First Race of the Spring Whitecap Series Friday

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It’s been a long winter but PTSA’s 2013 racing season starts tomorrow when the gun goes off around 6 PM for the first Spring Whitecap Series race of the year.

Where
The Friday, April 5th start will be a dock start off City Dock.

Starts
whitecap-logo-3At Friday’s race there will be one start for all boats sailing the long course. In the future we hope to offer two starts with the second start being for what we are calling the PT Fleet consisting of all boats, both wood and fiberglass, we are encouraging to come out and join in the fun.

As a courtesy to the Race Committee, all boats are requested to check in with the RC before the race and monitor channel 68 during the race.

If more than one small, inshore boat appears to race, we will have a second, short course start.

Scoring
The club is interested in experimenting with the Golf Handicapping system that ranks the on-the-water performance of a boat. For that reason we will score the race two ways – our existing PHRF rating system and under the Golf Handicap system. Both scorings will be published which will give the fleet and the Board experience in the Golf Handicap rating system over several races.

The second start for inshore boats will not be scored at this race and a decision on scoring will be made in the future.

By |2013-04-04T12:04:45-07:00April 4th, 2013|Club News, Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Getting Handicap Racing On Par

A post from Sailing World by Ken Read on rating the boat and the crew rather than just the boat.

Another day on the greens gives the author time to ponder the subject of handicapping the PHRF stalwarts. Photo by IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race

Another day on the greens gives the author time to ponder the subject of handicapping the PHRF stalwarts. Photo by IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race

Handicap racing needs a jolt. We’ve got systems like ORR and IRC and even the new High Performance Rule, which rate the boats, but when boats are rated by complex formulas that can be exploited by clever designers, an arms race is unavoidable. New sails, pro crew, and constant tweaking of the boats will always serve as a way to gain an advantage. It can be fun for those with deep pockets and the people they employ, but frustrating for those who can’t afford to play such a high level. And then we have PHRF, which tries to equalize all shapes and sizes of boats, allowing them to race against each other fairly in all sorts of conditions.

It’s time to take handicapping a step forward, and PHRF is the perfect rule to tweak and revolutionize. It’s time to consider handicapping the sailors. Where I sail on Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay there’s a lot of racing happening at the local level, but I’m amazed to see the overall numbers are down quite a bit, and that many of the teams doing the racing are the same programs I saw 25 years ago. There’s little growth and even fewer new faces. It’s great to see the longevity of sailors and their passion for local events, but there’s cronyism in the clubs. The same people routinely win the trophies.

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By |2013-03-12T10:48:29-07:00March 12th, 2013|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Passing at the Leeward Mark

A good race tip from Sailing World

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1. As he approaches the leeward mark, Lindberg intentionally slows in order to exit the mark in the high lane—a textbook wide-then-tight rounding. Presti, meanwhile, knowing he wants to tack around the mark, doesn’t worry about having his bow below the transom of Lindberg. Presti’s crew drops the spinnaker early enough so that everyone is in their positions and able to trim the sails during the rounding. Presti and his team enter the rounding with a powerful setup: the genoa is eased, the main is coming in early to help turn the boat, and they trim the sails for maximum speed as they round. Keeping the main slightly over trimmed in respect to the boat’s angle, and keeping the genoa slightly undertrimmed, helps the boat turn without too much rudder movement, which will slow the boat.

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By |2013-02-04T20:44:10-07:00February 8th, 2013|Racing Skills|0 Comments

Ken Read, VOR Leg 6, Day 16

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Battles on the ocean are hard. Especially in super light air like what we have had out here the last few days. The chess match is long and painful and very often has stops and starts that stretch out the agony.

We are amongst it with CAMPER at this stage and there is a lot of runway left and tons of potholes along the way.

First of all, this could not be more unlike every other leg we have had in this race. Dry, cool nights and warm days. T-shirts and shorts always. No hint of a need for foul weather gear. A huge full moon making it closer to needing sunglasses at night rather than headlamps.

This game of chess probably has been a bit more like a tug-of-war if you are watching at home. We stretch out to what seems like a “comfortable” lead only to hit the next light air patch and watch the troops coming reeling us in. CAMPER is within sight almost always, making things a bit more tense with constant bearing checks with the handheld compass.
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By |2012-05-08T19:09:41-07:00May 8th, 2012|Racing out of the Bay|0 Comments

22 Ways to Improve Your Performance

After watching their fleet for a number of years the author finds 22 ways that the “good guys” always seem to finish in the top of their fleet. From the September, 20001 issue of Sailing World.

There were always other guys, a few years older and a bit more serious, who consistently finished at the top of the fleet. I realized that their edge wasn’t talent or luck. It was experience..
by Luther Carpenter

Paul White (foreground, at helm) has sailed 200 consecutive regattas in the Y-flyer class' Mid-Atlantic Cup series. Photo by Jeff Becker

Years ago I was a young, hungry, youth sailor. I had great starts, flashy roll tacks, the ability to steer perfectly, and my parent’s Visa card. I could do anything.

But as I started competing around the world, I learned that desire and raw talent were not enough to win major regattas. There were always other guys, a few years older and a bit more serious, who consistently finished at the top of the fleet. I realized that their edge wasn’t talent or luck. It was experience.

In 1992, I coached at the Barcelona Olympics and witnessed a near perfect blend of youth and experience. Coaches Jonathan and Charlie McKee and team members Randy Smyth, Keith Notary, Mark Reynolds, Paul Foerster, Mike Gebhardt, Brian Ledbetter, and Hal Haenel had all been to the Olympics before-some had won medals-and they shared what they’d learned from their past experiences at the Games with our energetic and talented Olympic rookies. It was a powerful combination that resulted in medals in nine of 10 classes.

Continue reading Sail Like a Veteran Today

By |2012-04-25T17:40:01-07:00April 25th, 2012|Racing Skills|0 Comments