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Bill Gibbs

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In Topic: Question re: Newport to Ensenada Race

14 February 2017 - 08:45 PM

 

Personally I don't understand why they're still waiving crotch/leg straps--that seems like a much easier requirement to meet than the SAS seminar.

 

I agree.  This was a mistake, IMO.  The first year it was required (2014?) they were sold out everywhere and that was the basis of being waived.  Then it probably got copied and pasted into new NORs.  I've brought it up, and the consensus is it will not be waived in 2018, but nobody really wants to amend the NOR at this time on this issue.  Ironically its the only item in the SER that I think might have saved lives in California accidents of recent years.  I have added them to all my PFDs.


In Topic: Question re: Newport to Ensenada Race

14 February 2017 - 04:34 PM

Good point about the customs sticker.

 

On another note, the NOSA board voted last night to waive the US Sailing SER requirement for the Coastal SAS class in the 2017 N2E.  

It'll be showing up in a future NOR amendment.

 

The US Sailing SER requirement is for 30% of the crew including the skipper, to attend a half day class.  The problem is that there are very few classes offered.  The first US Sailing on-line offering is part of the 2 day class, not a half day class replacement.  There is a half day class replacement on-line class coming from US Sailing, but the board decided not to wait.

 

The SAS class is highly recommended.  Those of my crew that attended, speak highly of it.  Safety is always a good thing.


In Topic: Question re: Newport to Ensenada Race

11 February 2017 - 04:43 AM

US Sailing Safety at Sea class is online now.
 
http://www.boaterexa...ng/safetyatsea/

As it turns out, this on-line class is intended to take the place of the first day of the US Sailing 2 day Offshore SAS class.  It has to be combined with the 2nd day hands-on class at a US Sailing training facility for completion.
I am told there will soon be a 2nd shorter (and lower priced) on-line class, that will replace the half day Coastal SAS Class completely, without an in-person class required.  It is this second and not-yet-available on-line that meets the minimum requirements of the US Sailing SER for the N2E race.  The longer SAS courses also meet the N2E requirements, of course.
 
So if I'm reading you and the US Sailing website correctly, this online offering (The "Safety at Sea Hands On Online Supplement") does NOT, on its own, satisfy the SER requirement for Offshore or Coastal races. I believe it only satisfies the requirement if you do this online course AND the second day (hands-on) of the 2-day live seminar.

Yes.
US Sailing says the short Coastal SAS online will be available 3/1/17

In Topic: Question re: Newport to Ensenada Race

10 February 2017 - 10:26 PM

US Sailing Safety at Sea class is online now.

 

http://www.boaterexa...ng/safetyatsea/

As it turns out, this on-line class is intended to take the place of the first day of the US Sailing 2 day Offshore SAS class.  It has to be combined with the 2nd day hands-on class at a US Sailing training facility for completion.

I am told there will soon be a 2nd shorter (and lower priced) on-line class, that will replace the half day Coastal SAS Class completely, without an in-person class required.  It is this second and not-yet-available on-line that meets the minimum requirements of the US Sailing SER for the N2E race.  The longer SAS courses also meet the N2E requirements, of course.


In Topic: Question re: Newport to Ensenada Race

10 February 2017 - 05:31 AM

I'm told you can apply for a TIP and leave the entry date blank. Since it's good for 10 years it's not a big deal. I'm also told they process an application in a few days plus mailing.

Entry into Mexico is as part of the race, expedited. Some years there is a table at Hotel Coral to check in at with passports. Some years not. NOSA will let you know exactly the procedure is pre race. Always super easy.

Return to the US there is the Customs dock in San Diego to check in at. Some years a masters oath doc to hand off in a touch and go. Especially if you are part of the big rush Monday morning. Otherwise tie up, and talk to the people there and show passports. Worst case you call and wait for them to arrive.

Ensenada has a decent wine region, you could take a tour. Lots of touristy shops and bars down town. Some nice restaurants. They are set up for the cruise ships. With the good exchange rate local goods are inexpensive. The hotel Coral is a nice resort, the food is good, pools, gym, bars, etc.

No need for pesos. Everybody takes US dollars, most take credit cards. Check your cell service, and you can probably get it to work in Ensenada too.