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  1. We try and get results out as quickly as the race...

    We try and get results out as quickly as the race committee gives us data. It's a lot more fun when the results are up before you even get home. Unfortunately fast is not always accurate.

    The...
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    It's far from the most environmental solution,...

    It's far from the most environmental solution, but what about a diesel generator while they figure out what to do?

    What about a go-fund-me for help?
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    I agree it is wacky. We live in wacky times...

    I agree it is wacky. We live in wacky times right now.

    The YRA office moved to Benicia in 2020 and Benicia is in Solano County. The idea is that organizing authorities should use the county they...
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    Covid created the market for a short handed...

    Covid created the market for a short handed series since crewed racing is not possible at the moment. Covid may force modification of this series. Stay tuned.
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    YRA releases Covid-19 race guidelines

    The last 12 months have been rough for all aspects of life and sailboat racing is no exception. In 2020 we were locked down for most of the summer, but there were a few races that were able to...
  6. Hopefully by Jazz Cup on Labor Day weekend this...

    Hopefully by Jazz Cup on Labor Day weekend this whole Covid-19 thing is in the rear view mirror. Who knows...

    We are taking it one week at a time for now. I would anticipate if there is any...
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    The idea behind the "shelter in place" is to keep...

    The idea behind the "shelter in place" is to keep humans from getting together and spreading the disease.

    I am in the middle of a project that has the boat unable to race at the moment (not sure...
  8. Not sure why SailGP had to have that date even...

    Not sure why SailGP had to have that date even after they were encouraged to work around YRA. YRA took a hit of about 20% of entries in 2019 when compared to 2018, presumably the conflict had a lot...
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    Berkeley Marine Center allows and encourages you...

    Berkeley Marine Center allows and encourages you to work on your own boat. Every haul out I do is a mix where I/we do some work and I let them sand and spray the bottom.
  10. A big shout out to the folks at Inverness Yacht...

    A big shout out to the folks at Inverness Yacht Club for being our land based Race Committee in Drakes Bay.

    It was different than past years when somebody had to drag a boat all the way up there...
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    Wasn't there something they called the triathlon?...

    Wasn't there something they called the triathlon? It was something like Windjammers, Jazz, and a NOOD on Sunday?
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    The new equipment requirements actually reduced...

    The new equipment requirements actually reduced the amount of stuff required but got more specific. For example, we used to require that each boat 'have' a type 1 PFD for everyone on board but that...
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    Back when Santana 35's were newer boats and did...

    Back when Santana 35's were newer boats and did Pac Cups they were losing rudders a lot. The answer was a beefier rudder post. I think they had a schedule 80 stainless shaft (that were breaking)...
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    One of my guys who lives in Foster City says it...

    One of my guys who lives in Foster City says it has been there for a couple of weeks. He thinks it ended up out there without anybody on board but does not know where it came from.
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    SI's posted yesterday which say: RRS 40 is...

    SI's posted yesterday which say:

    RRS 40 is changed as follows: All competitors are required to wear life jackets that are USCG or ISO approved. Belt Packs are not allowed. The "Y" flag will not be...
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    Yep, but please read carefully. It says you...

    Yep, but please read carefully.

    It says you are required to wear a PFD that is USCG or ISO approved OR one that meets the offshore requirements.

    Not sure why it's worded that way since the...
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    I think we have us a Darwin Award candidate here,...

    I think we have us a Darwin Award candidate here, except that he survived.

    Saw this story a few days ago and thought of the list of stuff he got wrong. No, the container ship did not "get in his...
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    Definitely a Farr 38. Called Timber Wolf because...

    Definitely a Farr 38. Called Timber Wolf because it is made of wood (cold molded I believe) unlike Gerry Brown's Farr 38 Mintaka IV which is fiberglass. No spinnaker is ugly if it wins the race. ...
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    Berkeley is a great place to race from. You can...

    Berkeley is a great place to race from. You can get to pretty much any start line in the central bay in an hour, usually less. Getting home is usually a pretty quick main only run from almost...
  20. My guess would be to give racers the option while...

    My guess would be to give racers the option while utilizing race committee staff already in place? There are just not enough people who want to spend a week supporting a few sailors who want to do a...
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    Thanks for the words of encouragement. Tomorrow...

    Thanks for the words of encouragement. Tomorrow is another day...

    OYRA's next adventure is Half Moon Bay in two weeks (June 23rd). I just hope there is enough wind ;)
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    Here is a copy of the announcement sent to the...

    Here is a copy of the announcement sent to the skippers this morning:

    The OYRA Farallones race scheduled for Saturday June 9th is cancelled.

    There are no plans at this time to reschedule the...
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    As has been communicated to all the skippers in...

    As has been communicated to all the skippers in the race, we want to do it as close to race time as possible so we have up-to-date forecasts, but we also want to allow boats to stay in the slip if we...
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    This is Saturday afternoon 1803

    This is Saturday afternoon

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    Our job is not to host races that prepare boats...

    Our job is not to host races that prepare boats and crews for other events. Our job is to do the best we can to provide our racers with fair contests of boat speed and crew skill. Sending the fleet...
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