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Racing News July 22
Racing News July 22

Ahoy sailors!
Castle Harbor hosted a series of three races this past Saturday in SE winds of 9 knots. It was delightful out on the water.

Winds were shifting through almost 30 degrees and the gusts seemed to originate from the East so it paid to stay left on the windward legs.

In Race #1 on the second reaching leg CELIA luffed BARBIE sharply to protect her clear lane of air but in doing so allowed PAUL to sneak into first place. One must keep in mind the old adage: "You sometimes win a battle but lose the war" if you don't watch the "big picture".

Results were:
1. CELIA (Johan, Andy, Fernando, Ben) 2 1 3
2. PAUL (Cliff, Leo, Don) 1 5 1
3. PEANUT (John D, Ruben, Dominic) 4 4 2
4. BARBIE (Taylor, Taffy, Jeff, Eileen) ocs 2 4
5. FILBERT (Sassank, Robert D, Carl) 3 4 5
6. VIOLET (Winnie, Mary, Dan) 5 3 6

"OCS" means On (the) Course Side which, in "Race Committee Speak", is another way of saying they were over the line at the start and did not re-start.

We retired to our Clubhouse after the races for grilled chili-dogs, beer and a debriefing including Tips From The Winning Boat. See you next week!

Castle Harbor Racing- Saturday, July 22, 2017

BECOME A MORE SKILLED SAILOR!!
BECOME A MORE SKILLED SAILOR

Please join us for some fun racing opportunities on our Catalina 275 Sport!

ORC race on Catalina 275
No experience necessary.
July 22nd 9am-4pm
$125 per person.

If you'd like more information or would like to register for any of these races please contact Beth at 305-665-4994.

Racing News July 15
Racing News July 15

Ahoy sailors!
Castle Harbor hosted a series of three races this past Saturday in NE winds of 7-11 knots. It was relatively cool out on the water in the breeze.

An Olympic Course (triangle-windward-leeward) was set up. We tried to favor the buoy end of the starting line to relieve congestion at the Race Committee boat but the wind was very shifty and tended to veer to the right and gust in. So sometimes it became "committee boat favored". FILBERT didn't have the best starts but had extraordinary speed and pointing ability to win for the day.

Castle Harbor Racing- Saturday, July 15, 2017


Coach Johan Hedberg told the group at the de-briefing that "they mastered 'pointing mode' and 'footing mode' when they needed to. The key to better pointing ability without losing too much speed was to set up the sails a certain way. The main outhaul was tight which is OK in smooth seas. The upper batten was the primary indicator of correct mainsail trim and it was always set parallel to the boom. Then the jib car was moved further back than normal to relax the jib leech up top. This allowed the wind to accelerate through the slot faster in these conditions.

The big upwind mistake we see made in light winds is over-trimming the sails and choking the slot. "Sail it loose in winds under 8 knots!". "Loose" refers easing the sheets a couple inches, heading down a few degrees and staying in "acceleration mode" with the boat heeled 10-15 degrees until you are absolutely sure you are at max speed for those conditions; then slowly trim in and move weight to windward and flatten the boat out. If you feel speed dropping, get back into "acceleration mode" as fast as you can.

Results were:
1. FILBERT (Johan, Monica, Jack, Sophia) 2 1 2
2. CASHEW (Taylor, Jeff, Michael, Cliff) 3 2 3
3. VIOLET (Jacob, Mary, Winnie, John) 1 4 4
4. BARBIE (Bill D, Burley, Jason, Sassank) 6 3 1
5. PAUL (Sergio, Dominic, Sachin, Dan) 4 5 7
6. PEANUT (Nancy, Gary S, Eileen, Lucas) 7 6 5
7. CELIA (Al, Doris, Evan, Eduardo) 5 7 6

We retired to our Clubhouse after the races for grilled chili-dogs, beer and a de-briefing including Tips From The Winning Boat. See you next week!

Racing News July 8
Racing News July 8

Ahoy sailors!
astle Harbor hosted a series of three races this past Saturday in SE winds of 9-10 knots. Seven Harbor 20's answered the starting signal. There was a slight south to north current which affected the starting approach and weather mark laylines. The winning boat said the key to their success was to ease sails 2" and maximize speed, not pointing ability and stay on the lifted tack upwind.

Results can be found by scrolling to the end of the video.

Castle Harbor Racing- Saturday, July 8, 2017


Racing News July 1
Racing News July 1

Ahoy sailors!
Castle Harbor hosted a series of three races this past Saturday in ESE winds of 3-9 knots. Seven Harbor 20's answered the starting signal. Race 1 was an Olympic Course (Triangle-windward-leeward), Race 2 was a triangle and Race 3 was a windward-leeward course. There was a slight south to north current which affected the starting approach and weather mark laylines.
VIOLET won for the day by looking for and sailing toward areas of higher pressure.

Castle Harbor Racing- Saturday, July 1, 2017

Results were:
1. VIOLET (Johan, Robert, Carl, Gerry) 1 5 1
2. CASHEW (Taylor, Taffy, Jeff, Sassank) 4 1 2
3. FILBERT (Don, Cliff, Christine, Gary S) 5 3 3
4. BARBIE (Raul, Anna, Eduardo, Ian) 6 2 4
5. CELIA (Stephan, Cedric, Eileen, ) 2 4 6
6. PEANUT (John L, Bill D, Nuno, Dan G) 3 6 5
7. PAUL (Jacob, Barrington, Gardy, Tamisha) 7 7 7

See you next week!
Racing News June 17
Racing News

Ahoy sailors!
Castle Harbor hosted a series of three races this past Saturday in ESE winds of 8-12 knots. It was surprisingly cool out on the water. An Olympic Course was set up (triangle-windward-leeward). See you next week!

Castle Harbor Racing- Saturday, June 17, 2017

Results:
1. FILBERT (Nuno, Eileen, John D, Eduardo) 1 3 1
2. PEANUT (Cliff, Gary S, Don) 2 1 5
3. PAUL (Taffy, Taylor, Michael, Sassank) 5 2 4
4. BARBIE (Hans, Burley, Andy) 6 4 2
5. CASHEW (Ted, Jose, Sam) 3 6 3
6. VIOLET (Jacob, Rafael, Patrick, Carla) 4 5 6

Racing News June 10
Racing News

Ahoy sailors!
Castle Harbor hosted a series of four races this past Saturday in ESE winds of 5-9 knots. See the video highlights below. Results are shown in the last clip of the video. See you next week!

Castle Harbor Racing- Saturday, June 10, 2017

BECOME A MORE SKILLED SAILOR

Catalina 275 Racing and Racing Courses
Catalina 275

We have numerous upcoming sailing courses and opportunities!

SAILING COURSES:

2 day Racing 101 on our new Catalina 275. No experience required. Learn all racing positions.
-June 10th & 11th course.
Price $395 per person. One student space available.

3 day ASA 101 Basic Keelboat Certification Course:
-June 4th, 10th & 11th.
$745 per person group course.

RACES:

ORC races on Catalina 275'
-June 4th
-June 24th
-July 22nd
$125 per person per race.

Full moon race on Catalina 275'
-June 9th 6:00p-11:00p
Price $75 per person.

If you'd like more information or would like to register for any of these courses please contact Beth at 305-665-4994.

Racing News May 27
Racing News

Ahoy sailors!
Castle Harbor hosted a series of four races this past Saturday in ESE winds of 5-7 knots. See the video highlights below.

Castle Harbor Racing- Saturday, May 27, 2017

RESULTS:
1. PAUL (Nuno, Chuck, John D) 2 3 1 1
2. PEANUT (Taylor, Gardy, Michael, Sassank) 1 1 2 5
3. FILBERT (Cliff, Leo, Dan) 4 2 4 2
4. CELIA (Dirk, Elena, Gary S) 5 5 3 3
5. VIOLET (Jose, Nancy, John M) 3 4 5 4

See you next week!

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!



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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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