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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.