Monday, March 23, 2009

Rahns On The Podium Again


A while back, Montreal Sailing posted a great photo of The Rahn's pulling out of their snowbound driveway, Wayfarer in tow, for sunny Florida. Well, Father and son did mighty well once again. Peter and Alex placed 3rd in the Wayfarer Mid-winter's and U.S. National's. Congrats guys!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Racing Rules For Beginners #10: Protest!




What to do if a foul occurs:


IF YOU ARE FOULED

1. Avoid Contact!
2. Hail the word, “PROTEST” to the boat that you believe created the foul.
3. Raise a Red Protest Flag somewhere visible from your stern
4. At the finish, notify the Race Committee that you plan to issue a protest giving the name and/or sail number of the offending boat.
5. Once onshore, find a Protest official to discuss what actions will be taken.


IF YOU FOUL ANOTHER BOAT

1. Avoid Contact!
2. If you believe you fouled another boat, get clear of all other boats and do two complete circles in the same direction. Once the circles are complete, you can rejoin the race without further penalty.
3. If you do not think there was a foul, continue sailing the race with the understanding that you are racing under protest. Once the race is complete, Protest officials will determine which boat was correct based on eye witness accounts and then determine an appropriate action.


IF YOU HIT A MARK

1. Get Clear of all other boats and complete one full 360° circle.
NOTE - You have NO rights over any other boat during the time you are doing penalty circles. Make sure you are clear in both time and distance from all other racers before starting your circles.

This is the final post from the Milwaukee Yacht Club's "Basic Sailboat Racing Rules All Racers Should Know". Do you have a particular rule you wish more sailors were cognizant of? Drop us a line and vent! - Ralph, Montreal Sailing

Friday, March 20, 2009

Racing Rules For Beginners #9: Boats Converging at the Mark


An inside and overlapped boat (Green A) within three boat-lengths of the mark has the right-of-way. In general, any overlapped outside boat (Red B) must keep clear and give room to any boat between them and the mark.

A boat coming into the mark on Port Tack (Red D) must be able to complete its tack without obstructing the progress of an incoming Starboard Tack boat. If a Starboard Tack boat has to adjust course, you fouled them.

As always with Montreal Sailing, you can click the graphic, and usually get a larger view. This is the eighth post from the Milwaukee Yacht Club's "Basic Sailboat Racing Rules All Racers Should Know". I'm posting segments on a roughly daily basis. - Ralph, Montreal Sailing

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Racing Rules For Beginners #8: Ya gotta move


As always with Montreal Sailing, you can click the graphic, and usually get a larger view. This is the eighth post from the Milwaukee Yacht Club's "Basic Sailboat Racing Rules All Racers Should Know". I'm posting segments on a roughly daily basis. - Ralph, Montreal Sailing

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Racing Rules For Beginners #7: Hey, No Barging!


A Leeward boat has Right-of-Way at the start and is allowed to sail above her Proper Course to shut-out any boat heading into the start before the start signal. After the start signal, the Leeward boat must assume her proper course.

Basically, any boat to leeward that you can potentially hit should be considered a brick wall.

As always with Montreal Sailing, you can click the graphic, and usually get a larger view. This is the seventh post from the Milwaukee Yacht Club's "Basic Sailboat Racing Rules All Racers Should Know". I'm posting segments on a roughly daily basis. - Ralph, Montreal Sailing

Monday, March 16, 2009

Racing Rules For Beginners #6: Two Boats Overlapped Sailing On the Same Tack

As always with Montreal Sailing, you can click the graphic, and usually get a larger view. This is the sixth post from the Milwaukee Yacht Club's "Basic Sailboat Racing Rules All Racers Should Know". I'll post segments on a daily basis. - Ralph, Montreal Sailing

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Racing Rules For Beginners #5 : Right-of-Way Converging on Opposite Tacks


As always with Montreal Sailing, you can click the graphic, and usually get a larger view. This is the fifth post from the Milwaukee Yacht Club's "Basic Sailboat Racing Rules All Racers Should Know". I'll post segments on a daily basis. - Ralph, Montreal Sailing

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Racing Rules For Beginners #4 : Some More Useful Definitions

In this presentation of racing rules for beginners, knowledge of a few more terms will be helpful.
  • Close Hauled - A boat sailing as close to the wind direction as possible
  • Head-to-Wind - A boat pointed straight into the wind. Sails will be luffing.
  • Inside - A boat positioned between the mark and another boat
  • Outside - A boat positioned with another boat between them and the mark
  • Proper Course - The course a boat would sail to get to the next mark as quickly as possible
  • Room - The space a boat needs to maneuver properly given conditions

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Racing Rules For Beginners 3 : Overlaps & Right of Way Defined


  • Right-of-Way: When one boat has the Right-of-Way, the other boat is required to Keep Clear.
  • Avoiding Collisions - All boats are required by rule to avoid a collision if possible! Right-of-Way is no excuse to cause a collision.
  • A boat Overlapped to Leeward has Right-of-Way. Overlaps are established from the transom.
  • Green boats have right-of-way. Red boat must keep clear.

3rd post from the MAST Milwaukee Yacht Club's "Basic Sailboat Racing Rules All Racers Should Know" I will post a segment each day from this great contribution to making sailboat racing more accessible. Ralph, Montreal Sailing.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Racing Rules for Beginners 2: Windward vs Leeward Defined


2nd post from the MAST Milwaukee Yacht Club's "Basic Sailboat Racing Rules All Racers Should Know" This is another basic definition of term important to understanding the rules. I will post a segment each day from this great contribution to making sailboat racing more accessible. Ralph, Montreal Sailing

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Racing Rules for Beginners: 1: Starboard vs Port Tack Defined


From the MAST Milwaukee Yacht Club's "Basic Sailboat Racing Rules All Racers Should Know" I will post a segment each day from this great contribution to making sailboat racing more accessible. Ralph, Montreal Sailing

Sunday, March 01, 2009

2009 Canadian Sailing Team has Montreal Sailors

Below is the announcement from the CYA website of this year's national sailing team. Many of the top sailors who already are Olympic medal contenders are there. In particular though Montreal Sailing has noticed all the Montreal sailors who have made the list! It is encouraging to see the depth of Montreal sailing improving not just on the CST, but with more and more competitive sailing. It should make for some exciting sailing for all of us and some great reports to come!
- Ralph, Montreal Sailing


Announcing the 2009 Canadian Sailing Team
The Canadian Yachting Association is pleased to officially announce the members of the 2009 Canadian Sailing Team.

Athlete
Class
Hometown Club
Tornado
RCYC
Tornado
RCYC
Finn
RCYC
Paul Tingley
2.4 mR
RNSYS
Bruce Millar
2.4 mR
NYC/RVYC
John McRoberts
SKUD
RVYC
Stacie Louttit
SKUD
RVYC
Brenda Hopkin
SKUD
RVYC
Laser
RVYC
Laser
RVYC
Laser
RCYC
Laser
RCYC
Laser
RCYC
Radial
RNSYS
Radial
RVYC
Radial
RVYC
Radial
RNSYS
49er
RCYC
49er
RVYC
49er
RCYC
49er
RCYC
RS:X W
RVYC
RS:X M
RVYC
RS:X M
RCYC/TWC
Star
RHYC
Star
RstLYC
Finn
RCYC
470 M
RVYC
470 M
RNSYS/BYC
Laser
RCYC
Laser
RVYC
Radial
RVYC
Laser
RNSYS
Radial
RCYC
Radial
RVYC
49er
RNYC
49er
RNYC
49er
RstLYC
49er
RstLYC


This year’s team was determined by the 2008-2009 Carding Criteria.
With the latest ISAF World Rankings released on February 4th, Canadian Sailing Team members were prominently represented at the top level. Canada currently has 7 athletes in the top twenty on the World Rankings.
Canadian Sailors are making their mark with hard work and dedication to their program and their country. Special mention goes out to Michael Leigh, in the Laser, who leads the Canadian team with a ranking of #1 in the world. The next ranking release date is scheduled for March 25th, 2009 at www.isaf.org.
The Canadian Sailing Team has many funding partners to acknowledge for their contributions and support in our quest for excellence. Special thanks are extended to our funding partners at Canadian Heritage - Sport Canada, Road to Excellence, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the PJ Phelan Sailing Foundation. We would also like to thank our dedicated sponsors Gul, Fogh, Rolex, Mercury Marine, McLube, and Harken. Much of the success of the team can be attributed to the ongoing support of our funding partners and sponsors.
Click on the above athletes to view their bios.
Stay tuned as the exciting international results unfold throughout the year!