Fast Laser

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  1. Fast Laser

    Caption Contest

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    BYC Mackinac - Time to Pull the Plug?

    Does anyone know if BYC intends to file protests for the boats that ventured into Canadian waters while racing? Their SI's prohibit the competitors from protesting each other for that infraction, so it falls squarely on the organizer to police and enforce....we'll see what happens. "7. COURSES From the starting line to the finish line at Mackinac Island leaving Thunder Bay Island and Bois Blanc Island to port. [NP] The Canadian Border Services Agency states the Government of Canada has introduced border measures to limit the spread of Coronavirus disease in Canada, including the restriction of all discretionary travel into Canada. As a result, boats are prohibited from sailing into Canadian waters. The United States/Canadian border line is clearly delineated by a magenta colored hash line on U.S. Chart 14860. All boats are prohibited from crossing this international border while racing. Boats in violation of this restriction are subject to protest by the Race Committee. This provision is not subject to protest by a competitor." In their SI's they also limit the window to file a protest to 24 hours or longer if, in their opinion, there is a good reason.
  3. Fast Laser

    BYC Mackinac - Time to Pull the Plug?

    Looks like Heartbreaker"s tracker is having issues. Their last ping was almost 3 hours ago.
  4. Fast Laser

    BYC Mackinac - Time to Pull the Plug?

    Stating that the Melges 24 was a 2005 Chicago Mac entrant, illegal or otherwise, is also a misleading statement. Using the term "illegal entry" implies that you were able to enter your boat the race, which we all know did not happen. I'm glad you guys where able to successfully shadow the fleet up to Mac without incident. The open waters of Lake Michigan are quite capable of pumping out more than a Melges 24 can handle and if you had an emergency, you would have relied heavily on the legit entrants to save your butt and screw up their race in the process. Kind of selfish... unless you supplied your own rescue boat, in which case I retract the selfish comment. As for the M32 being listed as an entrant when they don't meet the safety requirement....why even bother creating safety regs if they are not enforced?
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    BYC Mackinac - Time to Pull the Plug?

    Yes, I agree that BYC is doing the best they can in a terrible situation where the goal posts keep moving. Giving the competitors the latest updates about new obstacles is the right thing to do. My point is, the news just keeps getting worse with more and more restrictions piling on. Hope the situation improves prior to the race.
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    BYC Mackinac - Time to Pull the Plug?

    Really? If that was a good update, I'd hate to see a bad one.
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    BYC Mackinac - Time to Pull the Plug?

    Good on BYC for trying to run the race. I did get a chuckle about the BYC expert advice on "Hot Bunking" but the crew on boats from Illinois should have an easier time "social distancing" because I'm sure they will only bring 8 adults on their boat per their Governor's Boating Guideline for boats over 38 feet
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    Chicago Area III

    Well said Looper, I'm with you 100%!
  9. 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
  10. Fast Laser

    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    5th out of five 100 footers....nice! Only thing worse is finishing 2nd in a class by yourself
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    Sydney to Hobart 2019

    Looks like WOXI was flying a red flag shortly after the port/starboard with Scallywag.
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    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"?
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    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.
  14. 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.
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    Sydney To Hobart 2018

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