RACE INFORMATION AND NEWS
WINTER LUNCHEONS AND NEWS
2015 Race Venues and Dates
Spring - Watch Hill, RI/Block Island, RI - June 12-13, 2015
Fall - New London, CT/Greenport, LI, NY - September 18-19, 2015
2015 Annual Dues are due. If you haven't received your invoice, you can use the attached copy or pay on-line. Please pay your dues by February 28.
Please contact our treasurer if you have any questions.
2015 Safety Equipment Requirements
In 2014, the US Sailing’s Safety at Sea Committee conducted an overhaul of ISAF’s Offshore Special Regulations (OSR). The USSER is intended to be used by race organizers, owners and boat inspectors. The USSER is being promoted as easier for yacht owners to understand and is self-contained and does not refer to numerous external documents. Race organizers can then add or delete gear requirements based on the nature of their individual races.
Off Soundings has created a committee to review these regulations and determine how best to fit them into the OSC racing model. Draft D below is now available for review and comments. It is the intention that these regulations be adopted starting this year, but only after the membership has had a chance to have their comments satisfactorily addressed.
The committee has provided some answers to frequently asked questions.
Q. Are these requirements or recommendations?
A. Both. Basic items such as: having a boat that is seaworthy and strongly built, an engine, a radio, lifejackets, etc. are requirements. Several other items such as: mainsail reefing, preventer for boom, jack lines, cellphone, etc. are recommendations.
Q. Will these items be inspected?
A. The concept is for each yacht to have a hard copy of the document (downloaded from the OSC website). The expectation being that the OSC-SER would be used as a check list (i.e., a self-inspection) by the owner/skipper prior to sailing in OSC races, and that the document would be kept on the vessel.
Q. What about potential liability?
A. We have consulted with individuals in US Sailing and it is an understanding that what generally protects Organizing Authorities from liability is the "avoidance of negligence", and that is usually achieved by a '"best practices" approach (e.g., having policies and procedures in place to manage potential risk).
Q. Why don't we just rely on good seamanship?
A. Good seamanship is an acquired skill. We learn by our own experience and by the experience of others, and there is never an end to our learning. We would ask that the "old salts" embrace the concept of this checklist, submit ideas to make it better, and to assist in teaching the "up and coming" sailors how to meet those "unanticipated" challenges.
Last 2015 Luncheon Venue and Date
Thursday, March 5, noon - Lennys - Branford, CT
Knowing the Racing Rules of Sailing, Inside and Out by Butch Ulmer
Riverside YC - Friday, March 13, 2015
American YC - Thursday, March 19, 2015
A general discussion of the Rules, featuring
animated situations, quizzes, discussion and resolution of Rules
Questions designed to make you a better informed, more confident
racing sailor. This will be a highly interactive, participatory
event so bring your questions, stump us with situations and be
prepared to defend your interpretation of the Rules. These seminars
are a great opportunity for all sailors to enhance their knowledge
of the RRS.
Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet - Saturday, April 11, 2015
The annual meeting and awards banquet will be held at Latitude 41 (formerly the Seamans Inn) at the Mystic Seaport on Saturday, April 11.
The meeting will start at 5:45. The social event will start at 6:00 and will feature a presentation by Allan Meggary from Sail Newport. He will talk about the Volvo Ocean Race which has a scheduled stopover in Newport in mid-May. Music will be provided by the Rock of Ages band. Dinner and the awards presentation will occur after dinner. The menu selection will be available shortly.
Lockwood Family Trophy
A trophy is awarded to the boat with the best performance, without penalty, in any class an having fifty percent of its crew age 30 or younger. This award will be given independently of any other award that the boat may be eligible for.
2014 Race Results
In 2010, the estate of Eileen Ames donated the funds that were used to produce the 2012 OSC video, “Passion to Race”. Our goal is to keep the subject fund active and to replentish it so we can produce another video in the near future. In addition to your viewing enjoyment, these videos are an essential part of documenting the history of the Off Soundings fleet.
The Off Soundings Club is a yacht racing organization with a membership of approximately 500 experienced racing sailors. Most of the membership is based in Connecticut, Rhode Island, on Long Island, and elsewhere in southern New England and New York State. The club does not operate a shore facility, but concentrates on managing two high-quality weekend race series per year for its members and their invited guests. The historical records of the club are housed in the Blunt Library at Mystic Seaport Museum, which we consider to be our traditional home port.
The Off Soundings race is composed of two series, one in the spring of each year, the other in the fall. The spring series is a two day regatta featuring a race from Watch Hill, RI to Block Island on day one and around Block Island on day two. The fall series is also a two day regatta featuring a race from New London, CT to Greenport, (LI) NY on day one and in Gardiners Bay on day two.
The fleet normally consists of approximately 100 to 150 boats ranging in size from 24 to 60 feet. Boats usually race with handicaps, such as PHRF or NEMA, however, special classes, including Nonsuch, multihulls, and one-design will be considered.
Participation is limited to members and their guests. Guests need to be sponsored and seconded by members. The rationale for members sponsoring guests is that it adds an additional level of safety for all participants as conditions are frequently challenging.
DYER DHOW DERBY
Off Soundings at the Mystic Seaport Dyer Dhow Derby - Saturday, October
The Off Soundings Club was represented by Jay Spalding (Blue Moon) and his daughter, Lisa, and son, Evan, at the annual Dyer Dhow Derby hosted by the Mystic Seaport.
The Seaport has about fifty Dyer Dhows which are used for educating sailors. The boats are donated by various individuals and organizations, one which has been provided by the Off Soundings Club. The Seaport recognizes the donors every fall by inviting them to participate in a derby, which includes multiple races and a post-race party.
The Spaldings were awarded 3rd overall. Evan Spalding was awarded 2nd in the junior division.
Visually experience racing in the 2012 Off Soundings series by watching this thirty minute video, 'Passion to Race'.
In the fall of 2009, the race from New London to Greenport on Friday was abandoned due to a powerful front that had developed that morning. However, boats still had to get to Greenport via Plum Gut so they could race in Gardiners Bay on Saturday. This two minute video was taken from a boat appropriately named ... 'Dark N' Stormy'.
The series conducted in 2008 represented the 75th anniversery of the club and featured two days of excellent racing conditions. These three minute videos are rated 'thumbs-up'!
Club Out-Of-Office Message for Phones Lost Overboard
Ever lose your phone overboard? Here is the un-officially sanctioned voicemail message indicating to callers that it might be a while before you get back to them.