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Gentlemen (and Ladies) Start your motors!
Oh, wait, wrong sport.
Okay, this Wednesday will see the start of Fleet One's racing season. Chaos may ensue for those with new crew (watch out for Whippet #5!) or those who have just entered the Vancouver M242 Fleet. With 15 - 20 boats on the line, starting and turning corners is always entertaining and exciting for crew and skippers alike.
I like to think of Fleet One as the kinder, gentler Fleet; but some may disagree. The best sailors are competitive, competent, and will catch out errors by the boats around them. Sometimes those errors are dealt with by protest and a flag, sometimes by protest and debate which can become heated. The very best way is to let a jury decide. That is how the rules of our sport are designed to be enforced, not by who can yell the loudest or intimidate the best. Wednesday evenings are beer-can racing (albeit competitive) and most of us want to enjoy this time on the water and the community of friends it creates. Let's go sailing.
DON'T FORGET TO REGISTER! Registration is done online here. AND for the One Design Series, www.royalvan.com/ods is the place to go. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED 48 HOURS BEFORE THE EVENT! Do it today.
Water, water, everywhere... except under the cranes! Sometimes with low tides, boats with dry moorage will have to adjust their normal routine for launching and hauling out. Alan Drinkwater has prepared a spreadsheet with dates that need consideration for hauling out at Royal Van. Kits boats can assume that they will have to review their launching and hauling times as well although Alan did not address depths at Kits for this table. Please check out the table Alan prepared here. It is now a menu option for this season under Wind and Tides to the right on desktop displays. Also check the tide tables a few days before the event.
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M242 FLEET ONE OPEN HOUSE
SKIPPER AND CREW MEET AND GREET
Tuesday, March 26th
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
3811 Point Grey Road
Downstairs in North and South Boardrooms (opposite the Star & Dragon)
We want to bring together skippers looking for crew and crew looking for a boat to race on this season. Bring a pen and paper and/or your personal coordinate keeper to keep track of potential crew or potential boats.
You'll be welcomed by Fleet One's Fleet Captain, Fabian Hope and there will brief introductions to current M242 skippers looking to complete or expand their crew list.
This is a casual get together: you do not need to "dress to impress". Some beer may be involved (non-members can pay by credit card or by cash at the main floor front desk).
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NOTICE ABOUT LIFTING STRAP INSPECTION
For those boats on the hard at Jericho or who will want to haul their boat this season, please note that the lifting straps will be inspected. New lifting straps will be available for sale and will be mandatory if existing straps are not in proper condition.
Mark Montrose has new straps for M242s. They come in pairs and cost about $55.00.
Non-Royal Van members who may want to haul out at Royal Van (for boat weighing for example), can only purchase straps through an existing Royal Van member (i.e. ask a member to order straps and reimburse him/her).
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