mark. Saylor opened up his lead with John MacNeill finishing second a good distance behind. Paul Keller from Vasser MI. took third. The second race on the same course saw Saylor lead at the start and was never challenged. He was followed over again by MacNeill and third went to Saylors' daughter Ashley. The third race MacNeill port tacked the fleet at the start and was never challenged, a slam-dunk for MacNeill. Daughter Ashley was second with dad taking third this time. Saturday ended with a Mexican style food feast that was enjoyed by all and a lot of "what if" stories.
Sunday's racing was started off in a little less wind, still in the teens and progressed higher as the day wore on. The course on Sunday was W/L two trips. The fourth race saw Carl Saylor with another first when MacNeill tried the port start again but got trapped on the wrong side of the starting pin when the gun sounded. Ashley was close behind and Drawe third. Race 5 was almost a repeat of four and the sixth race saw Ashley Saylor lead almost wire to wire with MacNeill a close second. All the Raiders were single handed except for Ashley (16) who sailed with Killian Dortch (14) as crew. The young girls did a remarkable job in the shifty wind and gusts.
Getting six races in the two days allowed one throwout. The fleet returned to the clubhouse for more food, fun and refreshments all vowing to come back for the MYC fall Regatta and to be at The Rudder Club of Jacksonville's' 51st Annual Mug Race on May 1st. See final results below!

 
Rating System: One Design, 1 Throw-Outs: excluded points shown in parentheses

Sail Number

Skipper

City, ST

R1

R2

R 3

R4

R5

R6

Total Points

Place

41

Saylor, Carl

Gray, GA

1

1

( 3 )

1

1

3

7

1

22

Saylor, Ashley

Gray, GA

( 4 )

3

2

2

2

1

10

2

50

MacNeill, John

Indialantic, FL

2

2

1

4

( 6 )

2

11

3

2

Drawe, John

Sebastian, FL

( 8 )

4

4

3

4

5

20

4

23

Keller, Paul

Vassar, MI

3

5

( 6 )

5

3

6

22

5

501

Sobut, Bruce

Indian Rocks Beach, FL

5

( 8 )

5

6

5

4

25

6

35

Calame, Pete

Mooresville, NC

6

( 8 )

7

7

7

7

34

7

 

Race #1
Course Length: .00 miles, Start Time: 4/17/2004 1:00:00 PM

Sail Number

Skipper

City, ST

Finish Position

Points

2

Drawe, John

Sebastian, FL

DNF

8

23

Keller, Paul

Vassar, MI

3

3

22

Saylor, Ashley

Gray, GA

4

4

41

Saylor, Carl

Gray, GA

1

1

50

MacNeill, John

Indialantic, FL

2

2

35

Calame, Pete

Mooresville, NC

6

6

501

Sobut, Bruce

Indian Rocks Beach, FL

5

5

 

Race #2
Course Length: .00 miles, Start Time: 4/17/2004 2:00:00 PM

Sail Number

Skipper

City, ST

Finish Position

Points

2

Drawe, John

Sebastian, FL

4

4

23

Keller, Paul

Vassar, MI

5

5

22

Saylor, Ashley

Gray, GA

3

3

41

Saylor, Carl

Gray, GA

1

1

50

MacNeill, John

Indialantic, FL

2

2

35

Calame, Pete

Mooresville, NC

DNF

8

501

Sobut, Bruce

Indian Rocks Beach, FL

DNF

8

 

Race #3
Course Length: .00 miles, Start Time: 4/17/2004 3:00:00 PM

Sail Number

Skipper

City, ST

Finish Position

Points

2

Drawe, John

Sebastian, FL

4

4

23

Keller, Paul

Vassar, MI

6

6

22

Saylor, Ashley

Gray, GA

2

2

41

Saylor, Carl

Gray, GA

3

3

50

MacNeill, John

Indialantic, FL

1

1

35

Calame, Pete

Mooresville, NC

7

7

501

Sobut, Bruce

Indian Rocks Beach, FL

5

5

 

Race #4
Course Length: .00 miles, Start Time: 4/18/2004 11:00:00 AM

Sail Number

Skipper

City, ST

Finish Position

Points

2

Drawe, John

Sebastian, FL

3

3

23

Keller, Paul

Vassar, MI

5

5

22

Saylor, Ashley

Gray, GA

2

2

41

Saylor, Carl

Gray, GA

1

1

50

MacNeill, John

Indialantic, FL

4

4

35

Calame, Pete

Mooresville, NC

7

7

501

Sobut, Bruce

Indian Rocks Beach, FL

6

6

 

Race #5
Course Length: .00 miles, Start Time: 4/18/2004 1:00:00 PM

Sail Number

Skipper

City, ST

Finish Position

Points

2

Drawe, John

Sebastian, FL

4

4

23

Keller, Paul

Vassar, MI

3

3

22

Saylor, Ashley

Gray, GA

2

2

41

Saylor, Carl

Gray, GA

1

1

50

MacNeill, John

Indialantic, FL

6

6

35

Calame, Pete

Mooresville, NC

7

7

501

Sobut, Bruce

Indian Rocks Beach, FL

5

5

 

Race #6
Course Length: .00 miles, Start Time: 4/18/2004 1:00:00 PM

Sail Number

Skipper

City, ST

Finish Position

Points

2

Drawe, John

Sebastian, FL

5

5

23

Keller, Paul

Vassar, MI

6

6

22

Saylor, Ashley

Gray, GA

1

1

41

Saylor, Carl

Gray, GA

3

3

50

MacNeill, John

Indialantic, FL

2

2

35

Calame, Pete

Mooresville, NC

7

7

501

Sobut, Bruce

Indian Rocks Beach, FL

4

4

 
For more Melbourne Spring regetta 2004 photo's click here.

May 6, 2003 Two Macon, GA area teens win Youth award!t
Ashley Saylor 15, and Killian Dortch 13, were the first teens to cross the finish line in the 50th annual MUG Race sponsored by the Rudder Club of tJacksonville, FL. The Mug Race is a 41 mile race for sailboats starting in Palatka Fl. and finishing in Jacksonville. Saylor, the skipper of her Raider Sport sailboat said after winning the perpetual Fred Austin Memorial trophy for first boat to finish with skipper and crew all under the age of 19, ”The Mug Race was a great learning experience for both my crew and myself. After twelve hours on the water we were pretty worn out, but I was happy with our finish and again, I think we learned a lot about racing and sailing in general.” Of the 212 starting boats, only 118 completed the event.