Hot Tamale is the S2 7.9 #477. Built in 1986 in Holland, Michigan it was brought back to the waters of Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan in the spring of 1994. The Hot Tamale Racing team started as a father-son pair with a few friends as a regular crew. In '94 they took 1st in section for the Anchorage Cup race. This was followed by several years of good competition in the BYC Summer series. After the father retired from sailing in 2000, the team has continued to race. The establishment of a separate Wednesday night start for the 7.9's led to a very competitive fleet and challenging racing. You will find the Hot Tamale Racing team on the water every Wedsnesday, vying for a good start and a great finish.

The Hot Tamale Racing team has been together a number of years, now. In the Fall of 2009 we formed a syndicate and purchased a second S2 7.9 - #457. This boat was also brought back to West Michigan and has joined the racing fleet in Holland for the 2010 season.



12-01-2012

2012 VanderLeek Cup is coming!


The 2012 VanderLeek Cup Hospice Regatta fund raiser for Hospice of Holland is a chance for some great racing Please support the efforts of Hot Tamale Racing by donating to Hospice of Holland here. We appreciate all of your support. Thanks.

08-27-2011

2011 VanderLeek Cup is coming!


The 2011 VanderLeek Cup Hospice Regatta is coming up on Saturday, August 20. This regatta is a fund raiser for Hospice of Holland.
The Hot Tamale Racing team has partcipated in this regatta since 2007 with great success. We will be fundraising as well as racing 2 or more boats in the Regatta. You can sponsor the Team by going to the Hospice site and making a pledge. We appreciate any and all the support you can give us.

05-22-2011

S2 7.9's Featured in Sailing World!

Sailing World magazine has featured the S2 7.9 in 2 separate articles. I had written a letter asking the editor Dave Reed to join us for a Wednesday night race when we were expecting to be short of crew. The letter evolved into a brief correspondence and Dave asked if he could publish something about our team. In the October 2010 issue they published a letter I sent them condensng our story down to 4 inches of print.
Then just yesterday I noticed that the first video feature about the SW NOOD regattas showcases the 7.9 fleet at the St. Pete NOODs. Good job to all the 7.9ers that raced in St. Pete. The video is here.

03-14-2011

2011 Season Starts!

The first major event of the 2011 (and every prior) sailing season is the Crew Trip to Strictly Sail in Chicago. This year it is the weekend before the Superbowl. We will be traveling down Saturday morning and returning Sunday afternoon. First its the show for some fresh fiberglass smells, checking out the new boats, wheeling and dealing for some new gear, and having a beer (or 2). Then the town, happy hour back at the managers reception, dinner out, and maybe a little nightlife!

01-21-2011

2010 Season Ends

Only 3 7.9's sailed the Frostbite Race in 2010, ensuring a flag for each of them. Hot Tamale took the blue one. We hit the starting line running and stayed out front the whole way. The race was set inside, and due to the winds, we raced from the usual starting area up Lake Macatawa to Bouy #15 and back to the finish line. Even with the low number of 7.9's racing we had our own start and racing was close with Kaboom nipping at our heels at various times during the race. Winds were variable both in direction and pressure and it took constant work of sail trim, weight placement, and helmsmanship to keep the boat moving well and stay between the finish line and the boats coming up from behind.

Both Blackbeard and Hot Tamale are out of the water and back to the barn for the winter projects.

7.9 Racing was hotly contested in the BYC Wednesday Night series in Holland, MI. The season is over, results here. We are working to grow Fleet #1 in both quantity and participation next season.

09-25-2010

2010 Season Ends 8 7.9's sailed in the Fall Series this year. For the 3 Wednesdays when we raced in September, they raced in close formation, often trading only 1 or 2 places from order at the start.
The Frostbite Race is this Saturday, then the winter projects start. We are expecting the Fleet to grow in both quantity and participation next season.


7.9 Racing was hotly contested in the BYC Wednesday Night series in Holland, MI. The season is over, results here.

09-23-1010

Hot Tamale races in the Anchorage Cup.
Heading out Friday afternoon for the delivery North to Grand Haven for the Anchorage Cup on Saturday, skipper J1 said, "It looks like a pefect afternoon for a sail."

The Anchorage Cup race is held the Saturday after Labor Day each year. Hot Tamale is looking to repeat the performance they had in 1994 when they took 1st in Class.

7.9 Racing continues to be hotly contested in the BYC Wednesday Night series in Holland, MI. The summer series is over, now have 4 races in September, capped off with a "Frostbite" on the last Saturday before October.
This is One Design racing at its best! We will be keeping the fleet results up to date each week after racing.

09-10-2010

2 Races left to go in the 2010 BYC Fall Series.

Although the first race was cancelled due to lack of breeze, the second race was run inside due to too much waves on Lake Michigan. Starting very well, Blackbeard rounded the first turn in 3rd place. Fighting off Ol' Blue Eyes all during leg four with Hot Tamale just behind, she managed to finish 3rd, But, as can happen in OD racing, Sirocco slipped in to take 4th by running along the south side and OBE got 5th, HT ended 6th, with Blue Arrow and Kaboom 7th and 8th.

09-09-2010

The 2010 BYC Summer Series Is History Now.
Hot Tamale took a 5th for the Summer Series and Blackbeard took an 8th. The final race on Aug 25 was on a course inside Lake Macatawa. This race had many of the 7.9 fleet exchanging places as the boats were going around the course. In turn 1, Ol' Blue Eyes passed 4 boats, then on leg 2 Wolf Pack moved up in the fleet while Sirocco and Hot Tamale switched places. After turn 2, Hot Tamale overtook Kaboom, but near turn 3 Blackbeard moved ahead of Hot Tamale and Sirocco. Hot Tamale, not having rights at the mark, had to spin out and gave up 3 places while Second Wind pulled ahead on leg 4. The 180 seconds spread in the finish times shows just how close it was.

7.9 Racing continues to be hotly contested in the BYC Wednesday Night series in Holland, MI. The summer series is over, now have 4 races in September, capped off with a "Frostbite" on the last Saturday before October.
This is One Design racing at its best! We will be keeping the fleet results up to date each week after racing.

8-27-2010

A 1st and a 3rd in the 2010 VanderLeek Cup!
Hot Tamale took a 3rd in Spinnaker 2 Fleet and a 1st in the PHRF+ which adjusts our score based on the fundraising we accomplished. Blackbeard raced as well, but crew mal de mar had us retire from the race course.

7.9 Racing continues to be hotly contested in the BYC Wednesday Night series in Holland, MI. The race on 8-18-2010 was the 10th in the series. Scoring with throw-outs begins. We have 1 more in the summer, then 4 in the fall. This is One Design racing at its best! We will be keeping the fleet results up to date each week after racing.

08-22-2010

2010 VanderLeek Cup is coming!
The 2010 VanderLeek Cup Hospice Regatta is coming up on Saturday, August 21. This regatta is a fund raiser for Hospice of Holland. The Hot Tamale Racing team has partcipated in this regatta since 2007 with great success. We will be fundraising as well as racing 2 or more boats in the Regatta. You can sponsor the Team by going to the Hospice Boat-a-thon site and making a pledge. We appreciate any and all the support you can give us.

7.9 Racing continues to hotly contested in the BYC Wednesday Night series in Holland, MI. The race on 8-4-2010 was the 8th in the series. We have 3 more in the summer, then 4 in the fall. This is One Design racing at its best! We will be keeping the fleet results up to date each week after racing.

07-05-2010

FREE Class Championship Regatta Announced!
The best in One Design Racing just got better. The entry fee for the 2010 S2 7.9 Class Championship Regatta - held in Racine, WI this year has been set at $0.00. That's right, ZERO! This is a Class of boats that is working hard to build the sport of sailing and to increase participation, they have descided to waive the entry fees for the Class Championship Regatta. There is a catch, though, you have to register before July 23, and you have to be a Class member. What a deal!

Racing continues to hotly contested in the BYC Wednesday Night series in Holland, MI. The race on 6-30-2010 saw an interesting finish with a few boats sneaking in during the last minute and crossing the line just as others were approaching. This is One Design racing at its best! We will be keeping the fleet results up to date each week after racing.

06-18-2010

Record S2 7.9 Attendance for the BYC Wednesday Night Races!
Several new S2 7.9's joined Hot Tamale and Blackbeard for the 2nd BYC Summer Series race. Hot Tamale has been racing in the BYC Wednesday Night Races for 15 years, and we have seen the fleet grow and shrink. When we reached 6 registered boats, the RC agreed to give us our own start as a fleet. For a few years we were hard pressed to get 4 boats to the line each week, but lately the 7.9 fleet has been growing again. Not only has Blackbeard joined but we also have Wolf Pack and Ripple Effect out with us for their first season. SMAC'D and Invincible Again round out the fleet to 12 boats. This is One Design racing at its best! We will be keeping the fleet results up to date each week after racing.

06-10-2010

She's in the water!
Blackbeard was launched yesterday - 5-26-10 - culminating a 7 month effort. While there are a few aspects that still need to be addressed, such as working instruments, Spectra Backstay, remembering to install the Windex, adding some weight after the cushions are in, (and several more that don't come to mind right now); we had a good race and the boat moved through the water very well. We finished 6th, ahead of Kaboom. A scramble in the last "less than a minute" of racing let 4 boats slide in ahead of us. All of us on board had a blast, and Tommy feels really good about One Design racing - it is where he wants to be.

The Results page has the finals for the BYC Spring Series, Hot Tamale placed 4th.

05-27-10

At the Tipping Point
Blackbeard has her new coat of paint and the graphics, motor mount, and swim ladder are all in place. She is at the point where we can tip her into the water, photo below. Meanwhile, Hot Tamale went out for the 3rd spring race. Light and failing breeze from the North was the order of the evening and the race committee called for a 2-leg, out and back race. Flying her new #1, Hot Tamale made excellent progress upwind and rounded the mark in 3rd place. Downwind was another matter and we failed in our tactics and let 2 boats pass us, finishing 5th. This leaves us with a 3rd for the spring series.

05/21/2010

A Blustery Spring Evening!
The East wind has continued all week and while Blackbeard waited quietly for a new coat paint, Hot Tamale went out and raced. The race committee was set up about 1.5 miles out and had a quite square course set at 100 degrees, 1 nm, 4 legs. Heading out we decided it was a #3 headsail night, and then during the pre-start we decided to reef the main. Having only 3 on board this made for some excellent seamanship. Ol' Blue Eyes had their main halyard part and dropped out, then shortly after the start, Second Wind took a terrible knockdown and also retired. That left K2 and Hot Tamale on the course and the 7.9 newcomer Ripple Effect, who had started with the JAM fleet. We raced 3 legs under the reefed main, and glad we did as some of the gusting to 35-40kts of breeze had us heeled over aways. We passed Ripple Effect just before turn 3. Shaking out the reef, we stayed almost a boatlength ahead of them down to the finish line. The 2nd place will help our series standings.

05/13/2010

Commissioning, and more commissioning...
Do you make a Commissioning list every year? We have, and this year it is longer than ever. The usual list for Hot Tamale (#477) has been augumented by the growing list for Blackbeard (#457). And the more things we seem to get done, the more things are added to the list, so it seems to be growing. Or at least it was, we sat down and started marking off the completed items and it is clear we have come a long way. Maybe the end is in sight, but we are not ready to schedule the launch yet. Plans are now for early May, but the actual date has yet to be set and the BYC Wednesday Night series starts May 5, 2010!

04-10-2010

Wrap It Up,,,,I'll Take It...
The interior hull liner is all in place so we have some re-assembly to do. The weather is finally turning so we can take her outside and scrub and rub. Then we move her to the #2 barn for final work before she floats again! We hope to have Blackbeard competing in the Detroit SW NOOD Regatta June 4-6.

The Hot Tamale Racing team is plannig to attend the MBYC Rules Seminar on April 24, 2010. Time to get in the game!
BYC Wednesday Night series starts May 5, 2010!

04-03-2010

An Inside Job
Work has commenced on replacing the interior hull liner. We have a commercial vinyl fabric and have all the pieces cut out. Now the one-armed paper-hanger activity begins. The weather is finally turning so we can take her outside and scrub and rub. Then we move her to the #2 barn for final work before she floats again!
The winning candidate for names is Blackbeard. The font comittee is still in session working to select a good looking typeface for the hull graphics.

The Hot Tamale Racing team is plannig to attend the MBYC Rules Seminar on April 24, 2010. Time to get in the game!

03-18-2010

BUGOUT!!!!
The complimentary shop space we were enjoying the use of has been leased and we have had to "bugout". New space was arranged and the move is now complete - work can start up again. The interior fabric is on order, and there seems to be an ever-increasing list of jobs to do to make her race ready.
The winning candidate for names is BLACKBEARD. Now we have to convene the font comittee to select a good looking typeface for the hull graphics.

The Hot Tamale Racing team is plannig to attend the MBYC Rules Seminar on April 24, 2010. Time to get in the gane!

03-02-2010

Rebuilding has begun.
The interior is now all scrubbed. We have started putting her back together. Teak is cleaned and re-finished. The rebuilt companionway steps and door to the hold are now back in place, so it isn't so much of a climb to get inside. The mast is ready to be restrung with halyards, the boom is painted, and parts for the outhaul are on hand. The Hull liner is picked out, when it arrives we will be as busy as a one-armed wallpaper hanger. And as always, there is more polishing up to do.

The Hot Tamale Racing team is also plannig to attend the MBYC Rules Seminar on April 24, 2010. Time to get in the gane!
Name selection will be announced soon, but don't hold your breath.

02-05-2010

Gutted!
The interior fabric is out. This means that the furniture and fixtures are also out. We are one step away from the refurbising of the insides. Meanwhile, work on the topsides and deck continues. We are removing the layer of oxidization and laying down a new seal coat of Poli-Glow before buffing up to a showroom shine.

The Hot Tamale Racing team is also getting geared up for a road trip to Strictly Sail, Navy Pier, Chicago. It is always a rip-roaring time!
Last chance to get your name suggestions in to Boz

01-21-2010
Deck Cleaning Commences!
The new boat has been a great winter project for the Hot Tamale Racing team. We have now 'holystoned' the decks to get the dirt and grime off, and we are making good progress on the refit. This boat came with the Galley Cabinet and the Portable Table. Our wood worker (J1, the owner of #477) has rebuilt the table and has replicated the cabinet for 477. We are excited about getting to Strictly Sail to get the best deals on our ever growing shopping list!
Voting on a name for her starts in February! Get your suggestions in now to Boz

01-10-2010
The Painted Lady is resting!
Back on her trailer after only 7 weeks in therapy (and 4 in a sling!) 457 is now resting again. The bottom paint is dry and the work on her topsides and interior commence.
Voting on a name for her starts in February! Get your suggestions in now to Boz

#457 #457

12-30-2009
Her Bottom is Ready!
Substantial progress has been made as bottom work continues. The bottom paint is removed and the hull sanded so she is ready for the new barrier coat is next, then anti-fouling bottom paint. Storage logistics have created a time crunch on getting the painting done. We move to new digs (a few doors down, actually) next week after setting her down on the trailer. Then the work on topside and insides begins.
Oh, and we are still working on a name for her! Candidates for names can be sent to Boz

12-29-2009
THE BARNANCLES ARE GONE! The the work continues... Chain falls and heavy duty tow straps are holding 457 off the ground while bottom work continues. A new barrier coat is next, then anti-fouling bottom paint. Meanwhile, the rig inspection is complete, and the standing rigging is in great shape. A few replacement items are needed in the running rigging, such as tweakers, spinny ratchet blocks, etc. The shopping list seems to be growing. The interior trim has been taken out and refinished. New stowage hatch cover boards are ready to go back in as soon as the bilge cleaning is finished.
Oh, and we are still working on a name for her! Candidates for names can be sent to Boz

#457 #457

12-20-2009
The saga yet continues... With the boat safely stored in a local warehouse space, Hot Tamale Racing is able to work over the off season to get #457 ready for the 2010 racing season. Work has started on cleaining her hull, deck and interior. The rigging is completely removed and the spars are undergoing a careful inspection. The boom needs painting. Lines, blocks, and the standing rigging is being inventoried and inspected. The winches are rebuilt. The board is out for repairs. The list continues...
We will have quite a shopping list for this years trip to Strictly Sail, Chicago.
Oh, and we are still working on a name for her! Candidates for names can be sent to Boz

11-22-2009
The saga continues... The trip back to GR started with a quick dash out of Portsmouth up to Williamsburg for a good night's rest. Dinner at the 2nd Street Bistro started with Special Icewater, Manahattan, Rusty Nail, and Balwhine. After a filling main course and the requisite glass of wine, the syndicate returned to the hotel and asked for a 5:30am wake up call. On the road by 0630 and skipping out on a Cracker Barrel breakfast, we headed north this time driving for 3 hr shifts. Not having towed a 7.9 that far before, we had her strapped in good. We checked the tires and bearings every stop. The truck never complained about the load, in fact it rode better towing the boat than it did going south. For a while we contemplated an alternate route through Ohio to avoid the rough roads. After consulting with Garmin Mapsource, we decided that the extra 1.5 hrs wasn't worth it, so we toughed it out on I-70 to I-80 to I-75 to US23. After 14 hrs we arrived back home, tucked her in the Barn and had a well deserved night-cap!
We are still working on a name for her! Candidates for names can be sent to Boz

11-12-2009
Hot Tamale Racing is expanding the 7.9 fleet! The syndicate left Grand Rapids, Michigan, around 2130 Friday, November 6th in a borrowed Chevy 2500HD 4-door TurboDiesel. Taking 2 hr shifts we drove straight through to breakfast somewhere near Fredrick, Maryland. Continuing on coffee, juice, bacon and eggs we headed past D.C. and down to Norfolk, VA, arriving about noon. We had the location of the trailer loaded as a waypoint in the GPS, so we went right there. A little work and we had that hooked up and headed over to the marina. The afternoon was spent moving her over to the travel lift, getting the slings under her board, lifting her, power washing the bottom, setting her on the trailer, and getting her ready for a 860 mile trek back to the barn on Honey Creek.
We are still working on a name for her! Candidates for names can be sent to Boz

11-9-2009
Hot Tamale Racing is expanding the 7.9 fleet! A syndicate loosely affiliated with HTR has purchased #457. This boat will be returned to West Michigan and join the fleet we have racing out of Holland, Michigan.
She is sitting in Portsmouth, Virginia, at N36 51.576 W76 21.124, the trailer is at N36 51.249 W76 17.982, and we're at N42 54.949 W85 32.926, so plans are shaping up for a 736 nm road trip in early November. We've got the tow vehicle lined up, the help has signed on, the route is set, and we're driving through the night to get there!
Route Stay tuned for more developments. Now we need a name for her!

S2 7.9
#477 #457
#477 #457

10-29-2009
Hot Tamale Racing is expanding the 7.9 fleet! A syndicate loosely affiliated with HTR has purchased #457 on eBay. This boat will be returned to West Michigan and join the fleet we have racing Holland. She is sitting in Portsmouth, Virginia, so a road trip is in order. Before that, a trailer needs to be acquired. Progress will be reported here. S2 7.9

10-27-2009
Hot Tamale is tucked away for the winter in her Barn. Season final results are posted, and plans are underway for next years schedule. Also the off-season drinking has begun so stay tuned for locations!

10-9-2009
The S2 7.9 Class Championship Regatta has finished 3 days of racing. 2 races were complataed on Day 3 for a total of 6 races in the regatta. Scoring is here. I served on a RC Mark boat and it was a very different experience to go through a regatta in that role. I now have a greater appreciation of the workers that make our sport possible. I recommend to anyone that can't race in a local regatta to go help the RC. It will be good for you and good for the sport. Hot Tamale has only 2 races left this season - Weds 9-23 and Sat 9-26. Then we make plans to retrieve her and tuck her up for the winter.

9-17-2009

Here is 40% (Boz, J4 "Pumping Iron", and J1) of Team Hot Tamale showing off the 2 FIRST place awards from the VanderLeek Cup Hospice Regatta. We took first in our Division and first in the PHRF Plus Pledge contest where our rating was adjusted based on the funds we raised for Holland Hospice.

Hot Tamale Racing finished the summer series in 5th place. Results are here. .Now we begin the Fall series for 4 more races before.... Well, I was going to say, "before the cool weather sets in." but the cool weather is already here.
We are finalizing plans for the 2009 S2 7.9 CCR, more news of the regatta will follow soon!

8-30-2009:
Crew Cuts
Team Hot Tamale took 2 FIRST place awards from the VanderLeek Cup Hospice Regatta. We took first in our Division and first in the PHRF Plus Pledge contest where our rating was adjusted based on the funds we raised for Holland Hospice.
The Regatta was held on August 22 in blustery, squall ridden weather. The course was set in Lake Macatawa due to the weather. Starting from the Number 1 green can proceeding Easterly to the Number 14 red buoy off of Collen Park and the Pickle Factory and back to the #1 can for the finish. We started in a rain squall and puffy, oscillating winds, hitting the line only 4 seconds after the gun. There were 3 7.9's and 2 Melges 24's in our division. Working our way up to the permanent channel markers, we watched the Melges 24's move out ahead, but the varying wind allowed us to close the gap near the markers. Shifting winds made for a lot of work for the trimmers, and we held on to our lead as Second Wind closed in from behind. The wind moved aft - or so it seemed - so we set the spinnaker. Second Wind, under jib and main, remained as close ever, the Melges, with their assymetrical headsails, moved ahead. Changing back to the genoa, we managed to hold on to our place, then as the wind veered, we moved up on the Melges even while Second Wind came closer and threatened to pass us. Tactics as we approached the turn were critical, we needed to stay between Second Wind and the #14 buoy. Passing one of the Melges just as we came into the turn, we started the leg back to the #1 green can. The was no rest for the winners, the winds kept up their oscillating and puffing. Rain squalls swept over the lake. We worked just as hard heading for the finish. The Melges pulled ahead, but not far enough to beat Team Hot Tamale !!

8-24-2009:
Team Hot Tamale will be racing in the VanderLeek Cup Hospice Regatta
This regatta is a major fund raiser for
Hospice of Holland. Scheduled for Saturday August 22, 2009, this regatta has special meaning for the crew of Hot Tamale. We want to encourage everyone to donate in support of this cause. All proceeds go to Hospice's Tulip Tree fund to supplement Hospice House room and board expenses, and assist with other healthcare expenses, for Hospice patients in need.

You can make a donation by using this link. Please mention Hot Tamale and the VanderLeek Cup when donating. If you do make a donation, please let one of the crew know about it.

More information about the regatta is here.
Thank you.

7-27-2009:
Class Championship Regatta is announced.
The S2 7.9 Class Association has published the Notice of Race for the 2009 Class Championship Regatta. See the S2 7.9 Class Association web site for details.

Hot Tamale Racing Team has come to start line late for 2 races in the BYC Summer Series. This will be fixed by the next race.

7-05-2009:
Starting Summer with it a 3rd.
The Hot Tamale Racing Team fought back from a second-row start to finish the first race the BYC Summer series in 3rd place. Big winds on Lake Michigan had the fleets inside on Lake Macatawa for an 8-leg race in medium to high winds. 6 of the 7 boats in our fleet sailed with a #3 headsail due to the higher and gusty winds. North to NW breezes made the course a reach and run style race. We fought hard, staying to the North side up the course, and swung wide around the Green #1 Can after the offset mark to avoid joining the confusion that was a result of boats trying to go where they had no rights, we made the second turn in 5th place. Continuous work on sail trim was the order of the day, and we closed ranks until leg 5 when Second Wind and Ol' Blue Eyes started a drive to windward that took them both way of course. This allowed us to sail past them and round in 3rd behind Kaboom and K2. A lot of big boat traffic made for a tricky rounding, but we came out unscathed. Sirrocco was threatening and on leg 6 passed us by staying to the south side of the lake. Going into the last turn in 4th, we had Second Wind and Blue Arrow right behind us and Sirrocco coming up into the turn as we rounded. Close sailing down to the #1 Can left us in 3rd place with Blue Arrow on our heels, SW, OBE and somewhere behind us. Good teamwork, sail handling, and calling the placement of boats helped us stay between Blue Arrow and the RC boat to finish in 3rd.
Let's keep this going!!

6-04-2009:
That makes it a 3rd.
The Hot Tamale Racing Team had to sit out the last race of the BYC Spring series this past Wednesday night, May 27. With the throw-out we maintain our record of 1,4,1 for the spring. K2 and 'Ol Blue Eyes finished 1st and 2nd to take the top spots, leaving us solidly in 3rd.
Any other finish sequence would have kept us in 2nd and maybe let us have 1st, but, no, Boz had to jinx it by sending out a notice that a K2, OBE finish would put us in 3rd. So now we start psyching up for the summer season, 11 races during June, July, and August. Hopefully crew schedules will be more condusive to having a full contingent on board each race.

5-29-2009:
Whooo-Wheeee!!!!
The Hot Tamale Racing Team had a super race this past Wednesday night, May 20. J1, J2, J4, and Boz put in a top drawer, first cabin, nearly flawless performance to take home another 1st place spot. This gives us a record of 1,4,1 for the spring and on the tie breaker we are sitting in First for the BYC Spring series.
This is great One Design racing - 7 boats were out in the S2 7.9 fleet. Sailing on the Big Lake again, a course was set almost square to windward (180 degrees, 1 mile legs, 4 legs). J4 noted there was more pressure inside, and the predicted current was evident in the differences between the GPS and the Speedo readings. Setting up properly, we hit the starting line at the gun and worked our way up the first leg. It looked like we were in 5th at the start, but staying to the left side and a couple of good tactical moves helped us move to 3rd as we rounded the windward mark for the first turn. Downwind we rocked! Staying toward shore, and sailing a little hotter angles, we passed the 2 leaders and made turn 2 in first place. A slow windward takedown had us giving those 2 places back to K2 and Ol' Blue Eyes, with Second Wind threatening us as well. Working hard upwind, we managed to do turn 3 in 3rd place (again!) with K2 and Second Wind just ahead of us. Using the same tactics downwind - if it works, don't change it - we made our way back to the front of the fleet and finished with less than a boatlength between us and K2. Second Wind had a spinnaker wrap after turn 3, so the line-up was Hot Tamale , K2, Ol' Blue Eyes, then Second Wind.
Back at the Club the questions was asked, "Who'd you beat?"
"Everybody."

05-20-2009:
Stellar Shorthanded Racing!!!!
The Hot Tamale Racing Team was working shorthanded this past Wednesday night. J2, J4, and Boz put in a hard night of crew work and carried of a 4th place finish in a growing fleet. 6 boats were out for the BYC Spring Series race 2, up from 4 7.9's last week. Sailing on the Big Lake, a 1 mile course was set almost square to windward. We started a bit late - J2 is to blame for that - and were looking at 5 sterns lined up ahead and a bit to leeward. With only 3 crew, we raced Jib and Main, no spinnaker, so we had little hope. We were last around the first turn, but made a couple of good tactical moves downwind and passed 2 boats. This put us in 4th and we held on to that place for 2 more legs.

5-14-2009:
Starting out Correctly!!!!
The Hot Tamale Racing Team took a bullet in the BYC season opener on Wednesday May 6. A 2-leg race on Lake Macatawa had the wind mostly out of the West for the race. This made a nearly windward leeward course in the light winds and flat water. These are conditions where we sail well. Thoroughly discussed starting tactics, moving the boat fast in light air, and keeping clean air all around the course were the keys. We had a great start! We followed the lift, tacked quckly and cleanly, and had about 6 boatlengths on the competition as we rounded the mark. A small snafu on the spinny set and a quick recovery, we sailed the downwind leg with 2 jibes and finished 1st in class!

5-06-2009:
Hot Tamale is at the dock!!
Just like the opening picture on our cover page. Splashed in on Sat May 2, she is shiny and ready to take on all comers for the season. First race is Wednesday May 6.

5-01-2009:
Hot Tamale is out in the yard at VanVilla undergoing final prep for launch at the next Michigan weather window. The new companionway hatch slides as sweet as hot butter (unsalted). New backstay lines are ready, topside Poly-Glo, and VC17m bottom paint and she's ready to splash in. Pics of the new 1/4 berth shelves will be posted after launch.
The Holland Area Sailing Council sail racing seminars concluded with a session on starts and tactics. Too much information to take in at once, but really good stuff. Next is a brush-up on the changes in the rules for 2009. Wednesday Nights, Here we come!!

4-30-2009:
Hot Tamale is still resting in the barn. The final stages of the companionway hatch surgery are in process. She has the 1/4 berth shelves fit on both port and starboard and has new line hangers in the cockpit seat lockers. Another work session is needed to finish the hatch and clean her up for transport. Our planned launch date is May 2, 2009.
Meanwhile, the team has been attending the Holland Area Sailing Council sail racing seminars. We have been inundated with good information on Crew work, upwind skills, and downwind skills.

4-17-2009:
Hot Tamale has received permission to publish the Boston S2 7.9 Tuning Guide. A link has been added to the Links page for this important file.
This year the S2 7.9 Class Championship Regatta will be held in our home waters of Lake Michigan, hosted at the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club. We know from the St. Pete NOODs that the competition is tough. It will be interesting to see what this fall brings for the class!

3-12-2009:
Perfect Scorelines at St. Petersburg Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta

More than 1,000 sailors and nearly 200 boats competed at the recent Sperry Top-Sider National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta held in St. Petersburg, FL from February 13-15, 2009. Three boats finished the event with perfect scorelines-- Bert Rice's Corsair 24 Mark Twain, Adam Rosen's and Jeff Marks' J/105 Wasabi, and Jim Pearson's Ultimate 20 Slippery-- but the overall victory went to David Flechsig's S2 7.9 Rooster Tail. Flechsig's team edged out Spike Boston's Frequent Flyer team by one point to win the 10-boat division and a trip to the NOOD Championships in the Caribbean this November.


2-18-2009:
Team Hot Tamale has returned from the Strictly Sail Chicago exhibition. We managed to stay up past 9 pm this time!! Plans are in process for the 2009 season.

2-2-2009:
Team Hot Tamale is traveling to the Strictly Sail Chicago exhibition. This is our midwinter sailing fix. The racing schedule will be finalized over a few drinks after the show.

1-23-2009:
We have added the Cover Page with slide show of selected pictures. Candidates for the show can be sent to Boz.
Our menu has been revised to include a login and certain pages have been moved into a members only area so that the Hot Tamale Racing Team has better control over the information we post on our website. We still have the Crew bio's with pics, and have established our Union Local #477.
Hot Tamale is still in the barn and we are wiling away the offseason dreaming of mounting a campaign for Key West Race Week or the St. Pete NOODs.

1-13-2009:
The S2 7.9 Class site as been re-hosted and new Forum software deployed. This was a huge effort by Bob Fleck and will fix several issues that the old forum had. Thanks Bob!!

Great photo of Hot Tamale at the dock on a striking summer's evening is on the Cover page and in the Photo album. - Thanks J1.

10-27-2008:
The S2 7.9 Class Championship Regatta (CCR) is racing in Nashville at the Percy Priest Yacht Club. Although Hot Tamale is in the barn, we are very keen on the CCR. The latest results, photos and comments from racers will be hosted here. Check back often to get the Nashville News.

10-10-2008:
Now the 2008 Season is over and Hot Tamale is in the barn. The last BYC Fall Series race was Wednesday, September 4, and the BYC Frostbite was Saturday, September 20. This season our record was tied for 4th in the BYC spring series, 5th in the summer, a 3rd for the fall, and a 3rd in the Frostbite. We took a 2nd in division for the Anchorage Cup, and a 3rd in division in the VanderLeek Hospice Regatta. All of our crew enjoyed a great time on and off the water. Now we start on the off-season to do list!

09-20-2008:
Next we retrieve Hot Tamale from the water, take the stick down and pack her up for winter. This is planned for Wednesday, September 24, 2008.

09-07-2008:
The crack team of J1, J2, J3, Boz & K took a 2nd in the Anchorage Cup Saturday Sept. 6. Results.

08-29-2008:
Hot Tamale Racing is planning for the Anchorage Cup. The race is on Sep 6, the first Saturday after Labor Day. This coastal race is on Lake Michigan from Grand Haven south-ish to Holland. It is usually well attended by boats from LMPHRF Area IV. In '94 Hot Tamale took 1st in section for the Anchorage Cup race. In 2005 Hot Tamale Racing started a tradition of delivering the boat to Grand Haven on Friday and having a Crew Cook-out dinner that evening.
Plans are again shaping up for this years race. Race crew will consist of J1, J2, J3, Boz, and K (look for new bio on Crew page). Delivery will be made by J2, Boz, and K on Friday afternoon. The 80 proof selection is Deanston Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky. The rest of the Crew will bring in the steaks and wax beans for dinner on the lawn in GH.

08-26-2008:
Congrats to the crew that raced Hot Tamale in the VanderLeek Cup Hospice Regatta on Sat 8-23-08. The team of J1, J2, J3, J4, and K took a 3rd in the Spinnaker 2 fleet. Results at: VLC 2008 Results.

07-26-2008:
Four members of the Hot Tamale Racing team made up half the crew of Tomfoolery for the 100th running of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinaw. This was a memorable event for several reasons, not the least of which was that it was J3's first Race to Mackinac. We finished 7th in our Section of 17 boats, the 318 boat to cross the finish line at Mackinac Island, 68 hours, 38 minutes, 10 seconds after starting off the Chicago shoreline.

07-05-2008:
Four members of the Hot Tamale Racing team made up 2/3rds of the crew of Tomfoolery for the 2008 South Shore Yacht Club Queen's Cup race. The race was run overnight, starting 6pm CDT, Friday, June 27, in Milwaukee, and ending at 4:31:26 CDT early Saturday morning on the 28th. We finished 2nd in our Division, and 25th overall out of 144 boats finishing the race.