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In Topic: Binoculars?

19 January 2017 - 10:10 PM

I have a very old pair (late 1980s or early 90s) of Steiner Commander RS 2000 (7x50) (military--ugly green) with compass that were so beaten up (used and abused for more than 20 years on various race boats) that my crew actually bought me a new pair of sailing binoculars and I put the Steiner's aside. I recently sent them back to the factory to see if they could be refurbished and requested a quote. About 8 weeks later a completely refurbished pair appeared on my doorstep, free of charge. They are like new and I do mean like new. All of the optics are great and the compass is working, etc. There is real value in a company like that. Consider finding a pair on ebay if you do not want to purchase new.


In Topic: too much?

17 January 2017 - 10:31 PM

Assuming you were Yellow.
Pos 1 you were overlapped with green
Pos 2, you were overlapped with both green and blue
Both overlaps started outside of 2 boatlength circle, which would be between positions 2 an 3.
You needed to give Green room and were entitled to room from Blue.
Becasue you are not AT the mark, nor gybeing around it, 18.4 does nto apply and you are entitled to continue on starboard as far as you like.
However, once you gybed, Blue only needed to give you room to sail to the mark whilst giving green room and you were not entitled to take blue wider than necessary for this.

3 boat length circle

In Topic: too much?

13 January 2017 - 10:05 PM

As it happens, in my opinion (not fact) course configuration and an over emphasis on "pure" windward--leeward racing has diminished participation.

In Topic: too much?

13 January 2017 - 10:03 PM

Falling participation has very little to do with the courses, its more related to the cost of ownership, the huge amount of competing activities, weekend commitments for parents (no not all sailors are 20 something singles) gender balancing ( the significant other is no longer happy to carry the can while you go sailing all day) the lack of response by clubs to the demographic time bomb of aging boomers....
Harbour racing is fun but no one likes parades except old men on cruisers or those who race as an excuse to get back to the bar, everyone else who isn't a distance freak loves beating, starting and mark rounding.

In a number of other threads I have tried to make the point that all of the anecdotal reasons for falling participation (too costly, competing activities, wrong courses, gender balancing, cannot find crew, and many more) are just that "anecdotal". Until we as a sailing community really devote ourselves to gathering actual facts from non sailors or former sailors it will be difficult to find a cure. The answers of course may well depend and vary by geography.

In Topic: Chicagoland...

29 December 2016 - 09:06 PM

Hello SAers..
I am a Nor Cal sailor and anarchist for many years. I do not post often, but read daily. I am relocating to the Chicago area and am reaching out to you all for advice as to the sailing/racing scene on the Lakes. I know it is a vibrant and talented community and need ideas of how/where to get involved. I have crewed countless SFO Bay races and have 4 Pac Cups under my belt.
So, what say you?
Thanks in advance!
Liquid Courage

LC Take a look at the Chicago Area III thread. Many people there that you could pm. Each of the Chicago area YCs has a crew site, post your resume. The principal ones are Chicago YC, Columbia YC, Chicago Corinthian YC, Burnham Park YC and Jackson Park YC. There is very good non brick and mortar club called MORF (Midwest Open Racing Fleet). Each of the major offshore one design fleets has a web site--Tarten 10s (T10), J105s, Farr 40s, Ben 40.7, Ben 36.7 and I am sure I am leaving some out. Consider going to the boat show in Mid January--many connections to be made with clubs and vendors, sailmakers etc. When you get offers, and you will, if you have questions feel free to PM me. I am currently without a boat but have been an active racer or boat owner/skipper in the Chicago Area since the mid 1970s.

Welcome to Chicago,