J 80 Midwinters Report

J/80 sailing crew- Key West

J/80 US Midwinters Report
(Key West, FL)- Top J/80 sailor Andrew Kerr has been going down to Key West as part of his annual pilgrimage south to escape the frozen Midwest.  He provided a great report on how it all went down for the J/80 class in their recent Midwinters.

“This year’s Key West Race Week was also the venue for the J80 Midwinter Championships; it is hard to think of a better venue for a championship in January!  Peter Craig and his team from Premiere Racing always make the event a World class event with top level race management on the water and great shore side activities after wards.

On the Sunday evening I participated as a member of the tactician’s panel representing division three (J80 class and PHRF 1 and 2 fleets) with Ed Baird as moderator, Ed does a great job keeping everyone engaged and the ideas and conversation flowing and as a result the interaction with the audience was highly effective with great insight and thoughts from the panel and questions from the audience. Read more

Rules Scenario Question

With the “new” racing rules of sailing about to go into effect, now seems like a fine time to begin discussing the fundamental rules and those that will not change in 2013.  If you are new to racing or feel a little foggy on the rules (we all do at some point) then this will be a fun series of posts to build your knowledge with.

In fact, most of the rules and the spirit of the rules we’ve been sailing with will not be changed in 2013 and having a rock solid understanding of the basic rules will make understanding the more nuanced rules easier.  If you are new to the rules — this will be a great place to start your understanding of the racing rules of sailing.  They aren’t that complicated and it knowing these fundamental rules that govern when boats meet on the race course will help you have more fun and be a more confident racer.

Here is how this will work.  Regularly I will post a racing rules scenario and ask you – the readers – to post your answers and questions in the comment section of this post.  Over the coming weeks and months we will work our way through the rule book in an effort to get a better understanding of the rules.  If you really want to drill down deep, call the office to register for one of our winter racing rules seminars!

Note that while having a rule book is helpful it is not neccesary.  You can download the 2009-2012 rules as well as the 2013-2016 rules here!

Ok… here goes:

A classic port vs starboard scenario. Take a shot at answering the questions by leaving a comment.
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