MERIT 25 NEWSLETTER by Paul Kamen, Fleet Measurer NEXT CRUISE: JUNE 7-8 NEXT RACE: JUNE 22 VALLEJO RACE REPORT: Six Merit 25's entered, five showed up, and three boats came back winners. Jim Fair's CHESAPEAKE won the downhill slide to Vallejo, Bill Glass' XANADU won the return leg (by an impressive 20 minutes, which also gave him first in the HDA class we were all racing in), and my own TWILIGHT ZONE, with second place finishes both days, has the best score for the weekend. The party was up to the usual high standards for this event, although nobody walked off the dock this year. Complete results: M-25 HDA L TWILIGHT ZONE Paul Kamen 2-2 4-10 CHESAPEAKE Jim Fair 1-4 3-13 XANADU Bill Glass 4-1 8- 1 FUDGE FACTOR Steve Wright 5-3 14-11 PADDY MURPHY Patrick Twohy 3-5 6-14 NEXT RACE: The next race is June 22, a medium distance bay race that starts and finishes at buoy F on the Berkeley Olympic Circle. We will be able to "piggy-back" on the ODCA race being run by Berkeley Yacht Club that day, using the same race committee and sailing the same course as the ODCA classes. Starting time is 1:20 PM, which is 20 minutes after the Ranger 23's. There is no entry fee. Complete race instructions are included with this mailing. We're not getting a free lunch, though. To get the BYC Race Committee's cooperation for this and for our September race, also a "piggy back" deal, we're all on the "short list" for being called into action as race committee volunteers for other BYC events. This is actually not nearly as onerous a responsibility as it sounds. If you've never been involved in running a race before, seeing it from the RC's point of view will definitely give you a new perspective on the whole process of sailboat racing. Highly recommended - it will improve your racing. And some people actually enjoy it! Here's the complete schedule for the season: MAY 4-5 Vallejo Race Weekend JUNE 22 BYC Long Course (Approx. 20 miles, Olympic Circle to West Bay and back.) JULY 27 Gracie & George (Mixed double-handed in the South Bay, driver must be female.) AUGUST 3 Second Season Opener (Out the Gate to Bonita buoy, finish at EYC in Estuary. Another great party - plan to stay overnight for informal estuary racing the next day.) SEPT. 21 BYC Olympic Circle Course (ODCA standard format) Note that Merit 25 Class Rules apply, even when we're racing in an HDA handicap fleet. Scoring is low point with 3/4 point for first place. All six races count equally, but with one throw-out. NEXT CRUISE: We haven't discussed this previously, but a few boats are planning to spend the weekend of June 8-9 at everybody's favorite anchorage, Ayala Cove at Angel Island. Short notice, but join us if you can. We also have an Angel Island weekend scheduled for August 17-18. DOS EQUIS HIT BY SHIP! That's right, Garret and Laurie Smith were hit by a container ship while becalmed just south of the Bay Bridge. No injuries and no damage, aside from some red paint on their masthead to prove that they really were that close. They have a great sea story to tell. NEW BOATS IN BERKELEY: Congratulations to John Drewery, who is now the proud owner of the Merit 25 DR. WHO (formerly PENGUIN). Also new to Berkeley is John Roop's SILENT RUNNING, formerly berthed in the South Bay. Berkeley Marina remains the hotbed Merit 25 activity, with nine boats at last count. And a tenth boat, as yet unnamed, is rumored to be on the way. CLASS RULES: At the class meeting on March 22, we voted in the One-Design Class Rules that were sent with the last mailing. Only one change was made: Part VII,G,1,e,3, mainsail lower quarter- girth: change "8.50 ft." to "8.60 ft." Make this change, and the copy dated March 5 1991 will be up-to-date and official. THE LATEST WEIRD PROPOSAL: Did you watch the televised coverage of the new America's Cup Class world championships? I did, and was impressed by those huge masthead "gennakers" flown from removable bowsprits. Now, the Merit 25, with its untapered mast, just screams to have some sort of big headsail attached up there for light-air winter sailing. (Relax, this is not leading up to another Class Rules proposal.) According to my calculations, a five-foot bowsprit and a masthead halyard will allow a Merit 25 to fly a sail more than twice as big as the normal spinnaker. It should also be possible to use the standard spinnaker pole for the bowsprit - the only hardware required will be a pole ring in the middle of the foredeck (and slightly off-center), a bobstay eye on the bow at the waterline, and a removable transverse spar that lies across the foredeck to hold the necessary "whisker stays" out at the appropriate angles. The sail would be constructed like a half-ounce asymmetrical spinnaker, but designed for wind angles between something like 50 and 100 degrees apparent. Speed in winter conditions should be awesome. Of course, it's anyone's guess how many seconds per mile the PHRF handicapping committee would penalize this rig. Watch this space for updates! MERIT 25 LONG COURSE BAY RACE SAN FRANCISCO BAY MERIT 25 ONE-DESIGN FLEET and BERKELEY YACHT CLUB JUNE 22, 1991 RACE INSTRUCTIONS 1) Rules: USYRU Yacht Racing Rules with 720 degree turn penalty in effect, and Merit 25 San Francisco Bay Class Rules. 2) Start Time: Warning 13:10 Preparatory 13:15 Start 13:20 Signals in accordance with USYRU Rule 4.4 System 2 The starting sequence may be delayed if the previous ODCA starts are postponed or recalled. 3) Starting Line: Between buoy F of the Berkeley Olympic Circle and the marker flag on the Committee Boat 4) Courses: (marks are as described by YRA standing instructions) 1 start 15-P E-P 6-P 15-P XOC-P finish 2 start 15-P E-P 12-S XOC-P finish 3 start 12-S E-P 8-P XOC-P finish Courses will be signaled by numeral pennant or placard at or before the preparatory signal. 5) Finish Line: Same as starting line. 6) Restrictions: A) Keep clear of starting line while other classes are starting. B) Leave navigational buoys at Point Blunt and Alcatraz to shoreward. C) No interference with large commercial or naval vessels. 7) Protests: Same as YRA/ODCA standing race instructions.