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Racing Rules of Sailing 2017-2020

World Sailing has published the Study Version of the Racing Rules for 2017-2020.

"This document is a ‘Study Version of the Racing Rules for 2017-2020.’ This is a special document designed to provide you with the reasons for each change in the Definitions and in the rules of Parts 1 – 7 in the 2017 rulebook.

This document contains two sections. The first is the World Sailing edition of The Racing Rules of Sailing for 2017-2020 with each new word shown in red font. Also, in the right margin are comments that show the basis for each rule that has different wording in the 2017-2020 RRS from its wording in the 2013-2016 RRS.

Changes in the racing rules are the result of Submissions made to World Sailing (formerly ISAF) from Member National Authorities, Class Associations and World Sailing Committee Chairmen. Each Submission to change a racing rule contains four sections: a statement of Purpose or Objective; a Proposal, showing exactly how the author would like to change a particular racing rule; the Current Position, which is the current wording of the rule; and the Reasons for proposing the change. In the Proposal, new wording is shown in bold and underlined and deleted words are shown struck through. Studying the Reasons for the Proposal in the original Submission that led to a rule change should help you understand why that rule change was made.

Please note that some new rules in the 2017 rulebook are not worded exactly as they were worded in the original Proposal. These changes in wording were made, usually by the World Sailing Racing Rules Working Party, for clarity, for ease of translation, or to make the new rule consistent with other rules in the rulebook."

Electric Shock Drowning: What is the situation at LCYC?

Over the past few years, the maritime community has developed a better understanding of a phenomenon known as Electric Shock Drowning (ESD). Doug Merrill wrote an article in the April Binnacle describing it. Earlier this month our insurance company sent out a bulletin to their marine customers describing the hazard and listing ways to minimize the risks. We shared this content with members in an email this month.

Questions have arisen regarding how our club’s system measures up to current standards, and how safe it is to swim on our waterfront.

2016 Lake Champlain Championship Series

The 2016 LCCS website is now up and running. There are no changes to the formats of the Cannon/Goose and Champlain Series, but the Notice of Series now contains the criteria for determining the winner of the new Thouron Trophy, won last year by Bob Turnau and Bill Fastiggi in Buffalo Theory. The site also has a new section that displays photos of the trophies of both Series. http://www.lcchampionshipseries.org

Crew Match - 2016 Season Update

If you (or someone you know) are looking to crew on a boat or you are a boat owner looking for crew this summer, the LCYC Crew Match page is the place to post your needs. While I will add new postings any time I get them during the season, over the next couple of weeks I will be doing a refresh of the page for the upcoming season. So now is the time to get your information posted and out there early. Click on the Crew Match link below to see what information is needed for either a CREW or BOAT OWNER posting and send me an email at vtlasersailor@gmail.com with the relevant information.



The Lake Champlain Yacht Club is a member-run yacht club located in a sheltered cove on the southwest shore of Shelburne Bay in Shelburne, Vermont, USA. We offer moorings, activities, and community for our members, most of whom own a sailboat or powerboat. The object of the Club is to promote and encourage boating and sailing on Lake Champlain, while emphasizing racing, cruising, and education, without financial gain. Please let us know if you are interested in membership!

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Lake Champlain offers some of the best freshwater cruising in North America. The beautiful scenery and charming lakeside destinations make it a great place to explore. LCYC organizes several rendezvous events during the sailing season. Spontaneous cruising events also materialize throughout the season. We have a number of scheduled events planned for the summer season. Cruisers are out and about just about every weekday and weekend throughout the summer.

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Lake Champlain Yacht Club has a robust junior sailing program, open to all children ages 8-17. We use Optimist prams and Flying Junior dinghies for instruction and racing. Full and half-day sessions are offered for all ability levels over an eight week period. All of our Instructors are US Sailing certified and have extensive experience. We have two race weeks during the summer, the Lake Champlain Champ Chase Regatta and traveling to Lake George for the Cheeseburger Regatta!

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Lake Champlain is a beautiful venue for sailboat racing, with excellent competition, friendly competitors, and great participation. LCYC features a summer-long Wednesday Night racing series, an Etchells/Sportboat series, and weekend races, several of which are part of the the Lake Champlain Championship Series. Our friends at Mallets Bay Boat Club, Royal Savage Yacht Club, and Valcour Sailing Club also offer great racing events around the lake. LCYC also hosts an annual Viper 640 Regatta.

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