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Corinthian News: May 1999

Commodore's Welcome

by Spencer Raggio
Welcome to the 1999 sailing season! The Lake George Corinthian Yacht Club has another great summer planned, and we'd like to invite you to join in the fun. We're putting together a new web site, and will keep you informed there on current Corinthian events as well as other Lake George sailing info.

Whether you're a long-time member or new to the Corinthians, you can help us out immensely by getting your membership in early this year. As an added incentive, those who sign up by June 18 will be eligible for a discount in the Ti Race entry fee. And first-time Corinthian racers will receive a laminated reference card with racing rules and flag info.

Our season opener is a social event, and will be hosted by the Harris Bay Yacht Club on Saturday, May 22 at 5 pm. Please join us for some food and drink, and catch up with all the people you haven't seen since last fall.

We hope to see you there!

Our signature event, the Ticonderoga Race, will be run on Saturday, June 19. The registration party at 7 pm on Friday evening, June 18, will be hosted by Yankee Boating Center. Be sure to join us for one of the oldest long-distance sailing races in the country!

Our membership form, along with the Ti Race notice of race, is enclosed and is also available at Yankee Boating Center in Diamond Point, Harris Bay Yacht Club in Cleverdale, and West Marine in Latham. Or get it online right here.

We're looking forward to seeing you at Harris Bay on May 22!

The Racing News

by Chuck Thorne
Participating in a sailboat race can sometimes be a hair-raising experience. Boats trying to be in the same place at the same time, crossing paths, or heading directly for each other can easily overwhelm the novice racer. It is with this in mind that the Corinthians conduct the Annual Racing Clinic. The clinic begins with an onshore rules and race tactics review at 11:00 AM, on Sunday June 6, at the Harris Bay YC. After lunch the clinic moves on to the water for a series of practice starts and a shakedown race. A number of the more experienced LGCYC skippers will be available as onboard coaches for the practice starts and shakedown race. This clinic is a great opportunity not only for the novice racer to get his or her feet wet, but for everyone to dust the winter cobwebs out of their rigging.

In any sport a thorough understanding of the rules is necessary to be competitive at a high level, however, a grasp of some of the basic rules is all that's required to safely participate and have some fun. Listed below is a simplified version of sailing's rules of racing. It is hoped that with the racing clinic and these rules we can motivate you to join us racing on some Sundays this summer.

1. When 2 boats are on opposite tacks, the boat on starboard tack has the right of way. (Rule 10)

2. When 2 boats are on the same tack, the leeward boat has the right of way over the windward boat; and the boat ahead has right of way over the boat behind. (Rules 11 and 12)

3. When you are tacking you must keep clear of a boat on a straight course. (Rule 13)

4. The starting line for most races is the imaginary line between the committee boat and an anchored buoy (the pin). Your boat must be completely behind this line at the start signal. If it is not, then you must turn around and get behind the line. While you are returning you must stay clear of all boats that started properly, regardless of what tack you are on. (Rule 20)

5. If you are the right of way boat you can turn toward another boat providing you allow enough time and space for the other boat to avoid you. (Rule 16)

6. If you are within 2 boat-lengths of a mark or an obstruction you have to give any boat between you and the mark or the obstruction room to pass it. (Rule 18)

7. The exception to number six is at the start marks. You do not have to give way to a windward/inside boat trying to slip between you and the starting mark. As a matter of fact that boat is guilty of barging, which is illegal. (Rules 11 and 18)

8. You must avoid collisions whenever possible. (Rule 14)

9. If a right of way boat changes course to avoid hitting you, you must take a penalty. Usually that penalty is to promptly get away from the other boats and sail two complete circles. Which is called a 720. When complete you're back in the race. (Rule 44)

10. If any part of your boat touches a mark you must sail one complete circle. (A 360.)

11. If you are the right of way boat and another boat causes you to change course to avoid it, that boat has broken a rule. You can then protest her. This is done by immediately hailing her with the word "protest" and putting up a red flag. She should then accept the protest and the appropriate penalty. If she doesn't upon finishing the race you should inform the committee boat which boat you are protesting. When onshore, a hearing will be held at which both boats will present their side of the story. The committee will then make a decision.

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