Since spring is here and many are either sailing or beginning to think about sailing, I thought I would take a moment to remind everyone about safety. Before setting sail please take the time to ensure you have the following safety gear: life vests for all passengers, throwable life preserver, bail bucket(s), anchor, and the appropriate clothing. Remember you need to dress for the water temperature not just the air temperature! I also recommend you take some extra time to inspect your hardware on your boat. Pay close attention to the shrouds and look for fraying. Replace worn ring dings and tighten any loose screws. Before hitting the road also give some attention to your trailer. Do the lights work, what is the condition of the wheels, tires and hubs?
Our showcase event, Interlake Nationals, is at North Cape Yacht Club (NCYC) as many of you already know. I can tell you the folks at NCYC are hard at work, to host a great event. I am truly pumped for this event. Please make plans to participate, you won’t regret it. Our Nationals is July 18th through July 21st. At www.interlakesailing.org/racing/nationals/ you will find a plethora of information. The notice of race (NOR), registration form, merchandise form, housing information is already posted at this site. Get your registration in early. Registrations are due by July 1st (you can register after July 1st but a $50.00 late fee will apply). Please check the web address for the latest and greatest for our 2012 Interlake Nationals at North Cape Yacht Club.
Lastly I wanted to discuss boat measurement as it pertains to our National Regatta. The Interlake Executive Board in conjunction with the Interlake Boat Measurement Committee approved a mandate to create a detailed measurement database record for every boat. Therefore for 2012 the ISCA is requiring all boats to get recertified. National pre-measurement (boats only) will be at the Cattail on June 2nd (Jolly Roger SC), Sandusky One Design on June 10th (Sandusky SC) and the George Fisher Memorial on June 17th (Hoover SC). Finally on Wednesday July 18th from 9am to 6pm, both boat and sail measurement will be available at North Cape YC. We want to make measurement as convenient as possible for everyone and hope these additional measurement opportunities help out.