April 7th, 2008
Its that time of the year again for us to be starting our planning for the best boat show on the West Coast, as far as sailors are concerned. This is the only “Sail Only” show on the West Coast, and one that all of the National brands make sure they have representation at, so if you are in the market for just about any marine product for you boat this is the show to attend. Once again Strictly Sail pacific will be held on Jack London Square in Oakland, California. The dates this year are April 16 – 20 and while the in-water portion of the show will be in the same venue as last year; the tents will move west to along the Embarcadero across from Barnes & Noble; and down between Scott’s and The Waterfront Plaza. Point Loma Outfitting will be located in the Scott’s Tent in Booth 2112. Please stop by and introduce yourself, besides myself and Katie, Pat Dore (West Coast SLAM Rep) and Brett Mintz (SLAM Importer Rep) will be on hand to answer any questions.
Strictly Sail Pacific always seems to come at a time when SLAM has just introduced some new products. This year we will have on display the new series of entry level foul weather gear, and some new spray tops. Please do not be confused by these products. While SLAM replaced their old entry level gear with these products, they are still very advanced for the price; and far exceed the features on other brands entry level gear. There will plenty of other SLAM gear on hand, and as usual there will be some form of “boat-show discount”. If you would like to receive a $2.00 coupon for your ticket email us with your address and we will send one to you.
I hope we get a chance to meet you!
April 3rd, 2008
Last weekend San Diego Yacht Club, and Etchells Fleet 13 hosted this event. Personally it was a challenging weekend as it was only the the 8th time I’ve sailed in the boats. Maybe I thought I was better than I am. When I bought my Etchells last year I was expecting to be able to finish in the middle of the local Fleet. I am now realizing that that expectation was a bit out of my reach. I have grown to respect all Etchells sailors. These boats have a lot of tricks, and it will take some time before we are ready to compete.
This became readily apparent on Saturday. We had two great starts, but managed to sail ourselves to the back of the fleet. After some discussions with those in the know after we were finished racing we found out that we had the boat too bound up. We need to ease the sheets, twist the main, and NEVER put the backstay on until we are in full hike mode.
So Sunday we leave the dock a bit more confident, match up with some boats before the start of racing, and find that we could point and maintain speed with these boats. So we decide we would sail conservatively, and not bang any corners; just try to get a better feel for our speed relative to the other boats. Little did we know it was a full “bang the corners” day! it did not matter which side you went, just do not go up the middle.
Well in retrospect we did accomplish some goals, and honestly we never were considered a contender in the regatta. Our goal is to slowly improve our boatspeed each regatta. We are now talking about hiring a coach a couple of times to help us with boat set-up, and boat handling. I just have to remember to think “baby steps”, and not get disappointed with seeing all of those boats a head of us.