Bill's Sock Puppet

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    2019 Laser Districts

    The Laser districts have been redrawn, does anyone have a high-res version off the new North American Districts?
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    Rules Question - Shortening the Race

    I'm hijacking this post ... I've been informed that RRS 32.2.b allows the RC to shorten the course on any line that the boats are required to cross without restrictions on geometry. With an "S" flag and two sounds, exactly how is this line communicated to the fleet? For example, on Leg 2 of a Windward/Leeward course the RC can use the Start/Finish line vector as an impromptu finish line. R32.2 If the race committee signals a shortened course (displays flag "S" with two sounds) the finishing line shall be b: a line the course requires the boats to cross; The shortened course shall be signalled before the first boat crosses the finishing line
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Otto is planning a UFO Event in Charleston on December 15-16, with maybe a clinic on the 14th, Fulcrum Speedworks will be there.
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    Inter Collegiate Regatta

    What? don't you remember all those years when Hustler dominated the Intercollegiate Regatta with those great college kids from City Island University. ( just because you never saw him there, and it never really happened, doesn't mean its not a fact. )
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    Polar Diagram from documents page: • Speed Guide, Polar Diagram (5/2/13) J88_Speed_Guide_J88.pdf
  6. I’m at Houston YC this weekend.

    1. True North

      True North

      Are you there for Laser Nats?  Due to family issues, I can only travel to one regatta a year, and it's Wurstfest in November.

      Let me know what you're doing there.  I sailed Lasers a lot in the 70s at HYC....

    2. Bill's Sock Puppet

      Bill's Sock Puppet

      Yes, on a whim I entered the the Laser Nationals.  So far is a great vacation.

    3. True North

      True North

      Excellent.  Have fun!

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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    Wow! another amazing UFO foiling clinic for the record books. Thank you Dave, Kirk, Andrew, and the rest of Team Fulcrum Speedworks! Friday it was sunny and windy with a bunch of new faces, it was good to be foiling again. Saturday was warmer, we practiced some more boat handling skills, and early in the afternoon the southerly filled in — by the end of the day there were a lot of tired sailors. Sunday we traded sunny skies for a cloudy, gusty, whitecappy, drizzly, 18 kt ENE wind. Our launch site was from the WSW corner of Mt Hope Bay, so we had a good 4 miles of fetch to deal with just getting to open water. It seemed a bit daunting at first, but once we got out there it was like finding a higher gear for fun: just ease, hike, foil. I really leaned a lot this weekend; not only what works, but why it works, and how to make it happen again, ... and I could benefit with a bit of exercise. Next weekend is the Ottowa Skiff and Cat Grand Prix Regatta (OSCGP 2018) in Ottowa. June 9-10 is the Wicklford Regatta 2018, 7 signed up, and 2 more committed. Everyone is really helpful and every time we get together I learn a lot from the class.
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    I got insurance from Geico Marine online for some regatta last September, there were no questions about foils. It only covers covers a up to $300k for injury and property damage, but maybe the OA will accept the mandatory $939,800 Fuel Spill Liability.
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    2018 American Yacht Club Spring Series

    I've done more or less 30 AYC Spring Series; I'm not coming this year for reasons having nothing to do with AYC, the regatta format, or the weather. But since you asked, here is my 2 cents: There are a lot of regattas from April through October on Long Island Sound. To maximize participation, the IRC Class and One-Design Classes generally do not allow over-lapping regattas in the same geographic vicinity. The PHRF Class could be a little more organized in this area: perhaps one solution to improve season regatta participation would be to encourage yacht clubs to self-limit the number of regattas they host each summer. If a club has a multi-weekend regatta in the spring, then allow a different yacht club to host a milti-weekend regatta in the fall. Organized the schedule such that Single Day qualifying regattas, that fall on the same weekends are from the same harbor, so boats will tend to do both days, even if it is different host clubs. Yacht Clubs are very proactive recruiting boats to come to their regatta, but aren't as energetic when it comes to encouraging club member boats to reciprocate by attending other yacht club regattas that may not be as big or high profile – that's like having a baseball team and saying, we're only going to play home games, and the world series.
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    June 9-10
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    Steve and Dave Clarks Unidentified Foiling Object

    You are correct, you need to find a steel rod with threads on one end and a hole on the other. The threads go into this wheel, the hole is the upper gudgeon for the rudder. It is used to adjust the rake of the rudder foil.
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    Hot off the press from J Books, just in time for Charleston Race Week.
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    YRALIS PHRF minutes

    I was not at the meeting. What I posted is basically from the YRALIS website.