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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."

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.

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

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.


There are some exciting changes for the 2016 racing season at LCYC!

Goals: We want to keep growing our participation. We want to simplify what it takes to race each season.

Weekends: The weekend Billado/Cannon Series is expanding to include all but one weekend open-lake races. The series will include Tea Kettle, Odziozo, Lady/Youth Skipper, Ladies Cup, Schuyler Island, Commodore Macdonough, and Hot-Ruddered Bum, with two throw-outs. The Double-Handed will be the only stand-alone race.

Simplified Registration: You agree to the waiver, pick the appropriate price level (free for members, except for the Viper 640 Regatta), validate your contact and boat information, and pick Jib and Main or Spinnaker for just three series: Wednesday Nights, Weekends, and One-Design (Etchells/Sportboat).

Persistant Registration! Your racing registration will persist as long as you continue to race. If you registered in 2015, you are already registered! You can login and click on the Account page and change your contact, boat, and racing info. Your existing waiver stays in effect. If you will no longer be racing, please contact your class fleet captain or someone from the racing program.

Race Committee/PRO: Local racing relies on racers taking their turn on the race committee boat as PRO or Race Committee. We have looked at the numbers, and we have a new formula. Each racing LCYC boat owner needs to serve as PRO or Race Committee for one day each season. If you are RC, you also need to bring two crew minimum. We encourage people to login to the website and sign up for Race Committee or contact Keith Kennedy about PRO duty. Please consider committing to a certain race on an ongoing basis. LCYC cruisers and non-member racers are also encouraged to volunteer!



LCYC 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. Click here if you are interested in joining LCYC!

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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. 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 an active 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 each summer. All of our Instructors are US Sailing certified and have extensive experience. We also typically have two race weeks during the summer, the Lake Champlain Champ Chase Regatta and we travel to Lake George for the Cheeseburger Regatta!

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