25 Boats on the water for the weekend regatta, which included 17 Lasers, 4 Optimists and 4 dual-handed boats.
The weather was extremely variable, with the wind blowing, or not blowing, various strengths from various directions. It meant lots of adjusting by the race committee, and lots of waiting for the sailors, but sailors had a good time; and those who stayed out for all the races sailed between four and seven races each.
At our 2018 AGM, we decided to change to the UK handicap system, because it offered some ratings which better reflect the performance expected from experienced sailors than the US system.
I have found the newest UK Portsmouth numbers, which have increased the handicap 5 points for Tasars (also MScow), one point for Laser, three for Laser Radial, and all our other active classes no change. Note; an increased handicap means less of a penalty. I will apply these handicaps to all races this year.
One of our accomplished sailors, Craig Baker, is conducting a clinic to help us all sail better! Learn about sail trim, strategy and tactics, and the “rules of the road”. There will be a nominal $10 charge per boat which will go towards club boat repair/maintenance.
The clinic is open to all FYC members regardless of experience, type of boat or whether you enjoy sailing round the buoys in the weekend races or cruising on your own.
This is an excellent opportunity to both learn new skills and refresh what you know.
Regular club races are planned for Saturday, Sunday and Monday this weekend (1:00 start). Come out and enjoy the great weather!
Please plan to attend one of the two briefing sessions on how to manage our motorboats.
Both motors and docking systems are a bit fussy, but if you know their quirks, they work quite well. If we all treat these boats right, they will keep running. Uninformed mistakes cost us a lot of time and money in additional boat maintenance.
The dates have changed for these sessions they are now:
Sunday June 23 at 11 am and Sunday July 14 at 11 am.