2017 A30 Association Schedule

Racing   Cruising
Sailing World NOOD Regatta Fri 5  
Sailing World NOOD Regatta Sat 6  
Sailing World NOOD Regatta Sun 7  
MRYC Annapolis to Miles River Sat 27  
PSA Moonlight Race Sat 10  
Syronelle Regatta, Toronto Fri 23  
Syronelle Regatta, Toronto Sat 24  
Syronelle Regatta, Toronto
SCC Ted Osius Memorial Race
Sun 25  
EYC Boomerang Race Sat 8  
NASS Race to Oxford Sat 9  
TAYC Hammond Memorial Race Sun 10  
Bruce Rankin Memorial Regatta Fri 22  
Bruce Rankin Memorial Regatta Sat 23  
Bruce Rankin Memorial Regatta Sun 24  
AYC Fall Series Distance Race Sat 7  
  JANUARY 2018  

Offshore Sailing book cover Offshore Sailing by Bill Seifert with Daniel Spurr

We went to a Windjammers lecture to hear Bill Seifert and I was impressed enough to buy the book on the spot. I've heard a lot of people talk about ways to improve a boat, but I've never heard one person suggest so many good ideas that I hadn't considered. Part of the charm is the specificity of the suggestions. Everyone says you should secure your floorboards, hatchboards and batteries. Bill shows good suggestions on how to do so.

The suggestions are very practical for the do-it-yourselfer, too. Many show how to make or adapt inexpensive solutions. Tip #12 on closing the deck blower vents is one that will pay off for me without ever going offshore. I'll implement that one to stop the wintertime storms from finding their way belowdecks.

Besides modifications, the book also includes advice for operating offshore, cooking, boat selection, dealing with bureaucracy, and more.

Bill Seifert has worked at Tartan, TPI, and Alden Yachts. He's a veteran of many Marion-Bermuda races and now runs his own yacht management company. His tips are born of experience--not of book-learning--and it shows. He obviously knows his stuff.

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