Tuesday, October 21, 2014

All Shapes and Sizes in Sarasota

The Sarasota Sailing Squadron is a club of a different shape – an umbrella shape, to be precise. Under the umbrella of the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, and within the nine-acre property boundary, a host of “silent” water sports affiliations coexist and thrive, including kayaking, paddle boarding, one-design racing, casual cruising, youth racing and adventure sailing, adult learn-to-sail programs, big boat beer can racing and more.

The Sarasota Sailing Squadron provides the clubhouse, the dockage, maintains the schedule, offers boat rentals, maintains the facilities and hosts the parties – with the help of a small army of volunteers.

The First Sail that Changes Lives

Justin "Judd" Goldman was 17 years old when he suffered a disabling bone disease. After realizing that there were few sports that he could participate in he discovered sailing. Over the next 58 years he competed successfully in many races throughout the world. Soon after Judd passed away, Judd's wife, Sliv, son Peter, and daughter Judy established the Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Foundation as a public/private partnership with the Chicago Park District in 1990. 

Rocking the Boat in the Bronx

A non-profit youth organization based in the Bronx, N.Y., named Rocking the Boat, is empowering young people challenged by severe economic, educational, and social conditions to develop the self-confidence to set ambitious goals and gain the skills necessary to achieve them. Students work together to build wooden boats, learn to sail and row, and restore local urban waterways, revitalizing their community while creating better lives for themselves.

Partnerships for Growth - Sail Newport

It’s easy to assume that Sail Newport’s remarkable success is a result of location and tradition. After all, Newport, R.I. is a sailing town. However, Brad Read, Sail Newport’s Executive Director, identifies the nexus of their success as the strong public/private partnership forged by forward thinking state officials and the visionary founders of Sail Newport.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Reflections from the President - Meet us in Milwaukee

by Tom Hubbell, President of US Sailing
Are you going to US Sailing’s National Conference in Milwaukee on October 23-25?  If growing sailing and supporting racing is important to you, I want to see you there. Let’s have a good time and talk sailing.

Top 10 Reasons You Should Attend US Sailing’s National Conference...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Reflections from the President - US Sailing by the Numbers

by Tom Hubbell, President of US Sailing

I am used to people being a bit off balance when they encounter their doctor, me, around town outside of the medical setting. I have a strategy for dealing with that.  Now I’m learning a strategy to answer the quizzical expression leading to the inevitable question, what does it mean to be the President of US Sailing? 

Here is the answer: What it means is spending some serious time around enthusiastic sailors engaged in the sport. 

What are “we” doing? We are fully engaged to make US Sailing the leading source of expertise ready to assist local clubs and sailing centers. All of us who commit to being members are doing that.

Here is a capsule of examples that represent US Sailing's involvement and influence on our sport:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dave Perry's Racing Rules Quiz of the Week

With 30 seconds to go before the starting signal, Boat P (on port tack) on a beam reach is approaching Boat S (on starboard tack) who is on a close-hauled course. P proceeds to luff and then cross head to wind all in one motion, ending up to leeward of S.

Just after P passes head to wind she holds her course, telling S to keep clear because she is on starboard tack and a leeward boat. S luffs to avoid contact with P and protests.

You are on the protest committee; how would you decide this?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dave Perry's Rules Quiz of the Week

Boats X and Y are sailing dead-downwind halfway down a run. X, whose boom is out over her port side, is clear astern of Y, whose boom is out over her starboard side.

X is blanketing Y’s wind and is catching up quickly. Neither boat has changed her course in the five or so lengths preceding the incident.

X finally catches up and her bow makes contact with Y’s transom. There is no damage or injury. Both protest each other.

You are on the protest committee; how would you decide this?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Reflections from the President - Year 69 of the Thistle

By Tom Hubbell, President of US Sailing
The Thistle Nationals and the Thistle Class in general give us a test case. What is the formula for success? One challenge: the National Championship always involves some waiting. We visited as we drifted among the flying Frisbee, the passing handball, and opportunities to see centerboards clearly in the azure blue water of Lake Michigan.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Dave Perry's Rules Quiz of the Week


Boats S (on starboard tack) and P (on port tack), both close-hauled, are converging on a beat. P will safely cross S. However, when they are less than two lengths apart, the wind veers (shifts to the right) ten degrees. S luffs (changes her course) in response to the windshift, such that P is unable to keep clear. There is minor contact with no damage or injury, and both boats protest. You are on the protest committee; how would you decide this?


Boat S is penalized under rule 16.1, Changing Course. Rule 16.1 states, “When a right-of-way boat changes course, she shall give the other boat room to keep clear.” S changes course when so close to P that P is unable to keep clear and there is contact. Therefore, S failed to give P room to keep clear, thereby breaking rule 16.1. The fact that S’s change of course was in response to a windshift is not relevant to the application of rule 16.1.

P broke rule 10, On Opposite Tacks, but is exonerated (not penalized) under rule 64.1(a), Decisions: Penalties and Exoneration, because she was compelled to
break rule 10 by S’s breach of rule 16.1.

S also broke rule 14, Avoiding Contact; but as the right-of-way boat, she is exonerated (not penalized) for breaking rule 14 as the contact did not cause damage or injury (see rule 14(b)). P did not break rule 14, because S changed course so close to P that it was not possible for P to avoid the contact.

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