Ever since I started offering the full-day “Understanding the Racing Rules” seminar 10 years ago, I have been asked “Can you do it in half a day?” Well, now I can! The format is different than the 185 PPT slide version, and does not cover all the detail. But, it does cover the important stuff. 35 slides set the stage for an interactive experience using magnetic boats on the whiteboard. “Rules Around the Race Course” will be officially presented for the first time on Saturday, January 27 at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach. ( I did a dry run at BCYC just before the Fleet 1 Championship last year). We hope to see you there!
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A Friday Frolic message from Bob Yates:
The first Frolic was sailed on October 20th, with ten boats on the line. As promised by the Frolic Master, Phil Ramser, the weather was perfect, with 15 knots of wind and sunny skies. Fortunately, the wind decreased somewhat and the sailing became more enjoyable for the four close races that were sailed in the Bay just off NHYC.
After the races, everyone gravitated to the Pirate Den, only to find Phil and Trish Ramser already there having their second round. Does anyone believe that they won the last race by twenty minutes? Anyway, the conversation was lively, and everyone went home in good spirits after a fine Friday afternoon on the water.
Best of all, it is going to happen again and again this winter. Next time is Friday, November 3rd, at 2 pm. Hope to see you on the starting line!
Brand new! A three hour seminar on the Racing Rules of Sailing will be premiered free of charge Thursday night, September 28 at BCYC, two days before the Championship. Great for skipper and crew because two heads are better than one!
For the best experience, please bring a 2017-2020 rule book. Walk-ins will be welcomed, but registration by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, 9/27 is required if you want to be guaranteed a copy of the handout.
Beverage service will be available.
Be rules-smart for the Championship!
We hope to see you there!
Instructor: Peter Haynes
Posted on behalf of Philip Thompson:
A number of trophies will be awarded for the Harbor 20 division in the “2017 Flight of Newport Beach” on Sunday, July 16:
– 1st place over all (Beautiful brass clock and barometer set mounted on wood base)
– 1st B sailor
– 1st C sailor
– 1st lady skipper
– Random participation trophy (For racing and showing up to trophy presentation at BYC)
– Random trophy for most unique boat (Best dressed or unique guest or high profile crew)
For information and registration click here.
If you have any questions about this new event for Harbor 20’s, please give me a call. We hope to see you there!
Philip Thompson 714-329-1995
You have probably heard of the annual “Flight of the Lasers”. This year, for the first time, it is the “Flight of the Lasers AND Harbor 20’s”! The Organizing Authority is the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Commodores Club, and the event is open to all Harbor 20’s that meet the Class rules – you don’t have to be a member of Harbor 20 Fleet 1. No “A,B,C”, just Harbor 20’s. The start will be in the vicinity of “N” mark and the warning signal for H20’s is at 12:30. Trophy presentation will follow racing at Balboa Yacht Club.
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Click here for current entries.
This is a new event, and should be a lot of fun!
Last Thursday evening, several H20’s passed close enough under the bow of a very large charter boat so as to cause them to sound the international danger signal of five short blasts. The privilege we enjoy to race our boats in Newport Harbor is jeopardized by such actions. This has come to a head in the past, causing a charter company to go to the Harbor Patrol, which escalated to the Harbor Commission, which resulted in meetings attended by all the charter companies and yacht clubs. At stake was our privilege. The yacht clubs agreed to work more closely with the charter boats, and race committees are, or should be, in radio contact with charter boats as they approach and cross our racing venues. But there is only so much the race committees can do to help coordinate these activities. Ultimately, it is up to the racers to be respectful of the charter boats right to use the harbor as well. We can take up a very large footprint with 20 or more boats spread out, and without our cooperation, the charter boats would not be able to operate. They do, in fact, have the right-of-way as they are large enough to have restricted maneuverability. As hard as it is to give up an advantage by not passing close to these boats, it is not worth risking the privilege we all enjoy. So, let’s play nice. There are plenty more races…
Nighttime racing is here!
The ALYC Sundowner series runs every Monday night from May 8 through September 11 (with the exception of Memorial Day on Kay 29).
ALYC PRO Dan O’Sullivan has published the NOR for the 2017 Sundowner Race Series and registrations for the race can be made online. Here is the 2017 Sundowner Home Page. And here is the link to the registration form.
We’re planning to make this another memorable series of Sundowners. Please take a few minutes and sign up for this year’s race series.
Commodore and Communications Guy
American Legion Yacht Club
An animated slide presentation with instruction by Peter Haynes makes the situations you encounter on the race course come to life.
$65 Price includes Continental Breakfast, Lunch and Course Materials.
Free parking is available at Dock 52 on Fiji Way, a short walk from the SCCYC clubhouse located at 13723 Fiji Way next to the Lighthouse.
A message from Frolic Meister Phil Ramser:
The date for our April FRIDAY FROLIC is April 21. We will start the races from the Dick Sweet at 2pm. The Dick Sweet will be anchored north of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. This is our only FROLIC scheduled for the month of April. Our superb weather is in full bloom, plan to be on the starting line and after the races join the “after party” on the upper deck of Marina for a beer or a glass of wine.
Seaya, Phil Ramser