National Safe Boating Week

What looks like a perfect day for boating can quickly become hazardous if someone ends up in the water. Boating safety advocates across the United States and Canada have teamed up to promote safe and responsible boating – including consistent life jacket wear every time boaters are  on the water – during National Safe Boating Week, held from May 20-26, 2017.

To stay prepared while boating, review the National On-Water Standards for SAIL, POWER, and HUMAN Domains on our website. Knowledge on these elements may save your life.

Check out the Safe Boating Campaign’s daily tips for this year’s National Safe Boating Week below. Click on the infographic to expand it’s size.
U.S. Coast Guard Statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities in 2015, and that 85 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets (source).

New Life Jackets are much more comfortable, cool and lightweight than the bulky orange style most boaters know. Innovative options, such as inflatables, allow for mobility and flexibility during boating activities such as fishing, paddling or hunting. Learn more about Life Jackets on the US Coast Guard’s Website.

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America’s Cup Village


The America’s Cup Village is based in Bermuda’s historic Royal Naval Dockyard and is situated on a nine acre reclamation site, also known as Cross Island.

The building project began back in November 2015, and the construction process, Bermuda’s largest land reclamation project since World War II, has seen the America’s Cup Village arise from the water thanks to the monumental efforts of hundreds of people, including over 155 Bermudian construction workers on the project.

The result is an incredible home for the 35th America’s Cup, the America’s Cup Village that, come opening day on May 26th, will be awash with colour, sound and spectacle as thousands of fans help to celebrate Bermuda’ starring role in staging the greatest race on water.

Here are some of the numbers behind the America’s Cup Village:
• 150,000 cubic yards of material was dredged from the North Channel and deposited in Dockyard’s South Basin.
• 7 shipments (entire shiploads of gravel brought in by large gravel ships) of crushed granite fill was imported from Canada. Each load contained 35,000mts (metric tons), making a total of 245,000mts. This equates to approximately 165,000 cubic yards of material.
• Almost five miles of pipes, conduits and cabling, and countless man hours have gone into the construction of the America’s Cup Village.
• Nearly 200 sea containers have arrived in the America’s Cup Village in April and early May.
• Over 400 truck shuttle runs have been made from Hamilton to Dockyard.
• There have been 1011 crane lifts on the America’s Cup Village site, helping to move materials into position.
• The open cell sheet pile wall is made up of 36 interlocking ‘cells’ and contains 1800 piles weighing 2350 tonnes which were driven in by vibratory hammer rigs. The piles were fabricated in the USA and delivered by ship direct to King’s Wharf in Bermuda where they were off-loaded onto trailers and delivered to the America’s Cup Village site.
• 1370 lineal feet, (the length along outer edge) of capping beam was cast on the pile wall.
• 1250 lineal feet of splash wall was cast on top of the existing South Basin arm to provide protection from storm conditions.
• 100 big umbrellas and sail shades, 4 giant screens and 80 flat screen TVs have been installed across the America’s Cup Village to give fans the best viewing and comfort in the village.

Video published on May 20, 2017.

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10 Essentials

10 essentials for your next sailing adventure.

As sailors there is an awful lot we can learn from other adventure sports.  As climbers, paddlers, hikers, adventure runners and other backcountry enthusiasts have done for years, sailors of all kinds can benefit from a systemic approach to the gear they bring with them on the water.

The point of the Ten Essentials list (developed by The Mountaineers) has always been to help answer two basic questions: First, can you respond positively to an accident or emergency? Second, can you safely spend an extended period of time out in the elements? The list has evolved over time from a list of individual items to a list of functional systems; the updated Ten Essential Systems list is included in Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, 8th Edition.

As someone who is often jumping aboard other people’s boats (OPB) I try to come prepared with my own Ten Essentials.  Here is an outline of my system that is in my “coaches pack” or PFD nearly overtime I step aboard:

Ten Essential Systems


  • I always carry a detailed chart of the area I am sailing in.  These days, I often don’t pack a paper chart, but rather use the very accurate electronic charting apps I can use on my phone.  I use Navionics, iNavX and nvCharts as my primary nav tools.  I also will research a sailing area using actual paper charts and MacENC before going if I it is a totally foreign place
  • I still always carry a compass.  I use a hand bearing compass such as the Weems and Plath hand bearing compass.
  • In addition to all of that, my iPhone is a useful GPS.

Sun protection

  • I live in sunglasses and a baseball cap.  Sunscreen for lips and skin are crucial.  Recently I’ve started wearing a long sleeve shirt too.  My favorite sun protecting shirts are made from Patagonia.  The Capilene® Lightweight shirts last forever, never stink, wash well and take logo’s and even dye sublimation better than most.  Many sailors are wearing buffs these days too.  They make for good neck protection.

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Thursday Night Racing Documents

Thursday Night Racing starts tonight!  For more than two decades J World has hosted Thursday Night Racing to help local fleets gain valuable experience and practice time while also honoring our commitment to experiential learning for our customers and club members.

With the help and partnership of Severn Sailing Association and the sponsorship of Quantum Sails, we are excited to host another season of the best weeknight one design racing in the country.

You can find the online notice board with all of the associated documents here.

2017 Thursday Night Racing NOR

2017 Thursday Night Racing Sailing Instructions

2017 Course One Diagram

2017 Thursday Night Racing Sailing Amendment 1

Thursday Night Racing – Rules Part One

J World’ s Thursday Night Racing – Sponsored by Quantum Sails is governed by the Racing Rules of Sailing.  The purpose of the racing rules is to ensure safe and fair racing.  The value is that we all play by the same rules, which makes racing more fun.

The Racing Rules of Sailing

Every four years the racing rules are refreshed – and the new rules for 2017-2020 will be in force this season.  The rule book is made available both by World Sailing and US Sailing.  If you are a US Sailing member you can request one for free or download a free app.  You can also go to World Sailing’s site and download the rules and more.

Other Important Rules

There are other important rule considerations too.  There are several documents that contain rules everyone must follow.  The first is the Notice Of Race.  The Notice of Race (NOR) has information that sailors need to plan for a regatta.  You can find the Thursday Night Racing NOR at the online notice board.  The Sailing Instructions (SI’s) are written directions that describe how a regatta will be conducted.  You can find the Thursday Night Racing SI’s at the online notice board.  Finally, the class rules govern each individual class.  While on Thursday’s we don’t inspect boats for class rules compliance we hope that you sail within the spirit of your class rules.  Thursday’s are an opportunity to practice at a high level so practice like you are going to play.

Rule Compliance and Enforcement

Sailing is a self policing sport.  The rules are enforced by the sailor’s themselves.  One of the most important rules is that when you break a rule you take a penalty.  You don’t need a referee or even a fellow competitor to tell you that you broke a rule; nor do they need to tell you that you broke a rule in order to take a penalty.  It is important to remember that by participating in a race, each competitor agrees to be governed by rules.

Fair Sailing, Good Manners, Sportsmanship

Racing sailor must compete in accordance with recognized principles of fair play.  They must not commit any conduct that is a breach of ood manners, a breach of good seamanship or unethical.

Sailing Green

Sailors are encouraged to minimize their impact on the environment.  There is a specific rule that prohibits putting trash in the water.  Trash is anything you would throw away at home – including food items (e.g. apple cores.)


Join The Race Committee Team

J World is welcoming folks who would like to gain experience on our Thursday Night Racing Race Management Team to join us this season onboard the J World race committee boat.  No previous experience is necessary to make a huge contribution to the best weeknight one design racing taking place in the country.  Maybe even the GALAXY!

The race management team is made up of lots of people, so there is something for everyone who is interested.  No one person can run the whole thing (all though we’ve tried) and it takes a great team to make something as important as Thursday Night Racing in Annapolis happen for the J/22, J/24, J/70 and J/80 classes happen with the quality we expect each week.

Here is an outline of some of the volunteers needed each week to make J World’s Thursday Night Racing – Sponsored by Quantum Sails happen.

Mark Setter – The mark setter is responsible for operating a small powerboat while positioning and possibly relocating marks of the race course.  They may also be responsible for communicating changes to the course and even recording finishes on a shortened course.
Wind Reader – The wind reader is responsible for observing, tracking and recording changes in the wind direction and velocity and making suggestions about course axis and course lengths.  This information is relayed to the principle race officer (PRO) who will make the final decisions about course configurations.
Spotter/Recorder – Identifies and records all boats starting and finishing, including competitors who do not start or complete the race.
Signaller – The signaller is responsible for flags and other visual signals from the race committee to the competitors.  An exciting position; the signaller raises and lowers class flags, individual and general recall flags and more.
Line Sighter – Sights starting and finishing lines to track boats that are over early, returning to the start and finishing.
Timer – The timer is the “heartbeat” of the race management team.  The timer calls the time sequence aloud so the start and finish can be properly run.
Scorer – The scorer takes the recorded finishes made by the Spotter/Recorder and tabulates points and finishing times.
Sounder – The sounder is in charge of sound signals including our electronic “ollie” as well as horns and whistles in the event that there is a failure of the “ollie.”
Committee Boat Operator – The committee boat operator plays a crucial role in preparing, outfitting and operating the RC boat.  The CBO ensures that the RC is on station at the correct location and manages the boat while the other members of the race management team are focused on their important roles.
Principle Race Officer – The PRO is the chief executive of the race management team.  Makes the major decisions about the management of each race night.

If you would like to join us for Thursday Night Racing as volunteer, please contact us at 410-280-2040.  If you would like to learn more about the roles of race management teams you can check out these resources:

Join the Race Committee Team

US Sailing’s Materials for Race Officers


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