Speed & Smarts.

US Sailing members get access to special editions of America’s Cup winning tactician David Dellenbaugh’s newsletter Speed and Smarts.

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Below is an excerpt on developing a strong pre-start strategy.

Your strategy is an invaluable guide to keep you on the right track throughout your race. It must be in place when you come off the starting line, and this means you have to begin working on your gameplan well before the start of the race.

There are many things you should consider when putting together a gameplan. Here is a simple three-step process you can use before the start of any race to come up with a solid strategy. The steps are explained in greater detail throughout the rest of this issue.

Step 1: Figure Out What the Wind is Doing

I’ve put the wind in Step 1 because it is often the most crucial strategic factor. In most races, even a small change in the wind can produce a big change in the results. That’s why, in most cases, you should think about the wind more than other strategic factors. The wind is almost always changing in both direction and velocity, and you must consider this when making up your game plan.

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I-LYA Traveler Series Regatta a Huge Success

This past Saturday, June 1st, Buckeye Lake Yacht Club hosted the kickoff to the 2019 I-LYA Traveler Series. Seventy-five youth sailors, aged 6-17, made the trip to Buckeye Lake, east of Columbus, and enjoyed a great day of racing. Buckeye Lake, after several years of low water, was back in top form with comfortable temperatures and steady southwest winds blowing 6-15 knots. Spectators lined the piers of BLYC and the new North Shore bike path to watch the racing up close. The series continues next week at Alum Creek Sailing Club in Lewis Center, Ohio and will continue throughout the summer with the finale at Hoover Sailing Club in August.

Thank you to all of the BLYC volunteers who made this event successful. It was truly a team effort and the comments from competitors, parents, and other visitors were very complimentary of the Club and the event.

Full results can be viewed here: 
https://theclubspot.com/regatta/cbLzmJhubW/class

Photos: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/149354960@N07/albums/72157708905702301

Learn more about the Traveler Series here: 
http://i-lya.org/junior-sailing/traveler-series/

“All Hands” Meeting Minutes

“All Hands” Meeting – January 19

We had a great meeting on Saturday, January 19 with 10 sailors in attendance.  The minutes are detailed below.  CLICK HERE to download a pdf copy of the meeting minutes


Minutes from the All Hands meeting on January 19.

Attending

Bill Collinson, Chad Schrock, Steve Goodyear, Samantha Falter, John Vangilder, David Luttenberger, Steve Harris, 
Don Harris, John Albrecht and David Paligo

Topics discussed

Communications

  • New Notice Board created to pass along direct communications to skippers and crew.
  • SLOG used to pass along information to the entire yacht club.


Crewmembers

  • According to BLYC bylaws section 10. (b) & (c), crewmembers are allowed to crew for 1 year without formal membership. This should encourage newbie crew members to ‘Grow the Sport’.

Moorage

  • Eastport is being expanded and a new Racers Row is being formed to encourage communication and camaraderie. On the water, racing is competitive. After the races, the focus is on sharing, learning, fun and building relationships amongst sailors.

Cruising

  • Thursday Night cruising will be brought back to allow first time sailing opportunities and/or team practice. Consider coming out on Thursdays and hosting potential new sailors. Boats leave the dock at 6:00 PM.

Racing

  • SOS will be divided into 3 series consisting of 5 Sundays – Spring, Summer and Fall – with the following dates:
  • Spring Series – May 26, June2, 9, 16 and 23
  • Summer Series – July 7, 14, 21, 28 and August 4
  • Fall Series – August 11, 18, 25 September 1 and 8   
  • SOS series races will start at 1300 hrs. with a competitor meeting at 1200 hrs.
  • SOS race types (multi-laps, multi-starts or both) shall be determined by RC each race day. Most races will be in the vicinity of the yacht club for RC and spectator viewing. Long Distance shall be lake end-to-end if conditions allow. 
  • A calendar will be established that shows for each race in a series which boat/skipper will be responsible to provide (at least) 1 crewmember or select a volunteer to assist Race Committee. 
  • Each skipper must register their boat for SOS series and LD races using noticeofrace.net. All races will be PHRF/JAM. 
  • Registration is open now for the Spring, Summer & Fall series. To assist with registering for each SOS series, go to BLYC pull down tab Sailing & Boating/Sailboat Racing/Sunday Series and follow the instructions. 

SLOG – What is SafeSport?

P/C Steve Harris

This entry in our SLOG might not directly relate to sailing, but I thought I’d share this information with everyone.  There’s been a lot in the news the past year about hazing, bullying, & abuse in sports.  This probably isn’t a new problem, but it is one that we all need to recognize and work to eliminate.  Even before the news broke on the USA Gymnastics abuses, the US Olympic Committee had already partnered with other organizations to raise awareness of these problems and work to eliminate them in sports at all levels.  The result of that effort is SafeSport.

The USOC has mandated that all National Governing Bodies adopt policies implementing required SafeSport training for coaches, volunteers, officials, etc. in their organizations.  US Sailing, as the NGB, instituted this requirement this past year.  As a US Sailing Race Officer, I took the training.  While it may seem like “just another hoop to jump through,” I found the training to be very well done, very informative, and at the very least I think it will do much to help raise awareness of an ever-growing problem plaguing all sport.  It’s worth checking out.  The training is free to US Sailing members (although only required for certified officials and certain regatta chairs & volunteers at this time).  Those who aren’t members of an NGB can take the course for a small fee.

Click on the SafeSport logo above to learn more.

Are you the parent of a youth athlete?  SafeSport has also released a FREE “Parent Toolkit” you might want to check out as well as other parent-specific resources available at athletesafety.org

US Powerboating Instructor Course

Safe Powerboat Handling Instructor Course

May 30 – June 1

The Foundry
Cleveland, Ohio

This course is open to those age 18 and older.  Whether you are interested in becoming an instructor or simply want to improve your knowledge and skills on powerboat handling this course is for you or anyone you feel would benefit from this course.

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for more information