Racing Rules Update with Dick Rose 4/12/2017

Dick Rose

Every four years, on New Year’s Day of the year following the Olympic regatta, revised racing rules published by World Sailing take effect. We are very lucky to be able to have Dick Rose here in Port Townsend to offer his insight on the changes in the rules that went into effect […]

Penalty Turns

PTSA races are run on the honor system. We don’t have a protest room or a protest committee nor do we protest other boats durning a race. However, boats are expected to abide by the Racing Rules of Sailing and when a rule is broken do the right thing. “The right thing” usually means doing […]

Getting off the Line and Up to Speed

A post from Quantum Sails by way of Sailing World. A reminder on how to get a good start.

In large fleets, starts can make or break a race, so make sure when you line up for go, you know exactly where you want to be, and how to get your boat moving afterwards. […]

Hone Your Racing Skills at Home

Screen shot of a SAILX race underway

SAILX is a sailing simulator used by racers around the world. It’s free and is a great training tool that challenges one to use many of the same skills needed to do well in races out on Port Townsend Bay. Most races take between five and ten […]

How to Store Your Sails for Winter

A post from Quantum Sails

Sails need to be stored where they are safe from moisture, temperature extremes, and pests. Any combination of these can ruin a good sail.

Fall is a beautiful time of year, but for many the change in colors signals the end of the sailing season. Many owners take great […]

5 Tips: Getting a Good Start – and the 60 Seconds After That

If a good start is the key to good race, the last tack into the start and the first 60 seconds out of it are crucial, explains top America’s Cup sailor Terry Hutchinson. From Yachting World.

The subtleties of a good start are more complicated than identifying a good spot to leeward and starting […]

Tips for Sailing Upwind – Geometry and Wind Shifts

In this podcast the presenter reviews laylines, ladder rungs, and the danger of getting too close to the edge of the course. Additionally, it shows just how much a lead can change when there is a big wind shift, and it talks about the danger of trying to build “leverage” against the fleet.



Flow Control of the Kite

A post from Mike Ingham in Sailing World

In run mode, wind flows vertically in the spinnaker, entering near the head and exiting from the foot. Photo by Paul Todd/Outside Images.

In the previous issue we visited Cornell University’s wind tunnel to see how wind flows around an asymmetric spinnaker. We learned a lot, […]

If I’m yelling at you, it’s just for clarity. [Explicit]

The not so quiet grace of sailboat racing. 2015 Block Island Race Week GoPro video footage compilation from the J29 STOUT’s bowman.

Columbia River Man Overboard

Coast Guard image

A post by John Selwyn Gilbert on Scuttlebutt.

I was knocked overboard – at dusk – about 25 years ago in the Governor’s Cup on the Chesapeake Bay when the J/35 I was racing death-rolled to weather while I was trimming the spinnaker. As soon as I hit the water, I […]