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Originally delivered on 3/16/2020 11:00 am

SUBJECT: SAYRA e-newsletter March


SAYRA e-newsletter MARCH 2020

Commodore’s Log 

Springtime racing got off to bang for me with a clinic hosted by Laser District 12 (this old dog learned a few new tricks) followed by a super fun weekend regatta the next weekend atLake Lanier Sailing Club.  The days are getting longer and warmer - this is what Spring is all about!

Then Mr. Corona virus (COVID-19 technically) comes calling and now the wheels seem to becoming off the bus.  We all know the story - in full gruesome, duplicative detail - but it hit hard for me with the cancellation of the NCAA Basketball tournament. Especially the Women’s side since I’m a proud Gamecock and our girls were rocking.  But not to be...

I am reminded of the virtues of our sport, especially small boat sailing.  Want to get away from the noise in a safe space?  Go sailing with a friend or by yourself.  While I hesitate to qualify sailing as a socially distancing, particularly given the camaraderie of regattas, it is true that you can get away.  And enjoy the healthy outdoors!

Several regattas have been cancelled, which saddens me, but hosts are making the best decisions they can.  Support them whether it’s cancellation or proceeding with the event as those are incredibly difficult calls. 

In the mean time, social distance, get your boat out and soak up some sunshine.  The flowers are still blooming and yes, it is warmer.  This will pass and we will get back to normal!

Commodore Robert

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100 Best Racing Rules Quizzes
Room to clear the obstruction!
Boat P (on port tack) is sailing close-hauled within one length of a dock. Boat S (on starboard tack), also close-hauled, is on a collision course with P and hails, "Starboard!" P replies with...
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This quiz was excerpted from Dave Perry's 100 Best Racing Rules Quizzesavailable from US Sailing. For a comprehensive explanation of the rules, read Dave Perry's Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing through 2020, which is also available from US Sailing. Permission to reprint this quiz for non-commercial use is granted by the author.


US Sailing STEM Education Initiative

US Sailing's Reach initiative has released it's 2019 Impact Report. Launched in 2012, Reach is US Sailing's STEM education initiative. Since it's inception, Reach has had an immeasurable impact on youth across the country who are learning Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math concepts using sailing as an educational platform.

There are three Reach Hubs in the United States and one Emerging Hub. These Hubs work together to share resources, training, and best practices to support the growth of their programs and provide mentoring to additional programs nationally who are interested in creating hands-on learning opportunities for under-served youth.

Click here to access the 2019 Reach Impact Report



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