Bill Gibbs

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  1. Bill Gibbs

    SoCal Race M&A

    Woody, There are no class or course separated parties hosted by NOSA as part of this event. All skippers are invited to the Skipper pre-events and none overlap with Thursday night party. There may be Yacht Club hosted events that overlap, but there is nothing NOSA can do about what Yacht Clubs want to do.
  2. Bill Gibbs

    SoCal Race M&A

    As it happens I was there last Wednesday night (after a magnificent dinner at Sanos owned by another member of the Hussong family and a N2E participant). It must have been a local spring break or something as it was crammed with young folk having a good time. Evidently good times still go on there.
  3. Bill Gibbs

    SoCal Race M&A

    Well about that.... Seems the NOSA people totally failed to overcome the objections of BYC to having a big party. It'll still be a BIG party for ALL racers, just not at BYC.
  4. Bill Gibbs

    SoCal Race M&A

    Jeez Woody! What does this have to do with a Sailboat race to Ensenada? It was reported to be a water heater gas leak in their vacation rental, 2,700 miles away from Ensenada! That's like scaring people from visiting LA, because of an accident in New York! By the way, the US averages 17 deaths a year from natural gas. Let's stop the Mexico bashing please, it's a big country. I visited with the US Consul General in Tijuana yesterday. He was lamenting people like you who make illogical negative connections. The current State department travel advisory for Mexico is Level 2 "exercise additional caution". Just like Belgium, Denmark, France, and Italy, to name a few other 2s. "There are no U.S. government restrictions in tourist areas in Baja California, which includes: Ensenada, Rosarito, and Tijuana". How about supporting sailboat racing? And trim your post size a bit would ya?
  5. Bill Gibbs

    SoCal Race M&A

    It’s included in the entry fee
  6. Bill Gibbs

    SoCal non-spin

    This is the crux of the issue.
  7. Bill Gibbs

    SoCal non-spin

    Let me know if I can assist
  8. Bill Gibbs

    SoCal non-spin

    Do you want to race downwind 120nm without a spinnaker? N2E is a 120 nm, usually, mostly, downwind race. As such, we've never thought there were many people who wanted to race it non-spin. We have the CRUZ non-spin class, but CRUZ allows night motor use and is limited to boats slower than PHRF 60. So if you have a faster boat, and want to race non-spin (perhaps as part of your Double Handed program) we don't have a class that allows you to benefit from your PHRF spinnaker offset. We have one entrant that would like to do this. If we can find him some like minded people, I might be able to get the race committee to create a new class for this group. And where better to find people with unique ideas on racing fun than the SA forums. Anyone?
  9. Bill Gibbs

    SoCal Race M&A

    NOSA used to sit around in closed door meetings making up new safety requirements. While their intentions were good, the results were worse than the USSERs I think. Certainly less consistent with all other races. Virtually all races are run under US Sailing and their Racing Rules of Sailing. They have published their SERs. NOSA is trying to make minimum waivers, not revolt against the idea of USSERs. There is a culture of we don't need no safety rules in sailing, that should be countered, IMO. We don't need a nannie state, but rather some balance. We have had fatalities in California sailboat racing that were preventable. A near miss in Ventura was a 20 nm race around an oil rig. The wind came up. A man overboard without a PFD. The waves were big enough to obscure visibility and enough wind to make sail handling difficult. Boat after boat sailed by without seeing him. Luck in the form of an oil worker on the rig, with a good high view, vectored in rescue, otherwise... Next time no oil rig. A PLB would have saved him. A PFD would have provided a lot more time. Regarding your specifics, An EPIRB is nor required in Coastal, a PLB ($244 on Amazon) will fill the requirement. Jacklines could be simply spectra line rigged. The concern with the Regarding Velocitek, I don't think I've owned a piece of electronic equipment that hasn't failed at some point, usually at the worst possible time. Back up is good. What will you use when it dies. Compasses start under $20 on Amazon. I do not think the USSERs are perfect or that they reflect exactly the decisions that I would make personally. But consistency across all races is good. Encouraging safety is good. At the end of the day you have choices. You can choose to not race. Or you can choose to not follow all the USSERs. You can lobby US Sailing for SER changes. Or... The skipper is ultimately responsible for all safety, as well as the decision to set sail and leave the harbor.
  10. Bill Gibbs

    SoCal Race M&A

    Straps were waived the first year required because they could not be obtained in time for the race. Following year waivers were copy and paste NOR creation oversights. They are arguably something in the SER that could have saved lives in past California Sailing accidents. SAS seminars were waived for a similar reason, no online classes for the coastal level requirement. NOSA has been assured classes are/will be available. so yes, no waivers. My crew did the class last year before the late waiver, so we are set.
  11. Bill Gibbs

    SoCal Race M&A

    The N2DP NOR waives “permanently mounted” for small boats, so that’s a step. A waterproof Boy Scout compass or bearing compass, would meet the current requirement. My interpretation on the SER’s intent is to be able to navigate in the event of a power or electronic failure. A small boat doesn’t have an electrical system, but a velocitek shift could fail or run out of charge. Are all compasses inherently “magnetic”, or does this term refer to non-powered compasses? I think the later. So I think no, the Velocitek doesn’t meet the requirement. But I am not a US Sailing judge. This doesn’t seem an unreasonable or expensive to meet requirement.
  12. Bill Gibbs

    SoCal Race M&A

    The amendment for the N2DP NOR is posted
  13. Bill Gibbs

    SoCal Race M&A

    Yes indeed. Thanks for mentioning it. People have been notified. An amendment will be forthcoming. I guess people do read those things.
  14. Bill Gibbs

    SoCal Race M&A

    I'm afraid we don't have much choice here, the USSER course definitions are pretty clear on their definitions. We have N2SD as Coastal, but N2DP as Nearshore. What is it about your Zap 26 that can't do Coastal?
  15. Bill Gibbs

    SoCal Race M&A

    They are working on YB trackers for all entries in all courses.