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Racing Practice Feb 20

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Saturday, February 20th, was the first Dinghy Racing Practice of the year. Two Laser 2’s were used, provided by Ship 468, instead of our usual Lido 14’s. A windward-leeward course was set up on Clear Lake using Piewackett as the starting line committee boat. 

For some, the practice was a first time experience of racing small boats, while for others, the sail was an opportunity to prepare for 2010’s William I. Koch International Sea Scout Cup, a major sailing regatta being held this summer in Connecticut. 

The attendees, Eva, Nick, Sofia, Grayson, Alexx, Zach, Jack, and Kelly, took turns either sailing as skipper or crew in the mock races, or helping administer the races from Piewackett with Mr. Blackerby, Mrs. Bryant, and the Blackerby’s sailing canine, Rio. 

doggie!!!! (bottom left)

During the starting sequence of one race, the two boats approached the starting line close to the committee boat side. The crew closest to the committee boat felt that it was not given enough room by the other competing vessel and shouted “Mark-Room!” After the race, there was uncertainty about what the rules concerning mark roundings actually entailed and whether any rules would have actually been broken (had this been a real race). After reviewing the official racing rules handbook, I found that Rule 18.2 states: 

“18.2 Giving Mark-Room 

(a) When boats are overlapped the outside boat shall give 

The inside boat mark-room, unless rule 18.2(b) applies. 

(b) If boats are overlapped when the first of them reaches 

the zone, the outside boat at that moment shall thereafter 

give the inside boat mark-room. If a boat is clear ahead 

when she reaches the zone, the boat clear astern at that 

moment shall thereafter give her mark-room. 

(c) When a boat is required to give mark-room by rule 

18.2(b), she shall continue to do so even if later an 

overlap is broken or a new overlap begins. However,  

if either boat passes head to wind or if the boat entitled 

to mark-room leaves the zone, rule 18.2(b) ceases to apply.  

(d) If there is reasonable doubt that a boat obtained or 

broke an overlap in time, it shall be presumed that she 

did not. 

(e) If a boat obtained an inside overlap from clear astern 

and, from the time the overlap began, the outside boat has 

been unable to give mark-room, she is not required 

to give it.” 

*However, it has been brought to my attention (see comments) that this rule doesn’t apply at the starting line of a race. So neither of the boats had to give the other mark room.*

 You can find the full, current edition racing rules on the web. I can’t really link to it, but you can find it if you search: “ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-2012” It’s long, but I suggest looking at pages 2-3, which show all of the start sequence flags, and 13-33, which detail the most common rules. (Did anyone else find it weird that they still refer to boats as “she’s”?)

At the end of the practice, Piewackett raised and stowed its anchor, retrieved the giant, orange windward mark, and followed the two Lasers back to Lakewood marina. While de-rigging the two Laser 2’s, the end of one of the boats’ main halyard (which was not secured and did not have a stopper knot) was accidently pulled into the mast, where it could not be retrieved. Part of the following Monday meeting was spent rethreading the halyard through the mast. Now that the Laser 2 mast is good as new, it is ready to be returned to Ship 468. The next racing practice will be held on March 20th and we expect to use the Lido 14’s. 

Also, for those of you who came to the practice, remember to bring some money to the Monday meeting to pay Mr. Blackerby and Mrs. Bryant for Saturday’s pizza dinner. Thanks to Mr. Blackerby for providing all of the photos.

written and posted by Kelly

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February 27, 2010 at 15:28

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Mardi Gras Sail Feb 13

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Ship 502 and Ship 468 met up on Saturday to attend the annual Galveston Mardi Gras Parade. But rather than taking a car down to Galveston, the sea scouts arrived in style aboard 468’s sailing vessels Gremlin and Venture.

The conditions for Saturday’s sail included frigid temperatures and a clear sky. The light wind afforded Venture the opportunity to test out its flamboyant, hot pink spinnaker (bottom right).

The two vessels made it to Galveston in time to observe the latter portion of the Strand’s Mardi Gras festivities. Although the parade had already come and gone, there was no shortage of excitement or beads in the crowd. While Ship 502 drove back to Houston on Saturday, Ship 468 spent the night at GYB to sail again the next day.

It is also worth noting that at the end of the ship event, there was a slight difference in opinion among our members. Of the two Galveston parade locations (the Strand and the Sea Wall), our ship has traditionally attended the Sea Wall’s Mardi Gras event. And while everyone agreed the Strand’s Mardi Gras celebration was a fun and enjoyable experience, some felt that the extent of the crowd’s revelry was a bit inappropriate for sea scouting. “The Strand was a little too crazy for me,” reported a 502 member. “I would have prefered to have gone to the Sea Wall Parade.”

Others, however, had no problem at all with the atmosphere of Galveston’s Strand.

In any case, some members expressed that next year, in order to make the event more enjoyable for all, it may be wise to consider opting for the parade that perhaps does not cater to quite as an inebriated a crowd.

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February 19, 2010 at 21:35

Scout Sunday Feb 7

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On February 7th, our ship and Boy Scout Troop 1177 participated in the Foundry United Methodist Church’s Scout Sunday. The church held this event in order to showcase its scout groups. The scouts dressed in uniform and helped out in the services by reading excerpts, carrying the scout flag, ushering at the doors, and passing around donation plates.

Ship 502 garnered even more attention by displaying one of its sailboats in the church parking lot. “So much attention infact,” says boatswain, Eva, that the ship was able to “obtain some new members… for the church.” Yes, a family looking to join a new church reported having been drawn to Foundry after the “super-cool” sailboat in the parking lot caught their attention.

So thanks to our ingenious marketing tactic of showing off one of our small boats, the Foundry United Methodist Church has a few new faces among its congregation. We can only hope the Scout Sunday event will do the same for Ship 502.

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February 15, 2010 at 11:57

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Sea Scout Academy Jan 16-18

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Attendees: Kim, Alexx, Grayson, and Nick

Ships from all over the council gathered at the Sea Scout Academy, which was held over the three day weekend January 16-18 at Camp Mohawk.

Those who attended stayed in cabins, met sea scouts from other ships, and learned the skills and requirements taught in one of the many advancement tracks. These included tracks for each of the ranks and one designed for sea scouts planning on going to SEAL.

The Apprentice Track, included a day sail in which the participants learned the basics of big boat sailing. “I learned how to sail and steer a boat,” reported Grayson.

The concensus seems to be that Sea Scout Academy was really fun, really cold, and did a great job of teaching sea scouts the skills and requirements needed for advancing through the ranks.

 

More Pictures:

Adorable Minature Groundtackle

Learning About Big Boat Sailing

Okay, so these last two pictures aren’t of our ship, but show some of the cool happenings of Sea Scout Academy.

 

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February 2, 2010 at 18:59

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