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  1. California Boating Card

    While each state may vary somewhat, most require a course approved by the National Association or State Boating Law Administrators. (NASBLA) While I am past the age where Florida requires me to take the course, I took it because: 1) The Florida Card is good in any state and as a sailing judge, I operate power boats at many venues. 2) US Sailing requires the NASBLA certification before you can take any of the instructor courses. 3) It never hurts to learn something new or refresh your knowledge of requirements. I often volunteer at a community sailing program. Before they let anyone operate one of their support boats one must have a NASBLA card, attend one of their classes on safety boat operation, and demonstrate that you know how to operate the boat and perform rescues. They also require a CPR and First Aid certification. I think its a good thing to make sure that people operating boats around kids know what they are doing.
  2. Prop guards for coach boats

    You have to think about your area as well. Several years ago, the judging team was assigned a boat with a prop cage to use in an area with 3 feet water depth and weed covered bottom. You could not go 100 yards before it was totally choked up. The boats with no guards had no performance hits due to weeds. Nearly everywhere I go, I see the kill switch lanyards go unused, or in some cases rigged so that they cannot be attached to a person. You don't have to look very far to see plenty of safety issues that are totally ignored.
  3. No they were not. CCFCI builds all the newer J-boats in the US. J-70, J-88, J-95, J-111, and J-121.
  4. Tack line loads

    The reasonable rule of thumb for the safe working load on the end of a sprit with an asymmetrical is a pound per square foot of sail area or 5 kg/ square meter.
  5. Tracking the Lindenberg 28's

    We at one time had five of them sailing at Melbourne YC in Florida. From the results of the 2007 MYC Fall Regatta: #3 Fast Lane, pictured above owned by Sherry Beckett. Sail# 284 Starstruck owned by Steve Schultz, #5 Five Speed owned by Gary Smith, #12 Mouse owned by Jim Henry, and Sail# 32591 Bad Penny owned by Jim Yates. Sail #4 is now called Slippery Ghost and owned by Lachlan and Warrick Smith, Gary Smith's sons. They sail it in Melbourne.
  6. RS Aero 5, 7 & 9 US portsmouth rating

    I researched Aero ratings along with John D in April for the Melbourne YC Spring Regatta (Florida). I was at first a little skeptical of the Texas numbers of 87.5 for the nine and 90.3 for the seven after we compared the RYA numbers. We finally decided that the numbers should really be more like 88 and 90, but that we would use the Texas numbers. My belief is that the RYA numbers reflect that there is generally more wind in the UK. The Aero's have the chine which gives them more wetted surface, but more stability and better planing ability in the higher winds. Lasers have less wetted surface and are probably faster in light winds. That makes a direct comparison of RYA to USA Portsmouth numbers invalid. At the end of the day, it is really difficult to base valid conclusions on limited observation because it is hard to separate sailor skill from boat performance in a small sample. As it turned out, the Aero's came up with enough boats to sail one design so we did not get good times between them and other boats.
  7. Stone Horse

    Remember that the Stone Horse was designed for Vineyard Sound and Buzzard's Bay. It's windy there and the currents can cause steep waves. So not a light air boat, but can do alright in 15+ with waves.
  8. do you think the melges 14 will catch on?

    As I understand it, there were a number of Aero Charters available in Florida and there was a fairly large push to get people in them and out sailing. I do not know if that was the case with the Melges or not. I know of four local people that chartered Aero's for the Jenson Beach regatta. Its a great way to find out if you like the boat, but does not necessarily equate to buying them. Those people are all still sailing their Lasers and plan to stick with them because they know they will have a fleet to sail against. If I were in the market, the Aero looks like the boat I would be more interested in, but it will be at least another year before I can get back in any dinghy again.
  9. Memorizing Racing Rules

    Has anyone noticed the "Standard Sailing Instructions" in Appendix S. I recently put out an NOR which referenced that we would be using them at an upcoming regatta and included the link to the rule book on World Sailing. I can't believe the number of negative reactions I've received. Comment "You can't make me buy a rule book!" (me) You don't have to buy it, I gave you a link to a free download." Comment " Well I don't have to know the rules to race!" (me) "Well you agree to follow them whenever you enter a race. How do you do that if don't at least learn the basics?" There are 6 pages of right of way rules. Boy that is really tough.
  10. Open Bic Performance

    It was hard for me to watch closely as I was running the 420 course on the other side of the ICW. I know we rated the Bic's at 114 and they looked to be beating everyone but the Lasers boat for boat. The Lasers were out front in each race as expected. The OA wound up scoring the Lasers as a one design class and I did not see the actual time spreads. The Bics were 1-2 in Portsmouth which I believe included a fairly well sailed Radial. The Bic's were well sailed too.
  11. Open Bic Performance

    I had found that post, but was hoping that someone had direct USSA information. If you divide the USSA D-PN for the opti (123.6) by the YV number (166.5) and then multiply by the bic rating (153.3) it gives you a USSA D-PN of 113.8. The class rep gave me numbers for the Bic at US Portsmouth rating of 120.9. RYA rating 1454. I am not sure where these numbers come from as neither RYA or USSA have published them. But since the RYA for the Opti is 1665, the same sort of ratio should put the Bic at 107.9. The Opti's will be in their own division on a different course this weekend and the Bic's will be in an open division with about 8 different types of boats, several of which have no ratings and little data of actual performance. May just have to roll the dice and see what comes up.
  12. Open Bic Performance

    Not wishing to start another my boat is better than your boat thread. Just want to come up with a fair rating for Open Bics that will be sailing in a Portsmouth Division this weekend. There is no RYA PN or USSA D-PN for the boats published by these organizations. I found a D-PN of 153 on Wikipedia which hardly seems logical since an Opti is 123.5 and the manufacturer at least says Bic's are faster. Based on actual observation, can anyone please tell me what boats the Bics are similar in performance to and if they are faster or slower than the Bic? Thanks in Advance, Foxy
  13. Can we save Portsmouth handicap racing?

    The problem at the local level is that you often have a rotating RC. When shorthanded and not used to doing it, its not so easy to record finish times as well as finishes, apply the wind adjusted ratings and so on. I can easily see why the data sheets don't get filled out and forwarded. That said, there are some clubs that do a good job of administering both Portsmouth and PHRF at the local level so it can be done. But many more just don't have the interest or people with the talent to administer it. While there are some paid employees at US Sailing, the organization is largely made up of volunteers who run races and perform various functions when they can. WE are all US Sailing.
  14. Sailing/Racing in Central Florida

    No crocs in lakes, only gators. Define bigger boats? Over 40, or will 20 to 30 feet satisfy you? What about a larger dinghy like a Flying Scot or a Lightning? There is a great sailing club in Eustis with lots of activity. Lake Monroe has a good group of 20-25 foot boats racing under Portsmouth and the Melbourne area has a good J-24 fleet and some PHRF.
  15. Durakore vs Cedar

    We were only discussing the hull weight. And for the record, I am not saying that either laminate is or is not adequate. For that one would need to consider a lot of factors and do a proper panel study.