Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Allen told him "At the age of 86 you are an inspiration not only to all yachtsmen and women but to everyone around Australia." Walker I'm a very conservative person, I've been sailing this boat 25 years, same boat. I've been married to the same lady for 60 years. I started a business 55 years ago, I still have the same business, and my son has been in the business for the last 35 years. I'm a very conservative person." Asked if he will still be racing next year, at 87, Walker replied "I have said many times before that this is the last one and I am saying the same now."
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
For those of you who are planning your race schedule next year, here is the current 2009 Seattle Area Race Calendar. Of particular interest are several local events that you might want to consider:
- April 4-5 - Tulip Cup
- April 10-12 - Southern Straits
- May 9-10 - Round Whidbey
- May 23-25 - Swiftsure
- June 6-20 - van Isle 360
- June 13-14 - Windermere Regatta
- Aug 23-30 - Northern Century
- Nov 7-8 - Round the County
2009 SARC Race Calendar
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
The burst, which led to this extraordinary speed, unfortunately resulted in the capsizing of the Hydroptère."The gale was very violent, the Hydroptère was full acceleration to more than 61 knots when it crashed and then capsized," says Alain Thébault briefly while organizing towing the boat with his teammates. All crew suffered minor injuries. The trimaran will be towed to shore on Wednesday, as soon as conditions permit.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
BREAKING NEWS - BREAKING NEWS
The ferry run between Anacortes and Sidney is scheduled to be eliminated under Gov. Christine Gregoire's proposed state budget.
The ferry, which operates from early spring until the first week in January, carried 113,000 passengers last year — the lowest in the system, with just half a percent of total ferry ridership.
The state has been operating the route since 1951, when it took the system over from the Black Ball line.
Dropping the route will save $9.2 million, eliminating 35 jobs, Gregoire said in her budget. According to budget documents, service between Anacortes and Sidney will stop at the end of next summer. David Moseley, head of the state ferry system, said eliminating the Sidney run "seemed to be the best way to achieve the cost savings we needed with the least impact on overall customers." He said Sidney is an expensive route to run despite the higher ticket cost. Because it is so long, it uses a lot of fuel.
As we all know the ferry is an important part of the local economy and the elimination of the run represents bad economic news for both Sidney and Anacortes. Hopefully there will be some more opportunity to comment on the proposed budget.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Section C - which deals with marks and obstructions - contains the most changes. The major revisions include: The Zone (around a mark) has been expanded from two-boat lengths and defined as "the area around a mark within a distance of three hull lengths of the boat nearer to it. A boat is in the Zone when any part of her hull is in the Zone."
There is a new term Mark-Room: "Room for a boat to sail to the mark, and then room to sail her proper course while at the mark. However, mark-room does not include room to tack unless the boat is overlapped to windward and on the inside of the boat required to give mark-room."
Obstructions on the race course have been rewritten to clarify what one is and obligations to act. For example, the rules now say that a right-of way boat may choose to pass an obstruction on either side. The rules also specify that a boat is not able to call for room at an obstruction that is also a mark of the course.
Several resources are available to learn the new rules, including expert interpretation that may help you use them in your racecourse strategy:
Perhaps the best resource is the red-lined document showing ALL the changes - you can get it here...
Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-2012 (with changes)
In addition, here are some other links that you might find helpful...
- 2009-2012 The Rules in Practice, Bryan Willis, ukhalsey.com
- 2009 Rules Seminar Presented by North U., northu.com.
- Dave Perry’s 100 Best Racing Rules Quizzes, store.ussailing.org.
- Handy Guide to the Racing Rules, 2009-2012, US SAILING, store.ussailing.org.
- The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2009-2012, US SAILING, store.ussailing.org.
- UK-Halsey Racing Rules Blog, Butch Ulmer, President of UKHalsey International, discusses the new rules changes. ukhalsey.com/blog
- Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing through 2012, Dave Perry, store.ussailing.org.
- Speed & Smarts by Dave Dellenbaugh. The next issue includes an in depth look at the rule changes. Speedandsmarts.com
Thursday, December 04, 2008
On the following run while on target for the outright world speed record they sort of "spun out", except this time vertically! Check out this sequence of action shots, or for more information go to www.vestassailrocket.com