Thirty-two years ago today, Dennis Conner became the first person both to lose the America’s Cup and then win it back when he beat the Australian defender Kookaburra III four wins to nil, taking sailing’s greatest prize back to the United States.
“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.
Bill Collinson, Chad Schrock, Steve Goodyear, Samantha Falter, John Vangilder, David Luttenberger, Steve Harris,
Don Harris, John Albrecht and David Paligo
- New Notice Board created to pass along direct communications to skippers and crew.
- SLOG used to pass along information to the entire yacht club.
- 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’.
- 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.
- Thursday Night cruising will be brought back to allow first time sailing opportunities and/or team practice. Consider coming out on Thursdays and hosting The best movers in Toronto and potential new sailors. Boats leave the dock at 6:00 PM.
- 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.
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.
May 30 – June 1
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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In an effort to better communicate with sailors at Buckeye Lake this summer, in addition to this “SLOG,” BLYC will be hosting an e-mail news list through which we will communicate information on plans for the season, upcoming events, race results, etc. Please use the form below to sign up to receive the latest news on sailing at Buckeye Lake…
US Sailing is the National Governing Body for the sport of sailing in the US. That said, what is it really that they do? Membership in US Sailing has a lot of benefits – both directly and indirectly – for all sailors whether they race or not. As our NGB, they are involved in helping to write the rules that govern racing, but US Sailing also offers a number of opportunities in a variety of areas that support sailors – Instructor Training, Keelboat Training, Race Management, Boat Ratings, and much, much more.
BLYC is an organizational member of US Sailing and this allows us to not only host US Sailing sanctioned events at the Club, but also makes us eligible for liability coverage in regards to sailing instruction, dockage, and running races. This type of insurance is not easily affordable through via other avenues.
Individual membership also offers some great benefits to sailors:
A US Sailing membership provides you
- Access to world class educational materials
- Competitive services and resources to propel you on the race course
- Access to educational courses and smears that will expand your abilities
- Great discounts at our store and savings through our partners
- Certification and insurance opportunities
- Opportunities to connect and grow the sport of sailing in your area
A US Sailing membership provides the sport
- Certified Instructors are the backbone of ‘Learn to Sail’ programs for youth and adults.
- Certified Coaches take these sailors to the next level.
- Ratings Services level the playing field.
- Certified Race Officers are ready to make the right call at your signature regattas.
- Certified Judges and Umpires enforce the rules and provide credibility to your racing events.
- National Championships test your skills against the best.
- Resources help clubs enhance their programs.
- Newcomers introduced to the benefits of sailing.
If you want to learn more, visit the membership pages on the US Sailing website HERE.
After several years off the water, Buckeye Lake is back! BLYC has been selected to host the first I-LYA Junior Travelers Series Regatta of the 2019 season – Saturday, June 1 2019! This is a great opportunity for us to show off our Club and lake as this regatta will attract dozens of youth sailors from all over the Lake Erie region – Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, & Indiana. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Plans are very preliminary at this time, but it’ll take a strong group of volunteers from the Club to host this event. If you are interested in joining in on the fun, please contact Mike Bruckelmeyer.
by Steve Harris
So… you want to get more involved in sailing life at BLYC, but you don’t know how to (or don’t want to) sail and race? We have the opportunity for you! Get involved on the Race Committee. This off-season, we will be providing two opportunities for you to learn more and to get involved. Race Committee work can, at times, be a bit hectic (even stressful) but at BLYC, our races are designed to be fun and casual and our Race Committee is very much the same way. Consider joining us…
Race Committee 101
This 2 hour introduction to Race Committee work was developed by US Sailing over the past few years to give RC volunteers an introduction to what we do and why we do it. It’s not a comprehensive training course, but rather intended to help you become more comfortable with what we do and why we do it. We have scheduled this for Sunday, March 3rd. If you’re interested in getting involved – even if you’ve volunteered some in the past – this short introduction will help you to become more involved and join in the FUN! Steve Harris will be our instructor
One-Day Race Management Seminar
This is the US Sailing training course for Club-level certification. For those who want to learn more, dig in deeper, and perhaps eventually earn US Sailing certification, this one-day (~8 hour) course delves deeper into the “whys” in addition to the “hows” of Race Committee work. This course is planned for Saturday, February 9. US Sailing tries each year to have several of these courses in our area (Area E – essentially Lakes Erie & Ontario and inland waters surrounding and to the south). We attempt to hold one that is taught in and focuses more on inland lakes and the unique challenges they represent. This year, BLYC and Hoover Sailing Club will co-host this course at BLYC. Our instructors will be Steve Harris and Jamie Jones.
Jamie is a US Sailing Regional Race Officer and Past Commodore of Hoover Sailing Club with extensive racing and race committee experience. He has been a course PRO at the I-LYA Junior Championships (Junior Bay Week) for several years now in addition to many other high-level events. This past year, he was a course PRO for Chubb US Junior Championships and the PRO for the US Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championships for the Ida Lewis Trophy.
Steve is a Past Commodore of both BLYC and I-LYA. He has been a PRO for Junior Bay every year since 2007 and has been the overall PRO the past 4 years. In addition to many other high-level events, this past season he was again the PRO for the Mills Trophy Race, course PRO for Cleveland Race Week, course PRO for the Chubb US Junior Championships, and PRO for the US Team Racing Championship for the Hinman Trophy. Steve is also a member of the US Sailing Race Officer Training & Certification Subcommittee and is the Area E administrative Race Officer.
by Steve Harris
Team Racing may well be the most exciting of all the sailing disciplines, but it seems that even the most seasoned sailors are not particularly familiar with it. I was fortunate this past fall to be invited by Sam Patterson, Sailing Director for The Foundry in Cleveland to serve as the Principal Race Officer (PRO) for this year’s US Team Racing Championships for the Hinman Trophy held at The Foundry’s new sailing center in Cleveland’s Inner Harbor. The Foundry’s story is, itself an interesting one. Opening in late 2015 as a non-profit rowing and fitness center, The Foundry occupies several buildings of old industrial space in the Flats of Cleveland. They have one of the largest installations of indoor rowing tanks in the United States. The operation soon expanded into sailing as well. The Foundry’s Sailing Center is located in the Historic Coast Guard Station, on a small island just north of Wendy Park. Abandoned by the Coast Guard in the 1970s, there is much work to be done on the facility, but the operation is in full swing and hosts some of the most active community sailing programs in the midwest. This year, they were able to purchase a fleet of 12 brand new Zim 420E sailboats. It was these boats, that we used for the Hinman racing this year.
That brings me back to the racing… Team Racing. Most are familiar with our more “typical” fleet racing discipline… The boats all start at the same time, on the same starting line, sail the same course, and the point is to beat everyone else. Team racing however is a lot more like speed skating – in more ways than one. For starters, teams race against each other in a round-robin format. At this year’s Hinman, we had 12 teams from all over the U.S. In a rather complex format, teams of 3 boats (6 sailors – 3 skippers, 3 crew) race head to head against other teams of 3 boats. Certainly having all three of your boats in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd would mean you win, but there are multiple combinations of finishes. In a three boat format, with each boat getting points equal to their finish position, there are 21 total points in a given heat. The point then, is not to necessarily get 1st place (as in fleet racing) but to get 10 points or less, therefore winning that race and receiving 1 point for your team in the standings. In team standings, the highest point value wins. You could easily win the race with your boats finishing 2, 3, 5 (10 points) as your opponent, while crossing the line first, still earns 11 points (1, 4, 6). This makes team racing much more tactical than almost any other discipline. Keeping your opponent from finishing well is just as important, if not more so, than doing well yourself. Of course, all the same right of way rules apply as in any other sailing discipline, so it can get very interesting. Here’s where the sport is sometimes less like speed skating than it is like roller derby. Generally, these races are umpired on the water. Umpires make nearly instantaneous calls and penalties are given out during the race – no waiting to fight it out in the protest room afterwards. It’s fast paced and exciting. We had a stellar RC crew in Cleveland and, on average started another race about ever 4 1/2 to 5 minutes. For the three day event, we ran an amazing 178 races. If the wind would’ve been a bit more cooperative on Sunday, we would have done that with time leftover and could’ve maybe have gotten even more!
Top to bottom, the Foundry did an amazing job hosting this event and I was very honored to be invited to be a part of it. I’ve had some exposure to team racing before, but nothing like the intensity of this particular championship. It was something else. Team racing is starting to become more popular in High School Sailing and, with the growth of high school sailing in central Ohio, who knows? We might see some of it around here. I’ve included some links below if you’re interested in learning more about the discipline. And… if you happen to be in the Cleveland area, stop by the Historic Coast Guard Station and see what Sam and his team have accomplished there. And, YES… they sail pretty much year-round. It’s frostbiting season and where else but Cleveland would sailing fit that name more aptly.