A few nights past, I was knocking about in Henry Roesner’s basement and we came across a Courseboard that I hadn’t seen before. Henry told me where it came from. I don’t rightly recall where that was, but it reminded me that there is quite a collection of them on this site and I requested that one to add to it. Now there isn’t anything particularly special about this Courseboard. It is dated April, 1989. By then, I had been a member for a few years and many of you had been a member for eons.
Anyway, I went online today and added the document to our online Courseboard library (https://glenmarsailing.org/dropdown_form.php ) but was more than mildly annoyed to see that I couldn’t fetch it back again. This led to a little poking around in some files and discovering that none of the last 5 Courseboards could be fetched as a historical document (as in using the link above). All of the old ones worked just fine, but nothing new. After a short but intense session relearning how to debug php code, I was able to find the problem and apply a band-aid. Interestingly, however, the fix is truly just a band-aid. We have WordPress code piled on top of php code piled on top of html code, and spread out all over the place. I always think “Well one these days I’ll go in there and clean it all up, but just like the second garage, those days just don’t seem to be coming. If you’ve lived in a place long enough, there are buried treasures that you may dig up and know for sure that you’ve seen them before, but have no clue why you still have that stuff. In a website, the same thing occurs, but if you throw it out, not only might you need it the very next day, but worse, you may find that you were using it all along and just didn’t know.
That kind of happened with this Courseboard. I found a couple of files (real important ones as it turns out), that were quite literally in the wrong place and were in use. I know they need to be moved so that me, or any other half way competent coder would know where to look, but – they work fine where they are and who knows what would have to change if I relocated them. Maybe someday I’ll clean it all up.
About that Courseboard, April, 1989. I took the time to read it and guess what. It’s no more interesting than the current ones – probably less so. Here is a direct link if you are also inclined: https://glenmarsailing.org/wp-content/plugins/Courseboard/docs/CourseBoardArchive/1989%20-%20Apr%20Courseboard.pdf
There were a few other things that we came across at Henry’s place, and I will comment about those in a future post.
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Some of you may have participated, and others may not have been aware of it. But, there was a Sippy Cup race that was intended for the smaller boats on the upper bay that did not want to race in the grueling Governor’s Cup race to St. Mary’s College. The Sippy Cup was held for 10 years, but is no longer. The Northeast River Yacht Club has picked up the peices and is hosting it’s replacement, now called the ‘Moonlight Run Sail Race’. It will be held on Aug. 16th. It is a night race, starting and finishing in the upper bay with festivities after the race at NERYC’s club house. See the flyer below for more information. I hope you can do this race and support our fellow clubs on the upper bay!
This is an idea I have had for a while and I would like to hear your feedback. Please leave me comments.
Suppose that we had a section of this website that permitted registered members to post items for sale? There need not be any charge for it, since the work of creating the ad and posting it would be done by the member. Here is how it might work.
A “signed in” member would click on this hypothetical Want Ad tab and then then click on post and then like I am doing now, they would type in their advertisement, and of course, add a picture or two and give the contact method of their choice. This would be a tiny bit like Craigslist, but on a far more local level. Payments would always be between buyer an seller and not ever online. Your have to meet to make the exchange.
The ad could be viewed by anyone on the site, although you should consider that the most likely purchaser of your stuff is someone else in GSA, since they are nearly the only real people who ever come here. As an alternative, we could make the want ads exclusive to registered members. The only reason to do that would be to allow you to restrict who can see your contact information. With some thought, it might even be possible to have it both ways!
I assume that we would want the ads to be for “boat stuff”. How should we regulate that? It really isn’t intended for selling your business products and services.
Would you want the ads to be searchable? Probably easy, but I am not sure.
Would you want the ads to expire and then disappear? Again, probably easy but I am not sure.
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Regardless of your skill at boat handling, the event may come to pass when you try to pull along side a dock and the wind causes the nose of the boat to blow off. Meanwhile, the stern people have easily passed a dock line from the stern to a dockhand (OK so maybe a crew jumped onto the dock) and the stern end is secured. It seems silly to me that this situation can cause panic on the bow as there is an ultra-simple solution. First, since the stern is secure, the most the wind can do is blow the bow to make the boat perpendicular to the dock. If it can blow the bow further around than that, maybe you dock to starboard!
Solution 1: Take a long line, something barely longer than your boat. Hand one end to the person on the dock and then walk the other end to the person on the bow. Now the bow can be pulled in.
Solution 2: Undo the bow line from its cleat and carry the entire line to the stern. Hand one end to the person on the dock and then walk the other end to the bow, pulling the boat in as you go.
Solution 3: Have a good shouting match and let the conversation end with “Don’t you ever talk to me that way again”. Get a new spouse.
Last Wednesday, Rose Hoffman used her Catalina 34 Beeleaved as the PHRF race committee platform. We really appreciate the effort that members make to help out our programs and providing a committee boat is a big help. Although my computer is named Jesus, neither it nor me have quite mastered walking on water, thus someone always has to position a boat on the starting line.
Kevin Irwin has taken on the responsibility to find members like Rose, who will help us out on Wednesday nights. This effort allows racers to race. If no boat is available, one of them must abstain from racing and use their boat for the committee. This year, we are trying to get a non-PHRF committee boat for just a few Wednesdays in the season.
A long time ago, there was a member named Bruce Baty (his wife Lois is still a member!). Bruce had assembled a regular race committee that would start races off of Log Point across from Bowleys. Back then, the Thursday night fleet, composed of Portsmouth rated boats, were also given Wednesday night starts and everyone raced and partied together.
Around 1986 (I am not 100% on the year), we found a boat, Alert, run by Paul Fitzgerald, and for another decade or so a semi-regular race committee would take that out to set a start line in the same area that we race in today. The smaller, Portsmouth, boats wanted to find their own committees since they were correctly concerned about venturing out into the mouth of the river. Toward the end of the Alert era, we were having trouble getting regular race committee and it became necessary to ask racers to give up one race per year and use their crew to conduct the races.
PHRF Racing participation has reduced. This is hardly news to anyone in the sport, but it has impacted GSAs membership. At this time, the after race beer drinking is down to once a month (the boat owners are older) and racers have to give up their racing slightly more than one time per year in order to have enough committee.
I will post more about later. For now, I am just presenting the problem. The Portmouth fleet has found a temporary solution, but the PHRF fleet could still use some good ideas.
In previous years, Jack Janos has prepared cruise guides for the “family cruise” which is a one or two week Chesapeake Bay group cruise organized each summer. This year it is on the calendar for August 3-10 and is planned to start at Swan Creek, then to Stillpond, Northeast, Engineers Cove, Turner Creek, Wortons, and Rock Creek before returning home.
The cruising guides for a few prior years are linked here. If the links don’t work then you may need to open the post by clicking on the title.Cruising Guide from 2017
Glenmar has recently updated the website to include a WordPress format with all of the good and bad features that lie therein.
If you are a regular user of the site, you may find some features that were previously there to be missing. We will get to those but it may take a few weeks. If there is something that you want right away, let me know in the comments. If you can’t comment, it is either because you haven’t yet registered or you aren’t a member.
Come join us as we set sail for the Southern Bay! There will be plenty of time for serene anchorages, fun marinas and, best of all: some great sailing! We will visit Cape Charles, a sleepy eastern shore town that has awakened to a charming beachy town with small shops and restaurants. We also will visit Yorktown where there is lots of history to dive into. No cruise is complete without a stop-off in Solomon’s, Maryland’s sailing community.
Dates are August 24, 2019 through September 8, 2019.
Please confirm your interest by sending me an email to Tod Herrick.
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The Portsmouth sailors had a very successful organizing brunch at the home of Terry Westhead and Mark Roesner last Sunday. There was a lot of food but somehow we ate most of it. A few changes were discussed about starting location and boat storage at the sailing center, but I will leave those details to the Portsmouth Captain.