Top 10 reasons to join the Mutineers at MNC 2018 Texas Shootout
10. Great opportunity to wear your cowboy attire.
9. Meet a gang of friendly sailors who are more than willing to share their knowledge and experience.
8. Have your Mutineer inspected by an expert in maintenance and repair he shares many great safety and performance upgrades with each boat owner.
7. Enjoy the legendary hospitality that Texans and the Grapevine Sailing Club offers.
6. Reinforce your knowledge of the Racing Rules of Sailing with the opportunity to ask questions.
5. Sail on the same course with some of the legends of the Mutineer Class. Even if you are entered in the Silver Fleet, you will be able to measure you skills on the water against these legends.
4. Learn a ton about your Mutineer, sailing and racing in a friendly, supportive environment.
3. Enjoy a Texas BBQ (brisket was served last time that melted in our mouths) prepared by the top Texas BBQ Connoisseur in Texas.
2. Meet like minded sailors with the emphasis on having fun (keep in mind the alternative may be working - yikes!)
1. Everything is BIG in Texas and that includes the BIG TIME you will enjoy at MNC 2018.
Annnual Boat Walk Around
Just not sure if you're ready for a national event?
Every year new sailors come to the Nationals for the first time wondering if they should, questioning themselves based on what they feel is their lack of experience. Every one of them has indicated they were so glad they did because they learned so much, had a great time meeting new friends who also enjoy sailing, and found there were others with their exact same ability to have fun competing against.
All racers with any level of skill are welcome.
The Mutineer Nationals is a place for learning.
The Silver Fleet is made up of new racing sailors.
Join us at the Nationals for our Annual boat walk around.
We stop at every boat while the owner shares his upgrades and racing tips. Learn from Gold Fleet Champions. Plan to attend today.
Building Mutineer Fleet 2 in Grapevine, Texas!
Currently with more than 10 boats participating weekly and 15 boats total, Fleet 2 continues to grow from its humble beginning to one of the largest and most active groups in the Muttineer Class Association. Fleet 2 evolved out of the 2011 Mutineer Nationals, which were hosted by the Grapevine Sailing Club (GSC) and led by Rey Garza and Chad Harris. At the time GSC had no idea what a Mutineer 15 was but the 2011 Vice Commodore thought it would be good for the club to sponsor national event. After getting a chance to sail as crew in the 2011 National Championship, a few GSC members caught the Mutineer fever and decided to build a fleet in Grapevine Texas. Ray Garza who was one of the original founders of the current MCA and Chad Harris, GSCs first Mutineer owner, worked together helping the new enthusiastic group to locate and build a fleet one boat at a time.
Convincing people to go out and invest in these little water bullets was not always an easy task. Race a Mutineer? What the heck is a Mutineer? This was heard more than once by those who were not involved in the 2011 Mutineer Nationals held in Grapevine. But for those who did participate, the response was more than enthusiastic.
First there was a local, state, and nationwide search for boats available to purchase. Then there was the organization of the group and the first meetings. Everyone with and interest worked hard to convince people to get involved even if they didnt yet have a Mutineer. Many of our members over time have realized that boat ownership can be expensive. If you want to race a Keel Boat at GSC, you will invest from around $7000 on the low end to maybe $20, 000 to hundreds of thousands on the high side just to be competitive in local club races. That doesnt even include the cost of keeping a boat in a slip or the maintenance and up keep for the boat annually. All of a sudden new recruits came to understand that a Mutineer can be purchased from as little as free to $1000 all day long. With another $1000 to $2500 and a little elbow grease you can own a competitive race boat with new sails and hardware. Not only that a Mutineer 15 is a driveway boat, so you can store it in your front yard.
With keen foresight, and with lots of help from the National Association, in 2012, Mutineer Fleet 2 worked to arrange a well-attended spring seminar in Grapevine. Ernie French, a multiple Mutineer Champion, agreed to come down from Nebraska and provide the first 6 fleet members with exceptional instruction on all aspects of rigging and racing Mutineers. The seminar Ernie provided was the beginning of a fantastic weekend where all who participated, brand new or experienced, came away with new knowledge and enthusiasm. The seminar included class-time instruction going over sailing and racing techniques, on-the-beach instruction and review of boat rigging, and on-the-water sailing and racing practice. Of course there was also the fantastic cook-out and pool party with everyone sitting around and chatting about the days lessons and plans for the future.
Through the summer and fall, Fleet 2 continued to meet almost every Sunday afternoon at the swamp GSCs small boat launch area, to rig, sail, and race. Typically you could see four to six Mutineer masts rising up from the shoreline every weekend. Canopies were raised; chairs and coolers set up, and then the boats would head out for the afternoon fun. After the races everyone would come back in and spend the rest of the afternoon and evening relaxing in the shade and talking about the days sail. Usually other friends from Grapevine Sailing Club would stop by and so the group would grow in numbers with everyone chatting and watching the sun go down. On more than one occasion, the grill would come out and everyone pitched in for some great brats, dogs, BBQ chicken, and sides. These weekly Sunday gatherings became the highlight of the summer and fall.
With winter shortly around the corner, our attention turned to a road trip. Fleet 2 mustered five boats to make the 200+ mile trek to Lake Canyon Yacht Club to participate in the 44th Annual Wurstfest Regatta I for board boats and centerboards. Most brought tents and camped right at the yacht club and a great time was had by all. The evening party was great and some of us had the added bonus of meeting Rey Garza and sharing a few (OK maybe more than a few) German beers. Even though the wind was almost a no show for most of the races, we all learned a lot from the experience. Lake Canyon Yacht Club puts on a fantastic regatta and we all look forward to returning again another year.
Through the winter thoughts turned to having a respectable Fleet 2 presences at the 2013 Mutineer Nationals in Nebraska. There was a lot of work to do to get boats ready, sails updated, and plans made but everyone started looking forward to meeting other Mutineer sailors and making new friends.
Fleet 2 has become a close-knit group of Mutineer 15 sailors each ready to help out each other as we buy, repair and rig, learn to sail, and compete with these little boats. Many are husband and wife teams but there are others as well and we cover all age groups.
Fleet 2 continues to grow and from small beginnings, it has become a leading force in the resurrection the Mutineer sailing. GSC and Fleet 2 is now preparing for our 3rd sponsored Mutineer National Championship since 2011. We are totally excited about another opportunity to bring new Mutineer racers to Texas. We hope our enthusiasm will catch fire with all who attend.
If youre reading this and theres a chance that you would like to help build a fleet in your own backyard, then make plans now to attend the 2018 National Championship. There will be founders from Fleet 15 Colorado, Fleet 18 Florida, as well as Fleet 2 Grapevine, Texas. Make your plans now to join the fun.
4th Annual Mutineer Guest Skipper Day
Drive by the marina on almost any Sunday and you will find Mutineer Sailors gathering to launch there Lively Little Sailing Machines. Through the summer and fall, Mutineer Fleet 2 continues to meet almost every Sunday afternoon at the swamp to rig, sail, and race. Little by little the Mutineer Fleet here at Grapevine Sailing Club has grown 15 plus boats to become the single largest adult fleet in GSCs current racing program.
On Sunday June 17, the Mutineer Fleet completed its 4th Annual Mutineer Guest Skipper Day. Each year our Mutineer owners reach out to skippers and potential skippers wanting to sail and possible race Mutineers. Its a chance to see if a Mutineer 15 might be a boat that could fit your future sailing goals.
This year the Mutineer owners trusted their boats to a record 16 guest skippers who registered to attended the event. Eight boats and owners were available to guide the guests and help them learn a little about Mutineers. We split the group into two groups of eight. Each boat went out with the guest skipper driving and sailed for about an hour. Bouys were set for a short mostly windward leeward course in the harbor between the swamp and the first finger. While the first group sailed the second group gathered under the shelter on the first finger to watch the boats and guest skippers sail. Some times the boats were with in a few feet of the shelter so spectators were really a part of the action. After an hour of sailing the first eight boats completed their first race and the excitement began to build.
When the race was completed the Mutineer owners pulled alongside of the first finger docks and the second guest group boarded and went out to sail and practice driving for about and hour. Then we held the second race around the bouys. The first four finishers from each group were assigned boats and we set up for the third and final race for the Trophies.
1st Place - Mark Gilbert, 2nd Place - David Kemp 3rd Place - Alec Johns
It was a fun and exciting event and from comments and emails received after the event everyone really enjoyed the day. Not only that we have received inquiries from four guest skippers who are interested in locating a boat of their own.