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Racing News May 20
Racing News

Ahoy sailors!
Castle Harbor hosted a three race series this past Saturday in ESE winds of 12-14 knots. Seven boats answered the starting signal and an Olympic course was sailed for races 1 and 2 and a windward-leeward was sailed for race #3.

At the start of Race 1, CELIA was setting up her starting approach near the line in tight quarters but was hit by two large waves during their tack and got "in irons" which resulted in drifting into and colliding with the Race Committee boat. In many fleets this would mean Disqualification with no chance to get back into the race.

How does one escape being "in irons"? The best way is to watch and plan for those large waves and avoid getting into irons by having more momentum as you start your tacking turn (use a roll-tack and steer with the sails more).

Once you are "in irons", you should turn the boat by having the crew heel the boat far to leeward with a tightly-trimmed main which will induce a natural turn into the wind. Then the jib handler should barber-haul the jib with his hand held as far outboard as possible to "back the jib" (on the leeward side) and this will force the bow around to complete the tack. The sails should be used more in the turning process than we saw in the video.

Castle Harbor Racing- Saturday, May 20, 2017

RESULTS:
1. BARBIE (Nancy, Mark, Charlene, Nic, David) 2 1 1
2. VIOLET (Taffy, Taylor, Bill, Sassank) 4 2 2
3. PAUL (Dominique, Nuno, Jose) 5 4 3
4. FILBERT (Don, Leo, Richard, Jesse) 1 5 7
5. CELIA (Raul, Gonzalo, Eduardo) 6 3 4
6. CASHEW (Gary S, Chuck, Andy) 3 6 5
7. PEANUT (John D, Pedro, Alberto) 7 7 6

It was extraordinarily cool out on the water compared to being on land...
See you next week!

Racing News May 13
Racing News

Ahoy sailors!
Video highlights are found below.
Final scores are posted at the end of the video.
See you next week!

Castle Harbor Racing- Saturday, May 13, 2017




Racing News May 6
Racing News

Ahoy sailors!
Video highlights are found below.
Final scores are posted at the end of the video.
See you next week!

Castle Harbor Racing- Saturday, May 6, 2017


Racing News April 29
Racing News

Ahoy sailors!
Castle Harbor hosted a series of three races this past Saturday. Seven Harbor 20's answered the starting signal in ESE winds of 14-18 knots. A triangular course with reaching start was set up.

Castle Harbor Racing- Saturday, April 29, 2017

Results:
1. PAUL (Taylor, Michael, Jeff, Bill) 1 1 1
2. VIOLET (Eduardo, Ted, Dominic, Jose) 2 2 2
3. BARBIE (Nuno, Chuck, Cliff, Andy) 3 5 3
4. CASHEW (Jim, Richard, John, Christine) 5 3 5
5. FILBERT (Burley, Sassank, Patricia, Gary S) 4 4 6
6. CELIA (Eric, Nancy, Justin, Michelle) 7 6 4
7. PEANUT (Raul, Michael, Russell, Lorenzo, Dave T) 6 dnf dnf

See you next week!

Racing News April 22
Racing News

Ahoy sailors!
Castle Harbor hosted a series of 3 races in 4-9 knot Easterly winds this past Saturday. Seven boats answered the starting signal and sailed a triangular course (Race 1) and an Olympic Course (triangle/windward-leeward) for races 2 and 3.

Castle Harbor Racing- Saturday, April 22, 2017

Results:
1. VIOLET (Don, Jim, Nuno) 1 4 1
2. PAUL (Taylor, Taffy, Sassank, Burley) 7 3 2
3. CELIA (Tiago, Dominic, Vilma) 2 7 3
4. CASHEW (Evan, Michael S, Juan, Lorenzo) 6 2 4
5. BARBIE (Kerry, Kristen, John, Gary S) 5 1 7
6. PEANUT (Leo, Cliff, Chuck) 4 5 5
7. FILBERT (Nic, Trent, Kiera) 3 6 6

See you next week!

Unfortunately we have to cancel Saturday morning races this Saturday, April 15th due to very high winds. The winds will be too high this weekend for any Harbor 20 rentals too.
We plan to develop a "Heavy Weather Sailing Clinic" for future days like this.

See you next week!

RACE WITH US ON MOONLIT NIGHTS!!

RACE WITH US ON MOONLIT NIGHTS

BBYRA sponsors Full Moon Regattas during the Summer months and Castle Harbor is entering our new Catalina 275' Sport "Spray" in the series and would like to offer you the opportunity to join in! Races start in Dinner Key channel and sends us around the Biscayne Bay. It is a pursuit race so the slowest boats start first and the faster boats have to catch them and is an honor start. They give you a time to leave and you start at that point. You know how you placed by recognizing who is behind or ahead of you. If they didn't pass you, you beat them. Along with racing, Capt. Bud Price will be instructing on night sailing and navigation. No racing experience necessary.

Dates: May 6th, June 9th. More will be scheduled after these 3 races.
Time: 6:00pm to approximately 10:00pm
Place: Castle Harbor Boating School
Price: $80 per person

If interested please call Beth at 305-665-4994 or email Castleharbor.dock@gmail.com.

LEARN HOW TO DRIVE A TWIN ENGINE POWERBOAT!!

LEARN HOW TO DRIVE A TWIN ENGINE POWERBOAT

Ahoy Safe Powerboat Handling (single engine) course graduates. We are having an Advanced Powerboat Twin Engine course Tuesday, April 11th either from 9a-1pm (preferred time) or 1:00pm- 5:00pm. After graduating from this course you can rent our Twin Vee 26 foot powerboats.

This course is 100% on the water boat handling skills development. You will learn to hold position, perform pivot turns, and dock using twin engines and no wheel. Being taught high speed engine balancing you will learn to maneuver a twin engine boat on a slalom course to get used to making turns using only engines. You will do this in forward and reverse. Then you will learn to pivot the boat in place. Next you will learn to hold position. Following that you will dock against floating buoys from different directions. Lastly you will dock the boat against docks in the harbor and into a slip.

Price is $400 per person for this date, normally $495 per person for a group lesson . Reservations necessary. If interested please call Beth at 305-665-4994 or email Castleharbor.dock@gmail.com.

SUNSET WINE AND CHEESE CATAMARAN SAIL APRIL 9TH!!

SUNSET WINE AND CHEESE CATAMARAN SAIL APRIL 9

Sail off into the sunset Sunday, April 9th on our Nautitech 400 catamaran. We'll provide wine, cheese, crackers and fun! She's a beautiful, spacious, well appointed catamaran. Miami is already heating up but Biscayne Bay is always cool. The captain is happy to have you do some of the driving too if you'd like a little helm time. We'll meet at Castle Harbor at 5:30pm and be back around 8:00pm. Destination determined by the wind. Bring any additional food and drinks you'd like.

Price $75 per person. Reservations necessary. If interested please call Beth at 305-665-4994 or email Castleharbor.dock@gmail.com.

Learn To Race
Learn To Race
Learn To Race
Every Saturday Rain or Shine (unless blowing over 18 knots) from 10:30-1:30. Sail racing on Harbor 20's. No experience necessary.

1 day, 2 day, 3 day, and 5 day customized Racing-Training Programs available for all levels. Call 305.665.4994 for pricing and scheduling. Go to the Learn To Race pages for courses info.

Racing News April 1
Racing News

Ahoy sailors!
Castle Harbor hosted a series of 3 races in 4-9 knot Easterly winds this past Saturday. Seven boat sanswered the starting signal and sailed a windward-leeward (with offset mark) course.

In Race 1 watch how the blue boat sets up his starting approach by coming in on port tack and tacking into a controlling position on the favored Committee Boat end of the line. This is a great approach in small to medium size fleets. Although they were tapped by a leeward (overtaking) boat they could have avoided that foul by heading down sharply with 15 seconds to go to force the overtaking boat to head up and into a controlled position.

Racing Video (Watch Full Screen)

Results:
1. PAUL (Evan, Ingrid, Chuck, Anne) 1 1 4
2. PEANUT (Nic, Apinya, Eric, Alex) 2 2 2
3. CELIA (Cliff, Leo, Taffy) 3 5 3
4. CASHEW (Don, Eileen, Dan) 6 7 1
5. VIOLET (Michael, Suran, Ron) 4 3 7
6. FILBERT (Taylor, Sassank, JR) 7 4 4
7. BARBIE (John, Gary S, Eddy, Kristen) 5 6 6

See you next week!

Racing News March 18
Racing News

Castle Harbor hosted a series of four races this past Saturday March 18th. Seven boats answered the starting signal in winds of 8-10 knots from the NE. A windward-leeward course (with offset mark) was set up with the buoy end of the line being favored by several degrees.

Racing Video (Watch Full Screen)

Race Results:
1. CELIA (Cliff, Leo, Eileen, Dean) 2 3 1 5
2. BARBIE (Nic, Jim, Kerry, Kristen) 4 2 2 3
3. PEANUT (Evan, Carl, Victor, Jacob) 6 1 5 2
4. VIOLET (Burley, Jason, Sassank, Daniel) 1 5 3 6
5. CASHEW (Michael, Taffy, Taylor, Don) 4 5 7 1
6. FILBERT (Richard, Lillian, CedricJohn) 3 7 4 4
7. PAUL (Gary S, John, Jose, Mela Ashley) 7 6 6 7

Racing News March 11
Racing News

Ahoy sailors!
Castle Harbor hosted a series of 3 races in 2-9 knots of ESE breezes last Saturday. A windward-leeward course (with an offset mark) as set up. The winning team remarked that they felt they won due to watching for higher areas of pressure and heading in that direction.

Be sure to watch in full screen mode.
Video Highlights with Commentary

At the end of this video you can see some footage of the 74 Stars starting in their Bacardi Cup at 19:42 minutes. Many sailors think that the best sailors in the world are Star sailors. The French competitor/winner Xavier Rohar noticed that the committee boat end of the line was favored and set up the same start at the boat each time. You can see the large French flag on his mainsail...notice how he controls forward speed by backing the main with great pressure around 22:00 minutes.

Race Results:
1. BARBIE: (Taylor, Michael, Jeff) 3 1 3
2. VIOLET (Don, Cliff, Robt D) 2 5 2
3. PEANUT (Evan, Brian, Blake) 6 3 1
4. PAUL (John, Robert, Christine) 4 2 5
5. CASHEW (Andy, M. Man, Mona) 1 6 7
6. CELIA (Nuno, Richard, Lillian) 5 7 4
7. FILBERT (Jacob, Raul, Carl) 7 4 6

See you next week!

BECOME A MORE SKILLED BOATER!!

We have numerous, upcoming boating courses!
Read more about the great courses in sail and power boating coming up at Castle Harbor Boating School.
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Castle Harbor Boating School
America's Oldest Sailing School Since 1949
9610 Old Cutler Road · Coral Gables, FL 33156
305-665-4994 · info@castleharbor.com
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