Thursday, April 7, 2011

Sonar Class Association Newsletter, April 7, 2011

Sailing in Scotland
2011 Regattas:

Member's of the Sonar class will have a number of opportunities to race in major regattas on two continents in 2011.

The European Championships, August 18-21 and the World Championships August 24-27 are being hosted by the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club in Rhu, Scotland. 

The Sonar World Championships are held every two years. A beautiful venue like the RNCYC will make the wait worthwhile. For more information:

The North American Championships are being held on September 23-25. Hosted by the Wayzata YC, racing will take place on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota. Another great venue, Wayzata was ranked by Sailing World as one of the top US sailing towns. 

More information can be found at:

Regional Regattas: 

Sonar Start
We have a couple of regional regattas coming up over the next couple of months.

On May 21-22, the Tappan Zee Challenge will kick off the season in the northeast US. the TZC is hosted by the Nyack Boat club and Sonar Fleet 23. The venue is the two and a half mile wide stretch of the Hudson River, just north of the Tappan Zee Bridge in Nyack, NY. Historically 12 to 20 boats participate in two days of racing on the Hudson River. The competition is always excellent with boats traveling from Long Island Sound, New England, the Great Lakes, Florida, and Ireland.

On June 4-5, we have the the Long Island Sound Championships. The regatta is being hosted by Manhasset Bay Sonar Fleet #11 and USMMA Sonar Fleet #22. They have a great event planned. There will be a raffle that will include a Doyle Sonar Jib and a bottle of Casa Dragonnes Tequila along with some other great items. Each boat that registers will get a raffle ticket. Plus they are planning on giving an extra raffle ticket to each boat from the fleet that has the most registered participants other than Fleets #11 or #22.

Online registration is currently available for both regattas. Log into the Member's Only section of the SCA site, to sign up.

Team Racing: 

Kirby Cup Team Race
The first SCA sanction team race of 2011 was recently hosted by the Texas Corinthian Yacht Club located in Kemah, Texas on Galveston Bay. Teams from Noroton YC, Marblehead, Wayzata YC and Rochester NY, along with the host team from TCYC all enjoyed two days of beautiful weather with temps around 80ยบ and wind at 15 kts.

In the end, the team from Marblehead, lead by Larry Ehrhardt, won the regatta. The rest of the team consisted of John Boyle, Spencer Powers, Daan Goedkoop, Charlie Pendleton, Ted Moore, Larry Rosenfeld, Amy Drinker, Scott Perry, Tyler Doyle, Chris Boulter and Jennifer from Tufts.

Coming in second, one point behind was Noroton, followed by TCYC, Wayzata and a new and up and coming team from Rochester.

Disabled Racing: 

Two disabled racing events were held in the US this past winter. On January 23-29 the Miami OCR saw 12 teams from nine countries compete in Sonars. After 10 races, the winning team hailing from Great Britain consisted of skipper John Robertson with crew Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas.

Full results can be found here:

The second event was the Sail to Prevail regatta hosted by the St. Petersburg YC on February 23-27. Rick Doerr (Noroton YC) took top honors with 18 points, followed closely by Paul Callahan (Newport, RI / Cape Coral, FL) with 21 points and Bert Foster (Wayzata, MN) with 22 points.

You can find a full list of team, fleet and disabled racing events on the home page of by selecting the Calendar tab.


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Peter Wilson's answer...

As many of you have guessed, the rules may not address this situation very clearly, and there is no 'case' or 'appeal' that deals with the tactical convention used by most of us when we want port to cross so we can keep going left.  Case 50 seems to make it pretty clear the port breaks rule 10 if starboard must alter down to avoid hitting her, complying with starboard's rule 14 obligation.

That said, most judges I have talked to about this situation would dismiss the protest since starboard clearly indicated that port should cross.  One could argue that as long as starboard alters down before she has to do so to avoid contact (the difference between the two situations depicted), then she is subject to rule 16.1 (ROW boat changing course) and if at that point port cannot tack without placing herself right in front of starboard, starboard gives port room to keep clear and neither boat breaks a rule.  If this perspective is correct, then one could argue that even if starboard hails 'cross', if she does not alter until she has to comply with rule 14, port breaks rule 10.

Happy to entertain additional perspective.


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