Hello from the Sailing Director. This year I’ve got the best job on the Board – with a title like Sailing Director, you just can’t go wrong. My job is to get you out sailing on the water as often as possible. A really great way to do that is to encourage everyone to come out to one of our Racing events. Racing is probably the best way for you to get the most from your KSC membership. Here’s why:
- Its fun! You don’t need to be a competitive person to enjoy it.
- It gets you out to the Club. The races are regularly scheduled events, so you can plan to be at the Club and you know others will be there at the same time.
- It gets you out on the water. Isn’t that why we all join in the first place?
- The apres sail is great. The Club has a wonderful deck to lounge on after the races are done. Everyone is enjoying a cool beverage and each other’s company.
As in past years, we will be running several race events:
- Tuesday Night Races for those who like to compete, learn how to race or just for the fun of it.
- 12 Mile Island Race
- Cat Regatta
- The KSC Open Regatta
Racing a sailboat is loads of fun, even if you are not the competitive type, and its probably the best way to improve your sailing skills. And of course the food, refreshments and company afterwards on the Deck can’t be beat!
Other organized events include Sail Past, which is a celebration of the year’s first Learn-to-Sail graduates
Don’t forget Friday Night Social Sailing. This isn’t a race event, but its a lot of fun. Every Friday evening, starting in early June, a group of “social sailors” gathers at the Club to enjoy sailing together a socializing on the Deck afterwards. Come out and join us!
See you on the water!
Everyone likes unsolicited advice, right? Well, here are some “go fast” tips either developed in-house at KSC, or found from around the web. If you have any suggestions to add, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- A quicker way to recover from a capsize to windward in high winds (from Laser sailor Doug Peckover at Improper Course)
- Pinching and footing (from Judith Krimski at Center of Effort)
- Rig tuning, control lines, and sheet tension (video by sailmaker Michael McNamara posted by RYA)
- Starting technique with Jon Emmett (video by Laser sailor Jon Emmett)
- Understanding how scoring works at KSC (and elsewhere)
A number of resources are available for the KSC sailor/racer. You don’t need to know all of these by heart, but it helps to take a look at the course, and a basic grasp of the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) will get you far. The Sailing Instructions (SIs) is the document that “tunes” the RRS to our club setup, and has details about how we run races (and any “house rule” changes to the RRS).
Any questions or forms can be addressed to the sailing director (email@example.com) or the commodore (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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