Glenmar Sailing Association
Sailing the Chesapeake Bay

Moonlight Run

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!


Members Flea Market

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.

Please leave comments. If you don’t see the comment box below, click on the title of this post.

Docking

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.

Race Committee

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.

Prior Years Family Cruise Guides

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
Cruising Guide from 2016
Cruising Guide from 2015

Welcome to the New Glenmar Website

Glenmar has recently updated the website to include a WordPress format with all of the good and bad features that lie therein.

  • It is a membership site. If you are a member of Glenmar, you can join the website to see protected content. I have to approve the members and I do not know everyone, so please be patient.
  • Any member can post content, such as this and any member can comment. There is a member registration in the dropdowns
  • There is a calendar, and any member can post an event.
  • When viewing the calendar, click on the words “Events In” and a popup will let you choose the month. Everything else about the calendar is semi-obvious.
  • When you write a post, there is information on the right of the screen that lets you pick a ‘category’. If your post fits into one of the categories, then check the box. It will help later and may help with searching as well.
  • The ability to contact GSA via this website is locked to members only. On the officers page, there are email links which are currently open to all. That may change.

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.

Almost Fall Cruise to the Southern Bay

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.

Check out our itinerary:

Portsmouth Brunch

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.

Grandparents Cruise

Ahoy Glenmar!
This year’s Grandparents Cruise is earlier than in the past. Please see below for the details:
Date: June 22-23, about noon to noon
Place:  Worton Creek, outside on/near the sand spit near marker 5
Activities:  rain gutter regatta, rubber ducky dash, swimming, kite flying, visiting with friends, homemade ice cream, and other fun stuff
Theme:  Star(ship) Wars
Eats:  Saturday evening beach cookout for the group

We hope you’ll join us, with or without kids!  Please send the following to Meg Conners by Thursday the 20th so that no one will be left out:
Boat name; captain/crew; number of other adults; number of kids, their names and ages

Hope to see you there!

Meg and Tom Conners
Aurora

PHRF Scoring

I am inserting an excel sheet that will score a GSA race, or for that matter, any PHRF time on distance race, although it is limited to just a few boats per division. I could easily expand it to larger fleets.

GSA has and really needs an official scorer. A widget like this is just a tool not a scorer. You can’t invent a hoe and expect a garden to just appear. Currently our scorer is Gary Moler. The reason a scorer is so important is the principle of garbage in garbage out. It is seemingly obvious that to get the right outcome one has to input accurately the following data:

  • Start time
  • Boat name
  • PHRF rating
  • Course distance
Soooo simple, but chances are you may mess it up. That is one of the reasons, and there are others, that we occasionally have to post corrections. I will link to the widget. If I get feedback and think it is worthwhile, we can put it into a more permanent link. You have to have excel on your computer to use this, although anybody can look. Also, there is not any way to save the data on this site, but it can be saved on your own computer. There are some internal macros in the sheet and most versions of Excel will disable those by default. In fact, there is a sort button for each division and I don’t even see the button in the wordpress rendition of excel. On the upper right, you should see a DOWNLOAD button. After downloading, the macro buttons show up, but still you will have to enable macros. A pop up will help with that. You do not have to enable them or even use the macros ! They sort the boats after the scoring is done. Just putting in the data causes the boats to be scored.

How the scoring is done; A bit of math.

The time-on-distance formula is:
TA = ( D x PHRF ) / 60
TA = Time Allowance in minutes
D = course length in nautical miles
PHRF = rating in seconds per mile (the number we all use),
Subtracting the time allowance (TA) from the actual time it took the boat to sail the race (elapsed time or ET) equals the corrected time (CT).
However, there is a reason that just any third grader can’t score us. That would be because time is in base 24 and base 60 and our calculators use only base 10 (or sometimes 2, 8 and 16). In other words, adding together hours minutes and seconds will produce nonsense unless we carefully think it through.

One final point I would like to make is that we all measure race starts and finishes to the nearest second, not tenths of seconds. However, when that wee bit of math from above is applied, the corrected time will often come out in tenths of seconds. It is all because 60 does not go evenly into some numbers.

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