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Plus 1 is a new shorthanded racing class that the Storm Trysail Club is helping to promote.
The idea behind the new class is come up with a solution to the problem of getting enough
crew and to make big boat racing fun again. It also could be a help to doublehanders who are
tired of working so hard and for those doublehanders interested in doing other types of racing
besides just distance courses. I have named the new division Plus 1 because the crew limit is
one more person than the 10s digit of the boat’s hull length. Under this formula, boats from
20 to 29.9 feet sail with a crew of three, boats from 30 to 39.9 feet sail with four and so on.

The Storm Trysail Club agreed to offer a Plus 1 class on the Red Circle at Block Island
Race Week. That means we will be sailing a windward/leeward course in the morning and a
race around government marks in the afternoon. We will also do the Around the Island Race
the day that that the whole fleet goes around. I have signed up to race my boat Soulmates.

A spring schedule of Plus 1 Races is coming together and the first event will be the
American Yacht Club Spring Series where the group will sail courses around government
marks. The second race is the Edlu, which is a short distance race that goes east 16 miles,
rounds a mark and returns to the finish. The third event is the 186-mile Block Island Races
that goes from Stamford, Ct., around Block Island and the back to Stamford. The last scheduled
Plus One regatta will be Block Island Race Week.

          Here are the dates:

          AYC Spring: April 27, 28 and May 4, 5
          Larchmont Edlu Race: May 11
          Block Island Race Starts Friday, May 24
          Block Island Race Week: June 23-28

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Reasons To Sail Plus One

1. Easier to find enough crew. Reduces the time you have to spend e-mailing and calling.

2. Everyone on the boat has a lot of jobs to do. No one is bored rail meat.

3. Not all boats are set up to be doublehanded and not all sailors a want to work as hard as
doublehanders.

4. It is safer. If someone gets hurt or goes overboard, there will be at least two or more
people to continue sailing the boat.

5. Plus One allows teams to sail in a broader range of events. Most doublehanded divisions
are only offered in distance races, while Plus One teams can race windward/leewards,
race around government marks as well as do distance races.

6. Better crew morale. The larger the group you sail with, the more likely there will be personality
conflicts.

7. Saves money. Fewer people to buy lunches for and fewer post-race cocktails to buy. You
can rent a smaller house or share one with another boat at Block Island Race Week.

8. Makes your boat better for cruising. If set your boat up to be handled better by less
people, it will be easier to sail as a cruising couple.

9. Sail with your friends, not your friends’ friends.

Hopefully after reading through this information you’ll decide to join us for some or all these
events. The hope is to get 10-15 boats for the Edlu and Block Island Race Week. For more
information contact Adam Loory at:

 

Lets go sailing.

"Alright now, this is a night start don't forget; so let's get somebody on lookout up on that bow...

Alright now, did you figure the current? For chrissake do I have to do everything? And don't forget to figure the daylight saving. What? No, you add an hour, for chrissake, can't anybody here sail a boat? What did he say? He said "turn off the engine". Oh, yeah. OK, how long 'til our start? Who's on the stopwatch? OK, you get back here outta the way and stay there.

Alright now, let's come about and get over near the committee boat. Alright, let's come about. COMIN' ABOUT! Wheres the handle, where's the handle - TAIL, willya, fer chrissake!! How's that? Take it in to the block. That's enough.

BANG! What gun was that? That was OUR GUN. Did you get that on the watch? Do you see that guy? Yeah, I see him. Alright now, we got five more minutes. Let's run the line for a second. You can't, YOU'RE ON PORT TACK. Oh, yeah, OK, let's come about again. COMIN' ABOUT! FOUR MINUTES, Well it's too crowded over here, let's get down to leeward where our air is clear.

CRASH!!!! What was that???? Well, put the stove in gimbals, for chrissake. Clean it up later, get up here. What the hell are you doing down there anyway? You can eat at home! THREE MINUTES...Did anybody center the prop? Well, center it, Charlie, don't stand there. There's a flashlight overhead in the doghouse. Well, try another one, I put all new batteries in yesterday. TWO MINUTES...Two minutes for chrissake where's the other end of the line, they got a line two miles long. We gotta come about. COMING ABOUT...OK, let it go letitgogoddamm it. Alright, get it in, get it in. It's fouled on the lifeline. DON'T JERK IT! You'll pull the goddam boat apart. Trim, trim, trim, OK, hold that. Where's the ------ing committee boat. We gotta come about again. COMING ABOUT! More turns, more turns. OK, cleat that. ONE MINUTE--Alright, slack everything, slack the jib, slack the main, SLACK THE MAIN...OK hold that ...THIRTY SECONDS...OK we're going for the line. Trim, trim, trim the main. FIFTEEN SECONDS...OK everybody up to windward....TEN SECONDS ...NINE, EIGHT, SEVEN, SIX, FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE.....for chrissake where's that gun...We're over the line. They'll never see us down here anyway. BANG! OK, we've started.

You did a great job with that stopwatch. OK, let's get these lines coiled up, I can't stand up in the cockpit. Good start, guys."