GPSC 56th Annual Tuesday Sundown and Fall Series

2017 Notice of Race

Download a PDF of this NOR here: 2017 NOR Sundown and Fall Series.

Spring Registrations

2017 Spring Registrations updated 5-17-17

Other PDF forms

2017 Sundown Registration Form

2017 Sundown Fee Form

GPSC 2017 Race Committee Volunteer Schedule

Access the sailing instructions here: 2017 GPSC Sundown Sailing Instructions

General Information

The 56th annual GPSC Tuesday Sundown Series and Fall Series are open to all DRYA rated or One Design seaworthy Monohull Sailing Yachts. The Sundown Races are comprised of 2 series (Spring and Summer) of 6 races each on Tuesday evenings. The Fall Series is comprised of 4 races on Tuesday evenings. Each series has its own overall award for each class. All races start and finish off Windmill Pointe Marina, located in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. Awards are presented in the fall at a party where boats placing 1, 2 or 3 in a series overall receive invitations with a number of door passes for entry. Extra entry passes may be purchased at the door.

Spring Series: May 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27
Summer Series: July 11, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Fall Series: September 5, 12, 19, 26

Management Rules

All races will be governed by the GPSC Sundown Race Sailing Instructions and The Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020, including US Sailing Prescriptions, except as stated herein. The races will be managed by the GPSC Race Committee, which will have the authority to establish the racing conditions and interpret the racing rules.

Registration

All entrants must register for the current year GPSC Series Races. The completed Registration Form, Registration Fee Form, and payment of those fees must be received by the GPSC Race Committee to complete the registration process. No retroactive scoring of races will occur for non-registered boats. You must register before you race. Sailing Instructions and Registration Forms can be found on the GPSC website gpsc.org Questions are to be directed to gpsc.racechair@gmail.com; The Fall Series will have separate Sailing Instructions.

Race Results, Changes, Handicapping

Race results (subject to protests) will usually be posted on the GPSC Web Page race results section the day after each race. The QuickScore Race Scoring Program utilizing its high point scoring method is used for calculation of race results and tie breaking. Handicapping is calculated using ‘time on distance’. Any changes to the Sailing Instructions will be posted to the same GPSC website race section. If there are errors or omissions in the results or registration information, contact the Race Chair (gpsc.racechair@gmail.com).

Membership in DRYA is encouraged, handicapping of non-one-design class boats by DRYA is required. Roller furling credits will be consistent with DRYA standards. DRYA information is available at drya.org.

Classes and Starts

This year’s class splits and start times will be posted and available for downloading on the GPSC website at least one week prior to the first race of a series. Early registration by participants aids GPSC in determining fair and reasonable class splits. Consult the web site sailing instructions for any class changes 1 week prior to the first race. The sailing instructions have a revision date on them for the purpose of tracking changes.

Courses

Course/Class assignments are set forth in the Sundown Series Sailing Instructions. An illustrative map of the Sundown course with relevant approximate GPSC or Navigation buoy locations is available for download from the GPSC Sundown Series web page race section.

Special Signal for Freighter Traffic

Foxtrot: code "F" flag. When displayed on shore or boat, the shipping channel downstream of channel mark "G1" shall become a restricted area.

The “F” Flag Signal, with an audible alert, will be displayed whenever a freighter or restricted vessel is in the vicinity of the starting line and course. While the “F” signal is displayed, boats waiting to start will vacate the shipping channel. Please note S.I. #1 and #11 regarding GPSC responsibility to the U.S. Coast Guard and enforcement of flag “F”. A GPSC patrol boat will be on station to ensure adherence to these rules by all entrants. Race entrants who interfere with commercial river traffic may be asked to immediately discontinue racing based on the severity of the infraction. The Sailing Instructions will have more details.

Waiver of Liability

Refer to RRS Appendix K, paragraph 20 and Appendix L, instruction 29. Sailing is an activity that has an inherent risk of damage and injury. Competitors in this event are participating entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4, Decision to Race.

Com. Denise Cotter, Principal Race Officer
Holly Kerslake Burns, Race Chair

2017 GPSC Sailing Instructions

56th Annual Tuesday Night Sundown Series

Download these sailing instructions here: 2017 Sundown Sailing Instructions.

  1. Instructions required by the U.S. Coast Guard
    1. All Competitors shall not interfere with commercial shipping transiting the entire racing area at any time.
    2. When code flag “F” is displayed by the race committee, on shore or boat, the shipping channel downstream of the channel mark “G1”
      shall become a restricted area. Sec 1.3 then applies.
    3. Any boat inside the restricted area when code flag “F” is displayed shall exit the restricted area while staying in conformance with the requirements of Sec 1.1. Boats shall not enter the restricted area except to expeditiously cross the channel while staying in conformance with the requirements of Sec 1.1.
    4. Any boat not complying with Secs 1.1, 1.2 or 1.3 may be subject to protest by the race committee and may be reported to the Coast Guard.
    5. Infraction of Secs. 1.1, 1.2 or 1.3 is not subject to protest by another boat (this changes RRS 60.1)
  2. Rules
    1. The races will be governed by rules as defined in the current “Racing Rules of Sailing” (RRS) or as modified by the Sailing Instructions (SI).
    2. When there is conflict, the “Sailing Instructions” (SI) shall prevail over the Notice Of Race (this changes RRS 63.7)
  3. SIGNALS MADE ASHORE BY RACE COMMITTEE
    1. Signals made ashore will be displayed at the race committee end of the starting line located at the East Corner of Grosse Pointe Park Windmill Pointe Marina
    2. Communication Description Flag Audible
      Shipping Channel Off Limits “F” flag (red diamond on white Field). SI section #1 is in effect while flag is up. SIREN (Both when hoisted and Lowered).
      Shortened Course “S” flag (blue rectangle on white field) will be displayed before the Preparatory signal of any class that it applies. (this changes RRS 32). 2 long sounds.
      Recall Signal “X” flag (blue cross on white field). For individual recall. 1 sound.
      Postponement Signal “AP” Pennant (3 Red, 2 White Vertical Bars on Triangle Pennant) Races not started are postponed. The warning will be made 1 minute after removal of “AP” 3 sounds.
      Abandonment Signal “N” Flag (Blue and White Checkerboard Pattern) All races are abandoned, return to the starting area. The warning signal will be made 1 minute after removal of “N” 3 sounds
      “N over A” flags (vertical blue and white swallowtail) All races are abandoned, no more racing today.
      3 sounds
  4. Format of Racing
    1. The Sundown Series is comprised of TWO series of SIX races each. Races are run on Tuesday evenings.
    2. Spring Series: May 23rd to June 27th and Summer Series: July 11th to August 29th.
    3. Sequence
      Start Class Standard Course Shortenend
      1 PHRF A (<=117) 1 2
      2 Cruising(ASYM) Class 1 2
      3 JAM 1 2
      4 PHRF B (120-179) 2 3
      5 CAL 25 2 3
      6 PHRF C (>=180) 2 3
      7 Crescent 2 3

      PHRF Handicapping is applied in scoring using ‘Time on Distance’ calculations.

  5. Racing area
    1. Addendum A ‘2017 GPSC Sundown Series’, chart shows the general location, approximate range, approximate bearings in one direction and the approximate Latitude and Longitude of each mark of the course. The area is in the South Western portion
      of Lake St. Clair.
    2. Race Course Descriptions
      Marks to Starboard (Green flag or shape) Marks to Port (Red flag or shape)
      Course 1 Distance = 6.7nm Start – B – C – A – B – C – Finish Distance = 6.7nm Start – C – B – A – C – B – Finish
      Course 2 Distance = 4.6nm Start – B – C – Finish Distance = 4.6nm Start – C – B – Finish
      Course 3 Distance = 3.8nm Start – B – A – Finish Distance = 3.8nm Start – A – B – Finish
    3. Buoy Descriptions and Approximate Locations
      • Mark A
        • Lake St. Clair Navigation Buoy 2
        • Approximate Position
          • 42°21.904’N
          • 082°53.872’W
      • Mark B
        • Lake St. Clair Navigation Buoy 3
        • Approximate Position
          • 42°22.454’N
          • 082°53.306’W
      • Mark C
        • GPSC Orange Floating Buoy
          • 42°21.865’N
          • 082°52.799’W
            Note: Latitude and Longitude are in degrees and decimal minutes not degrees, minutes and seconds.
    4. The course will not be shortened for any individual class after that class has started. This changes rule 32.1.
    5. Legs of the courses will not be changed from the Course Tables. This changes rule 33.
  6. The Start
    1. When it is 1 minute to 1st class: Warning (or a subsequent warning if a class starting sequence was stopped by the Race Committee), No flag raised. A few short horn sounds.
      5 minutes to Start Warning Class flag raised, 1 sound
      4 minutes to Start Preparatory “P” flag raised, 1 sound
      1 minute to Start 1 Minute “P” flag lowered, 1 long sound
      Class Start Start Starting class flag lowered & next remaining class flag raised. 1 sound

      The first warning signal will be at or about 1855 hours unless committee delays start.

    2. NUMERAL PENNANTS corresponding to the start number will be used as CLASS FLAGS.
    3. Races will be started with the warning signal made 5 minutes before the starting signal.
    4. Start times shall be taken from the visual signals; the absence or error of a sound signal shall be disregarded.
    5. The starting line will be between the flagpole displaying the RC flag near the upstream corner of the Grosse Pointe Park marina seawall and a floating orange inflatable or ridged buoy near the channel.
    6. A restricted area lies between the Starting Line and a line from a GREEN flag on the Dock and a GREEN floating flag or shape in the water. Any boat entering this area between the first warning signal of the day and their class warning signal shall be subject to protest by the race committee. Infraction of this rule is not subject to protest by another boat. (This changes rule RRS 60.1)
  7. The Finish
    1. The finish line will be between the flagpole on the upstream corner of the Grosse Pointe Park marina seawall and an inflatable or rigid orange buoy near the channel.
  8. Time Limits
    1. The time limit for all classes to complete their course, as required by rule 28.1, is 2 hours.
    2. Boats failing to finish within 1 hour after the first boat in their class finishes, as required by rule 28.1, shall be scored ‘Did Not Finish'(DNF). This changes rules 35, A4 and A5.
  9. Protests and Requests for Redress
    1. Protest forms are available on line at gpsc.org or the U.S. Sailing website
    2. Protests and requests for redress or reopening shall be delivered to the dockside Race Committee staff or the Grosse Pointe Park Windmill Pointe guardhouse within the appropriate time limit.
    3. For each class the time limit for delivery of the written protest to either collection location is 2 hours after finishing or the time limit has expired (reference RRS 61.3).
    4. The time and place of protest hearings, if any, will be posted on gpsc.org. The intention is to get them up within 48 hours of the completion of each race.
  10. Scoring
    1. Each series standing will be determined by the “QuickScore” Race Scoring Program utilizing its high point scoring method and calculations for race results and tie breaking. Awarded for each race:
      STARTING and FINISHING: 1 point
      EACH BOAT DEFEATED: 1 Point
      DSQ, DNF, OCS, BFD, DNE: 0 Points: but count as boats defeated for the purpose of scoring other boats in the race.
    2. Points will be totaled separately for Spring and Summer Race Series.
    3. There will be one throw-out race per race series. Races canceled by the race committee do not count as a throw-out unless there are 2 or more canceled in a series in which case all races not canceled will be scored.
    4. DSQ’s cannot be thrown out.
    5. The race with the lowest point score for the individual racer will be used as the throw out.
    6. Races canceled for any reason will reduce the total number of series races by one for each cancellation.
    7. Ties for awards will be resolved using “QuickScore” Race Scoring Program, high point system. This changes RRS A8.
    8. For each class in a series; First, Second, and Third place flags will be awarded.
  11. Retiring from the race
    1. A boat that retires from a race shall notify the race committee as soon as possible. The race committee operates on Channel 68 and can be contacted on this channel when able to do so, pending performance of other tasks.
  12. Radio Communication
    1. The Race Committee communicates with the Mark Set and Patrol Boats on Channel 68. The start sequence countdown may be broadcast on this channel. GPSC Sundown Series SI 6.4 still applies in all cases.
  13. Changes, Errors, Omissions
    1. Monitor GPSC.org Sundown Series race page in the race section of the website for changes to the Sailing Instructions (SI) to correct errors or omissions in the original SI document. Changes to class splits may occur up until the week of the first race but not thereafter due to late registrations. Report errors and omissions, or direct questions to gpsc.racechair@gmail.com.
  14. Waiver of Liability
    1. Refer to RRS Appendix K, paragraph 20 and Appendix L, instruction 29. Sailing is an activity that has an inherent risk of damage and injury. Competitors in this event are participating entirely at their own risk. See RRS 4, Decision to Race.
  15. Canadian Waters
    1. This is our understanding of Canadian border rules effective May 2012. When entering Canadian waters, even if only tacking in and out of Canadian waters, the Skipper of the boat must report in to Canadian authorities (cell phone is OK). However, if the boat entering Canadian waters intends to land on Canadian soil, the Skipper would contact Canadian authorities upon landing.
      U.S. authorities do not seem unduly interested in boats sailing around in Canadian waters unless you meet another boat, anchor in Canadian waters, sail into Canadian canals or approach closely to the Canadian shore. A prudent sailor will check with authorities. Boarder policies and interpretations seem to be in flux.
GPSC Sundown Course
GPSC Sundown Course – click on the image to open a full size version.

 

GPSC Fun Casual Race 2017

Lake Huron Cruise Race

If you are interested in getting North for cruising or you are interested in a “Fun Casual Race,” this may be of interest. The Grosse Pointe Sail Club is continuing the tradition and will get the race started on Sunday, July 23, 2017 from Port Huron. The race has two stop-overs (Harbor Beach and Harrisville) and finishes at Presque Isle Harbor. There is no need to sail all night or in extremely bad weather. No need to sit with no wind or sail on a stripped out boat. You can even tow a dinghy or run your engine. All the boats rest each evening for cocktails, dinner, and a good night’s sleep.

The next race segment will start the following morning. The finish is at Presque Isle Harbor with a celebratory awards brunch the morning after the finish. Following the awards everyone is only 30–40 nautical miles from De Tour Passage or False De Tour Passage (the North Channel entrances), or a short hop to Mackinac Island.

To participate: Provide a 2017 DRYA rating or fill out the attached Provisional JAM Rating (PJAM) application from the Detroit Regional Yacht-racing Association (DRYA) and forward it to Race Chairman Peter Baumann, 1941 West Spinning Wheel Lane, Bloomfield Twp., MI 48304 (pbau@comcast.net).

Include a check in the amount of $ 100 (one hundred) for your entry fee, payable to Grosse Pointe Sail Club (GPSC). The entry fee covers awards, mementos and the awards brunch for you and your crew. This year, part of the proceeds will go to a local youth sailing program of your choice. Sailing instructions (also attached) will be reviewed at a Skippers Meeting to be held at Atwater in the Park, Lakepointe Ave, Grosse Pointe Park, MI on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 1830 h. Questions? Contact Peter Baumann at pbau@comcast.net or cell 248-805-3741. We hope you can join the fun!

Revised 02/01/17 PB 2017 GPSC Lake Huron Cruise Race Sailing Instructions

2017 GPSC Lake Huron Cruise Race Sailing Instructions

  1. SCHEDULE OF RACE
    • The first start will be on July 23, 2017 at approximately 0930 hrs.
    • There will be three racing segments. Segments are scheduled for each day, weather permitting, Sunday through Tuesday July 24 – 26. The Race will be scored as a series of three race segments.
  2. RULES & AUTHORITY
    • The races will be governed by The Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020 (RRS), the prescriptions of USSA, and as modified by these Sailing Instructions.
    • The Race Chairman (Peter Baumann) shall have the authority to establish the Race Course, to obtain ratings from the DRYA or assign a rating for the participating yachts and to amend all Sailing Instructions. Any amendment to these Sailing Instructions shall be e-mailed to the participants by 2000 hrs on July 22, 2017 or agreed to at the daily 0730 hrs communications each race day.
  3. ELIGIBILITY & REGISTRATION
    • The races are open to any monohull sailing boat that (i) has an engine, a head, & sleeping quarters, and is registered for the Race. Registration forms are available upon e-mail request to the Race Chairman (Peter Baumann). A completed registration⁄rating form is to be received by the Race Chairman the latest Wednesday, July 12, 2017 (Skippers' Meeting).
  4. SKIPPERS' MEETING
  5. STARTING & FINISH PROCEDURES & TIMES
    • The following Table A describes the daily procedures for the start & finish for each day of the Cocktail Cruising Race.
    • The start: The first day's starting location is at the specified Lat⁄Lon as shown in Table A below. The other daily starts will be at a specifiedLat-Lonat the "marina of the night" (seeTable A). The trawler "Misselaineous" will be at the specified Lat-Lon and will act as the starting vessel. All competing yachts are to be in the general vicinity and on the Southern side of "Misselaineous" during the starting sequence. The starting signals will be sounded from "Misselaineous". There will be no visual signals. "Misselaineous" will also broadcast on channel 71 the Warning, Preparatory and Start Signals, accompanied by a horn, if possible.
    • The Finish: The finish locations are at specific Lat-Lon's (using a 0.1 nm arrival circle = 600 feet) at each nightly marina.
    • Each participant is to record the specified data in Table B (get the complete sailing instructions here) and report same to the Race Chairman by 2000 hrs for all segments (races).
    Start Time Start Location Start Procedure Finish Location
    Marina of the night
    Finish Procedure
    Approx
    09:30 hrs
    Start Line @
    43°04'46" N
    82°25'74" W
    Signals as described above from "Misselaineous" Harbor Beach
    43°50'26" N
    82°36'52" W
    1. Record finish time using GPS time.
    2. Fill out Table B – Daily Log (get the complete sailing instructions here).
    3. Report the information to the Race Chairman.
    08:30 hrs Harbor Beach
    43°52'20" N
    82°37'94" W
    Signals as described above from "Misselaineous" Harrisville
    44°39'59" N
    83°16'47" W
    Same as above.
    08:30 hrs Harrisville
    44°39'92" N
    83°16'28" W
    Signals as described above from "Misselaineous" Presque Isle
    45°19'94" N
    83°26'70" W
    Same as above.
    Table 5 – Start & Finish Information
  6. COURSES
    • Day1 = Port Huron to Harbor Beach.
    • Day2 = Harbor Beach to Harrisville.
    • Day3 = Harrisville to Presque Isle.
  7. MOORING – ANCHORING NIGHTLY
    • Each competing yacht will be responsible for paying mooring charges at all marinas. Each marina has our information⁄reservations. After finishing you are to call the marina and tell them you are with the GPSC Lake Huron Cruise Race. They will give you mooring instructions.
  8. DAILY SKIPPERS MEETING & POTENTIAL POSTPONEMENTS
    • There will be a "check-in" radio communication on channel 71 at 0730 hrs each race day for all contestants. If the weather is questionable, the Race Chairman will poll all participants for a vote to race as scheduled for that day or postpone. A postponement may be for a specified number of hours, at which time radio contact will be resumed and a decision will be made to race or postpone for the day. If there is a day postponement, the schedule will move to accommodate that delay.
  9. SHORTENED Race
    • The race will not be shortened.
  10. ABANDONMENT(S)
    • Once the day's race begins, there will be no abandonment. Yachts may motor to the next specified marina and record their times or abandon on their own for a different marina and contact the Race Chairman on Channel 71 or by cell phone.
  11. TIME LIMITS
    • The Racing Rules of Sailing rule £35 (Time Limit and Scores) is hereby modified as follows: The time limit for all segments (races) is 2000 hrs. Any boat finishing after the time limit will be awarded a finish time equal to the time limit plus 120 minutes and scored accordingly for that day. However, all boats must report their finish information (Table B) to the Race Chairman by 2100 hrs on channel 71. A boat not reporting by 2100 hrs will not be scored.
  12. RADIO MONITORING
    • The general communication channel for the Fleet is channel 71. All boats are to monitor Channel 71 from 0730 till 2100 hrs.
  13. PROTESTS
    • There will be no protests allowed. Confrontations between yachts are to be handled by the US Court System. The Race results will not be affected by any conflict between competing yachts.
  14. JAM RATINGS
    • Contestants, whose yachts do not have a Detroit Regional Yacht-Racing Association (DRYA) rating will obtain a Provisional Jib and Main (PJAM) rating for their yacht from DRYA. The rating obtained will be adjusted by +15 seconds per mile if towing a dinghy. The use of a spinnaker is at the skipper's discretion and must be declared after each race day for scoring. A rating adjustment for spinnaker usage on a JAM rated boat will be made based on the charactoristics and type of spinnaker.
  15. SCORING
    • The number of divisions will be determined at the time of the Skippers' Meeting. The Series will consist of three scheduled race segments (race days). Each boat's score for the Series shall be calculated on the sum of her corrected times for all three segments.
    • Using the engine
      • Every time a racer starts their engine and puts it in gear before finishing, other than avoiding commercial traffic and without gaining an advantage during the maneuver, one hour is added to the uncorrected finish time. Motor sailing is acceptable at all times.
      • Starting your engine twice or thrice within an hour will give you a total of two-hour and then a three-hour total penalty and so on. Thus, it makes sense to motor for a full hour, unless wind comes up and you think you can sail faster than motor.
      • Once the motor has been started, motoring beyond the first hour adds another hour to your time (e.g., motoring for 2.5 hours will give you a total of three hours of penalty for that motor usage event, so you may as well motor for three complete hours unless you could sail faster or more safely under sail alone. Running the engine in Neutral for purposes of charging is acceptable; putting the engine in gear starts the penalty.
    • Time limit
      • Racers that don’t finish by 2000 hrs. and call in by 2100 hrs. will get a total of a two-hour penalty, no matter what time they actually finish.
    • Ties
      • In case of a tie for the Series between two or more boats, the tie will be broken as follows:
        1. In favor of the boat with the most first place finishes.
        2. If the tie remains, in favor of the boat with the most second place finishes and so on till the tie has been broken.
        3. If the tie still remains, it shall be broken in favor of the boat that beat the other most often, based on corrected times.
        4. If the tie still remains, it shall be broken in favor of the boat with the best corrected time in the last race.
  16. Awards
    • There will be 1st, 2nd & 3rd place awards each day, if in a division there are less than 7 competitors; there will be 4th and 5th place awards, if there is a division with 7 or more competitors. There also will be 1st thru 5th place awards for the series and an overall Perpetual Series Trophy. Awards will be presented at the Presque Isle Awards Party.
  17. INTERFERENCE WITH SHIPPING
    • When crossing a shipping channel, boats shall not interfere with major ships (Federal Law 89-764). Participants at all times shall abide by USCG Rule 18, which reads in part: “(b) A sailing vessel underway shall keep out of the way of: … (ii) a vessel restricted in her ability to maneuver.” Boats may use their engines to stay clear of commercial shipping. However, in doing so they are not to better their position in the process. This engine run time need not be reported on the vessels race log or reported to the Race Chairman.
  18. ASSUMPTION OF RISK
    • By participating in any race of the series, each person aboard as skipper, crew or otherwise
      1. acknowledges that racing sailing boats has certain inherent risks and can be a dangerous activity and
      2. nevertheless voluntarily assumes all such risks, and waives any and all claims that he or she may have for damages of any kind against the race chairman or any other person involved in the organization & running of the race. The skipper and crew shall be responsible for deciding whether to start or to continue each race of the series. Each boat is to have a valid insurance policy covering liability and property damage.
  19. SAFETY & SAFETY EQUIPMENT
    • Safety
      • Any boat participating in any race of this series shall be seaworthy in hull, rigging and gear.
    • Safety Equipment
      • The skipper of a participating boat acknowledges that he or she is aware of the safety equipment required by the United States Coast Guard to be carried aboard the boat and accepts full responsibility for deciding what additional safety equipment is necessary for the safety of the boat and crew under the circumstances. During each race in which a boat participates, the skipper shall insure that all such required and additional equipment will be aboard, in accessible locations and in good working order, and the skipper shall assure that each member of the crew and any others aboard during this race know the location and proper use of all such equipment. The individual boats skipper has sole responsibility for decisions to race, manuever, and participate in the event.
  20. DISPOSAL OF TRASH
    • Any crew observed discharging trash overboard shall be subject to reports given to the US Coast Guard.
Port Huron Harbor Beach Harrisville Presque Isle
Port Huron 46.5 nm
Harbor Beach 54.9 nm
Harrisville 44.4 nm
Saturday arrive @ PHYC after 1500 hrs Sunday pm arrive @ Harbor Beach Monday pm arrive @ Harrisville Tuesday pm arrive @ Presque Isle
  1. Registration deadline is July 12, 2017 (Skipper's meeting).
  2. Participating yachts must have an engine, a head, and sleeping quarters.
  3. Motoring is allowed during the race.
    However, motoring is in one hour segments. For each hour or less you motor, you are to add an additional hour to your arrival time.
    • Example 1 = If you motor for 3 hours 20 minutes, you add 4 hours to your arrival time.
    • Example 2 = If you motor for 20 minutes then later for 40 minutes, you add 2 hours to your arrival time.
  4. Keep a log (engine on & in gear = motoring). Battery charging (engine running but not in gear) is not considered motoring.
  5. Log-in every night with the Race Chairman by 2100 hrs. Channel 71, providing the following:
    1. Boat name, arrival time (hh:min:sec) at the specified Lat/Lon. (Using Official US Time from the GPS).
    2. Time motoring, which will be added to the arrival time. See Table B in the SI’s
  6. Daily results will be announced the next morning at 0730 hrs check-in time.
    1. Each day will be scored as a separate race with awards.
    2. The final results will be scored as the sum of the three segments corrected time. (See SI’s).
  7. DRYA ratings will be used. If you do not have a rating, obtain a PJAM rating from DRYA free of charge (see SI’s).
    Spinnakers are optional.
  8. If towing a dinghy, you will get a + 15 second per mile credit.
  9. Nightly mooring costs are the skippers responsibility.
  10. Mackinac racing equipment requirements do not apply. Your boat must comply with US Coast Guard rules and regulations.
  11. All boats are to monitor Channel 71 as the communication channel during the racing period.
  12. Entry fee $100 payable to GPSC. Used for awards & celebratory brunch at the award presentation and youth sailing program.
  13. Email Peter Baumann for additional forms.
  14. The Sailing Instructions will be emailed and reviewed at Atwater in the Park on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 1830 hrs (skippers’ meeting).
Saturday, July 22, 2017 Port Huron Y.C. Mooring (rafting may be required). Dinner on your own. Arrive after 1500 hrs.
Sunday Port Huron Y.C. 0730 hrs Skippers check-in on Channel 71 (Lay-day⁄delay⁄go as schedules???)
July 23, 2017 First start 0930 hrs start at specified Lat⁄Lon. See Sailing Instructions.
Finish RACING — Take your arrival time at specified Lat⁄Lon. See Sailing Instructions
Harbor Beach By 2100 hrs Skippers must check-in with the Race Chairman with finish information.
Monday Harbor Beach 0730 hrs Skippers check-in on Channel 71 (Lay-day⁄delay⁄go as scheduled???)
July 24, 2017 Second start 0830 hrs race begins just south of a specified Lat⁄Lon. See Sailing Instructions
Finish RACING — Take your arrival time at specified Lat⁄Lon. See Sailing Instructions
Harrisville By 2030 hrs Skippers must check-in with the Race Chairman with finish information. Dinner on your own (Restaurant or grilling or on-board).
Tuesday Harrisville 0730 hrs am Skippers check in on Channel 71 (Lay-day⁄delay⁄go as scheduled???)
July 25, 2017 Third – Final start 0830 hrs race begins just south of a specified Lat⁄Lon. See Sailing Instructions.
Finish RACING — Take your arrival time at specified Lat⁄Lon. See Sailing Instructions.
Presque Isle By 2030 hrs Skippers must check-in with the Race Chairman with finish information. Dinner on your own (Restaurant or grilling or on-board).
Wednesday Presque Isle 1100 hrs – 1300 hrs Awards party with announcement of results and awards.
July 26, 2017 Restaurant

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Great Lakes Restoration Initiation – Legislator Calls by 2/7/2017

CRUCIAL CALL ASAP!

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After completing this important call please forward this message on to anyone you believe soul be willing  to make this call ASAP!

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Subject: Calls needed in support of FY18 GLRI funding

Hi Folks-

We have quick turnaround time on a letter in support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative that we are urging Representatives to sign on to. The deadline is February 7th – we hope that Coalition members and partners can make calls to your Representatives asking that they sign on to a letter to the President requesting $300 million for the GLRI in the fiscal year 2018 budget.

The full text of the dear colleague letter and the letter to the President are below.   You will need to find your specific legislators for the other letters.

Current sign ons are: Gwen Moore, Dan Kildee, Mark Pocan, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Ron Kind, Brenda L. Lawrence, Brian Higgins, Tim Walz , Bob Gibbs, Betty McCollum, Richard M. Nolan, Mike Kelly, Marcy Kaptur, Sean Duffy

Offices should contact: Rose Luttenberger with Rep. Levin (rose.luttenberger@mail.house.gov) or Chris Cooper with Rep. Joyce (chris.cooper@mail.house.gov) to sign on.

Please let me know if you have any questions! We’ll send a reminder Monday morning as well since the deadline is on Tuesday. Thanks everyone for your calls!   Celia

SUPPORT THE GREAT LAKES

From: The Honorable Sander M. Levin
Sent By:
rose.luttenberger@mail.house.gov
Date: 2/2/2017

SUPPORT THE GREAT LAKES

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Deadline: Tuesday, February 7

Co-signers: Gwen Moore, Dan Kildee, Mark Pocan, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Ron Kind, Brenda L. Lawrence, Brian Higgins, Tim Walz

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to join our bipartisan letter to President Trump requesting that he provide $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget request.  This amount represents level funding from the current FY 2017 level.

The GLRI is an inter-agency program designed to address the most significant problems in the Great Lakes, and works to protect, restore, and maintain the Great Lakes ecosystem.  The Great Lakes are the source of drinking water for 40 million people, and hold 90 percent of our nation’s supply of fresh water.  Jobs, recreation and tourism all depend upon a healthy and flourishing Great Lakes ecosystem.  Yet invasive species, toxic pollution, growing dead zones, and beach closures threaten the health and productivity of these irreplaceable bodies of water.

Please join us in requesting $300 million for GLRI in FY 2018.  The GLRI has traditionally enjoyed strong bipartisan support among the Great Lakes delegation and local stakeholders, and we hope you will consider supporting this important initiative.  If you have any questions or would like to sign on, please contact Rose Luttenberger with Rep. Levin (rose.luttenberger@mail.house.gov) or Chris Cooper with Rep. Joyce (chris.cooper@mail.house.gov).
February X, 2017

Dear Mr. President

We write to express our strong support for efforts to protect and restore the Great Lakes.  Specifically, we respectfully request that you include $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget request.

The Great Lakes are truly a national treasure.  The Great Lakes are the largest freshwater system in the world, holding roughly 18 percent of the world’s fresh water supply and 90 percent of the United States’ fresh water supply.  The Lakes are also an economic driver that supports jobs, commerce, agriculture, transportation, and tourism for millions of people across the country.

More than a century of environmental damage has taken a significant toll on the Great Lakes, which the GLRI is helping to correct.  Since the initiative was launched in 2010, GLRI funds have been used to support over 3,000 restoration projects to improve water quality, protect and restore native habitat, clean up environmentally-impaired Areas of Concern, fight invasive species, and prevent beach closings.

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is showing real and measurable results, but there is still a great deal of work to do.  The Great Lakes Basin is vulnerable to various pollutants and invasive species, which threaten the health of the Great Lakes.  For example, in 2014 a toxic algal bloom in Lake Erie forced 400,000 residents in the Toledo area to go without home water service for three days. While the GLRI has prioritized monitoring efforts, which help drinking water treatment plant operators and beach managers minimize health impacts associated with these toxic algal blooms, more must be done to better understand and prevent these algal blooms in the future.

The federal government commits significant resources each year to address the challenges the Great Lakes face.  In particular, GLRI resources have supplemented agency budgets to fund coordinated efforts to protect and restore the Great Lakes ecosystem, and we must ensure that this important work continues. To that end, we urge you to include $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget request.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.  We look forward to working with you and your Administration on this matter.

Sincerely,

Sander M. Levin                                         David P. Joyce

Member of Congress                                   Member of Congress

Louise Slaughter

Member of Congress

Our 2017 Anchorline Newsletter has Arrived

Our new Anchorline editor, Jerry Kaminski, has done a great job capturing our history, words of wisdom from our Commodores, and information about our upcoming events.   Lots of members have birthdays this month, hope it is or was great.   Some great pictures from various events as well are included.  Congrats Jerry on a great first edition of the new year.

Within this edition is news about our brand new website, how to get into the member only session, what your username is, and how to change your assigned password.  Check out the website.  Lots of valuable information.  Brian Gasperosky (brian@gasperosky.com) and Alan Budyta (alan.budyta@gmail.com) have been very busy sharing their skills with our club.   Since the site is still growing, if you have ideas or comments about how you like it or additional things you would like to see, please email them.

Information about the upcoming events – the winter weekend 2/11-12/2017 and euchre and game party 2/25/2017 are also included.

If you have any articles or pictures for future issues, please send them to jerry17@comcast.net.

The Anchorline will be available here at gpsc.org soon.

Mary Beth O’Connell