Fast Laser

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  1. Fast Laser

    Chicago Area III

    Well said Looper, I'm with you 100%!
  2. Fast Laser

    Chicago Area III

    We might need a new name for this thread, as AREA III was put to pasture a few years ago
  3. Fast Laser

    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    5th out of five 100 footers....nice! Only thing worse is finishing 2nd in a class by yourself
  4. Fast Laser

    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    Looks like WOXI was flying a red flag shortly after the port/starboard with Scallywag.
  5. Fast Laser

    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    Just after the start but before the first rounding mark, Scallywag tacked from port onto starboard to a lee bow position which forced WOXI to tack away. Does anyone know if WOXI might have raised a protest flag for "tacking too close"?
  6. Fast Laser

    Chicago Mackinac Race drowning

    Totally understand your point about course availability, hence the reason why the new online course counts towards the 50% of the Crew Safety Training requirement. Link for the new online course: From the 2019 Chicago Mac NOR: 5.10 Safety Training Requirement a. At least 50% of a boat’s crew (rounded up), one of whom shall be the Person-In-Charge, shall complete one of the following safety courses within the 5 year period prior to the start of the Race: • US Sailing Sanctioned Offshore Safety at Sea Class (1-day in person or the online version at • US Sailing Sanctioned International Offshore Safety at Sea with Hands-On-Training Class (2-day). • Equivalent World Sailing recognized course conducted by another World Sailing Member National Authority.
  7. Fast Laser

    Top 10 Most Prestigious Trophies in Sailing Today?

    The Mackinac Cup is not too shabby for a Division win in the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.
  8. Fast Laser

    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    cockwomble (plural cockwombles) (Britain, slang, derogatory) A foolish or obnoxious person.
  9. Fast Laser

    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    This is an affront to cockwombles everywhere!
  10. Fast Laser

    Sydney To Hobart 2018

    + 1 on lead changes and fun to watch! Not having a dog in the fight, it's most important that the final result comes down to the wire.
  11. Fast Laser

    Sydney to Hobart 2017

    First of all, after watching the video of the incident, I think WO fouled C. If the IJ comes to the same conclusion, then the only thing left on the table is .... what should the penalty be? As much as there is all this pomp and circumstance about line honors, let's not forget that this a race with dissimilar boats using the IRC handicap system to sort out podium positions. The RRS already has system in place that involves a percentage position penalty. If the SI's allow for this solution, I would simply apply the appropriate time penalty to bag them a 30% class position penalty and let the chips fall were they may and not get all caught up in the line honor BS. Boys & girls, the moral of the story is that if you have to ask yourself "Should I do circles for the close crossing situation that might not go my way in the protest room?", then you've already answered your own question and you should put the helm down and do your F'ing turns!
  12. Fast Laser

    Chicago Area III

    This sounds great but the winner probably doesn't need the coaching as much as a boat near the back of the pack
  13. Fast Laser

    Chicago Area III

    Very sorry to hear about the passing of Pik. He was a member of IGSS and had sailed in 46 races. My understanding is that he had sailed in consecutive Chicago Mac races since his first one at age 14. Fair Winds....
  14. Fast Laser

    Chicago Area III

    Although Area III was originally organized with the best of intentions, it has been in a death spiral for the last decade. Last time I checked, Yacht Clubs (and their staff and volunteers) run races. If your club runs a quality race or regatta, chances are good that you will have many boats on the starting line. Colors, Nood, Mac, Verve, Queen's Cup, You Gotta Regatta and local Wednesday Night racing are all examples of what is working in our current climate. Perhaps going forward some of the smaller clubs that don't individually have the ability to pull of a Colors/Verve style event, might consider pooling their resources to offer something similar to what the larger clubs can do on their own.
  15. Fast Laser

    Chicago Area III

    Actually a few of your key statement about ORR & its relationship to CYC are just plain wrong. 1) ORR is owned by Offshore Racing Association (ORA), not CYC or any other Yacht Club. 2) CYC has never paid any money to develop ORR. Initial development money for Americap/ORR came from individual donors. Bottom line, CYC does not own ORR & did not pay any money for it; therefore, CYC could chose a different rule in the future.