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The Beacon Newsletter Archives / The Beacon Archives 2018
« Last post by Webmaster on January 28, 2018, 03:11:31 PM »
Attached are the archives of The Beacon newsletter for 2018
This excellent presentation was given at the 27 April 2017 Membership Meeting.
The attachment is a slide show of a cruise through the 1000 Islands of the St. Lawrence River and the Rideau Canal in eastern Ontario, Canada, aboard a trailerable, auxiliary sailboat. We left the mast at home because of the 22' height limit for the Rideau.
The Beacon Newsletter Archives / The Beacon Archives 2017
« Last post by Webmaster on January 10, 2017, 08:12:57 AM »
Attached are the archives of The Beacon newsletter for 2017
Final version of travel log.

John Harris will present at the October 27, 2016 BVSPS Membership Meeting "Highs and Lows of a Caribbean Cruise."
This is a series of emailed reports from member John Harris.
Cruising Presentations and Checklists / Re: BVI Rendezvous - Winter 2016
« Last post by Sea Fever on May 13, 2016, 07:29:26 PM »
Attached is the trip presentation
Boats, Safety, Seamanship / Safety at Sea: The Use of Jacklines
« Last post by Sea Fever on May 13, 2016, 07:00:15 PM »
The following is from "The Beacon", January 2016 edition:

Safety at Sea: The Use of Jack Lines

All boating activity that takes place off shore, out of the sight of shore, or near shore where the conditions MIGHT exceed 3’ waves, with or without the handicap of fog or darkness is a dangerous environment for a man-over-board (M.O.B.) situation. If you are fortunate enough to immediately know there is a M.O.B. situation it is very tough to spot a 1’ diameter sphere (like a head) in a life jacket, bobbing between the waves. It the M.O.B. situation is not immediately recognized, or there is darkness or fog, the recovery becomes very doubtful.

By far the best solution is to eliminate the M.O.B. risk with the use of Jack Lines. Multiple Jack Lines should be installed between secure fixed attachment points so that every crew member that is at risk of going off the boat by any means is restrained by a body harness (optionally integrated with an inflatable life jacket) that is connected to a tether and snapped on to a Jack Line that will accommodate the tether sliding along the line to any needed destination on all open deck areas. The jack Lines can be fabricated from nylon webbing or other material with a working strength of at least 1,000 lbs. The lines should be designed to run between cleats, chain plates, or other heavy duty connection points. The line should be custom made and have a loop in the ends that folds back on itself at least 2’ and double stitched the full length of the 2’ length with heavy nylon thread and then pull tested to verify secure attachment. The tether can be made the same way and several should be fabricated in 4’ and 6’ lengths, each tether can be used either full length or doubled over to provide 2’ and 3’ options. Basic principal – never go overboard, and REQUIRE your crew to be safe.

See this video ( Capt. John.

John Harris, JN
General Discussion / Colorado Sailing Guide
« Last post by Sea Fever on May 13, 2016, 05:19:46 PM »
Colorado  Sailing Organizations (click for their external link)
Denver Sailing Association - is located in Denver with organized racing programs that are held on Cheery Creek Lake from April through October. With 4 complete series and 3 annual regatta’s, Denver Sailing Association offers plenty of opportunity for you to get involved.

Carter Lake Sailing Club - is located in Loveland and has an active racing program for sailors of all experience levels. The highlight of the racing season is the Carter Lake Open the first weekend of June each year. For club racing there is a spring, summer, and fall series along with several other race events. The club has active one-design and PHRF fleets along with a youth sailing program. 

Colorado Sail and Yacht Club - is located in Littleton. The Colorado Sail and Yacht Club has been racing sailboats on Chatfield Reservoir since 1996. Every Wednesday about thirty keelboats face off in spirited races after the workday is done and it is time to play. Whether you are an avid racer, have a boat in the yard that needs dusting off, or have never sailed before, we can find a place for you. Racing with CSYC not only improves your sailing, but also gives you a regular cadence - you become dedicated to sailing at least once per week.

Community Sailing of Colorado - is located in Denver, Longmont, and Boulder. The junior racing team is a great way for novice sailors to quickly surpass the hurdles while learning to sail with peers. Sailors are encouraged to participate in competitive regattas (sailing races) both in and out of state. Competitive sailing here in Colorado is a great pathway to lead young athletes toward college sailing and beyond. This program is aimed at junior and high school age students. Other programs are open to people of all ages.

Dillon Yacht Club - located in the town of Dillon, the Dillon Yacht Club offers sailing, yacht racing, entertainment, food and special events on beautiful Lake Dillon in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Located just west of the Continental Divide and surrounded by 13,000 ft peaks, you are guaranteed some very exciting sailing conditions. Because of this, Dillon sailors are known to be some of the best in the Rocky Mountain region.

Grand Lake Yacht Club - located in Grand Lake, the Grand Lake Yacht Club was incorporated in May of 1902 with a membership of four. Two of them - Harry Bryant, Richard Crawford Campbell - competed in the club's first racing later that summer, dueling in rowboats outfitted with homemade sails. The members elected Bryant the club's first commodore. Since that time the club continues a competitive tradition, and has constructed a new club house for members.

Harper Lake Model Yacht Club - Located in Louisville, this club holds races on Saturdays between April and November, weather permitting. Their model boats are like larger boats, except that they are remote controlled from shore. For those interested in racing tactics and strategies, this club offers the ideal way to practice! Membership is $20 per year. You can’t go wrong. Come and watch them between 1000 and 1300 Saturdays.

Union Sailing Club - Located in Longmont, the Union Sailing Club is one of Colorado's largest and most active sailing clubs with weekly racing in the spring, summer and fall. Several regattas, social events, youth activities, and clinics open to the general sailing public are also hosted each year. Instruction is also offered. Club boats are available on a limited basis for rental to experienced sailors.

Reprinted from "The Beacon", May 2016 edition
The Beacon Newsletter Archives / The Beacon Archives 2016
« Last post by Webmaster on February 22, 2016, 07:03:23 AM »
Attached are archives for The Beacon newsletter for 2016
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