Dallas Johnson – No Saving Needed

An interesting article on building club participation from Scuttlebutt News here lifted from Sailing Wold. Does any of this relate to PTSA? Comments are open, let us hear your thoughts.

(October 19, 2010) Dallas Johnson submitted a letter in the September issue of Sailing World magazine, where he commented that while everyone is talking these days about “Saving Sailing”, there are still sailing areas – such as his home waters of Lake Minnetonka – that are doing just fine.

As current Commodore of Wayzata Yacht Club, Dallas provides some insight into what’s going right at his “inland lake fly-over world” in the U.S. state of Minnesota.

There’s no magic bullet or super genius running our programs, but there are some basics:

By |2010-10-21T10:14:05-07:00October 19th, 2010|Club News|0 Comments

Put Variety in Your Courses

Perhaps to start a conversation, here’s a column from the June, 2010, issue of Sailing World on varying the racecourses beyond windward – leeward. What do you think? There’s a poll at the bottom you can enter your opinion. Jon


Are the sailors in your fleet tired of sailing around the same old racecourses year after year? If so, inject some excitement into your races with a few easy ideas. From the “Jobson Report” from our June 2010 issue

It’s much different nowadays, because we’ve come to expect perfectly aligned windward-leeward courses, but it seems sailors are growing tired of the same-old, and it’s time for race committees and sailors to branch out and try new course configurations, or, in some cases, revive a few old traditions.

by Gary Jobson

I’ll never forget my very first sailboat race. I was six years old at the time, and my responsibilities on the 15-foot, gaff-rigged Sneakbox included bailing out the leaky boat and holding on to our paper chart, which had the racecourse outlined on it. At the first mark we led the fleet, and I had the boat completely dry. But when the skipper asked what the next mark of the course was, I couldn’t say. The chart had fallen out of my pocket and was now floating on New Jersey’s Barnegat Bay. We eventually lost our lead, and the race, and since then I’ve made it a point to know the correct course to sail.

As I reflect on those early days, I fondly remember how the racecourses were always set around a collection of buoys scattered around the Bay. The race committee usually tried to set a course that featured all points of sail. It was unpredictable and always great fun.

You can read the whole column at the Sailing World site here.

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By |2010-08-22T13:28:54-07:00August 21st, 2010|Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

Revision to Sailing Instructions Gives RC Multi-Start Option

There’s been an important change to the 2010 Sailing Instructions.

Changes in Course Board allow for 2 lap races.

If there’s time and wind to run a two lap race, the Race Committee now has a choice whether to run two, one lap races (which gives us two starts), or one, two lap race. A number that comes before anything else on the course board tells you if two races are are being run. A number after the course tells you if there is more than one lap. There is the possibility that the second race may not use the same course so check the board before each race.

The new text in the Sailing Instructions reads:


A reminder, on two lap races you must pass through the finish line at the completion of each lap.

A copy of the revised Sailing Instructions is available on the Download page under the Racing tab or by clicking here. Got a question? Put it in the comments.

By |2010-06-23T20:31:26-07:00June 23rd, 2010|Club News, Racing on the Bay|0 Comments

2010 White Cap End of Series Party

Bogart and Bacall sailing

Party this Thursday, June 10th.

Doors open at 6 for socializing, meeting will begin sometime after 6:30.

Location – the Port Townsend Yacht Club.

Share stories and good cheer with fellow White Cap racing sailors at the Port Townsend Yacht Club.

Awards, laughter, beverages, tasty snacks, fun racing photos, and discussion about the upcoming Cats Paw summer racing series are on the agenda.

Doors open at 6pm, meeting starts at 6:30.

Picture doesn’t have anything to do with the party but it’s a pretty nice picture.

Bogart and Bacall sailing circa 1945.

By |2011-07-18T10:27:05-07:00June 8th, 2010|Club News|0 Comments

APB for the Missing Pin

Sometime during the week before last Friday’s race, the big orange “pumpkin” that we use for the starting pin left Comet.

I have checked with the yard office and the Boat Haven office but no one has turned it in. I checked with Bob at Marine Exchange, but he hasn’t seen it either.

I’m not sure why anyone would take such a thing, but if everyone keeps an eye out maybe it will turn up.

Thanks, Myron

By |2010-05-25T20:55:57-07:00May 25th, 2010|Club News|0 Comments

2010 White Cap Series Pre-Race Meeting for Skippers and Crew

meeting graphic

Aye, the Commodore said drink beer for new race buoys so drink we must.

Greetings skippers and crew.
All sailors planning on sailing in the 2010 White Cap Series are invited to attend the pre-race meeting . There will be beer, wine and non – alcoholic beverages available by donation to support the race buoy fund.

Wednesday Evening
March 31st, 2010
Port Townsend Yacht Club
Yes, that is this Wednesday

Come join in the fun.

By |2011-07-18T10:19:07-07:00March 27th, 2010|Club News, Meeting Announcement|0 Comments