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2015 Star 45 Region 1 Championship Race (R1CR)

By Cliff Martin, Commodore, MmMYC

The 2015 Star R1 CR was held on Saturday, August 8, at Rosemary Lake in Needham, Massachusetts.  The day was quite nice, being warm with light, variable winds coming out of the Northeast.  This is a fairly standard forecast for this time of year at Rosemary Lake.  Of course, a little more wind, with a little less variability, would always be welcome, but as every skipper knows, we don’t get to choose these things.

Rosemary Lake sits in a slight depression and is surrounded by trees which provide not only welcome shade on a warm day but gives the prevailing wind every reason to swirl and move in unexpected ways.  This has always been one of the “special features” of Rosemary.  This also means that there is really no advantage to being a local skipper, as every day and every race has different winds that nobody can know or anticipate.  It is to this venue that we invited Region 1 skippers to sail.

Minuteman Model Yacht Club (MmMYC) has 6-Star 45 skippers and 4 were able to attend.  We were hoping to have at least that many or more come from surrounding clubs, but only Fred and Mary Gobel ventured out (from Connecticut) to sail with us.  At race time, we had 6 Stars come to the starting line.

The good news is that Fred and Mary are excellent competitors, nice people, well known to the club, and they fit well with the MmMYC skippers.

With only 6 boats, we started everybody at the same time, but it didn’t take long before the pack quickly separated into a “virtual A” fleet and a “virtual B” fleet.  Sure, there were the light, variable winds and sure, there was a course change or two, but more often than not the same 3 skippers seemed to figure out how to make the most of the situation and keep their boats out in front, way out in front.

At the end of racing the sailing honors went to the skippers who clearly owned the day:  Colin Mosgrove, First Place; Herb Dreher, Second Place and Fred Gobel, Third Place.  (I suggested also awarding 1st, 2nd and 3rd places to the “virtual B” fleet skippers, but was voted down…..go figure)

It was a great day of sailing and I want to give many thanks to Fred and Mary for making the effort to support the Star 45 Class and the Minuteman Model Yacht Club.  We hope to see them again at future events.

Skipper            Score
Colin Mosrove     24
Herb Dreher         30
Fred Goebel         32
Jim Linville          48
Cliff Martin          52
Mary Goebel       67
Pat Butterworth   67


Tony Bosco

From Ken Bauser

I'm sure you'd want to know, so am forwarding the news about Tony Bosco's passing.  
Tony meant so much to the Housatonic Model Yacht Club, and HMYC meant so very 
much to Tony. It will never be quite the same without him...

George Greenhaugh

With his wife Norman, George was the backbone of the Narragansett MYA. He was deeply involved with
the Mini-America's Cup. And, he was one of the eraliest members of Minuteman MYC. Things will never 
be the same without George sailing his EC12, and Norma counting laps sailed at MmMYC's 4-Hour Enduro.

George T. Greenhalgh, age 88, of Warren, passed away peacefully June 14, 2015 at his residence 
surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Norma (Betz) Greenhalgh for the past 67 years. 
Born in Pawtucket, RI, a son of the late Charles G. and Helen (Towle) Greenhalgh, he lived in Pawtucket 
for many years and summered in Touisset Point in Warren which became his permanent residence in 1974. 
Touisset was his favorite place on earth. A graduate of Wilbraham Academy, he was a Veteran of the 
United States Air Force. He served as an Engine Mechanic based in Panama. Mr. Greenhalgh worked at 
Greenhalgh Mills in Pawtucket, RI a family business, for many years and retired as Assistant Treasurer in 1976. 

Mr. Greenhalgh was a proud member of the Republican Party and was involved in many civic activities. He 
was Past President of the Pawtucket Kiwanis Club, and the Pawtucket Boys and Girls Club. He has been 
a member of the Touisset Point Community Club since 1955 and served a term as president. He was also a 
member of the TK Club in Pawtucket and the Anawan Club in Rehoboth. He was an active member of the 
Pawtucket Congregational Church and later, the First Christian Congregational Church in Swansea. George 
and Norma traveled extensively in their RV and took many Caribbean cruises together. They also enjoyed 
bowling and square dancing as members of the Humdingers Club. 

In his younger days, he loved racing Town Class sailboats "Townies" in the Mount Hope Bay. Later, he 
enjoyed building and racing radio controlled model sailboats and served as Commodore of the Narragansett 
Model Yacht Association. Artistically talented, he was a prolific wood carver and craftsman. Seagulls and 
ducks were among his favorite subjects. He was also known to have made the best stuffed quahogs and 
chowder on Touisset Point. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter: Susan Greenhalgh Viveiros and her husband Peter of 
Tiverton, his son: David G. Greenhalgh and his wife Susan of Barrington, a son-in-law: Stanley Larkin Jr. of 
NJ, a brother: Charles Gordon Greenhalgh Jr., of Seekonk, MA, three grandchildren: Todd Larkin and his wife 
Ann Marie of NJ, Michelle Greenhalgh and her husband Michael Heinsdorf, Ian Greenhalgh all of Washington, 
D.C., and many nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Nancy Greenhalgh Larkin and brother of the 
late Gail Trautmann, Thomas B. Greenhalgh, and Ann Sachs. 

Burial will be private. A Memorial Service for George will be held on July 11, 2015 at 11:00AM in the First Christian
Congregational Church 1113 Grand Army of the Rerpublic Highway, Swansea, MA 02777. In lieu of flowers, 
contributions in his honor may be made to the First Christian Congregational Church.