Another Great Success!

This year’s Tune-up Clinic was better then ever, covering boat tuning and maintenance as well as a good portion of time to the ever important topic of safety.

Interactive safety discussions included “Right of Way” rules, ice checking, ice rescue and sharing the ice with others (ice fishermen, etc.).

Special thanks to Steve and Linda Lamb for the use of the shop and the great selection of food and goodies. There is no better equipped shop for this event.

Now all we need is safe ice…

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  1. Jeff Brown

    Thanks to all who participated at the NEIYA tune-up clinic! many topics were covered from gear & runner tuning to safety demonstrations.

    At some point we feel we could demonstrate & practice more rescue techniques on
    the ice, during a no-wind day while we are all just sitting around waiting.

    Some safety issues covered:
    1) Sail with a buddy system.
    2) Always carry ICE AWLS for self rescue. Keep around your neck. Make certain
    the line connecting them is long enough for overhand operation.
    3) Methods of rope toss & anchoring devices were covered in detail.
    Ice climbing screws suggested for anchors.
    4) Floatation devices covered, but points were understood that we build boats
    out of wood, which serves the same purpose when required.
    Not many experienced iceboaters use life jackets for this reason.
    5) Space blankets are suggested to keep on hand as well as a full change of
    clothes, both in vehicle. Suggestions to keep a “painters suit” made of Tyvek
    material, light & compact, that could be kept on-board and used as spare
    clothing if submerged far from shore on big lakes.
    6) Excellent coverage of boat retrieval methods were described by many very
    experienced sailors. (Again this is too lengthy to describe)
    7) All ‘Right-of-Way’ rules were covered in detail with models in motion for
    every possible circumstance.
    Several rules are specific to course racing only (mark roundings), but many
    others are applicable to all of our sailing situations.
    Most notably:
    -Starboard tack does NOT always have the ROW.
    (Upwind vs. Downwind rule governs)
    -All FASTER yachts from rear must keep clear.
    -Do not Tack OR Jibe if collision is probable
    -Hand Signal for course change if Obstruction is ahead.
    -Keep clear of stopped yachts.
    8) Other safety directional sailing conflicts covered in detail, when NOT
    racing. Opposing, Head-to-Head reaching directions, each sailor shall “Turn to
    the right” to safely pass, when practical and possible.

    See you on ice!
    Sail Safe

    Jeff Brown

    12/06/2010 at 11:09 pm