Wednesday Night Sailboat Races on Clear Lake!!
Racing continues Aug 31 with series 5 race 1
Bye week is August 24
Results posted S4R4
Year-to-date now updated to include Series 4. Remember, final series for 2016 starts August 31. See you then. Now would be a good time to turn in testimonials for the awards party. Remember, sportsmanship, improvement, crew, Arrgghh and Buddy awards will be selected, with or without input. A short note to the "contact us" would do, but the more detail the better, as your friendly RC is not long on imagination. We would like to give everyone a chance to contribute their favorite memories about the year in review.
Shallow spot found outside Shoal markers. See notice to competitors.
Year to date through Series 3 added to results(left lower menu).
We are postponing Series 4 Race 2 so that we can all go out and support the US Olympic Sailing Team send off at Houston Yacht Club on July 27th. See the menu item in the main menu on the left of the page(1st menu on mobile version). The Houston Yacht Club is hosting the send off party for the US Olympic Sailing Team. This will be their last stop before heading to Rio. Please come out and help support our sailors in representing USA in the Olympics. Sailors arrive at 3:30, party lasts till CLRA goes home. All CLRA events are moved one week back to accommodate. Bye weeks are included.
Beautiful night, if you remember that boats and people are actually waterproof. Just wanted to mention, we have a great crew list this year. Over 20 new names and several with great experience, who would provide value for almost any situation. Just log in to get detailed info. Local area calendar with CLRA events shown correctly is now available in Main Menu, left side of the page. Thank you GBCA.
I think the confusion is over, mostly. We thought the Corinthian was entered as a nonspin A, but the team on the boat decided it was Portsmouth and sailed that course. In doing so they had the best corrected time, a win. Took a little while for the scoring to catch up.
Racing in Series Two finishes up this week, June 1. Next week is an off week. Series Two winners are still being determined. Come on out and either race or watch as the exciting conclusion rolls around. See you there. Check out the new Drones page.
Check out the new table on the left under results, which will enable folks to figure out where they are on the high-point scores. Your very generous RC has decided to limit adjustments of handicap to new boats or previous initial estimates that need fine tuning. Be forewarned that a full adjustment will be done for Series 3.
May 18, 2016 S2R2 Flukey winds, but not so bad as the worst of Series 1. The boats were moving, just not in the direction planned. The whole thing came to an abrupt and early end when a hard shift took away any chance of square W/L legs and the RC "hung out their laundry" in the form of 6 class flags, bringing everyone to a finish.
We cannot emphasize the importance of registration on-line enough. If you register before noon on race day, I get a chance to look up your boat's rating and give you a fair chance of winning. If the first we see of you is your smiling happy face at the finish line, you may get assigned a rating that assures you will be dead last. Oh, we'll straighten it out eventually..
Flukey wind during the day led up to a pretty nortmal Wed Nite race. The J22s were cleared out early and despite the yelling less than half were over early. It was a pretty good show with over 20 boats ending up in front of the spectators doing doughnuts. Outstanding spectator side as well as sailing side. AND NO SAILING NEXT WEEK.
Wow, another really creepy strange wind direction. Wind out of the ENE resulted in intertwining of the boardboat and bigboat courses. Light and variable resulted in some strange points of sail, including one J22 who gybed around the mark in front of us spectators so that he could carry the kite on both "windward" and "leeward" legs of the course. (Obviously reaches) And the skippers continually had to evaluate whether kite or jib was optimal. And the whole thing got ended early to avoid predicted lighter air later on. Maybe next week will be more "normal".
Proper registration to race is a 2 step process. Register on-line and pay. Check your results to see if you are registered.
Let me see if I can explain this. Payment is critical for getting our bills paid and making our operation feasible. But it does not end there. Our means of getting boat information into our data systems is your on-line registration. We keep most prior entries in our scoring program to speed up the scoring process. This may result in us being able to give you results for an unregistered boat. What it does not do is give us changes in ownership, contact info, helmsman, and the all-important liability waiver. And we cannot use it for our highly expedited check-in process because some of the 350 or so entries in our scoring program are not showing up tonight. Or ever. Particularly, preparation for the commentary uses the on-line registration to assure a chance at getting the freshest info announced each night. So we really want those on-line registrations. Thanks.
SI and courses posted
Note late change to course 1 for the keelboats(except novice)
Just picked up the second to last change in Portsmouth class scoring. A set of ratings got mis-copied for a new boat. Revised scores posted(not much change).
Wednesday April 6, 2016, S1R1, and a night that will go down in history. Best early season weather ever, great turnout (56 boats), wind gods put on a show, with light and variable taking on new meaning. A few delays that won't be repeated by your RC. And amazing that only two major glitches happened as we rolled in at least 10 new boats and a whole new handicapping system. In Portsmouth we gave Laura Dalgleish's Snipe a handicap of equivalent to -300 PHRF (ie an America's Cup Cat), which strangely enough, she did not sail to. Upon setting things right, she wins the class. And we never input Joe Taylor's new rating, so the first pass had him winning by 22 minutes. Corrected, he still comes in second. And then there were two boats that had the same sail number, which we caught before awards. All in all, a memorable evening, once it got started.
Wednesday March 30 the Skipper's meeting and opening party
Protest training stuff is posted.
Scott Tuma shared his strategic insights and thoughts about the courses. He described some memorable events and a few humorous situations. There was a Buddy Brown sighting. More importantly, bartender Dave was back in action, so alot of people showed up to hoist a few. Scott went over the course modifications and anyone not present had better check out the new course layouts carefully. Some course numbers are changing and the upwind gate is gone. The new course descriptions will be posted as soon as they are approved. I have rewritten the understanding results page and attempted to further muddy the very deep water Scott was wading in during the meeting. We are planning to publish a table of ratings that we plan to use. Remember Wednesday Night Sailing is fun, and that's why we do it.
The protest Seminar was well received, with lots of revelations about what can happen in the room, especially if you are not prepared or have a lapse in thinking. Bill Van Ravensway wins the Thespian of the week prize for his role-playing as the Protesting boats witness. He brought out everything the script had to offer.
Tom Collier pulled together a cool set of slides that cover the situation and some highlights of preparation tasks. He also included some Appeal and Cases that apply to the so-called simple Port/Starboard situation. The slides will be available in PDF format under general info for all(left side of this page). We will also release the master script for the role-play.
Hey that's tonite. This was a popular session last year and we have added a few curve balls to make it interesting whether you saw last year or not. Tom Collier, past Commodore of LYC, and several judges in training will help us out. Come on out and have your first drink in hand when we start around 6:15 at the Villa Capri. Take a look at "How to prepare and defend a protest" under the General information for all tab on the left. Well written piece introduced by Dave Perry and written by America's Cup winner Bill Ficker.
Registration is open. Use "contact us" to report problems.
Problems with the Crew List have been fixed. Remember, you have to Log on to see details
Alert: Scott has asked me to inform everyone that CLRA intends to use Portsmouth wind indexed ratings as the handicapping method for all handicap boats this year. Handicaps are available for all our boats from US Sailing or by conversion. We are testing things now, and intend to use past performance for adjustment. More about this will be discussed at the Seminars this winter.
The schedule, which is greatly changed, and the Notice of Race are available, see menus. Also Scott has made his announcement about the changes for this year, see "From Scott Tuma" on the right side. The NOR has been revised to show pricing and some minor changes.
btw the results and other specific content for the 2015 season are now offline. For anyone interested, I have archived copies of most results since 2012.
Our season is over for the year. We re-start sailing activities shortly after Daylight Saving Time starts next year. Here is an article describing our activities.
The Clear Lake Racing Association is an informal association of sailing enthusiasts from all the sailing clubs around the Houston/Galveston Bay area. During the months of April through October (during Daylight Savings Time), there is enough light left over in the day for us to get off work and head for the docks to launch our boats and get in a sailboat race. It’s a great mid-week break, and the short distances between marks and complex winds provide a great venue to sharpen boat and sail handling skills.
Spectators are welcome at the Villa Capri, where starts and finishes for all eight or more classes unfold in front of you. A race experienced announcer describes the action so that even landlubbers can figure out what\'s happening. After the race, we gather at the Villa Capri where trophies are presented, food and drink is enjoyed and stories may just get enhanced a little. The winners get trophies that are generous food credits from the Villa Capri and other local restaurants. The races are divided into 6 series of 4 weeks of racing each, with sponsored prizes for each series.
LOCAL MYTHOLOGY The races began in the late nineteen-seventies, started by a boat broker whose primary goal was, of course, to sell boats. The boats entered in the races were different from each other, so a time-on-distance (PHRF) handicap method was used to determine winners. The broker was generous enough to serve as organizer, race committee, handicapper, and score-keeper, and the prizes were quite nice... dinner for two at local waterfront restaurants. As a result, the event grew quite popular.
After a while though, the sailors began to notice that at least one of the broker's boats did fairly well every week. After requesting to see the score sheet, it was noticed that the distance of the course changed from week to week. This would have been OK if different courses were sailed, but the course was always the same! After much howling, the broker agreed to an oversight committee, and the event became even more popular.
TODAY There are Wednesday Night Sailboat Races held all over the country(not our fault). The ones held in Clear Lake are unusual because some of the marks are placed close to spectator docks. So close, in fact, the spectators can get a really good look at the team work required to get the jib up (a sail for going against the wind) and douse the spinnaker (the colorful downwind sail).
Yacht racing is not known as a spectator sport, but when they are viewed in the comfort and proximity of a convenient dock (instead of the middle of a large body of water), it can be quite entertaining. And we provide an informed commentary to enhance your understanding of the event. Throw in a couple of friends, a warm sunset, and your favorite beverage and you get a casual, relaxing experience for the middle of the week.
THE BOATS Currently, there are about 80-90 boats registered and typically 50-60 boats sailing in eight or more different classes : PHRF Non-Spinnaker and Novice Non Spinnaker, Sunfish, Portsmouth, Flying Junior, Catalina 22, J22, J24, and PHRF Spinnaker and sometimes multihulls, Lasers and any other qualified grouping of boats. In PHRF Non-Spinnaker, small keelboats race without the complexity of the challenging large downwind sail called the spinnaker. And we have a separate version of this class for novices with less than 5 years of racing or if the helmsman is under 16.
The Sunfish Class is a great small one design boat that attracts some of our best sailors. The Portsmouth Handicap provides a class in which a variety of high performance small-boat designs can race against each other. We have another special situation with our Flying Junior class, which is that 18 of these boats are available for charter on Wednesday nights through a local yacht club. Anyone can rent one. The J22, J24, and Catalina 22 Classes are also one design, meaning all the boats in those classes are identical to one another -- no handicap. The PHRF Spinnaker Class is a handicap class where dissimilar keel boats can race against each other.
GETTING STARTED New participants are welcome at all times. You should have the basic capability of confidently controlling your boat, plus some familiarity with the yacht racing rules. If you have neither, don't let that stop you from getting involved! We gladly share our wonderful sport with newcomers. One of our more popular additions has been our Non-Spinnaker B or Novice class. The Non-Spinnaker class has always been one of the fastest growing classes in the event. With this growth, we have a wide range of boats and sailing experience. In order to mitigate the difference of sailing experiences, we have formed a ‘B’eginner and an ‘A’dvanced Non-Spinnaker Class.
The Non-Spinnaker B class will have a fixed course (same exact marks every night) and an emphasis on people racing against each other with very similar skills. The helmsperson must be a novice, less than 5 years racing experience, with a novice crew. Experienced racing crews are allowed, but they can only give verbal commands and only physical interaction (grabbing the tiller or sheets) in case of an emergency to prevent a collision. The concept of this class is to allow crews to gain experience and confidence, while racing against other crews of similar skill level. For more specific rules, please go to our web site, www.clearlakeracing.com; under Main Menu and ”2015 Sailing Instructions”.
AND FOR YOUR WINTER ENJOYMENT In February and March, Clear Lake Racing Association sponsors a series of Winter Seminars. These are a free set of sessions that give good information about sailing and basic sailboat racing. Over the years, these seminars are given by professionals donating their time; professional sailmakers, US Sailing judges, Class Champions, America’s Cup racers, etc all local!… There is no lack of experience or knowledge, which makes these seminars well worth the time. Some previous topics: Basic Sailboat Racing, Starts and Finishes, Trimming 101, Rules, Tactics and Strategies, Courses. All seminars are held in a meeting room provided by the Villa Capri restaurant located at 3713 Nasa Rd. 1, Seabrook, TX 77586.
These races and meetings are possible due to the help of our sponsors, who are listed on the web site as Event Sponsors. If you would like to sponsor the races, sponsor a boat, or if you have questions about the races, please contact us at www.clearlakeracing.com or 281-636-3508.
Yearend report, ie party summary, who won, etc, is published in General information for all (Main Menu).
"I have unfortunately delayed in reminding everyone to send in your submissions for the voting trophies; Sportsmanship, Best Crew, Most Improved, Buddy Award, and Aargh Award (now not excluding R/C, but R/C will have their
own stories of competitors ready). We ask everyone to send in their submissions and we will narrow down the list to a few and send out the finalists. Please give examples of why they should win the award. The idea of these awards is to bring recognition to those who have gone above and beyond in Wednesday Night Sailboat Racing, except for the Aargh Award. The Aargh Award is (a light-hearted award) awarded to a person who screwed up the best on a Wednesday Night. We all have our experiences and stories, but some are not willing to relive them. Many times our crews have dedicated more hours than we expect, or they have improved a significant amount, or they donated a significant amount to build a class or support the sport. "
Please submit entries, with your story justifying the entry, to the Contact us listed on the menu to the right. As they say in Chicago, vote early and often.
At this point there have not been enough entries to put together a meaningful list. Please nominate friends and family and anyone else. Scott will sort it out.
Party next week Oct. 14. We'd like RSVPs, but please come whether you are signed up or not.
UPDATE for semifinal 2
S6R4 and year to date results are posted Semifinal results below
Championship series final Wednesday. Racing by invitation only. Annual winners who are the highest point total (using best 17 scores for the year) are as follows.
Boats will be J24/gib/3people/ no pole no spinnaker
Racing September 16 Semifinal
Catalina 22 Ben and Caroline Miller 4,2,3,2=11, Third Place, not qualified for finals
J22 Casey Lambert 1,1,2,3=7 tied for first, qualified for finals
J24 Stuart Lindow 2,3,1,1= 7 tied for first, qualified for finals
PHRF Spinnaker Pete Meeh 3,4,4,4=15 4th place, not qualified for finals
Racing September 23 Semifinal
Portsmouth Corrie Lambert 1,1,2(bad start)=4 First, qualified for finals
FJ Tom Meeh/Jake Stricker2,2,1=5 Second, qualified for finals
Non-Spin A Glenn Ring has dropped out and Tom Dilas, NSA second place will race 3,3,3=9, Third, not qualified for finals
Great racing, including tacking duels and generally good match racing.
Racing September 30 Final
1st and 2nd place from each semifinal
Don't forget End of year party October 14 Sign up now, Rightside menu
Courses and sequence is posted in notices(see left)
Final race of the season is this weekl!!! Come out and play. And a reminder from your race committee. There will be no trophy for the annual awards listed below unless we get two entries for the position.
quoting Scott Tuma
"I have unfortunately delayed in reminding everyone to send in your submissions for the voting trophies; Sportsmanship, Best Crew, Most Improved, Buddy Award, and Aargh Award (now not excluding R/C, but R/C will have their own stories of competitors ready). We ask everyone to send in their submissions and we will narrow down the list to a few and send out the finalists. Please give examples of why they should win the award. The idea of these awards is to bring recognition to those who have gone above and beyond in Wednesday Night Sa
ilboat Racing, except for the Aargh Award. The Aargh Award is (a light-hearted award) awarded to a person who screwed up the best on a Wednesday Night. We all have our experiences and stories, but some are not willing to relive them. Many times our crews have dedicated more hours than we expect, or they have improved a significant amount, or they donated a significant amount to build a class or support the sport. "
Please submit entries, with your story justifying the entry, to the Contact us listed on the menu to the right. As they say in Chicago, vote early and often.
Sept 2, 2015 Courses and sequence up
S6R3 results and YTD are posted in results menu
August 26, 2015 S6R2 Results posted
Wind never really came in.
Check Tuma's blog. Year to date results posted. I will post an excel file if there is interest.
August 19,2015: S6R1 Results posted and verified.
August 12, 2015 is S5R4: Results posted and verified. Actual wind 6-8 East.
Nice night except for wind direction... Courses all set up for expected due South and actual was due East. PRO compensated by sending everyone into the East end of the lake, which must have been quite a show down at the Turtle Club. Need to remember to charge them more for their sponsorship next year. Meanwhile the Villa Capri show wasn't too shabby when all those boats got back about the same time, along with early finishers from Portsmouth. More than one attempt to make a matched pair of J11s or J12s. Cool. Then on the next lap we watched Casey Lambert and Vince Ruder get into a gybing match, with Casey ending up stealing Vince's air and getting well ahead.
Series 5 is now history, and the dreaded Series 6 starts next week. Dreaded because the RC may do any variation on the theme. We would like to hear from you if you think of some variant that might be fun to try.
The only thing off limits is making our finish late. Scott has been very good about getting us more than adequate time for scoring lately and I would not want to give him an excuse to break the trend.
S5R3 Scores are posted and verified. Official wind at race time:15-18 SSE-SSW.
Competitors report that the wind was Puffy, Gusty, Shifty, and several unrepeatable descriptors, all pronounced with a demonic gleam of shear pleasure! Incredible night. Lotsa boats, bright sun, warm, but agreeable with the nice breeze. RC gave the small boats an extra lap with no complaints. Very good close racing with several finishes one second or less apart. Not without mishaps. The new RS Aero 9 is apparently a little hard to keep upright in such weather, as is the Melges 24. Shrimping was a popular sport, but oops, not the fastest way around the course. And once again, a couple of our Novice boats reveal misconceptions about what directions sailboats can be made to travel. But they are learning...
Just felt like I ought to explain a little about the process of scoring and posting scores for our races. The scoring ladies collect the finish times. A couple of years ago we got smart and printed up forms on plastic to enable keeping score with a grease pencil in a howling gale. Once the racing is finished, they bring the forms to me and we enter the data into Sailwave, a program on my computer. We do the data entry as fast as humanly possible which sometimes results in errors.
Most of those errors get caught when we pull the winners out of the program by making up the sheets you see posted on the web site. We open up the sheets (in Word Format) and crosscheck the number of racers against the checkin for each class. This helps us catch missing boats and verifies the number of prizes to give out. We also glance at the times and order to catch data entry error, but the press of time keeps it from being perfect.
The posted sheets are converted to pdf and loaded onto the web. Once there, they are opened to make sure the correct version comes up and a quick look for major problems. Then I spend the next week checking my email to see what errors people have found. Two things cause problems. Sometimes the web software gets hold of a version and keeps using it, even when it has been deleted or overwritten. And sometimes I make mistakes. All of which we are willing to fix if we hear about it.
So just keep emailing me those comments.
Score posted for S5-R2, July 29, 2015
July 29 Wind: 6-8 S
Official wind reading:SSE 8-12
We will start posting the courses for the day as soon as we get them from Scott. Remember that once series 6 starts the RC gets bored and all bets are off.
Also FYI Because we had a week of cancellation(S3R4, June 17), meaning everyone has a zero score for that race, ie an obvious throwout, Scott has decided to interpret the rules for championship scoring and grant everyone an additional throwout. ie The Championship will be the best 17 scores out of 23 instead of 18 out of 24.
If there are any sea lawyers who wish it, we can make a change to the SI, but I would rather not go through the angst.
Outstanding turnout. 11 J22s. 19 Portsmouth !!!!!(mostly Lasers, for whom Scott is cooking up a special promotion later in the Summer
Official wind reading:NSEW -1+4
Congratulations Novices for making the finish. All keelboats shorten course. An interedting night.
36 boats checked in, including near perfect attendance from J22's. Wind conditions deplorable, RC gave out an extra prize in each class as a reward for showing up.
Apologies for the late awards. It took a while, but was mostly right.
I apologize also for a bit of confusion among the Laser entries. For future reference, we load the new entries each week into the scoring program as you register. What that means is that if you register a Laser and race a Laser 4.7, we may score it wrong. You are responsible for your entry. We should be more observant, but our crew was shorthanded and missed a few.
Wednesday Night Sailboat racing was cancelled for June 17, 2015
The issue was that in addition to likely rain,lightning, high water and misery, there was no power to the crane for dry sailed boats. So we have a rain-out. People in Houston, stay in Houston. Better safe than wet and miserable. Series 3 results will stand as is, with no throwout. We will publish the update tonight.
*******See new Sailing Instructions!! Adds Course 5 plus updates
We are changing the menu system slightly on the front page. Only Key topics will appear in the Main Menu.. Descriptive and informative stuff is found in Articles to read (which may get split at some future date).
A great night with a new course to play with, the RC did. It turned out pretty good, but there got to be a lot of traffic... We would have liked to play with strippping out the classes one by one but our halyard system on the RC boat doesn't allow for it so easily. Looked like fun though.
An absolutely beautiful night weather wise after a week of storms and floods. Our Hyacinth Garden at the Villa Capri is doing well, though I can imagine the mosquito population is about to explode. Speaking of vegetation, the speeds were a bit slower tonight as folks bobbed and weaved to avoid the green tufts popping up throughout the lake. The lake looked like a swamp, with bits of grass randomly placed among the quicksand. Several Skippers found out about the impact of picking up vegetation on their keels the hard way.
Thanks to the RC for finally moving the large orange turning buoy at the East end of our finish area in a bit closer so we can see the action as the boats approach and reset sails. Some interesting tactics emerge as the finish area changes shape. And btw it makes the sail numbers easier to pick up, too.
A sad note to report, tonight we were forced to merge the long-standing Sunfish class into Portsmouth. This gave us a very healthy Portsmouth class with 12 boats, and a quick review of the results for Series 1 and 2 suggests that the Sunfish will not do too badly in the combined classes The results will be merged and Sunfish will disappear from the results menu sometime soon. The class can be reinstated if 5 or more boats appear for an entire series, and Sunfish will be a legacy class next year, ie it will only require 3 annual registrations for them to start next year as a separate class. They will be subject to the same requirements as this year.
A new version of the SI's should emerge this week. As usual, the change log will be included to allow easy review of changes. The primary change is the addition of a new cou
Check out recent articles by Scott, and a general article on sailing under articles to read. Also note addition of Nexrad Radar with animation set up.
Another Chamber of Commerce night. Beautiful weather and great sailing, despite a scare from dropping breeze. Even at the end there was good wind. The J22 class had a protest that pointed out some misunderstandings of the rules. I have written up the issues in Articles to read. The issue was a tough one and a first class jury did a good job. Check out Scott's new notes in the right side menu.
Special thanks to Casey Lambert for standing in as PRO, and to the usual gang of supporting cast who make things go so smoothly. And honestly, we was just jerkin' your chain to see how well you could react to someone dragging a mark mid-sequence. After all, you were warned.
Great night despite the weather being a little scary all day. Too bad the dying wind made it nearly impossible for slower boats to catch up, and anyone in one design who got a lead jus
t saw it get fatter. Oh well, that's sailboat racing for you.
You may want to check the results today. It took me a while to get around to checking everything. All the changes we knew about last night have been fixed.
The Chamber of Commerce could not afford to run
the spectacular weather like tonight. Low humidity warm temperature, clear sky... And North wind. Which meant that there was a Tank Trap sized hole right at the finish line. Not possible to lay the finish buoy and some of the ugliest tacking angles known to man. Several boats tacked, only to find themselves being carried away from the line or simply stalled dead in the water. And the spectators got a great show. Kudos to those who made it past the finish line without an embarrassing tack. More later, but overall a great night.
Well. Series 1 is done. Scores are posted. We finished early enough that I took the web site off the air until the announcements were made. Gorgeous day. Threatening weather turned off magically rather than rain on our sailboat racing. We see the advantage of high point scoring in a couple of classes, where the series winner is decided by one point. Good food tonight.
Check out articles by Scott.
Sunfish class scores corrected, sorry, software issue. The link to the drone video is in Articles to Read.
Light air night. Cool, because of the rains. Excellent sailing, despite the light breeze, which became more Easterly as the night went on. Several boats gybing in the channel, fortunately with no major ill effects. A couple of portsmouth boats groused about the long course, until told that the flag hoisted by the committee boat is the official course. Once again, read the SI. Which, by the way is an outstanding cure for insomnia.
Apparently there is a concern about the meaning of SI 14.12 with respect to the following sentence.
A boat in the channel formed by the marks and the shore line and moving westward may cross the line without penalty as part of normal sailing maneuvers (tacking or gybing), provided she subsequently recrosses it before rounding the small tetrahedron. Specifically the meaning of normal sailing maneuvers(tacking or gybing). Our intent is that normal sailing maneuvers is anything you would do to sail the course within the RRS. This includes tacking, gybing, or luffing, or anything else that is legal and does not cause you to move against the traffic in the channel. When we need to update the SI, we will redraft the rule.
Another beautiful night on Clear Lake. Outstanding breeze from just east of south. The Catalina 22\'s showed up (their storage area is no longer compromised), and a flock of Portsmouth folks showed up, 12 boats. Most of the new ones were Lasers, but not all were registered. Once again, Stuart Lindow showed how persistence pays off. Racing in the Spinnaker class was tight. Eight seconds corrected, the margin of victory for that outstanding skipper Alk Peerless on Footloose.
There was apparently yet another misunderstanding of the rules about the finish area. A J22 had picked up a guest crew at the dock, and went to return him after racing. The RC gave permission, as described in the rules, but that permission only applies to recrossing the finish line and does not relieve them of being DSQ for crossing the line between the turning and finish buoys, which he did. Based on the misunderstanding, and the fact that safety was not compromised, the J22 is given Redress and finishes as originally scored. Now that you have all been warned, no further relief from that DSQ will be given.This is fair warning, and will be put in notices to competitors. Passing between the turning and finish buoys is not permitted from your starting signal until the buoys are picked up. If the RC gives permission for a boat to return to the dock for crew return, that is permission only to recross the finish line without penalty, and does not exonerate the DSQ.
12.2 ...Boats with business at the Villa Capri dock, such as returning guest crew, shall request and obtain permission to recross the finish line to do so. Upon completion of their business they shall leave the area by going West, rounding the finish buoy and shall not cross a line between the turning and finish buoys(see 14.12)
14.12 Finish area violations
The penalty for crossing the line between the turning/finish buoy marks (a large orange West Marine buoy near and East of the Villa Capri dock and the small yellow tetrahedron to the west of it)from your starting signal until you have left the area post racing shall be a DSQ. A boat in the channel formed by the marks and the shore line and moving westward may cross the line without penalty as part of normal sailing maneuvers (tacking or gybing), provided she subsequently recrosses it before rounding the small tetrahedron. Boats racing in the vicinity of the starting area shall not interfere with boats in their starting sequence.
Sure would like to get a current year picture to use as a divider(as below).
Sorry, just spotted (and fixed) that 2015 SI was not showing in main menu. I am moving some infrequently used stuff off the menu and into Articles to read over the next few days.
See the \\\"From Scott Tuma\\\" on the right side menu for details about the pre-race crash at the committee boat.
2015 Courses posted. Only NSB is changed. 2015 Sailing Instructions posted, all reference to \\\"for comments\\\" removed, 2014 SI removed. Change list remains in Articles to read.
Minor change in NSA and J22 class result. Gary Thies raced J22 class without spinnaker. Moved him out of NSA to J22. All scores are posted. Let us know if any sailed class does not work.
Ah, 2015 sailing season begins on Clear Lake. The \\\"Up Close and Personal\\\" approach to the starting line by our NSB folks notwithstanding, it was a great night to be out and just proved the wisdom of having two trained Riggers on the committee boat to do repairs. The slightly shortened mast was re-erected in time to hoist the flag to shorten course when it was needed, and it all worked out. There was apparently a late shuffle at the storage area, so the Catalina 22 class was a little short. 40 boats showed up and the outdoor air conditioning kicked in to make it a pleasant evening at the Villa Capri. By the way this once again illustrates the importance of our little weather bubble on Clear Lake. Houston folks note, your weather ain\\\'t our weather!!
Notice 7 CLRA has a special arrangement to assist guest crew with finding boats. We have a \\\"Crew\\\" flag set up at the end of the Villa Capri dock. If you want a sailboat ride (and are willing to work), just come out a little early (before 6:10 PM), and hoist the bright pink Crew flag at the end of the dock. When a boat comes over looking for crew, get on board. They are committing to get you back to the dock after racing (~Sunset) unless you agree to other arrangement. Before getting on a boat or leaving the dock for any other reason, lower the flag. It will be hoisted by the next person. That\\\'s the rule. Flag up means someone is there ready to get on any boat. Flag down means no boats will come in. The \\\"Crew\\\" flag is NOT for pre-arranged crew getting on a boat. If you put the flag up and don\\\'t go with the first boat offering to take you, please leave the dock. Remember. The worst day of sailing is better than the best day of watching.