Lucija Ruzevic takes 1st Place at FWBC’s Old Man and the Sea TSA Regatta

We are thrilled to share that Lucija Ruzevic, daughter of Nino and Lara Ruzevic, took 1st Place at the Old Man and the Sea Regatta this weekend. In case you missed it, Lucija is on a bit of a roll with her wins. She also brought home trophies for 1st Place wins at Rush Creek and White Rock events.

Way to go, Lucija! We are so proud of you!




Race One of the Fall Series

With fair winds and somewhat balmy temperatures (okay, it was hotter than heck out there), the fleet kicked off the fall series yesterday with some beautiful racing. The day also held its share of adventures and misadventures!

With fifteen minutes before the start of the first race, Dan Wolf on Scoots had a spinnaker halyard malfunction. While Dan was discussing the merits of the various ways to race without a spin halyard, Pauline Chetelet talked him into hoisting her up the mast to retrieve the wayward halyard. “Send you up the mast after the halyard? Sure, that would be great”, says Dan, rather unconvincingly, “except that I have no bosun’s chair. Sorry” Nevertheless, crew member Mike Barone quickly devised a harness from sail ties and up she went. While she was aloft, the hail flag was raised and it was time to check in. Scoots headed for the committee boat. “Is it legal to check in with a crew member up the mast?” Apparently, it is; although Scoots didn’t have to test that rule. Pauline, with spin halyard successfully in hand, was back on the deck before check-in.

The first race got off pretty much without a hitch except for a couple of over early starts. The second race was a little more eventful. With two protests at the start, it was shaping up to be a little more exciting. As the winds picked up and the race heated up, Matt Harden and crew on Fang found their wind. Fang was really moving. On the wrong course. Oops. Apparently, they had fun regardless of the DQ.

All told, it was yet another day of successful racing! 

— Heather Fahle, Fleet Captain

Solid showing by our J/24s at the HOOD

Fifteen J/24s arrived in Houston to race this past weekend. At the end of the weekend, our four teams secured four of the top seven places. Congratulations to James Freedman and Team Misconduct (2nd place), Kelly Holmes-Moon and Team Bad Moon (4th place), Peter Brigaitis and Team Navy Blue Faded Lady (6th place), and Tim Johnson and Gray Wolf (7th place).

Huge congratulations also going out to fellow North Texans and friends of DCYC, Mark Smith and Team After Midnight (of FWBC) for their stellar weekend and 3rd place finish. Our own Tonja Sanchez Holmes-Moon crewed with Team After Midnight. Congrats, you guys!

Special kudos must go to Team Navy Blue Faded Lady, a team that has competed together on a J/24 only once before. They showed up on a borrowed boat and left with a 6th place finish. Way to go, Peter Brigaitis, Tim Kraft, Matt Harden, and Tim Ponter!

Congratulations, everyone!


Four DCYC J/24 Teams Headed for the HOOD

After what seemed an extremely long break in the Texas Circuit action, the racing returns with our 5th stop in the Texas Circuit: 2016 HYC HOUSTON OPEN ONE-DESIGN (HOOD).
Representing Fleet 163 are:

  • James Freedman on Miss Conduct, bow # 01, in 2nd overall and 6 points out of 1st,
  • Kelly Holmes-Moon on Bad Moon, bow # 03, in 3rd and 5 points behind Freedman,
  • Tim Johnson on Gray Wolf, bow # 60, in 5th and 16 points behind Holmes-Moon, and
  • Peter Brigaitis on Navy Blue Faded Lady, bow # 94.

This is a debut appearance for 2016 by Navy Blue Faded Lady, as she has been out of commission since May of 2014.  She is affectionately referred to by the rest of the fleet as the “Nuclear Meltdown” and it is great to see her return.

Go Fleet 163 – Beat 21.

Thanks to Tim Johnson, Fleet Captain for Fleet 163, for the update!


GRAYWOLF, READY TO RACE  |  Courtesy of Tim Johnson



BADMOON, HOOD-BOUND  |  Courtesy of Tonja Holmes-Moon


NAVY BLUE FADED LADY, SOUTH BOUND  |  Photo courtesy of Pete Brigaitis



MISS CONDUCT, ON THE ROAD  |  Courtesy of James Freedman




Congratulations to DCYC’s Racers

1st Place Finishes for Drake and Lucija!

Our own Drake Ditmer and Lucija Rucevic landed 1st Place finishes for Laser 4.7 and Laser Radial divisions at Corinthian Sailing Club’s Rock the Rock Regatta! Well done, Drake and Lucija!

Stellar performances at North Americans by Freedman’s crew on Miss Conduct!

Miss Conduct had a great regatta in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada at the J/24 North American Championships, finishing in the top third of the fleet in 14th place. Great performance, James & Crew!

Per Tim Johnson, J/24 Fleet Captain:

James Freedman & Team Miss Conduct, Bow # 8, finished 14th overall at the J/24 2016 North Americans in Mississauga, Ontario Canada.  Their best finish was 3rd in Race # 1 (out of 46 boats).  Other boats in the Texas Circuit: Giggles (Natalie Harden – AYC, Bow # 6), finished 16th, and Chupacabra (John Parker – AYC, Bow # 7), finished 34th.”

Tim Johnson

Captain, J/24 Fleet 163, Texas District 14

Photo Courtesy of John Crawley
 Port Credit Yacht Club
Race # 5 – Saturday, Sept 10