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Location: Civano Community Center, 11:30am

Plan to have lunch at the meeting. The Club will be providing sandwiches from Subway. If you prefer to drink something other than water, please bring it.

Your participation in this meeting is critical as the future of PMYC will be decided. Plan to attend as it may be the last PMYC meeting in history.

I have delayed scheduling our next meeting as I was anticipating Bill Brown’s attendance. Bill told me last night that he will not be back in town until mid-February. So, we are moving on to our next meeting.

As a result of several emails from members telling me that they do not attend Club meetings at night because they cannot drive at night, I am making a one-time change of our meeting to the daytime. Future meeting times and places will be discussed at the meeting.

The general agenda for the meeting is presented in the following paragraphs.

Are we continuing as a Club? What is the consensus before the meeting starts?

The most significant decision we made at the last meeting was to change boats – no more Vic’s. The two proposals are the Micro Magic and the Laser. Each has its strengths and weaknesses as a Club boat for PMYC. Both will be presented at the meeting. I will be bringing John Albertson’s MM and Dave McVey will be bringing his new Laser and telling us about it. Jerry Robertson will explain the notion of adopting the MM as a true one-design class – not many changes allowed. If we decide to continue the Club’s activities, the Class choice will also be made at the meeting.

The Club needs participants to:

  • Announce to members changes to the sailing schedule
  • Be responsible for the marks and race timer
  • Be an interface with the Parks & Recs dept.
  • Maintain a presence on the web. We don’t need a Facebook page.
  • Be responsible for the PMYC at-the-pond sign.
  • Be responsible for the Club tug. (I do not know who has it)
  • Small group to assist with building (only MM)
  • One or two people to convey our pond behaviors to newbies
  • Small group to convey how to race – boat handling and tactics
  • More….?

Perhaps our Club meetings can occur at the pond before the racing.

Do we need a Commodore or a single person to oversee the entire operation

And, in the course of racing we have to contend with old-Jerry, me, always wanting adherence to the rules while everyone else wants to be more casual about them. Over the past few weeks I have been giving a lot of thought to how we can balance these two views. It is mandatory that we all have fun. No one wants Jerry, me, always losing his cool over the rules. Because I want to sail and want to race and have fun doing it I have had a major change of attitude (loving prodding by Ada) toward the rules. Here is my idea on a set of race course behaviors (the word “rules” is used only one time) that provide some race course discipline while not imposing the burden of learning the official rules. These behaviors take precedence over the international rules of racing. I hope you will agree that they are reasonable and can be learned very quickly. If not, we will discuss the subject as long as it takes to come to an consensus.

Skipper Responsibilities on the Pond During Races

  1. Starboard tack boat has right-of-way over port tack boat
  2. Windward boat stays clear of leeward boat
  3. Over the start line early – round the mark on either end of the start line and restart.
  4. Hitting the boat to leeward of you while attempting to squeeze between another boat and the starboard mark on the start line; barging, is prohibited – take a turn.
  5. Light contact between or among boats; anywhere on the course including at marks – allowed
  6. All other contact between two or more boats; anywhere on the course including at marks  – both/all involved boats take a turn – no discussion needed. The rationale is that one boat fouled and one boat failed to avoid a collision. We don’t know nor care which boat did what. If there is any doubt about whether it was a light hit , it is assumed to be in this category – take a turn.
  7. Boats on the course not racing are obstacles – stay clear of them. If you hit one you have fouled; take a turn.
  8. When approaching a wall or other obstacle (debris in the water, a boat not racing) you will give boats around you the room to clear the obstacle. Failure to do so is a foul – take a turn.
  9. Penalty turns are to be taken within a very short time (a minute or so) after a foul. Get clear of other boats to do it and understand that while executing a turn you do not have any right-of-way over other boats.
  10. Failure to voluntarily take a turn when you don’t comply with the above behaviors can lead to broken tempers and a better boat might possibly loose through no fault of her own. You can’t be forced to take a turn but remember that “A boat … shall compete in compliance with recognized principles of sportsmanship and fair play” (a quote from the international rules of racing}.
  11. Other topics?
  12. Are we continuing as a Club? What is the consensus at the end of the meeting?

Jerry Walker


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