In this issue...
  • Racing Preparation
  • Mac Race Handicaps
  • This Is My Brain On Sailing
  • 2005 Chicago Mackinac Preview
  • Wireless Update

  • Sailing Newsletter
    June 2005


    Welcome to the Torresen Marine e-Newsletter. Each month we will publish seasonally relevant and practical information for sailors. The June issue includes topics pertaining to racing. We hope to provide something for everyone from the casual dingy sailor to the serious offshore racer.

    As always, we look forward to your comments and suggestions. We are also interested in what topics you would like to see. Email theTorresen Sailing Newsletter to let us know what you think.

    Racing Preparation
    by Peter J. Blacklock

    Preparation for the 2005 racing season started many weeks ago for most of the experienced racers. Sailing seminars featuring the new rules, sailing smart strategies and tuning help all lead to a more successful season. Many crews have been working on the bottom and foil preparation.

    A steady stream of sailors have been visiting their sailmaker to pick up their new sails or their revised used sails. If you have been late getting this process going you can still be ready by getting a helping hand from Torresen Marine.

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    Mac Race Handicaps
    by Ike Stephenson

    Monohulls racing in the 2005 Bayview to Mackinac Race will be rated under the IRC rule. The IRC Rating rule is owned and administered by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) Rating Office in Lymington, UK, and Union National pour la Course au Large (UNCL) in Paris. With over 6,000 yachts rated and racing in over 30 countries, IRC is proving to be a popular yacht-racing handicap.

    The algorhithms used to determine ratings are confidential. This confidentiality of the rule prevents designers from designing yachts to the rule and effectively prevents rapid obsolescence.

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    This Is My Brain On Sailing
    A Commentary by Kelley Jo Petersen

    Understanding sailboat racing is very similar to understanding mathematics. I can spend years with exposure to both and never fully understand either. I'd like to think I am not the only one out there with this dilemma.

    To preface these statements I should offer the following information. I am not a sailor. I have been sailing too many times to count. I have raced about half of those times. Yet, I do not consider myself knowledgeable or skilled enough to be deemed "Sailor". With this in mind, let me explain some of what I find boggling about sailing and sailboat racing.

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    2005 Chicago Mackinac Preview
    by Ike Stephenson

    This year the Chicago to Mackinac race will start on July 16th followed by the Port Huron Mac on the 23rd. This will be the 99th sailing of the Mac race.

    There are many reasons to sail in the race. It could be completing a first Mackinac. It could be completing that 25th Mackinac, making you eligible to join the old goats. It maybe another race in your classes (J 105, J35, Farr 40, GL 70's etc.) season series- albeit the longest one.

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    Wireless Update

    As mentioned in our May newsletter we introduced high-speed, wireless Internet access especially created for sailors. The new service is now up and running. The following is a refresher as to what is offered with this new service.

    Sailors using the service at Torresen Marine will also have Internet access at Muskegon Yacht Club, Harbor Towne Marina and Yacht Club and most of the Bluffton Mooring area adjacent to Torresen Marine. Once sailors leave Muskegon Lake they can access the service in dozens of other ports around Lake Michigan and beyond.

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