December 31, 2022
Hello Chatfield Sailors!
Welcome to Sailing and Racing on Chatfield Reservoir in 2023. This coming year your Board of Directors has a full schedule of events planned for both the off-season and the sailing season! Goodbye Covid!
First up is a Chili Cook Off social event. Festivities commence at 5:30pm on Friday the 20th of January for a fun get together. The location has been sent to all CSYC members via email. So dust off your world famous chili recipe and get ready! We’ll all be voting on our favorite Chili recipe and prizes will be awarded.
Please RSVP to: social.director@CSYC.org with the number in your party and what you’ll bring to the potluck. Side dishes and something to put out the mouth fire are also encouraged.
Other social events are planned as well and we’ll notify all via the email blasts from the website. The calendar page on our website also has the dates and details of all the events we have planned for 2023. Just click on the event title to get all the details of that event. So check that out.
Another fabulous racing season will kick off on Saturday April 15th with the annual Skippers meeting at Seagul’s Restaurant in the Chatfield marina. This year we are planning a practice ‘Rust Remover’ race on the Wednesday following the skippers meeting, April 19th. It’s an un-scored opportunity to get out on the water and practice. The spring series keelboat racing begins on April 26th.
One initiative you’ll be hearing more about this year is a ‘rules refresher’ to help us all be more aware and competent at applying the Racing Rules of Sailing while on the course in the heat of competition. Most Importantly the rules keep us all safe. They also dictate our actions during a race to insure a fair competition. We all agree to abide by these rules whenever we enter a race. So, it is incumbent on us all to have a detailed working knowledge of our rights and responsibilities while racing. To help us all gain that working knowledge, your Board of Directors has developed a training requirement. It’s new this year and will be required of all helmsmen and Skippers in order to participate in racing. This refresher training will consist of watching a few short video presentations online and taking a short quiz. We are ironing out the details and will post the requirements on the CSYC website and send an email blast in the near future.
Other big news this season is that we are back in the regatta business! Dean Lenz, our 2022 Commodore, is spearheading the planning effort for an ‘Autumn Winds Regatta’ sponsored by CSYC on Chatfield Reservoir the second weekend in October. This event will require a large cast of volunteers. We’ll be calling on all members to pitch in and help pull off a great season ending event
Finally, I want to encourage all our members to go to the CSYC.org website and sign up for the email news blasts. It’s our best tool to get Club info to all our members quickly and efficiently.
Looking Forward to a great season,
December 29, 2022
Hello everyone, Happy New Year, the winds are freshening!
As promised, here is the first in a series of video presentations on the racing rules of sailing for 2021 through 2024. This first set of links to these three videos covers Rule 18. Rule 18 covers giving ‘mark room’ at course marks and at obstructions. It is advantageous when reviewing these videos to have your rule book open to the definitions pages. In rule 18 there are many terms used that have very precise meanings which every racer should understand. For example, what defines an obstruction, or a continuing obstruction. These terms are explained in the definitions section of your rulebook and they are also explained to some degree during the video. There are three videos covering Rule 18 because it’s a complex rule covering many situations with numerous rights and responsibilities depending upon your position at the mark or obstruction.
Please review the videos at your leisure but complete all three before the end of January, as we’ll be moving on to other Rules to review in the following months.
Thanks for tuning in, and please accept my sincere thanks for taking the time to study these videos. I believe your racing will benefit as a result.
Here are the links: