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Check out the damn-near perfect sailing conditions at the start of the 2016 Patos Island race at SNSYC.  Flat water, maybe 6 knots of breeze with positive tide to make it feel like more and keep the VMG up over 5 knots for pretty much everybody on leg 1.  Watch closely and you’ll see eventual race winner Mischief (Ross Macdonald and Eric Jespersen) absolutely launched off the start line.  Results are here: http://www.snsyc.ca/Racing/race_results.aspx

A couple of new videos that popped out today.  Up first, Southern Straits.  Yes this is 2016, as indicated by the rather slow speeds, not 1988 as indicated by some of the video production! https://youtu.be/h-pce27JKiE

Before Southern Straits this year I was asked to present at a “Tech Talk” at West Vancouver Yacht Club entitled “How to win this race”.  So having spent a fair bit of time in March thinking about all the rules of thumb when sailing up and down the Strait of Georgia, I was feeling pretty good about tactics come race day. For this race I usually sail double-handed on the Express 37 Manana, on the medium course.  This year I was back on that program, on the medium course to Sister’s Island and back.  A mixed bag of weather…

Beginning in 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has new procedures in place for for Canadian vessels visiting the United States. Canadian vessels are no longer required to purchase a U.S. Customs user fee decal. Instead, they must purchase a cruising license. Cruising licenses are valid for one year. Here is the press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations announces new procedures that are coming to the inspection process for foreign flagged private boats. These procedures will be in addition to the reporting process currently in place. All operators of pleasure boats…

SNSYC has announced that Safety at Sea qualifications are no longer a requirement for participation in Round Patos race this March 18-19.  They are still recommended of course.  So now you have really no excuse left not to take part in this epic race. https://patosislandrace.com/

Owners and crews were caught out earlier this year when pretty much all the local overnight races suddenly required a minimum of two crew members to have current Safety at Sea certificates.  The excellent Safety at Sea courses provided by BC Sailing and US Sailing have been recommended for the last few years for these races.  Most who have taken the course enjoyed them and we haven’t heard a bad review yet. However, 

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