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50 Rules to Sail by in 2012 - Week 18 - Communicate Clearly

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One of the easiest ways to lose a sailboat race is to not communicate clearly. Whether its with other boats on the course, as we talked about in Week 11, or within your own boat, any words between sailors should be concise, effective and with the other sailor’s interest in mind. Because I’ve talked about communication with other boats so much I’m going to focus on internal communication within one boat for this week’s rule.

From 420s to 100 footers, the effectiveness of our communication with one and other can be critical to the outcome of our day on the racecourse. Effective communication on the boat can be summed up in three easy steps:

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We Won! Semaine Olympique Francaise De Voile

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W2012_04_27_sofawards_usssts.jpge won!!! We only had two races today as the wind held true to the forecast and picked up into the 30's, cancelling racing for the afternoon, resulting in no finals. But as it turned out, we completed the round robin and finished with a 16-0 record.   more...


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Down To The Wire — Ryan DeVos Wins East Coast Championship

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West Palm Beach, Fla. - Two more crazy races were conducted in Palm Beach, Florida on Sunday leaving Ryan DeVos on Volpe with winning America's Cup helmsman Ed Baird as tactician and crew of Scott Nixon, Sam Rogers, Mike Hill, Drew Weirda and Scott Martins as 2012 Melges 32 East Coast Champions. In second overall, Jason Carroll on Argo finished with equal points, yet lost the tiebreaker to DeVos. From Italy, Lanfranco Cirillo's Fantastica remained in the hunt all day to finish third overall.  more...


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2012 Interlake Midwinters - D.C. - by Skip Dieball

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The Interlake Midwinters were, this year, hosted by the Washington DC fleet after a number of years down at Davis Island in Tampa.  The fleet responded to the change of venue with 18 boats showing up!

The weather on Friday for everyone's arrival was terrific with sunny skies and temps in the 70s.  For myself and Paul Abdullah, it provided the perfect situation to team up with Terry Kilpatrick from Customflex to put the finishing touches on my new Interlake, #1428.  Terry truly outdid himself on this one.  A few years ago when I sold 1418, I was nervous that I had sold the fastest Interlake ever built.  After all, I had won 3 consecutive Nationals in that machine....but let me tell you, 1428 is everything that boat was, but better.  The rigging is perfect, and it looks incredible and fair.  I'm excited and can't wait to sail it again!  more...



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Sail the Sound for Deafness

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On Thursday August 9, 2012, the Mill Neck Family of Organizations will host a Charitable Sailing Regatta in Oyster Bay, NY called “Sail the Sound for Deafness.” Oakcliff Sailing, The WaterFront Center, Oyster Bay Marine Center, the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association and various other organizations will co-host the event.  The Regatta will raise funds to benefit the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, a group of organizations serving people who are Deaf and/or have other special communication needs, locally, nationally and around the world.  more...


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Gulari Is Golden In Charleston

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The 2012 Melges 24 Gold Cup at Charleston Race Week was the third major event for Bora Gulari's West Marine Rigging/New England Ropes since last October, and it marked his third straight victory in a major Class championship. Gulari took the lead on the final race of the week from overnight leader and 2011 Charleston Race Week winner Kristen Lane (Brick House 812), winning his first ever Melges 24 Gold Cup, and second Charleston Race Week in three years.   more....


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Old and New Rivalries Heat Up the Sea For Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2012

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CHARLESTON, SC -- (April 19, 2012)—America’s biggest regatta will see 17 different divisions of racing boats on six different courses battle it out over the next three days as sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week takes to the waters of Charleston Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Sailors from 10 countries and 29 states will race up to 12 races between Friday and Sunday, with champions crowned Sunday night at the regatta's beachside regatta village.  Races last between 40 minutes and two hours, and winners receive trophies, valuable prizes, and, of course, bragging rights. Classes include boats up to 72 feet long, and the largest class is the Viper 640, which has 41 entries.  more...


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2012 SOUTHERN TOUR

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Being a Midwestern One Design Sailmaker, there are stretches in the schedule that require massive amounts of time away from home.  This year was no different....Seven big events & counting!

It all started for me back in late January and a trip down to Jacksonville from my new home in Mason, Ohio.  All weather missed and I had Jeff Eiber riding shotgun as he was going to continue on from Jacksonville to Ft. Lauderdale for vacation.  In tow was the Thistle.  We were to stage our double deck rig with Paul Abdullah and head to San Diego for the Thistle Midwinters.

After a few days of business, Paul and I embark on the coast to coast trip.  We've done this trip a time or two and frankly, neither of us really mind the 36 hour trip.  We have similar tastes in music, talk radio and can generally entertain each other to the point of monotony!  more...



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8th at Princess Sofia - Sally Barkow

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We just finished up a week in Palma de Mallorca, where we were competing in the Princess Sofia Reagtta. There were 18 teams in the event and we were seeded into two groups. We were in the A group and sailed a solid opening round to place second, tied for first, in our group and a guaranteed spot in the quarterfinals. But up first was the gold round for the top six teams to determine seeding in the quarterfinals.  more...


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100 Days to go! Chicago Mac Race

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As the smell of bottom paint permeates the boat yard and we put away our bunny ears and Easter baskets, we can’t help to think that in 100 days we will be shoving off to embark on the 104th Running of our annual classic, affectionately referred to as ‘the Mac’. I wanted to provide a quick overview of what we have in store for you this year.

Registrations continue to arrive and the RFI queue has some very interesting boats requesting to participate. As we hit the 300 registered boat mark and close in on the entry deadline, you will not want to be left behind, as we have a great race planned for 2012. If you haven't submitted your RFI, please do so as soon as you can. If you have received an invitation but haven't accepted it yet, again, please take quick action to ensure your spot at the start line.  more...


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Taking a Penalty in Match Racing IV (MR04)

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As promised this next instalment about penalties in Match Racing is taking one around the pin-end of the finish.

The rules prescribe that you are not allowed to taken penalty within the zone. But that is only for the zone of a rounding mark! The pin-end of the finish is not a rounding mark, it is a passing mark. Therefore penalties are allowed in that zone.

The big advantage of taking your penalty around that mark is that you can finish directly after having completed your penalty - even with little boat speed - by bearing away to the line. It is one manoeuvre that - if you've done your training - has been done a hundred times before.  more...


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Oakcliff Grows Better Sailors

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“Oakcliff looks like something that I have been wanting to attend my whole sailing life. I just hadn’t found it until now.” So wrote one applicant to the Acorn Program at Oakcliff Sailing Center, a non-profit sailing center in Oyster Bay, NY. He has yet to attend this summer’s program, but his comment is indicative of a gap in the growth path of American sailors.

The signature offering at Oakcliff is the student program, called the Acorn Program for students age 15-18, and the Sapling Program for students age 18-30. For the younger students, it is an intensive three-week residential program. The students spend mornings in the classroom learning about rigging, sailmaking, navigation, composite repair and a variety of other nautical topics.   more...



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First for Equation at BVI Spring Regatta

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Sadly, the crusty Caribbean salt’s washed off, the sunburn’s beginning to peel, and the rum’s done for sailors who raced this year’s BVI Spring Regatta held off Nanny Cay last week. More than 100+ boats competed in the 41st edition of the regatta, with as many new faces as repeat players, including Bill Alcott from Michigan who celebrated his 15th event - this year on his newest boat Equation, the TP65 formerly known as Rosebud.

Equation took first place in Class 1, a particularly sweet prize, as it’s been a while since the racing beauty’s enjoyed the taste of success. The boat was designed by Bruce Farr and built in 2007 at Westerly Marine, Santa Ana, Calif. Originally owned by Roger Sturgeon, she won the 2007 Sydney Hobart among other international prestigious races. She dismasted in heavy weather during the Middle Sea Race off Malta in October 2009, and shortly thereafter was purchased by Australian Ray Roberts in early 2010.  more...


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Freshwater Delights

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http://www.sailingmagazine.net/images/LakeM1_0412.jpgSaltwater sailors discover great sailing, friendly folks and oh-so-wonderful fresh water on a northern Lake Michigan cruise

Why would sailors who live near the ocean leave to cruise the Great Lakes?  My wife Marianne and I live in Rhode Island, the Ocean State. Without even trying, we have full access to beaches, coves, harbors, bays, inlets, clam shacks and anything else salty. If I’m not on the water on a Wednesday night, I can watch beer can racing from our bedroom window. Rhode Island license plates have little anchors on them in case anyone forgets they live in a place where the ocean is the centerpiece. So what did we do? We went to freshwater Lake Michigan, far from any salty ocean shore, to cruise Grand Traverse Bay and beyond.  more...


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Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac prepares for il Mostro's arrival

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Chicago Yacht Club announces that it has received a request for invitation from the famous Volvo Ocean 70 Puma Ocean Racing boat il Mostro (Italian for ‘the monster’).

The 70-foot Goetz Custom Boats Volvo 70 was recently purchased by Chicago Yacht Club member Peter Thornton with the specific goal of bringing honors for the famous Royono Trophy back to Chicago Yacht Club.

The Royono trophy is awarded for the first monohull to cross the finish line. Mr. Thornton will retain the signature name for the boat ‘il Mostro’ and will berth her in a location yet to be determined in Chicago’s harbor system.

'I purchased the boat with the goal of sharing the race with my family and friends with whom I race with,' said Thornton.


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