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Basic Downwind Performance, Part Three

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The best racing sailors know that the downwind legs of a racecourse provide multiple opportunities for making gains. If you and your crew can master the basics of downwind boat handling—principally how to jibe effectively and keep the sails working at optimum performance—you can take advantage of the shifts and puffs, the waves, and any unexpected opportunities that your competitors' mistakes might provide.   more...








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Basic Downwind Performance, Part Two

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Have you ever sailed down the run pointing at the leeward mark and watched as some of your competitors jibed back and forth for no apparent reason? You probably chuckled to yourself at how worked up those other folks were getting while you were just taking it smooth and easy. Well it's time to wake up, because there are definitely times when jibing frequently, even while steering a straight course, can pay huge dividends on the racecourse.   more...











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Basic Downwind Performance—Part One

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When I was a kid crewing for my dad in his old wooden Thistle, the downwind legs were a time for rest and relaxation. I remember his usual order: "Get me a beer, Zachary!" I would scurry forward to the starboard spinnaker turtle where I tunneled through the flotsam and jetsam for the small cooler that held four beers for my dad and two cokes for my mother and me. My mom chose to keep her wits about her during these races because the trip to the cooler was usually followed by a relaxed atmosphere on the part of the helmsman that occasionally led to a race-ending capsize.   more...










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The Great Lakes Singlehanded Society

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Great Lakes Singlehanded Society Logo

   The Great Lakes Singlehanded Society is an organization established for the perpetuation of the sport of solo sailing. Its purpose is twofold, the first being to encourage the development of suitable techniques, equipment, and gear for shorthanded passage under sail; its second being the recognition of accomplishments of singlehanded sailors in the Great Lakes region.

   Membership in the society is conveyed only to those individuals who successfully complete the Port Huron to Mackinac Island Singlehanded Challenge or the Chicago to Mackinac Singlehanded Challenge. The satisfactory completion of either of these challenges is viewed as a singularly significant individual accomplishment. The society views all who do so as winners of this event.   more...



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Historical EBC - Celebrating 90 years of excellence

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The Edison Boat Club is one of the oldest boat clubs in the Detroit area, and is currently the largest employee-operated boat club in the region. Since its founding in 1914, The Edison Boat Club has undergone many cultural and physical changes.

The EBC was originally organized as a men's sailing club exclusively for the management staff of Detroit Edison. Women and children were allowed on club premises on designated days only. Today, the Club embraces a true family-orientated policy, with open membership to all employees and retirees regardless of company position.   more...



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DRYA 2003/2004 Seminar Series Targeted at the Novice Sailor

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"If its Wednesday night its Sailing Seminar night!"

St. Clair Shores, MI - The Detroit Regional Yacht-racing Association (DRYA) has launched its 2003/2004 sailing seminar series. The seminar series contains thirteen seminars designed to introduce sailing to people who may have never sailed before. "The goal of each seminar is to provide the audience with information that will help them decide if they want to enter the sport of sailing," said Bayview Yacht Club Past Commodore Tim Rumptz..

The series will cover topics such as how to participate in a sail race, the basic racing rules all skippers should know, and performance sailing how to get the most out of your sails and boat. The thirteen seminars will be held at participating member clubs within the Grosse Pointes, Detroit, and Harrison Township. With the exception of the first seminar "The Joy of Sailing", all seminars are free of charge to the public.

Advance reservations are requested, but not required. Seminars will be held on Wednesday evenings, beginning promptly at 7PM and conclude at 9PM. The DRYA will offer each subject on two separate dates. "Although the goal of these seminars will be to encourage new sailors to join the hundreds of local participants in Detroit area sail racing, the sessions will be equally targeted to those who may just want to learn the basics of sailing and keep racing as a possibility for the future," said 2002 Crescent Sail Yacht Club Commodore Paul J. Lady of Grosse Pointe Farms.

The complete schedule is as follows.

This schedule is subject to change or modification, so please check the DRYA website a week or two ahead of time. 

April 14,2004  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm  - Grosse Pointe Yacht Club 

We have moved this semiar from the EBC to the GPYC

Sailing the Race (And the Dark Secrets of the Race Committee)

We’ll tell you how to read and understand Sailing Instructions, then take you behind the scenes and show you the secrets of the Race Committee.

April 21, 2004 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Bayview Yacht Club

Performance Sailing 

When you begin racing it won’t be long until you’ll want more speed. This seminar will cover boat handling, tactics and strategy, and tips for both the skipper and crew.   more...

 

 



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US SAILING Awards National Sportsmanship Trophy

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© Matteo SalomonYesterday, 7 April 2004, US SAILING named Olin J. STEPHENS (Hanover, NH) as the winner of the W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. National Sportsmanship Trophy, the organization’s national sportsmanship award presented annually.

The trophy will be presented to Stephens at the 75th anniversary celebration this summer of Sparkman & Stephens, a yacht design and brokerage firm of which Stephens is a co-founder. While Stephens was nominated for the award after a specific instance in which he demonstrated fine sportsmanship behavior, his true dedication to the sport is legendary throughout the sailing community.


“Stephens’ career in the upper echelons of sailing was well know to US SAILING before receiving the nomination,” said Dean CADY, chairman of US SAILING’s Sportsmanship Committee. “He sets a great example for other sailors to follow.”   more...

 



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FIRST LADY OF YACHTING

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At a ceremony held at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan March 25th, 2004, Madame Annette Beneteau Roux was honored in appreciation for her contributions to the sport of Sailing. She was previously identified in their newsletter as the "First Lady of Yachting". This honor was given in recognition of her accomplishment in revitalizing the 120-year-old Beneteau family boat business, making Groupe Beneteau a world leader in the design and production of sailing and power yachts (Beneteau and Jeanneau) as well as an important builder of semi-custom yachts (CNB, Laguna, Wauquiez) and professional boats (Voyager Fishing). This is the first time that the revered yacht club has ever so recognized a woman.

Mme. Roux’s story began when she entered this male-dominated business at age 22 and took over the management of the near-bankrupt firm from her father in 1963. At the time, female C.E.O’s were virtually unheard of, especially in France

Mme. Roux has received numerous honors and accolades, such as French Business Woman of the Year, and her support for the boating industry has been extraordinary. She has served on the Federation Nautique board for many years and has been a strong supporter of the America’s Cup and many other prestigious races.

 



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Balfour to meet America's Cup team

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The Minister of Sport, Mr Ngconde Balfour, will be officially introduced to the sailing and shore crew of the South African America's Cup Challenge 2007 this Saturday, April 10 at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

Mr Balfour will be introduced to the Shosholoza team by Mr Mafika Mkwanazi the president of the South African America's Cup Challenge Syndicate. Mr Mkwanazi is the former CEO of Transnet.   more...



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John Cutler to sail Mascalzone Latino

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According the Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport, the former K-Challenge skipper John Cutler (who was also Technical Director and design team coordinator) has now signed with Mascalzone Latino.

A good news for the Italian team if it's true. Another bad signal from the French challenger which has announced in June the signing of the New-Zealander.   more...



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Princess Sofia Trophy – American Tornado strengthens the lead

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Resize of tornado01.jpgThe shifty wind conditions did not help the races yesterday and the Tornados were only able to sail one race (nbr 7). Race number 8 was abandoned and postponed for today. Unfortunately the 8 black flagged from that race had to wait a little bit longer once they were only able to start on race nbr 9.

 The weather conditions haven’t improved and the Bay of Mallorca still had light and shifty winds, 6-7 knots. Only one race was sailed today.

 A very exciting finish for the Swedish team Strandberg/Mattson who won the race followed very closely by Australians Bundock/Forbes.    more...

 



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Chris Larson to skipper in the 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race.

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All-American Syndicate Centered on Definitive Winning Results
 
MINNEAPOLIS (April, 2004) – Pinnacle Race Management Group (PRMG), a U.S.-based syndicate, is pleased to formally announce the inclusion of Volvo veteran and US sailor Chris Larson. Larson joins PRMG as skipper for their bid to race in the 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race.
 
PRMG grew out of the long-standing relationship between Offshore Race Management, a turnkey sportive services management and operations group, and BI Worldwide, award-winning global leaders in marketing, media and event management solutions.   Together they produced the Team Tyco campaign in the last Volvo Ocean Race, and are looking to capitalize on their past successes to deliver definitive results for their sponsor partners.  more...


 



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Cayard in Five - from Sailing Anarchy

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Here's a interview from Sailing Anarchy with Paul Cayard... ed

It is hard not to be a fan of Paul Cayard. If he is supremely confident and considered arrogant by some, he delivers on the race course, doesn't he? And that is ultimately what it is all about for someone of his stature in the sport. Here we threw five questions at him on his Star Olympic Trials win.

Btw, we asked Cayard about the fact that there was much speculation about him, Coutts, Dubai, Malta....and could he shed any insight? Cayard's answer: No. Nobody is going to accuse him of wasting words.    more...

 



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J/105 - Tuning Guide

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Mast Rake

Mast Rake dictates the amount of weather helm when sailing upwind. The J-105, being underpowered up to 10 knots, should be set up for as much rake as the class allows. The increased rake will induce weather helm, making the boat much more responsive and easier to drive in light to medium conditions. The three settings that determine mast rake are:  
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About Ullman Sails

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When the boats are even, sails -- and the right crew -- make the difference. That's the winning philosophy of Ullman Sails founder and president, Dave Ullman, one of the world's greatest competitive sailors. Dave was named Rolex Yachtsman of the Year (1996) and is five-time Lipton Cup Champion (1992-1996), Melges 24 national champion, three-time 470 World Champion, a ten-time Lido 14 National Champion, and a National Champion in the Snipe, Thistle, Sabot, and Coronado 15 racing classes. Dave is also a S.O.R.C. Class winning skipper, a U.S. Team Racing Champion, a U.S. Men's National Champion (Mallory Cup) and a former coach of the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team.   more...


 



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