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18 January 2008

    Don Park
    Rear Commodore

    Photo of Rear Commodore

    Heavy Weather is soon upon us, and the Commodore and Vice covered the subject very well. So since I am "House and Grounds", that is what I need to talk about. The Club House remodeling will take place soon. There is a sign-up sheet in the Clubhouse for those of you who would like to help, please indicate the times, phone number and which days you would be available, and what your specialty is. Work Party Chairman Norm Smith or P/C Don Carden who has agreed to supervise will be contacting you. I have been receiving e-mails and phone calls about the improvements, please continue to express your concerns, and I will covey them to the Commodore.

    The next work party is set for February 9th and 10th, and the required work party time for this year is 16 hours. We will be sprucing up the grounds and clubhouse before our guests arrive the following weekend.

    Has anyone made any New Years Resolutions this year and already been wondering how you can accomplish your goals? Perhaps, you would like to make a resolution you can keep. Make one to frequent the clubhouse and get involved this year.

    Points to ponder:

    What is a Predicted Log Race?
    To call it a race is really a misnomer. It is not a speed contest, but rather a contest in which each contestant tries to predict accurately the time required to cover a given course in his boat. Race instructions are issued by the host club or the association, specifying the start, finish and several intermediate points. In San Francisco bay, the course is usually 12 to 15 nautical miles in length, divided into four or more "legs". Each contestant turns in to the race committee before the race his/her prediction as to how long it will take to cover each "leg" and the time of his/her start. Each contestant starts to cruise the course at the declared starting time. After the start the observer on board will collect all watches from contestant and crew, so that only the observer has access to time of day or elapsed time. As each leg is completed the observer records the actual time on the actual log. After the contest is completed the race committee or the official scorer computes the actual time for each leg and the percentage of error for each boat/contestant. The lowest percentage of error determines the winner. So come out and join Leo, Chuck, Owen, Mike and the other active Log Racers from our club along with the Grand 14.

    Why take part? (A plug for Chuck Silvernail)
    There are several good reasons to take part in predicted log contests! This sport combines fun, social activity, the joy of cruising your boat to various Yacht Clubs; a contest for those who especially enjoy competition; a reason to use your boat under-way and a learning experience. All you really need is some simple speed data and an understanding of how to calculate your log. One more thing needed is the desire to associate with a fine group of yachtsmen like yourself while you enjoy using your boat during the contest and the good fellowship that develops afterward at the awards dinner.

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Posted: 18 January 2008 (gk)
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