· Boat & Skipper Preparation
· Building a crew…. from the skipper’s perspective
· So you want to crew…..how to get involved --- and be invited back!
· Offshore Sailing / Racing – it is different !
· Which races to enter, what class fits your boat and skill level, obtaining a PHRF certificate
· Rules for each stage of the race – the essentials only
This annual event is designed to introduce the novice skipper or crew to Sailing, explain enough about how a race is managed to allow the skipper to know when to start and where to go, and touch on the basics of preparation of a boat and crew to race. After class at the GBCA Clubhouse, attendees who wish can go out on an assigned boat with a veteran crew and skipper to race in the Rum Race that afternoon, or have a veteran racer assigned to your boat and crew to help you for the race. Rum Races are pursuit races where the slower boats get a head start and the faster boats try to catch them. Boats start at the entrance to the Clear Lake Channel, race in a 12 mile triangle around designated platforms in Galveston Bay, and finish at the entrance to the Clear Lake Channel.
The finish is between Markers #1 and 2, but all Rum Races end the same way- at the post race party where the trophies (bottles of rum) are awarded to winners and they share their awards with others.
The Seminar starts at 9:30 am. Check in starts at 9:00 am. Seminar will end around 2:30pm to allow sailors to get to boats. Lunch and soft drinks/water will served. All of this for only $20.00!!