Flash: 2011 Greenbook Revisions
Racing with the Alberg 30 Association is a friendly affair. Oh,
to be sure, the die-hard racers are out there to win. But the cruisers
are also out there, just to have a good time. In the process, they
become better sailors. And they all, racers and cruisers, raft up
together at the end of the day for a party. It's a family.
Do you want to do your first race? Well, there are two things that
To be sure, if you're going to race frequently or competitively, you
should join CBYRA (Chesapeake Bay
Yacht Racing Association) and consider joining US Sailing, too. These are the organizations that make
racing happen in the United States and on the Chesapeake Bay.
They deserve your support.
Get a couple of "G" flags.
You need to fly these, one
on the bow pulpit and one on the backstay, to show that you're
racing in the Alberg 30 class. (You shouldn't be flying any other flag or burgee when racing.)
- Fill out an entry form and send it into the sponsoring yacht club for the
race (with appropriate fees, specified in the Sailing Instructions).
If you have any questions, or need any information about a race,
you can always contact the
But what about those complicated and difficult racing rules?
A member of the A30 Association, who wishes to remain anonymous for reasons of liability, has provided a cheat sheet to the racing rules. This will get you started, and will cover most situations out on the water. US Sailing also has a summary, but I think that's more for experienced racers to use to jog their memory on the water.
The class has rules on permitted sails.
The definitive reference is the bylaws in the Handbook.
Other useful links
This Old Boat
by Don Casey
Subtitled "turn a rundown fiberglass boat into a
first-class yacht on a shoestring budget," this book is the best
introduction I know boat maintenance for the new or prospective owner
of a "modern classic" sailboat. Starting with guidelines
for selecting a boat, Casey proceeds to fiberglass repairs, cabin and
deckwork, spars and rigging, boat equipment, woodwork, electrical,
plumbing, refrigeration, painting, canvas work and sails. All of this
is described in clear, simple terms perfect for the inexperienced.
This is the book that taught me fiberglass work. But don't let it
fool you; this book is appropriate for experienced boatowners, too.
I still refer to it.
Other books by Don Casey