Glenmar Sailing Association
Sailing the Chesapeake Bay

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.

Class Flags for GSA

These are the flags for the 2019 PHRF racers.

Class N = Flag #5

Class C = Flag #7

Classs B = Flag #6

Class A – Flag #9

What is a blog?

A blog is a few paragraphs that someone writes for public view on the internet. It may be very very short, or alternatively, ramble on to great length. Blog sites usually consist of 1 author (the person who owns the site and posts blogs) and many followers who may comment about each blog.

Our site is likely to be a little different in that we have a CMS (content management system) which in theory is more organized. What I have labeled “News” is where we can blog and all persons who have the designated “role” of author, editor, or administrator can post a blog. Their blog is added to the top of the list and all others are pushed down. In all ways, this could become the Courseboard !! That may or not be desirable, something we need to consider.

Changing the front page is either 1) as easy as posting a blog – as in exactly, or 2) Nearly as easy. The way I envision it, we would have the role “Editor” for any member that can change the front page.

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