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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

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  1. UK City Island Loft

    Here is the official press release: UK Sailmakers has been making well-designed, fast, and durable sails in its New York loft located on City Island in the Bronx since Charles “Buster” Ulmer opened Ulmer Sails in 1946. From 1970 to 2013, Buster’s son Charles “Butch” Ulmer ran the loft and created a parent company, UK Sailmakers International, Inc. (UKI). UKI allowed UK Sailmakers grow worldwide group with 50-lofts. In 2013, Butch sold the New York loft to a new management team that recently withdrew from sailmaking. They have terminated their UK Sailmakers license, returning the rights for Long Island Sound and Annapolis, MD, to UKI, the parent company. Sailors in the northeast have relied upon UK Sailmakers’ City Island loft for decades and they will not notice any change in the loft’s level of operations. Butch Ulmer and Adam Loory will continue provide the traditional levels of excellent customer service for which UK Sailmakers is known as well as winter service and storage from the same location at 175 City Island Ave.. In the meantime, efforts are underway to secure a new ownership team to take over the license for a UK Sailmakers loft in the New York area.
  2. caption contest

  3. il mostro attempting chi-mac speed run record

    No...then the fastest time in the race would still be the fastest time up the course.
  4. il mostro attempting chi-mac speed run record

    This means they hold the course record, not the race record.
  5. Appeal decision help

    Was this handled by a regional appeals committee? If yes, it can be further appealed to US Sailing's Appeals Committee. Without getting into technicalities of the incident, most appeals are bounced down to a regional committee, leaving one more "layer" available. Whether this is a good idea is up to you, but your case would clearly be that the aforementioned options for what an appeals committee can do would likely be your case if you did bump it up the chain again. I think it is unlikely that US Sailing's Committee would overrule the regional committee, but the possibility does exist if it was handled by a regional committee.
  6. Laser rigging upgrades

    Use Silicone in the holes and don't overtighten. Also, be VERY conscious of the mast tie in line not getting tight when you ease the sail. When you disconnect the mainsheet when rigging/derigging, don't let it go full circle. You can strip the screws and/or ruin that plate. Any adhesive stronger than silicone will damage the threads when you damage that plate and try to remove it later. Use a screwdriver, not a drill.
  7. Experiences with G-flex

    I have used G-flex to patch up Hobie Kayaks and boats on numerous occasions. Generally, Hobie was so good with warranty that a replacement hull was on the way shortly after the damage occured, but the G-Flex repair kept customers on the water until a replacement arrived. Using the "flame treat" to burn oils was absolutely necessary, but it held up in some very high load areas where the polyethylene had cracked. I would use it anywhere on HDPE or LDPE.
  8. Upwind gates

    I raced on the Etchells course when it they were doing the windward gate. I thought it did a few things for the racing: 1. Having 2 laylines meant twice the throughput of boats and double the opportunity to round the mark clean 2. The racing wasn't nearly as spread out through the course of the race. Gains and losses were more common 3. In Biscayne Bay, setting marks was fairly easy with the shallow water, but once you go more than the 15 feet, it will be challenging to set 4 marks square. My impression is that this was stopped because there was a combination of fleet sizes getting smaller and people starting to sail with double spin poles to accomplish the ideal set off of the right hand set of marks. I would love some more input from the people who raced on it. I think it has value on smaller bodies of water with big fleets, especially in non-spinnaker boats.
  9. 15 Year Old Sailor Releases New Weather Forecasting Book

    Olly, I am looking forward to receiving my order. Sail Fast!
  10. Laser dolly for Melges 14

    Seitech still exists (if you can get one shipped). Dynamic Dollies are the "stock" Melges 14 dollies. They don't have those gunwale supports. As it happens, the Dynamic "Fits a Kirby Sailboat" dolly doesn't have gunwale supports either.
  11. M16 rudder is broke I need it by Saturday

    Take it out and find the nearest welding shop. Explain how it fits. They will probably be able to straighten it and weld up the crack to a point where you can go sailing. It may not be "racing smooth," but you can go sailing, then make it smooth the next week.
  12. Soft Shackles on a Laser

    I haven't been into "hardcore" Laser racing in a few years, but we generally spliced a piece of 6mm spectra to a pulley with a long tail, put it through the cleat to hold it, and then hitched the tail around the boom to help it stay in the cleat. This "clogged" the cleat so you couldn't accidentally cleat the outhaul in the cleat if it went slack during an ease. If you look at most boats at big events, you will find that shackles aren't needed.
  13. I am an alumni from UW Madison. I can say without hesitation that UW Lifesaving is an amazing asset to safety of watersports in Madison. This is clearly a massive tragedy. The name of the victim has been released. He was a volunteer instructor with lots of years of service to Hoofers Sailing Club. Clearly something went very wrong. My heart goes out to the victim's family and the UW Lifesaving crew.
  14. Buoyancy Aid Petition for US

    Good luck. Here are the barriers: 1. USCG standards are far more stringent than CE standards: a. There is more floation up front required to meet US Standards, because we require floating face up when unconsious. b. Production controls dictate that if you change one stitch, even the logo embroidery, the approval is null and void c. Any pockets must be filled with lead prior to testing. This precludes large pockets d. Each color and size get tested independently, each with significant cost. Rumor is $15k per size and color. e. When tested, they find the largest person who can squeeze into a given size, not "sailor build." 2. Political will to change these standards is minimal 3. Even if the political will did exist, convincing bureaucrats to lessen standards on a life saving device is unlikely. 4. Arguments for "more comfortable means more people wear it" have proven ineffective thus far. 5. There was a recent effort to merge CE and USCG approval. This stalled, likely because of the above points. 6. Do you really think there wouldn't be a GIANT lawsuit if someone died using a PFD produced under a "new, lesser" standard? While it may be nice to wear a more comfortable buoyancy aid, I think you will find it unlikely that you will get anywhere. Editorial--I will never sign a Change.org petition after they continuously spammed me for lots of unrelated causes the last time I signed a petition. I had to block their email address because unsubscribe didn't work.
  15. RC Boat Part

    I just ordered this one. I think I can do the flame-treat trick on the polyethylene and glue it in with some gFlex epoxy from West System. Thanks for pointing me to a solution! I knew someone on SA would make our Race Committee happy.