Building and Installing a new Mast Whip
Mast whips are almost always required for Martin 242’s that have full-length upper battens, as the mast whip helps extend the backstay line further aft than normal, and in that manner the roach of the mainsail is less likely to catch when tacking or gybing. Here's some info on upgrading your mast whip:
A few months ago we got a cool note from local writer/editor Simon Hill. He had dug up an old Sailing World Article from October 1989 written by Don Martin and Michael Clements. Check out the link for the full text...just don't take all these tips to the bank as there's likely a good many that are out of date! It is pretty neat to see what was going on over 30 years ago though.
Independently, current Sailing World editor Dave Reed found a copy of the original artwork from this article, and kindly sent us the print. It's now framed and proudly displayed on the wall of the Kitsilano Yacht Club, with this article printed & taped to the back. Check it out next time you're at KYC!
Fleet One "Return to Racing Policy" for June
For the past few days your Fleet One (Vancouver) Executive Committee has been extensively debating the new PHO and BC Sailing Guidelines for returning to competitive sport.
After taking all the Executive Committee viewpoints into account, and recognizing that a large percentage of our Fleet is over the age of 60, plus taking into account the impossibility of 4-person bubbles existing across the entire Fleet, and wishing to ensure that our Fleet respects our older members and their desire for a level playing field and to race in a safe manner, the following "Return to Racing Policy" for Vancouver Martin 242's is being announced today:
1. For the month of June the Vancouver Martin 242 Fleet will restrict boats competing in various events to a maximum of 3 people per boat, and;
2. No spinnakers will be used: white sails only on each boat, as was the case last year at the same time
The "Return to Racing Policy" will enable 2-person boats, of which there are quite a few, to race and be competitive for the month of June against 3-person boats.
This Policy, which was not arrived at unanimously nor without some difficulty, but which had a 90% support level amongst the Vancouver-based Executive Committee members, will be revisited for the month of July, near the end of June. By then we will have a much clearer idea regarding vaccination levels in BC and hopefully a much greater reduction in COVID test-positivity rates and infection levels.
The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club will be resuming Wednesday Night Racing on June 2nd, followed by the June One Design Series on Saturday June 5th.
Check the RVYC website at www.royalvan.com in the "On The Water / Regatta Schedule" subsection (https://www.royalvan.com/wes and https://www.royalvan.com/ods) for details on how to Register for either event.
Let's all stay safe on the water.
Fleet Captain, Fleet One
**UPDATE ON Sailing Instructions - May 31**
RVYC Wednesday Night Racing Program - Some Changes
1. The weather marks will likely be set after the warning signal sounds. This will make it easier for the Race Committee to position the marks more accurately in the wind that prevails during the start sequence.
2. There will be a spacer weather mark for the month of June. The Fleet will be polled after the June Series to see if we wish to keep the spacer mark or remove it.
3. The start sequence will be 3 minutes long instead of the usual 5 minutes. This will speed things up.
4. The leeward mark will be the start line pin end.
5. Race course lengths may be somewhat shorter than usual. As a result, " Two races are scheduled each day. One additional race may be added if conditions permit."
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